#DBC50Summer Reading


Summer is here, like many educators, we look at the days of the 3 other Rs: Refuel, Recharge, and Read. Summer was always a time of reading for me, back to the day where I would sit on the front porch in summer reading comic books or the latest novel that caught my interest. In the Summer of 2014, something drastic happened, as many of you know as the school year came to a close in 2014 I was feeling burned out. I wasn’t feeling very motivated, I was more of an administrator than teacher and I would go into my office and just look at my screen after finishing paper work and go: “Now what?” However, it was that Spring I discovered Teach like a Pirate by Dave Burgess and things completely changed. I found a re-ignition of passion and began buying every book that would be released by Dave Burgess Consulting Inc and they became my constant PD books during the summer. In the past two months thanks to Dave and Shelly Burgess, Jay Billy, Wendy Hankins¬†and some well timed Amazon Gift Cards. I started my Summer of 2018 reading list in early May of a whopping 8 books. I’m here to give a brief review of them, what I found amazing about each one and a little sneak peak at home I’m using them in the classroom this upcoming school year as I begin building the Classroom of Pixels (#PixelClassroom).

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The Office Remodel Part 1


The other day I said I was going to start remodeling my office to be more inviting to students and staff alike. While I planned on doing this slowly over the next few weeks. As they say, time waits for no man and I ended up getting an earlier start due to an accident occurring during some regular checks, such as my entire shelf collapsing (don’t worry, I’m OK). So, after a few hours of moving, cataloging, archiving and a few other things here is the start to my remodel.

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Selfies in the Classroom with Instagram

social-1206610_1280A while ago, I posted about using social media in the classroom. Mostly by using the various features of Instagram along with sister Apps. Well, as many of you know, Instagram and its sister Apps had overhauls on both designs and features. I’m going over a few ways you can use Instagram in your classroom and using the various sister Apps both with and outside of Instagram.

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Running with Pages of Evernote

Hello Everyone, I’m pulling double posts on this Tuesday morning and I’m going to kick it all off with a great App Dice Apple Watch roll. I have two seniors who just recently received the Apple Watch as an early graduation gift and Wednesday is our annual Track & Field Day. We are planning a lot more PE Tech activities with iPad and GAFE in the fall and I thought we would do a great test since we are big users of Evernote in middle school and high school so I rolled by App Dice and look what I came … Continue reading Running with Pages of Evernote

Fly like a Bird

Today marks the end of my Get Outside Edu lessons and projects and I saved the best for last. A couple weeks ago, my kindergarten and PK kiddos started their spring to summer crafts. They are big users of Aurasma and QR Codes. Later this week my students are going outside to do research on the various birds in the area and do iMovies about the birds they see and why they are their favorite. I thought it would be great with Grandparents’ Day coming up to augment their reports for their parents and grandparents to see. 1. This is … Continue reading Fly like a Bird

A picture is worth a thousand inspirations

This weekend I was visiting my nieces out in Glenview, they live in a beautiful area of town and on Sunday I took an early 3 mile run. During my pace walks I saw just gorgeous visuals as I moved along and snapped up as many as I could. We all know about inspiration quotes or inspirpics (Inspiration Pictures) or infopics. You can read about them over on Tony Vincent’s website Learning in Hand Infopics. I’ve been into inspiration quotes for a few years now using App such as Pic Collage, Over, Phonto, FrontBack, Keynote, Thinglink, PowerPoint, Google Docs and … Continue reading A picture is worth a thousand inspirations

Recipe for Meteorology

Hello Everyone, Have you ever had your students look up in the sky and just wonder what is with the clouds looking like different shapes and colors? I have a great Get Outside EDU for you today that you can do on any device. 1. Head over to IFTTT. Out of their growing set of recipes every day they keep a weather recipe. This recipe can either send you an email or upload the daily weather report to your google drive. Set this recipe up so you can have a daily log of the weather. 2. Next, have students go … Continue reading Recipe for Meteorology

I move to the beat of my own words

Hello Everyone, You know I just love it when my favorite App, Stick Around ends up being used in a way I didn’t expect. Last night I was at a conference with Karen Carter and she was talking about moving towards your own digital experience before long I was thinking about my dissertation which I will be writing soon. I am using Stick Around in my research starting this fall and one of my 1st graders was pretending to the be the Flash this morning. I asked him if he ever thought about the words that describe him moving as … Continue reading I move to the beat of my own words

Sign, Sign Everywhere a Sign

Happy Monday everyone, I have a simple and elegant Get Outside Edu for you my buddy Andy Milne was by his local park when he saw the above sign. I immediately came up with a great lesson that my 3rd graders are planning on using soon. Their teacher is a big believer in getting outside and sports and wanted to create a project on making up signs to get children and adults outside more. I threw a little bit of tech that they can share on their blogs or the classroom blog using either Adobe Slate, Adobe Voice, Explain Everything, … Continue reading Sign, Sign Everywhere a Sign