Introducing my brand new site, The Creative Tech Coach!!

Friday, August 20, 2021
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Hey, y'all! After much soul searching, I decided to create a new site with a new brand and a new focus! While My Techknowledgey Classroom has been a great place for me to reflect on my teaching and use of digital tools, it was also mostly from a time when I was in a different space—in the classroom as a second grade teacher. Now, as an instructional coach, I find myself seeing things differently and finding that my focus (and perhaps my audience) has shifted. Not only that, but how we all view digital learning has shifted in the wake of a world-wide pandemic, and I have witnessed the need for a new approach to how I share tech integration strategies. I will still be offering tips and resources for teachers for integrating tech in the classroom with a focus on student learning, including updating some of my more popular content, but with more of a focus on encouraging teachers and students to use tech creatively! I will also be offering other coaches and administrators resources and content, too!

If you find yourself exploring My Techknowledgey Classroom but want new, fresh ways of integrating tech creatively with your students and teachers, please check out my brand new site, thecreativetechcoach.com. All of my original blog posts can be found there, as well as some new free resources and ideas for transforming student learning by empowering them to use technology to create meaningful products!! You can also find access to my course, Getting Starting with Google Classroom, at the new site, as well! Hope to see you at The Creative Tech Coach soon!
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5 Ways to Incorporate Play in the Classroom

Sunday, July 11, 2021

This week I’m presenting with Unruly Splats at the Computer Science Teachers Association Conference on a topic that is near and dear to my heart: coding! Actually the presentation is about play in the classroom with Splats, but I found myself thinking of all of the many ways educators can use games and play to increase student engagement and make learning fun!

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When we think about play in the classroom, our minds may oftentimes go towards early childhood classrooms where students explore through centers with dramatic play using costumes and child-sized versions of kitchens and homes. But in her article “Playtime Isn’t Just for Preschoolers—Teenagers Need It, Too,” Hilary Conklin explains how older students need play, as well. She explains:  

Giving students occasions to learn through play not only fosters creative thinking, problem solving, independence, and perseverance, but also addresses teenagers’ developmental needs for greater independence and ownership in their learning, opportunities for physical activity and creative expression, and the ability to demonstrate competence.

The "Techie Teacher" Myth

Sunday, July 4, 2021
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Over the past year in my role as a digital learning coach, I have notice the way so many teachers adapted to teaching in the post-Covid classroom. For some of you, Google Classroom was a brand new platform that you had to learn and teach your students to use at the same time! For others of you, it was finding new ways to leverage "old" digital tools in a way to keep students motivated and engaged. But ALL of you were able to use tech to find ways to reach your students!

I believe that there aren't techie teachers and non-techie teachers; there are just those that aren't afraid to click and those that are. There are those that try again when things don't work the first time and those that give up! 

6 Tips for Organizing Your Google Drive

Thursday, January 21, 2021

I recently heard that January is Get Organized Month, so I thought, if you are like me, you may need to do some organizing in your Google Drive. In Google Drive, you can store your Google documents and other files like PDFs, images, and videos. Like other document storage, Google Drive has folders that help you keep it nice and tidy. But if you don't use them, your Drive can become quite unruly! 
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