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Video Story Problem – How Many Calories

Wow, a blog post! The first in more than 6 months! I can’t believe I marshaled up the courage (and time) after my last post asking for requests, and then providing none to post again. I will admit, I was hopeful that in asking for requests for new Google Sites tutorials, it would spur me […]

Connect then Engage with @Flipgrid Video #msftedu

Technologies that connect us, engage. One example of this is Flipgrid, a free video discussion board service. With Flipgrid, you can create grids with topics on them and have workshop participants or students respond to the topics with recorded videos. Show More Summary

Create Lessons with #FREE Interactive #Math and #Science Simulations @flipgrid #msftedu

Note: This blog entry was originally published at's TechNotes blog. Read it there along with tons of other great articles! Image Source: Need to model complex math and science concepts for your students? Use any of the 130 award-winning PhET math and science interactive simulations. Show More Summary

Tools for Making Quick Videos

Looking for some quick ways to craft videos? These tools are all wonderful and can help you put together a video quickly: Mobile Apps Combine your mobile device (e.g. iOS/Android phone/tablet) with an inexpensive tripod (duct tape works,...Show More Summary

Redesign That: SketchUp in Schools #txed

“We’re going to redesign our Spot’s dog house this holiday break!”“What do you have so far?” I asked. My colleague held out a legal pad, crude drawings marring the perfect yellow pages. If you’re going to be re-arranging a dog houseShow More Summary

Creating Interactive Math Textbooks

“It is not the reader of a text who learns the most,” says Stephen Knudsen, “but rather the author. When a student makes a textbook in a course, the student engages daily in all classifications of learning…when students are asked to make a textbook, they are required to remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate and create. Show More Summary

Five OneDrive Tips #msftedu

Looking for five OneDrive tips that will improve your productivity? Microsoft OneDrive offers incredible benefits, so why not take advantage of it? An app that I use every day is Microsoft OneDrive, both on my Windows computer and my mobile phone. Show More Summary

Designing Learning Spaces #minecrafted

“How might you shape your space to foster creativity and learning for yourself and others?” asks University Innovation Fellows (@uifellows) via this presentation slide. At its most effective, early childhood curriculum expands children’s knowledge of the world and vocabulary. Show More Summary

Creating Interactive Math Textbooks

We learn best and deepest when we create. Take this approach to a new level in math classes by having students create their own interactive textbooks. “It is not the reader of a text who learns the most,” says Stephen Knudsen, “but rather the author. Show More Summary

Community Stories

I’m often reminded that I have one of the best jobs in the world. Getting to work with districts around the world, I continue to value and appreciate the high quality of people who have dedicated themselves to helping young people. Being...Show More Summary

Classroom Learning That Works: Minecraft @tombennett71 @immersivemind

MS Minecraft Certified Trainer badge Reading my Flipboard earlier this month, I ran across a fascinating twitter exchange between Stephen Reid and Tom Bennett. You can find source materials at the bottom of my blog entry. Curious, I decided to dig in and explore some more. Show More Summary

When Beauty Leads to Empathy

I’ve been blessed to speak to a variety of audiences and events around the world. But in September it was my great privilege to speak alongside my youngest daughter to a TEDx audiences in West Vancouver. Having spoken in West Vancouver a few years ago, I was asked to return. Show More Summary

Kindness, innovation, and Tuesday’s election

I typically try to stay out of politics on this blog, given that I’m trying to work with a wide variety of teachers, administrators, policymakers, and community members to transform learning environments for students. But I also know that many educators woke up Wednesday morning in disbelief about the previous night’s election results. Somehow we […]

Touch the Future with Free Coding Resources

By 2020, the Internet of Things will include approximately two billion objects. Each of those devices will need to be told what to do through programming. Who better to do the job than our own Texas students? The educational focus for...Show More Summary

@Microsoft_EDU Updates Worth a Second Look #msftedu #mieexpert

As another school year begins, Microsoft delights with summer updates and changes to its suite of learner-centered offerings, designed to help educators Hack the Classroom. Whether you are an Office 365 expert or just beginning yourShow More Summary

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