It seems I am always talking about edTech. Technology and learning was my undergraduate research project, and my minor in grad school; I can’t seem to stop talking about it. My latest article for the Yellin Center is no different. I took some time to brag about some of my favourite edTech companies changing the face of k12 education. They all just happen to me found in my own back yard. If you are a teacher ramping up for the new school year be sure to check out these awesome tools, or if you are a parent looking to help your child skill build in key areas these tools could make all the difference. Happy learning! Continue reading “5 NYC Ed Tech Companies Changing the Face of k12 Education”
EdSurge is my go-to resource to all things ed Tech/Teacher News. They’re teacher-nerd heaven when it comes to digital resources and e-learning ideas. I told you all about how I use the EdSurge product index a few weeks back.
I am excited to be able to share my professional insights with them and their SCool Tools section. They published two case studies I wrote on my experiences using two of my favourite tools -Dreambox and Learn with Homer. I have written about Learn with Homer before and it’s power to sequentially skill build early reading skills. The program starts with basic phonology and works up to train young readers how to understand and comprehend short texts. What Learn with Homer is to reading, Dreambox is to math. It too discerns a learners math gaps and systematically works to close them and skill build using engaging, fun games. So head over to Ed Surge’s SCool Tools to check our my case studies on Learn with Homer and Dreambox.
We have been talking a lot about accessibility lately. We have highlighted some low-tech assistive tech tools, as well as high tech resources, like Goalbook, which help teachers implement universal design for learning. We have also shared our favourite resources for special education teachers. Today, my article for the Yellin Center Blog, goes in-depth on some of the free, accessibility extensions for google chrome. Don’t forget that Microsoft and other browsers have similar features, so if you aren’t a chrome uses do a little digging into what your internet browser offers! Continue reading “Using Chrome Accessibility Extensions”
The Yellin Center’s latest newsletter is out, and with it my article on digital picture books. The reading experience is changing, and it is rather exciting; this is especially true for struggling learners. Happy Reading! Continue reading “Making the most of Screen Time: Recommendations for Digital Picture Books”
We are constantly talking about apps here at the Jordan Project. Whether it is spelling, reading, math or science, there is an app for it. But as we have reiterated time and again, it can be increasingly difficulty to cull through the swath of resources and pick the tools that will build the skills you desire. My latest article, which you will find a copy of below, for the Yellin Center covers a few great tools by Carstens Studios for building spatial and reasoning skills. So head over to the Yellin Center Blog or my article below for a detailing of these exceptional math apps. Continue reading “Great Math Apps for Building Spatial and Reasoning Skills”
Funny anecdote, when I moved to New York from Canada I thought that overnight I had lost my ability to spell. When I began working as a Learning Specialist here in Manhattan, every report and learning document I created came back hacked up from the editors. I was initially perplexed but began to investigate the differences between American and British spellings. It turns out I can spell, I just wasn’t versed in American Standard English. Therein lies the tricky thing about mastering the English language, not only is it not phonetic, but there are also multiple ways to spell certain words.
You can add the ‘e” in likeable in Canada or the UK, but in America they really would rather you left it likable. You can double consonants in travelled, modelling or counsellor, but on US soil they prefer you if you traveled or took up modeling. If you wish you can accessorize your outfit in L.A. but in Toronto you accessorise. You can head to the London theatre but you will go to a theater in Manhattan. Don’t even get me started on adding or omitting “u” in everything from favourite or colour. Mastering these nuances can be a challenge for any young (or old in my case) learner. Luckily we have some fun ways to learn to spell and build that understanding of English orthographic mechanics. Below you will find my latest article for the Yellin Center Blog.
I spend great deal of time writing about educational technology and showcasing resources I have created for the k-12 audience. Mostly because I love digital innovation, so I jump at any excuse to tinker with a new gadget. Even more than that I love creating new materials with bright colors and peppy text. You can’t take the elementary school teacher out of me even if you tried. However, a large component of my nine to five job is working with adult learners. Professional development was also the topic of my undergrad research project, and I design a fair amount of professional learning experiences for mature learners. This week I decided to share some of that knowledge as I discuss professional learning. So I took a break from app reviews and learning resources to talk a little about how adult learners can access learning in non-traditional environments. Below you will find a copy of my article for the Yellin Center Blog. Enjoy!
My latest post is inspired by a dear friend who is an even greater teacher than she is friend (and that is saying something). This isn’t the first time she has inspired me to write, but over the summer, Linh and I began talking about our professional goals as we headed toward the new school year. Hers was to create a paperless classroom leaving me in awe of her passion to tackle just a big feat. If any teacher can do away with pencil and paper Linh surely can. After a little research I discovered there are a variety of tools to ensure her success. You can head over to my article at the Yellin Center for Mind, Brain and Education, or find a copy of it below. Enjoy and good luck to all you tech-saavy educators out there making a difference in children’s lives and diminishing your environmental impact. Keep doing you! Continue reading “Tools for a Paperless Classroom”
Well the start of school is upon us, and your social media accounts are undoubtedly being flooded with adorable, toothless back to school photos from all the proud mamas and papas out there. Teachers, however, are also gearing up to kick off the new school year. This week they will be meeting the newest heard of young people entrusted to their care. As such, I put together a great list of some of my favourite digital tools out there that make a teacher’s life a touch easier. You can head over to my article posted at the Yellin Center for Mind, Brain and Education where you will find my write up accompanied by videos on each of the apps. Below you will also find a copy of my commentary on the merits of each tool. Happy back to school, and an even happier school-year!
I have another article posted for the Yellin Center! Below you will find a copy of my latest piece. Enjoy!
Digital Assessment Tools
Assessment is a large, important, and oft-debated necessity in education. The traditional view of assessment hinged strongly on summative evaluations – assessments after the fact, such as a comprehensive exam or final paper. However, the current best practice in evaluating learning is to deploy frequent and thoughtful formative assessments, where teachers build in “check-in points” during the learning process that can be used by instructors to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning. The goal of this evaluation framework is to inform the educator of what specific needs are present in their students and whether they need to augment their future lessons in response to those needs. It is important to note that the post-evaluation reflection and intervention is the defining feature of a formative assessment. Measuring student performance or collecting data is not formative unless you use the information to help your students.