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Technology in the classroom does not automatically solve all management problems. In fact, I believe that technology amplifies “good” classroom management and magnifies “poor” classroom management. Recently, I was introduced to a new resource that I feel will help to promote student independence and streamline classroom management for educators. It is called Classroom Screen, a web-based tool created by a teacher from the Netherlands.

Fall is here, and what better time than a month into the school year to try a new Google Challenge. I am a huge fan of Google Slides in the classroom. Google Slides is a perfect resource for teachers and students alike. From presentations, collaborations, and interactive digital spaces; Google Slides offers endless possibilities for educational use. Recently, there has been a release of additional “Add-ons” for Google Slides which allows users to create without leaving the web page they are on. Check out my three favorites below and challenge yourself to use one in October!

It’s August, and students everywhere are returning to school. For educators, this means a brand new set of minds are available to inspire and help to mold. It also means a brand new set of learners that come with their own experiences and needs. Identifying student needs is best met through some type of formative assessment. Whether given initially to inform teachers on where to start and to identify differentiated needs, or given at the end of the period to see if learners met the intended objective or if instruction needs to change, formative assessment has never been easier than with the use of EdTech tools.

Digital Storytelling allows students to use tools and resources to create multidimensional and multimodal projects to demonstrate their understanding. No longer are students limited to sharing their thinking or telling their story just one way. In addition to text on paper, students can write a blog post, create an interactive ebook, record a video or podcast, and share their end product with an audience outside of the traditional classroom.

In the early 1990s there was a surge of instructional coaches in the area of literacy. From that point forward, Federal and State Initiatives have supported and encouraged schools across the country to implement support to colleagues through the use of coaches. Throughout the years, roles, titles, and job descriptions have morphed into what we have currently but the focus has remained comparatively similar to its inception: How can coaches support colleagues in pursuit of refining their practice to directly impact student achievement.