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Navigating the fake news, building digcit skills
Check out Flipgrid/Wonderopolis
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Looking for new ideas or versatile tools to have students create and explore? Check out this episode and also, join my ThriveinEDU Facebook community!  

PBL, collaboration, giving feedback and more! Wonderopolis, Thrively, Padlet, Wakelet, Trello, Anchor, Synth and Flipgrid

What are your challenges your successes your experiences in these first few weeks of the new school year? Here are some of mine and how I’m working on them

Ideas for starting the year, things I have learned about the value of sharing our story, and the power of connecting as we embrace the unknown this school year.

Please join in my weekly show on Learning under SHOWS, ThriveinEDU on Wednesdays at 4pm Eastern. I have a different guest or guests each week. The show is live and is also recorded. Upcoming Tisha Richmond, LaVonna Roth, Justin Aglio,…

Join in my weekly show on  A recent guest was my good friend, Jennifer Casa-Todd. We discussed the importance of digcit and empowering students as digital leaders. Check out her book Social LEADia and her upcoming book!.


Ideas for focusing on preparing for the unknown. 
 Also to join in my weekly show on on Wednesdays, 4:00 pm EST   A different guest and topic each week!

What are some things that we can work on now, that will benefit us in  the new school year, regardless of where learning takes place

Make time to ask students for feedback and use their input  to  guide your next steps for summer learning and planning  ahead. 

Finding the words to say and the actions to take can be a challenge, I’m working through and making sure I connect, looking to learn and grow.

Check out the  EALA: Educating All Learners Alliance, a project focused on providing resources and  support for special education.

Explore unconventional ideas and how to bring  about positive changes in our classrooms, remotely and in person. Check out my book Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU.

Some thoughts  about school, classes, precautions, and things  to consider now as we prepare for our return to the classroom. 
Great article that I read earlier: NPR 9 things

Think about best ways to communicate, focus on transitions that may happen fast, as our closures did. Prepare for the return to school by taking some opportunities to try new ways to foster communication.

How can we find balance now? What should we do? Stay connected, make time for you, take breaks. Just some ideas for how to plan days and find some balance during this uncertain and chaotic time. 

Looking  for tools for learning, here are ideas that families can enjoy too. Try Gimkit, Kahoot!, Quizizz, for games or Buncee and Flipgrid for storytelling, or explore with Nearpod for VR. 
Also look at for live cams around the  world,…

Chats, Audio, Video and Meetings
Bachchannel chat, Anchor, GoSynth, Padlet, Buncee, Zoom,  Google Meet, Google Hangouts

Pace yourself, we are all learning and adjusting. 
Find a tool like Buncee, where you can create a video, link resources, teach a lesson, have students create.  Use Nearpod for interactive lessons and Virtual Reality, have meetings using Zoom, Teams,…

Some ways to foster connections during remote learning. Access is important, make sure families and students have access to information and resources. Next, how will you communicate? We still need to have social interactions, leverage the technology…

Ideas to immerse students more in learning, global collaborations and explorations. 
See Buncee, Nearpod. Flipgrid, CoSpaces EDU, Merge EDU, Google Expeditions, Mystery Skype

Continuation from prior episode, with advice from students. Be creative. Be supportive.  Make connections. Take risks with learning. Encourage and Inspire. 

Reflect on your experience. Share your story, lean in and listen more and see the student, not the behavior. I recommend reading the book Lost at School. 

Share your story: Podcast, Blog, Periscope. Start with one and use it as a way to reflect and share your ideas. Your story needs to be told.

Carl Hooker and Adam Phyall Session
Jaime Donally AR/VR
Claudio Zavala, Amy Storer, Brian Romero Smith and Marialice Curran – Creativity is my Jam
Laura Steinbrink – Train like a NAVY SEAL
Lori Gracey – The Future is Now (great title, like my book!)…

An amazing opportunity to be with Buncee  at BETT in London.  Being able to share the possibilities for creating with Buncee and how Microsoft’s Immersive reader benefits learners  was an absolute honor. 

Do you make resolutions? I think more about goals, being intentional about  changes I would like to make and reflecting. Relentless pursuit of growth.

Ideas for the new year after time to relax  and recharge. Focus on relationships, family engagement, learning spaces and more.

We had a Tweet and Talk (EduMatch) last night, and the discussion was the 2nd part of a talk on the future of education and work. A great panel and so I wanted to share what we discussed and some of my own thoughts for this episode.

I learned that I was not truly doing authentic PBL in my classes. Here are some resources and ways to provide a better and more authentic experience for students. 

Some ideas for creating more personalized learning experiences for students. Examples PBL, Blended Learning and  Station Rotations.