Blended Learning

Blended Learning is the integration of digital learning with classroom instruction.  I used blended instruction with my 7th grade science students during the 2014-15 school year with great success.  My school district does not offer advanced classes for 7th grade science students and while most classrooms focus on teaching to the middle and differentiating for... Continue Reading →

Creating a PD Badge Program

As an Instructional Technology Specialist, its my job to help my teachers learn how to integrate technology in meaningful ways.  But what happens when the teachers just don't have the time?  Time is a precious commodity for educators so I was looking for a way to provide technology professional development but without taking up too... Continue Reading →

Peer Feedback with Google Classroom

Ashley Lay, a 7th grade ELAR teacher in Prosper ISD, is doing great things with Google Classroom. Most recently she used it as a method for students to provide feedback to each other as they analyze each other’s writings.  First she had students complete an assignment called Fan Fiction in which they used a Google... Continue Reading →

Eventzee EDU – Ready…Set…GO!

After using Eventzee at our #ProsperTrendingNow Technology day last June, Prosper ISD teachers have been anxiously awaiting the EDU version to use with students.  The guys at Eventzee have been working tirelessly to get it up and running and Prosper ISD teachers are extremely grateful to them!  We are excited to be their "test" group... Continue Reading →

Build a ‘Shark Tank Show’ in Your Classroom

Inside the classroom, outside the box!

“Innovation is change that unlocks new value” By Jamie Notter


The TV show ‘Shark Tank’ gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to sell a business idea to millionaire entrepreneurs in only a few minutes. One day when watching the show I thought ‘why couldn’t we take this idea and add it into the classroom?’ That is when I started brainstorming different ways to use the ‘Shark Tank’ framework to bring in more student ownership into the classroom. I soon realized I have been doing a version of ‘Shark Tank’ in my classroom before Shark Tank was invented!

Each year in my math class, students were put into groups and had to design a theme park. This project lasted all year long and for each standard/skill, they had a different piece to complete. For example, area and perimeter: The students had to mathematically figure out how to best utilize their blueprint to fit…

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ReIgnite your Passion this Summer

As the last days of school are among us, teachers around the globe are looking forward to summer break. This is also the best time to reflect on the successes and challenges of the school year. After talking with some first year teachers, this is a practice that comes naturally to them as they strive... Continue Reading →

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