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Google Slides: Disguise a Turkey

Inspiration During our last Google Cohort Meeting, my colleague, Nicole, shared Eric Curts‘ Google Slides activity, Build a Jack-O-Lantern with our elementary cohort teachers.  Students and teachers loved it. The computer skills focused within the activity are: Copy Paste Creating custom … Continue reading

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Organizing an Instructional Technology TOA

This is my first August as an Instructional Technology TOA and my colleagues and I are off the hook busy.  It’s common for me to start my day at the district office before heading off to 1 or 2 school … Continue reading

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First Day Plans: Chips & Salsa

The Days Leading up to the First Day  Last school year my district created a new department, Instructional Technology and Accountability, of which I am now a member.  We were tasked with preparing 2000 plus teachers for the integration of … Continue reading

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2017 – 18 Goal: Empower Teachers

  I’m highly goal oriented.  It’s normal for me to be working towards a variety of goals – Personal, professional, short term and long term. When I came across @ExploreMTBoS‘s tweet about their new blogging challenge, I grabbed my computer and … Continue reading

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Desmos Graph: Adding Positive & Negative Fractions w/ Dynamic Labels

Inspiration For the past 15 months, I’ve been working on fraction models.  When I brought the models to students, the resulting conversations were great.  Just what I was hoping for.  The downside stemmed from the behind the scenes “coding”.  My original … Continue reading

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Diving into Google Sheets: Adding Integers & Pixel Art Multiplication

Inspiration In August of 2014, I stepped out of the classroom to become a middle level math TOA/coach.  After 21 years of teaching, I craved a different challenge and found that challenge with Desmos.  Once I learned how to make … Continue reading

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Desmos Polygraph: The Periodic Table

  Desmos is not just for math teachers. To support this point, I created a Polygraph activity using elements from the Periodic Table. Eager to field test the Polygraph, I reached out to a few 8th grade science teachers.  Heather Wingo took me up … Continue reading

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Desmos Marbleslides: 10 Frame Addition

Inspiration Many many months ago, I saw an intriguing tweet. Kristin, @mathminds, had made a Desmos AB focused on 10 Frames and was inquiring about the possibility of an interactive one. Challenge excepted.  I viewed her inquiry as a chance to … Continue reading

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Flashcards for Faridabad

My Inspiration My niece Kyra, who graduated from college in December, made plans to travel before settling down with a job.  She posted her traveling adventures on social media.  My heart skipped a beat when I saw the picture to … Continue reading

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Desmos Polygraph: Geometry Basics

Today, I had the pleasure of introducing Desmos Polygraph: Geometric Basics to a group of 4th grade students.  It was my first time teaching in an elementary classroom and I enjoyed every minute. Starting To avoid answering the same question 100 times, … Continue reading

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