UDL guided exam: Choose Your Own Adventure

Do you remember reading Choose Your Own Adventure books?  They were my favorite. I loved making the story my own.  And then in high school, I was always happy to find a a textbook with a student-made adventure written inside to help pass the time. With this as my inspiration and with UDL to guide

Classroom Greetings: I Yearn for a Fancy Handshake

  Should I be teaching elementary school? You’ve seen those videos where teachers greet their students with those fancy handshakes and little dances. They look so much fun. Classroom greetings establish strong connections and relationships as well as set the tone for the teacher, students, and classroom. To be honest, I yearn for those types

Accessible Documents: Make it a Combo

A Burger is Good, but it’s Way Better with Fries. I had a little “ah-ha” (Opera) moment the other day while reading Jennifer Pusateri’s blog about alt text. Jennifer talks about developing documents to pro-actively meet Word’s Accessibility Checker (i.e., ADA or AODA regulations) rather than modifying them after the fact.  She also suggests that just

Flipgrid Creates Magic for 20 Somethings Too! (and contributes to UDL)

In an attempt to make an advertising concept more engaging a few weeks ago, I created physical manipulatives for the students. It fell flat. No magic. So back to the drawing board I went.  Today, I had to teach the same advertising concept but I wanted to try to find some magic or at least

UDL Win – Word’s Immersive Reader

I was already big fan of Microsoft’s accessibility checker, but today I was surprised and delighted when I dug a little deeper into the Immersive Reader featured on Office 365 for both PC and MAC.  This is just another reason to create accessible documents and to post them in Office 365 for students to access. 

Recruiting Interest – Sometimes You Gotta Eat Dessert First

“Life is short and unpredictable. Eat dessert first.” Hellen Keller Why Can’t a Swim Lesson Start with a Game? My son goes to swimming lessons weekly and has been going on-and-off for a little over a year.  Every once in a while he’ll get into the water at the start of class, but mostly, he’ll

Adapting my Teaching Style to Connect with Introverted Students

My in-class style is energetic, active, and passionate. I know that’s my style and that it doesn’t necessarily connect with all of my more introverted students. So this semester I’m trying to find ways to include those students who, for whatever reason, don’t share the same level of enthusiasm during class. Sure some of the

Free photos – it’s way easier than you think to find and use them

Many of us find ourselves developing PowerPoint presentations, creating teaching & learning materials, and writing content for our blogs. Typically we grab photos from Google images, and then paste the images into their intended destination.  And we do this without concern about copyright, nor sourcing the image.  What? That can’t be.  We generally source written

What he lacks in pooping, my son makes up in reading – A nod to digital literacy

My 4 year old son struggles with bathroom activities but his reading skills are exceptional!  (What can I say, I’m a proud dada.) We’ve committed to reading with my son daily, but we also have also relied on the iPad to supplement our efforts. To that end, we attribute his success in reading in part

It’s Time to Dial up Webinar Engagement

I was on a ed tech webinar this afternoon where the presenter just talked and talked.  There were no questions, interaction, nor asking attendees what they’d like to learn or why they were participating. This translated into NO me.  I bailed within 10 minutes despite being very interested in the educational tool that was being