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Reflections on technology in education.

Product Review: Activeon Gold Action Camera

Posted on Nov 24, 2017 in Connect2Tech | 0 comments

Product Review: Activeon Gold Action Camera

Wait-isn’t this blog about education? Yes, in this post I will be educating you on a great deal. Since I returned from CAGTI 17 I have been wanting a 360 camera or a GoPro. Both would be ideal. But the great people at The Douglas Stewart Company, along with my BFF’s at iOgrapher sent me an Activeon Gold Action camera along with iOgrapher accessories, as a thank you for appearing in their webinar. I think all teachers should have as many video tools as they can get their hands on for not only their student’s but to capture the pure joy of teaching. I can now capture action...

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Why We Need Change at the College Level

Posted on Nov 14, 2017 in Connect2Tech | 0 comments

Why We Need Change at the College Level

Last week I talked about the debate going on at my school over summer assignments. This really all goes back to the expectations of colleges and telling parents that their students need to take as many AP/Honors classes that they can fit into their schedule. And if they need to be on meds to keep up with the schedule so be it. The competition is too great. I am appalled by what has become the education standard in the US. I have a lot of personal experience with this that I am going to share with you. You may or may not agree with what I say, but I ask that you look at your children and...

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The Great Summer Assignment Debate

Posted on Nov 5, 2017 in Connect2Tech | 0 comments

The Great Summer Assignment Debate

Recently at our school curriculum meeting the topic of summer assignments came into debate. It of course led to a discussion on homework, AP exams, college expectations, Honors vs. AP expectations etc. It was and will continue to be an ongoing discussion. The topic came up after several parents emailed the principal to complain that their students had spent the entire summer completing these assignments, then started the new year off extremely stressed, especially the freshmen. I am not a fan of summer assignments. As a teacher, I want my own summer to be spent with my family and therefore,...

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The Best Tools for Video in the Classroom

Posted on Oct 16, 2017 in Connect2Tech | 0 comments

The Best Tools for Video in the Classroom

Video has become the single most powerful tool for educators in the classroom in my opinion. Gone are the days when students would tell their parents, “All we do is watch videos,” and soon the parent was reporting the teacher to the administration. Now students are creating videos themselves and teachers are using them in ways they never dreamed of. I began my career in video. Video edit bays rented for $3-4,000 a day back then and everyone was editing on (gasp!) tape. There are still teachers who are mourning the loss of their VHS machines in the classroom as their dozens of...

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Collaborative Google Videos? Say what?

Posted on Oct 8, 2017 in Connect2Tech | 0 comments

Collaborative Google Videos? Say what?

I will say it again. Collaborative Google Slide activities are my favorite go-to lesson and sub-plan. Lately I have been doing at least one collaborate Google activity a week. What I love is the ease of grading and presenting. One slide deck, one document, one anything. Then this week the light bulb went off in my head and I realized I could do this with my student videos. What you say? How? Of course this light bulb went off AFTER my yearly observation so I did not get the chance to wow my principal. Heavy sigh. Next time. Our school use Blackboard as a student learning management system....

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