I created my classroom website (linked below) so students could access our goals, agenda, assignments, and important links from any device with internet access. Within this blended learning environment, students have more control in what they learn and the pace at which they learn it. I’m a firm believer in students having voice and choice in their learning.
Here our a list of my most recent professional development presentations. I prefer to present in a workshop format where attendees are working more than listening to me talk:
During the summer of 2018 and 2017, I presented at the InnEdCO conference (with the great Paige Dersham in 2017). My workshop presentation was for teachers, administrators, or coordinators wanting to introduce a 3D printer into their classroom or building, learn about TinkerCAD, a 3D CAD design tool, or who are interested in implementing STEAM lessons/Makerspaces into their curriculum. Also in 2018, I presented at the Denver Public Schools
To assist both students and staff members, I created screencast videos of certain rigorous tasks within the digital tools we use. The videos allow users to control whether or not they need to watch the lesson again, how many times they may need to watch it, and the language of the subtitles for students learning the English language.
Here are two examples of how I have students reach an authentic audience with their work. The first blog displays students’ reviews of books they read in our library. The second blog shows students working through the engineering process in our library’s makerspace.
I create Project Based Learning opportunities for my students throughout the year. Within the Backwards Design Template below, I provide my students an outline of the project including essential questions, daily learning goals, differentiated instruction, assessments, and a calendar of events.