Staff Development vs. Professional Learning

https://pinecast.com/listen/ec08f878-1deb-4672-8536-68ed108aa7e4.mp3Teachers across the world are required each year to complete a specific number of hours of “professional” or “staff development.” Many times they are all funneled into a single room where they everyone is presented with the same topic, strategy, or technology tool. This is a very over generalized way to help educators to grow … Continue reading “Staff Development vs. Professional Learning”

Auto-Save with OneDrive

https://pinecast.com/listen/f1cd8bce-e5f4-476c-87b0-1dc617d1b6ae.mp3Microsoft has created a new feature in OneDrive as a part of Windows 10. Auto-Save allows you to automatically redirect your documents, pictures, and desktop folders of your user profile to the cloud in OneDrive. It is easy to setup. Simply right-click on your OneDrive sync icon in the taskbar and choose settings. You’re looking … Continue reading “Auto-Save with OneDrive”

Non-Traditional Instructional Days for Inclement Weather

https://pinecast.com/listen/f5fd003f-9046-4937-a6c1-0e8034e8eb8a.mp3West Virginia has made a change in the state law in relation to school instructional days and inclement weather. The changes in the law provide for school districts to provide Non-Traditional Instructional (NTI) days. These days provide for students to complete assignments as part of a “Snow Packet” from home in lieu of attending school … Continue reading “Non-Traditional Instructional Days for Inclement Weather”

Equity Maps

https://pinecast.com/listen/3fcad7f8-0cfe-41ee-91d4-31b7e5fec490.mp3In the classroom it is often difficult to ensure that ALL of your students are engaged and taking part in the class discussion. Our goal should be for all students to take part in the class discussion at some point during the class period. The larger issue is how to do that. Equity Maps is … Continue reading “Equity Maps”

Minecraft: Education Edition 1.7 Update w/Code Builder Included

https://pinecast.com/listen/5886d145-9d61-4e18-b2e7-e5fa6602cdb0.mp3Microsoft’s recent update to version 1.7 of the Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE) software has made it even easier for educators to incorporate the coding aspects into their Minecraft curriculum. Now that Code Builder is built-in to the M:EE software, students no longer need to run a separate program to learn and use Code Builder. They … Continue reading “Minecraft: Education Edition 1.7 Update w/Code Builder Included”

Why Should I Be a Connected Educator?

https://pinecast.com/listen/aed29090-230c-4f3f-90f3-1bd7605f9f0f.mp3As the Internet has become more and more pervasive in our everyday lives educators from around the world have been looking for ways to harness this to continue their professional growth outside of the traditional professional development that their districts and schools have provided. This has led to the growth of being a connected educator. … Continue reading “Why Should I Be a Connected Educator?”