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In an industry with too many “experts” that have too little experience, EDGEucating puts our decades of experience to work for you. We candidly shepherd our audience into the future of education by sharing resources we use and trust. We also share innovative, proven solutions for real and relatable educational issues.

Webinar Recording: School Climate and Culture Branding

In this webinar we discussed the first steps in creating a positive climate and culture in your school. It begins with creating an environment where the teachers feel valued and part of a team. Teamwork is essential and it starts with positive relationships between the administration, the teachers, and the paraprofessionals who work with them. We share several professional development activities that focus on communication and teamwork that are appropriate for faculties of all ages, experience levels, and abilities.

Stay tuned for our upcoming online course on this topic – expected release May 2021!!

A Review of Robolink’s CoDrone Mini

I have very little experience with coding or flying drones, but the CoDrone Mini by Robolink was extremely easy to use. Upon opening the box, I was provided with enough information to operate the CoDrone Mini as an average drone. The directions provided in the provided manual were easy to read and follow. I was extremely nervous when it came to the coding, but by using Blockly, I was able to program the CoDrone Mini to not only fly, but to do a flip and land. Everything was very user friendly and the doubts I had about my coding skills never came in to play. The CoDrone Mini by Robolink is a product that I recommend to anyone who is looking for a simple and quality introduction to coding. STEM and STEAM lessons would benefit from this learning tool that student will be eager to interact with immediately upon its introduction to the lesson.

A Review of Robobloq’s Coding Express

I was introduced to the Robobloq Coding Express Toy Train Set recently and the more I interact with it, the more I enjoy it. This was a great introduction to coding. It is marketed for toddlers, but for the full educational benefit there would definitely have to be adult guidance. The Coding Express has high quality parts. Its train track is solid wood and the train itself is adorable and a bit retro. Coding is accomplished through the use of color coded stickers that are placed on the track. When the train moves over the sticker, it reads it and completes the necessary action. There are many choices in the sticker selections and the set comes with 4 pages of the stickers. My greatest concern is the fact that the stickers have a limited amount of stickiness. When working with children, the stickers are going to be worn out quickly and replacement stickers aren’t readily available. If I could make one suggestion, it would be to make the middle of the track with a magnetic strip and the stickers magnets. Velcro would also be an alternate to the stickers. The playbooks that were emailed to me are a great asset to the set. They provided inspiration and ideas for the best use of the train and were similar to simple lesson plans. I wish there was a link to the playbooks in the set. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

Transforming EdTech Fears Into Faith

Have no fear! “Change has long been the most feared aspect of education. Regardless of its inevitability, each time it’s met with the same disdain and hesitance as the last,” according to Mike Patterson, of CDW-G. In this video we discuss how to conquer those dreaded EdTech fears that prevent many from prevailing in their classrooms.  This video will not just transform you as an individual, but it will complete transform your classroom and your relationship with your students.  Flipping the script is what it is all about.  This is truly the flipped classroom approach, if you are currently fearful of education technology.  Changing your approach will change your outcomes for the better.

Positive Communication Skills for your Kindergartner

In this video, I share some tips to help you improve your pre-k child’s vocabulary and communication skills. By preparing your child for kindergarten in this way, you are giving them an advantage over the other students. Kindergarten preparation should start early. Taking the summer to really focus on the different skills that I share in this video will ensure that your child is prepared for the first day of school. By feeling prepared, they will have a smooth transition from preschool to kindergarten. Although preschool may seem the same as kindergarten, they are very different. Follow these tips and your child will be a kindergarten pro on day one.

Put It In Your Pocket!

Pocket Google Chrome extension is the easiest, fastest way to capture articles, videos, and anything else you find on the web. With one click, the content you’ve collected appears across all your devices in a clean, distraction-free space—there to read when you’re ready, whether at home, at work, or on the go. Pocket becomes a personal, quiet corner of the internet where you can spend quality time with the stories that matters to you. In this video you will learn how to use Pocket from beginning to end. As an educator Pocket is great for jumping from device to device.  You will learn everything from how to download and install to the functions inside of the app.  This app has features, such as font resizing and background formating, that can be utilized to assist special needs students.  Find out all you need to know about Pocket in this video.

Evaluate Virtual Classrooms

As the pandemic unfolds we are faced with making changes that were thrust upon us. Administrators are making the adjustments in record time. At this time of year administrators normally are going through the procedure of formally observing and evaluating teachers. They are going into their classrooms and giving teachers valuable feedback. But what are they doing with virtual classrooms? In this video I share the rubric I am using to evaluate their virtual classroom and the things that I am looking for when evaluating my teachers for their formal evaluation. I also discuss the questionnaire that I use for teachers to do a self-evaluation. Schools have been impacted by the pandemic just like the rest of our lives and adjusting to the changes is something educators are doing on a regular basis. Teacher evaluations are no different.

Google Slides Tutorial

In this video you will learn to use Google Slides like a pro! This Google Slides tutorial for beginners is a complete crash course, taking you by the hand and showing you step by step how to make some amazing Google Slides slideshow presentations. It’s short, to the point, no time wasted, so you can get straight to work! Get your master’s in Google Slides in about 20 minutes! Tell stories that matter. Google Slides makes your ideas shine with a variety of presentation themes, hundreds of fonts, embedded video, animations, and more.  Collaboration is an added reason to go with Google Slides. The ability to easily share and simultaneously edit a Google Slides is a huge added bonus. Your presentations can easily be presented and/or shared with collaborators. Whether you’re doing a class presentation, a slideshow for a meeting at the office or speaking in front of 500 people, this tutorial is for you. Go from beginner, seeing Google Slides for the first time, all the way to an advanced master.

Lights, Camera, iMovie

In this video, I share a few of the features of my favorite movie editing app, iMovie.  I hit the highlights of iMovie.  After watching, you will be able to create a movie from your video clips and photos.  You will see how to edit the video clips to trim the beginning and the end.  Also, you will see how to add text to the photos you choose to add to your movie.  With these easy steps you will be able to create a simple movie and hopefully feel confident enough to explore this very user friendly video editing app.

I use this app to edit video clips into movies that I share with all of the stakeholders of my elementary school. Covid-19 has created requirements for social distancing that has greatly limited some of the choices we have in communicating with teachers, parents, and students. My school has chosen to make videos and upload them to YouTube. Then, we are able to share the links as needed.  iMovie has made that possible.

Progress Monitoring with Google Sheets

In this video I discuss using Google Sheets to track student progress monitoring. Response to Intervention (RtI) relies on the classroom teacher or her assistant to implement the intervention with fidelity and according to the necessary steps. As an administrator, I rely on my teachers to “do it right” and my classroom observations are all that I have to ensure the implementation of the intervention, but tracking student progress was a much bigger issue for me. Something that happened too regularly for comfort was the fact that a teacher would sometimes forget to do a student’s progress monitoring. This could have happened for various reasons, absence, schedule changes, school events, or absent mindedness. When we get updates after 4 to 6 weeks and progress monitoring was not completed according to the schedule, it makes the data analysis almost impossible. Our school district is not one that is lenient when it comes to documentation of the Response to Intervention process. If we do not have documentation of it, then it did not happen. Using Google Sheets has made this an easier process.

Stress Reducing Life Hacks for Teachers

Work life balance is what every teacher strives for! But, how do you achieve it? This video is dedicated to teachers and is meant to encourage you to better manage your work life balance. We know that teachers are some of the hardest working people on earth, but because of that, you have a tendency to self-sacrifice way too much!  Teachers are stressed. Roughly 73 percent of teachers report they often find work stressful. As a result, they’re more likely to leave work physically and emotionally exhausted and to bring work home. A teacher who fails to strike a balance between work and private life risks becoming burned out.  Which leads to eventually leaving the profession.  These tips have a helpful dose of reality, proven strategies, and access to resources to help you get your work life balance under control! It is possible to teach and have a personal life! It took me years to learn how. This video will help you reach this balance much faster than I did and add years back to your life portion of your work life balance equation.

Merry COVID Christmas

Celebrations and parties are being limited every day by COVID-19 guidelines. School Climate and Culture is a concept that must be maintained on a daily basis and keeping that in mind makes positivity a priority. Our students are dealing with so many changes and the thought that Christmas parties might be cancelled was something that I just could not allow. We had to find ways to maintain social distancing, sanitation, and guidelines related to food distribution while still having what we consider a party. In schools, we think about students first, but when it comes to holiday parties we have to consider the faculty and staff, too. So, in this video I share ways to have both student and faculty/staff parties during this pandemic.

Communicating with Stakeholders

In this video, I discuss the importance of personalizing the communication with stakeholders in school. I focus on communication with parents by using face-to-face video chat to ensure that the parents have the ability to make a connection with their child’s teacher. Also, I discuss the use of video for faculty meetings and the need to see the teacher’s faces when discussing important topics to gauge reactions. Finally, I discuss the importance of communicating with students face-to-face and how to have a virtual pep rally.

How to Use Edpuzzle

EdPuzzle is a great tool for turning any video into a fully engaging lesson that incorporates assessments. It can be used to add questions to a video you find on the internet, or to a video you created. Many teachers use EdPuzzle to flip their direct instruction.  Learn how to teach remotely or directly with EdPuzzle, a video customization platform that will help transform video lessons into interactive experiences for students.  In this video, veteran educator and educational influencer, Alicia Verweij, shows teachers how to sync EdPuzzle with Google Classroom, how to create video assignments with custom edits, and questions.

How to Relieve Stress at School During a Pandemic

Stress is extremely debilitating.  For an educator to be their most effective self, they must be at the top of their game.  While dealing with Covid-19, our teachers have had to deal with so much more than what a regular school year would bring. The stresses that they are under can become overwhelming and can begin to affect job performance. In this video I share 4 ways for administrators to address the stress that their teachers are enduring.  These tips cost little to no money, but may be the difference between an angry teacher and a happy teacher.

How To Use Insert Learning With Google Classroom

There are loads of Google Chrome Extensions for teachers in 2020, but how many do you actually use? Insert Learning is one you will find yourself unable to live without. This tutorial shows you a great free online teaching tool that you’ll be sure to add to your toolbox! In this education technology tutorial, I show you how to take a static web page and transform it into an active learning experience. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to use Insert Learning to add highlighted text, sticky notes, questions, and discussion prompts to any web page. The Insert Learning extension is an easy example of how teachers can create engaging lessons to their instruction. All teachers utilize websites all the time. Now you can create more meaningful, engaging, active learning experiences for students using these same websites. This Insert Learning demo showcases one of the most useful Chrome extensions for teachers that we have found! It is a must have and regular go to for every teacher!!

Top 10 STEAMing Gifts of 2020

In this video I cover the top 10 STEAM gifts for 2020.  I provide 10+ options for gifts with creativity, problem solving, and educational value. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) is all the rage and my passion, so hopefully this will help you decide on a product(s) that are right for that special little someone in your life. I’ve tried to cover a range price points. My own children and my classroom children at school find them incredibly engaging, so everything here should be good value for the end goal.  I have made sure to cover items that work for personal gifts or for classroom fun.  In addition, the ideas cover ideas for age ranges from preschool through early adult.  No matter what you are looking for, we’ve got you covered.

How To Use Kami With Google Classroom

Kami is more than just a PDF and document annotation app. Kami is the #1 downloaded app of 2020. Kami will take any document or slide show and convert it into a pdf that is able to be annotated on, saved in a students google drive, and then submitted back to a teacher. Kami is a go-to when it comes to chromebook use and works extremely well with all learning management systems.  With Kami, teachers can make their classrooms more interactive. Kami has collaborative tools and features that are designed to improve the learning environment for students of all levels and abilities.  Learn how to use the Kami, the Google Chrome extension, and be up and running in less than 15 minutes.

Top 5 Distance Learning Tools for 2020

5 Distance Learning tools that work for any learning environment.  Are you starting the year in a Distance Learning environment? I share 5 top tools to get started and reduce stress! These 5 Distance Learning tools work for any learning environment. The beginning of the year is always tricky and with this school year being completely unconventional and even trickier, I wanted to help out by sharing these tools to help! Regardless of the learning environment you will be using these tools will help! I guarantee you will find some new tools in this video. I hope you find these tools helpful.

Parental Involvement During a Pandemic

Parental involvement is always an important part of the education of young people, but right now it is especially important.  Even though it is greatly important, during a pandemic it is one of the hardest parts of education to maintain in a quality way.  In this video I share ways that my teachers and I have attempted to foster parental involvement at our school even though parents are not allowed to visit. I also discuss the app we are using to communicate with parents on a regular basis.

Fabulous Fundraiser Ideas for 2020

One question that I ask on almost a daily basis is, “How are we going to pay for it all?”  In these trying times, funds are scarce in schools.  There is so much to do and so little money for those fun things.  But it is the fun stuff that makes a school year memorable and keeps the students motivated.  I came up with some fundraising ideas that have little or no upfront costs and you can start them today.  My focus is on doing several little fundraisers at this time, due to everyone having limited funds.  But a little goes a long way. Check out this video for those tried and true ideas.