Free Online Event: Google Docs Writing Workshop

How would you like you like to improve your students’ writing skills along with their technology skills? In this webinar, you will learn how to utilize the many features available in Google Docs to facilitate a digital writing workshop and maximize writing instruction in the 24/7 classroom. Join me and Simple K12 as we demonstrate how to


  • Use sharing and commenting tools combined with cooperative grouping strategies to provide students with immediate feedback.
  • Help students improve writing skills by teaching them to use the integrated reference and writing tools available.
  • Monitor student progress using the revision history feature.
  • Put the tools together to enjoy the benefits of using these online digital writing tools to support all learners.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 @ 1:00 PM EDT

Webinar: Unpacking the CCSS Academic Vocabulary Shift

Are you wondering where to begin to adopt the Common Core Vocabulary Standards? While there are many specific vocabulary standards clearly listed in the K-12 Language Strand, it’s helpful and important to look at Academic Vocabulary from the big picture view. This webinar will unpack the Common Core Academic Vocabulary Shift by taking a closer look at the three targeted tiers of vocabulary. 

Join me and Simple K12  as we explore some free and user friendly digital tools and effective instructional practices to support the necessary direct instruction of tier 2 and tier 3 wordsSign up

Improve Digital Writing Skills with Google Docs

Would you like to improve your students’ writing skills and help them bridge the gap between writing in school and writing in the real world? 

Join me and Simple K-12 for a free webinar on June 24th at 3:00 PM EDT to learn how to use Google Docs to thoughtfully incorporate digital writing into the curriculum. 

Sign up for this free webinar at Simple K-12. Be sure to check out additional webinars offered during this free online event to help you  “Become a Google Tools Expert“. 





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Webinar 2/4: Using Google Docs to Construct Knowledge


Google Docs Presentation Slides is tool well-suited for use to fuel everyday student driven research  because of the availability of efficient integrated research and writing tools right on the page. 

Teachers can use the tool to design student driven learning experiences that require students to construct knowledge as they create, an idea supported by the Common Core State Standards. (CCSS)




Webinar Resources


Using Google Presentation Slides to Construct Knowledge 
2/4 @ 4:00 PM CST
A free webinar, sponsored by Infinitec










ICE Wednesday Webinar – Teaching Above the Line

Join me and ICE as we explore 

Teaching Above the Line:

Using the SAMR Model for Tech Integration


Are you looking for ways to leverage the power of technology to maximize student learning? Researchers have determined that technology integration typically moves through four specific levels: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition (SAMR) The higher the level of an activity the greater the educational benefit. 


This webinar will show how to use the SAMR model of technology integration as a guide for planning and implementing classroom learning experiences that take student learning to higher levels. Join us as we look at some traditional learning tasks, align them to the Common Core Standards, and walk them up the line to show how to transform your teaching and “Teach Above the Line.”


This live, online event will be held Wednesday, January 22, 2014, from 5:30-6:30 pm. FREE for ICE members, but you must register to receive link and instructions to access session online.


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Webinar: Create Interactive Graphics for Teaching & Learning

Are you looking for a free and user friendly digital tool to help you create engaging, student-centered learning experiences to meet the diverse learning needs of the students in your classroom? In this webinar,we will explore ThingLink, a digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into a multimedia rich interactive graphic. Add video, images, audio, and links to any content on the Web with the click of a button. This amazing tool allows users to pack a lot of content into a small space. 




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Join me and Simple K12 as we explore inspiring examples and easy-to-follow instructions to help you add ThingLink to your digital toolkit of resources.

Thursday, Jan. 16th @ 4:00 PM EST

SAMR Through the Lens of the Common Core

One of my goals is to weave digital tools into the Common Core to design flexible, student driven learning experiences that are Above the Line as defined by the SAMR model. While this might sound like a mouthful of EdTech, I assure you that combining all that is on our crowded plates is far better than tackling each individual initiative in isolation. This idea is supported by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

“As education leaders incorporate the CCSS into school systems, P21 urges them to do so in a way that honors the fusion of the 3R’s (core academic content mastery) and 4C’s (critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, communication and creativity and innovation). It is imperative that the CCSS be considered the “floor” –not the “ceiling”– when it comes to expectations for student performance in the 21st Century.”   

 Weaving it All Together – In Simple Terms

  • The Common Core defines what students should be able to do.
  • Digital tools provide students with resources, flexible options and support to do it.
  • The SAMR model provides teachers with a point of reference to reflect on what they are asking students to do and challenges them to embrace technology to design learning experiences that allow students to do what couldn’t be done without the tech.
This digital toolkit is filled with resources for compacting that crowded plate and embracing technology as a tool to fuel deep learning. It can be used as a launching pad to shift instructional practices that target the CCSS through active student participation, providing them with opportunities to engage in the 4C’s. Explore it and dive in, one step at a time.

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SAMR Through the Lens of Common Core Standards
Webinar: 12/3 @ 4:00 CST, sponsored by MyInfinitec.org


Are you looking for ways to leverage the power of technology to help students develop 21st Century Skills? Researchers have determined that technology integration typically moves through four specific levels: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition (SAMR).The higher the level of an activity the greater the educational benefit. This webinar will demonstrate how to use the SAMR model of technology integration as a guide for planning and implementing classroom learning experiences that take student learning to higher levels. 

Join me and Infinitec as we look at some traditional learning tasks, align them to the Common Core Standards, and walk them up the SAMR ladder to show how to transform your teaching and “Teach Above the Line.”


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Instructional Shifts to Support the Common Core

Are you looking for ways to effectively implement and manage the Common Core aligned classroom?

The CCSS identify a spiraling set of skills necessary to prepare students for success. The standards are designed to teach students how to think. They call for increased comprehension, synthesis of information and the ability to clearly express learning. To facilitate the deep learning experiences supported by the CCSS, a shift in instructional practices is necessary. 

The seamless integration of technology into the Common Core aligned curriculum supports learning through active participation and increases opportunities for all students to have access to the resources and information they need for success. With increasing numbers of Internet connected portable learning devices in our schools, access to information is readily available in a variety of formats and often in the palm of our students’ hands. While it’s safe to say that many schools are wired, it’s time to combine digital tools with innovative instructional practices to get our students plugged in. 

Help students uncover knowledge
Instead of teaching scripted curriculum defined by a textbook, consider putting your teaching skills and expertise to good use during the instructional planning phase by using essential questions to fuel the learning. Essential questions require students to construct knowledge and when combined with a flexible lesson design this type of learning can allow students to express learning in original ways. There is no room for answers that simply require copying and pasting, and worksheets become obsolete.

Essential Questions

To get started with essential questions, first take a look at the content you will be covering. Use Bloom’s as a guide to develop complex questions that require students to use higher order thinking skills to answer. Take a look at the Common Core Standards and identify several standards that can be woven into the learning process. Design a grading rubric for use as a guide to define expectations for students as they create a final original project to demonstrate learning. This will ensure that the student driven learning experience hits the targeted instruction and includes those Common Core Standards. Remember to make sure to dedicate an adequate amount of instructional time for students to answer complex Essential Questions

Explore my toolkit of resources for helping students uncover knowledge and create something original.

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Final thoughts

Technology is a powerful tool for learning that can be used effectively to help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in school and beyond. Students can develop transferrable knowledge and skills as they engage in learning experiences that require them to construct knowledge. 

The Common Core presents new challenges and new opportunities to help us focus on deep learning. This requires shifts in instructional practices. We have the opportunity to redesign learning, let’s embrace it!

Learn more

I’m hosting a webinar onTuesday, 11/19 at 4:00 PM EST to explore Instructional Shifts to Support the Common Core. If you are a Simple K-12 member, I hope you will join us for a closer look at the ideas presented here.


Instructional Shifts to Support the CCSS
11/19/2013 at 4:00 PM EST

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Registration is open to Simple K12 members