Creating the Baseball Catch of the Year: Exploring Scratch and Coding with Your Students

This week I spent a bit of time exploring and playing around in Scratch (Check out their YouTube video, What is Scratch?).  Scratch is a free online programming tool created by MIT that allows students to explore basic coding (using what is called block coding) to create interactive stories, games, and animations.  I recently attended a Learn to …

“Russia is Fake News” – Using Fake News as a Teaching Tool in the Classroom

When someone says the words "fake news,"  it is automatically associated with Donald Trump.  The use and the constant repetition of the words fake news in mainstream and social media have trivialized the actual meaning and heaviness of the problem that is fake news. Below is a funny video and shows the trivialization that the …

Parental Concerns over Student Twitter Accounts

This week I got together with Natasha Molnar-Fluter to create a potential conversation between parents and teachers on the use of social media in the classroom.  Below is an example of a potential email conversation that may occur between parents and a teacher on Twitter as an education tool.  The conversation brings up some concerns that …