Kasey Bell's new book, Shake Up Learning is coming soon! #superexcited

Have you ever had a professional book grab you from the beginning? I hadn't unit I started reading Kasey Bell's new book Shake Up Learning,I love this book so much, I just had to share before I have even finished reading it,I am loving what I have read so far.  Kasey is best known for her website,, that is filled with insightful practical posts about using educational technology and the Google Teacher Tribe podcast. But if you are looking for a compilation of her posts, you will be disappointed because that isn't what her book is about. Shake Up Learning is about dynamic teaching (pedagogy) so your students can be dynamic learners. Kasy's book is making me rethink how I teach. I really want to make learning in my classroom more dynamic  Don't worry, Kasey does integrate practical technology tips that you can easily insert into your lessons. Ultimately, this book is about teaching and learning, not technology. Shake Up Learning will go on presale …

MacChyver Tech Facebook Page.

I have been remiss in posting to my blog. I have been putting most of my posts on the MacChyverTech Facebook page. I will be reposting them here as I get time. Please like the page if you find it helpful. I would also encourage you to join the Teachers Using Google Classroom Facebook Group.

Introduction to - Improved Student Feedback

I just started using Peergrade for anonymous peer feedback. Love it. It works with Google Classroom. So excited. I am working on two walkthrough videos and a full blog post. I hope to have up this week: one for teachers and one for students. It's free. Support is really helpful. You can run live synchronous or asynchronous sessions. Check it out. Checkout their video below.

Online Courseware Can't Replace a real teacher

For the last three weeks I have been "teaching" summer school.  I put teaching in quotes because what I am really doing is proctoring students while they complete courses on Edgenuity Courseware, an online course provider. Edgenuity website states that
Our courses are built using an instructional model grounded in research and are ... state-standards aligned. We combine direct-instruction videos featuring expert, on-screen teachers with rigorous assignments, performances tasks, and assessments to engage students and ensure subject-area mastery.  While the concept might be sound  and research based, I have a few problems with using this type of program with students who have learning differences.

For the highly motivated student with above average academic skills, Edgenutiy and other third party course ware providers allow them to move through the curriculum at their own pace, helping them earn credits and master content quickly. In small schools, it allows students to take …

Starting over yet again...

Once more with feeling...

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