DIY Makerspace Classroom Wall Decor


Check out this DIY makerspace classroom wall decor tutorial video. I am trying to create a small makerspace area in my classroom. I want to make sure we do Genius Hour every week with my second and third grade students. This sign will also be great if you do stem or steam activities quite often during the school year.



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Creating an IKEA Classroom Makerspace Area



Check out this teacher IKEA haul video to see what I bought for my classroom. I am trying to create a small makerspace area in my classroom. I want to make sure we do Genius Hour every week with my second and third grade students. Let me know what you think about the items I bought at IKEA by leaving a comment on the YouTube video. I have a link in the description box to the same video, but in Spanish. Feel free to watch it in English or Spanish.



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Flipgrid as a Tool to Spark Student Discussions

This video is about the 5 ways you can use Flipgrid in your school and classroom. I also discuss the new features of this great video discussion app and website. Watch the video below to hear about the great NEW features to the Flipgrid App and website. #FlipgridFever



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Wallet Project to Introduce Design Thinking

This video is about the wallet project which was used to introduce the design thinking process to my second and third grade students. I also explained lagniappe, a term used in New Orleans, which means a bonus. In my class, it means students who are trying to go beyond what is expected. Watch the video below to better understand how I introduce design thinking and lagniappe.




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Giveaway: $86 Lego Set

Watch the video to learn how to enter the giveaway (US residents only). Also, learn how to use Target Dollar Spot Building Blocks in your classroom (from bullseye's playground). Giveaway ends 8/20, midnight EST.



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Technology Help for Teachers

This video was created to keep track of technology questions from educators. I will work on getting all of you the answers by asking my Google Innovator friends.



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Stop Unreal Writing Tasks in the Classroom


In this video I explain how to create a global classroom. You will learn how to connect with schools around the world by giving your students a REAL audience.




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Vlog like a Boss online CreativeLive Class

I just finished listening to the book, Vlog Like a Boss by Amy Schmittauer.



I learned so much just from this book that I decided to sign up for the online CreativeLive class, Vlog Like a Boss. You're going to love CreativeLive! Use my link below, and you'll get $15 to use towards your next class at CreativeLive!

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Teacher Vlogging Challenge

In this video I explain the August Teacher Vlogging Challenge. I also provide 5 tips for new Teacher YouTubers. This challenge was created for educators to reflect on teaching and to practice being video content creators.




Sign-up to the Teacher Vlogging Channel here: bit.do/dtbdavc

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Saying YES and Saying NO

Every time you say YES to something, you are saying NO to something else! This video is about maintaining a balance. As educators we make many decisions, and we need to be mindful of the choices we make.




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Google Innovator Application EmPATHy

This was the video I submitted to get accepted into the Google Certified Innovator program. I received an email on March of 2017 stating I was one of 36 educators worldwide accepted in that cohort (educators from 11 different countries). My cohort attended the 3 day training at the Google headquarters in London. #LON17 was a great group of educators. I enjoy keeping in touch and learning so much from them. It is amazing how knowledgable many are when it comes to technology (so surprise of course, lol). They amaze me!




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Yoga & Wine Retreat

This video shows a Yoga & Wine Retreat in NY. It was a fun-filled day with a group of teachers and fellow yogis. It was a 60 minute Open Level Yoga Class with a private wine tasting of 6 of the vineyard's wines.




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Target Teacher Haul #2

In this video I show you what I bought at Target. I wanted to go to a different Target to check out if they had anything different. I decided that Target is a dangerous place! Check out the great teacher finds.




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Trello for Educators

In this video I show you a great productivity app and website which will help you stay organized all school year. You can collaborate with other people on projects and tasks. I also show how you can use Google Calendar. You can integrate any of your Trello boards' calendars with Google Calendar, so you can view your calendars and your cards with due dates together in one place. To use Google Drive make sure to enable the Google Drive Power-Up on a Trello board. You can manually attach or drag and drop docs, spreadsheets, and even folders to a Trello card.




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Erin Condren Teacher Planner Arrived Today


In this video I show you my NEW 2017-2018 Erin Condren Teacher Planner. Get $10 off your first Erin Condren purchase by clicking below: *Get $10 off an Erin Condren Planner*




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#ITeachToo Tag


This teaching tag video was first started by TooCoolForMiddleSchool.
#ITEACHTOO TEACHER TAG QUESTIONS: 1. What do you teach and where? 2. How long have you been teaching? 3. Did you always know you wanted to be a teacher? 4. What is your typical #teacherootd? 5. What do you usually bring for lunch? 6. What is one of your favorite books about teaching? 7. What is one of your favorite teacher movies? 8. Who was your favorite teacher? 9. Who are some of your favorite teacher YouTubers/instagrammers/snapchatters, etc? 10. What is one of your best classroom management tips? 11. What is one reason you decided to become a teacher?




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Decisions, Decisions

In this video I discuss the struggle of deciding how to go about planning for the upcoming school year. I am looking at the new science curriculum and thinking about how to cover all the science units.




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The Teaching Tag: Learn More About Me


Learn more about me by watching this Teaching Tag YouTube video. This Teaching Tag was first created by Jennifer (Jennuine Teaching) and Charlotte (Apples & Tiaras) on Youtube.




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Great Find at Five Below

Here is a short video showing you a great buy at Five Below. Take a look at the ways you can use a tablet mount in the classroom. I used it with my iPad to create a video.




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Target Teacher Haul


Here is the video showing you my Target teacher haul. I spent way too much money at Target, but I bought great classroom supplies and decor.



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10 Books to Hack Education


Find out the 10 books I want to read which can help transform your classroom. The summer is the best time to read those "teacher books" to help improve your teaching. I am currently interested in learning more about creating young innovators, design thinking, and creativity in the classroom.

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The Start of My Google Innovator Journey

I decided to start my YouTube channel explaining my journey as a Google Innovator. Please watch, like, comment, and subscribe to my YouTube Channel.




What topics would you like to see discussed on the YouTube Vlog?

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Unboxing of an Erin Condren Surprise Box

It is quite exciting receiving an Erin Condren surprise box in the mail.  Take a look at the great summer planner items I received:

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Comparison of Teacher Planners



I am trying to decide which teacher planner to use for the upcoming school year. Here are three popular teacher planners. After watching my YouTube video, let me know which one you prefer and why.

  

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Thoughts on the book, The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs

About 3 weeks ago I read the book, The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs: Insanely Different Principals for Breakthrough Success by Carmine Gallo.  I know of people who do not like Steve Jobs, but I am on a mission to study innovation and the lives of innovators.  I do not want to focus on what Steve Jobs did wrong in his life, but on his principles of innovation.  This research will help me with my year-long Google innovation project and with my understanding of design thinking.

At the start of the book, the author clarified the word innovation.  "By definition, innovation simply means finding a new way to do things that result in positive change.  You're being innovative if you find a new way to build a business, sell a product, grow your career, live your life, or make the world a better place."  One of my goals as an educator is to help create innovators who will make the world a better place.  Many will not be the next Steve Jobs, but it is important for kids to know they can change the world in a positive way.

Another part of the book that caught my attention is on the topic of creativity.  "The secret to creativity really is to bombard the brain with new experiences and connect ideas from different fields."  This makes me realize about the importance of exposing students to various ideas and topics, to challenge their thinking.

I agree with the author that "America's education system needs an injection of innovation."  At the Google Innovation Academy in London, Les Macbeth mentioned that entrepreneurialism is a mindset.  I totally agree with the book, "Training entrepreneurs is different from training people to be employees."  It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes below:


Steve Job's seven principals are the following:

  • Do what you love and follow your heart.
  • Put a dent in the universe and inspire passionate fans.
  • Kick-start your brain and unlock your creative potential.
  • Sell dreams, not products and see the genius in craziness.
  • Say no to 1,000 things and say yes to simplicity.
  • Create insanely great experiences that people will love.
  • Master the message and be a captivating storyteller.

Two chapters have been dedicated to each of the seven principals.  The readers are always challenged to "think differently" about the following aspects of their life:

  • Career (Principle 1: "Do What You Love")
  • Vision (Principle 2: "Put a Dent in the Universe") 
  • Thoughts (Principle 3: "Kick-Start Your Brain")
  • Customers (Principle 4: "Sell Dreams, Not Products") 
  • Design (Principle 5: "Say no to 1,000 Things") 
  • Experience (Principle 6: "Create Insanely Great Experiences") 
  • Story (Principle 7: "Master the Message")

One way to think like an innovator, is to look at a problem and ask yourself a simple question: What would Steve do?

What potential do you see in yourself?  As the book states, imagine what you could achieve with the right insight and inspiration.  Where would you take your career if you had Steve Jobs guiding your decisions?


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The Start of My Journey as a Google Innovator

Yesterday was my last day at the face-to-face Google Innovation Academy.  This is just one part of a whole year of programming designed to support my Innovation Project.  What a fun way to start my journey.


Actually, the journey started on March 15th when I received an email stating I was accepted into the #LON17 cohort.  What an exciting day!  I could not believe I was actually accepted.


For one month, I interacted with the other 35 Google Innovators through the Cohort G-Chat.  I am so fortunate to be part of this bright Google tribe!


The Google Academy sure knows how to get us all excited.  One day I arrived home and found out I had a package waiting for me.  Actually each of the 36 Google Innovators received a package!  The BreakOut Edu challenge proved to me that I was going to work with a super smart group of educators.


The BreakOut Edu game kept my mind busy and by the time the others figured out the challenge and I completed the assigned project slides to start the Design Thinking process, it was time to get ready for my trip to London.


I left for London on Saturday, April 15th and arrived on Sunday.  The actual dates of the Innovation Academy was Wednesday, April 19th to Friday, April 21st.  I finally got to meet all the Innovators and coaches face-to-face.  We had opportunities to learn more about each other’s projects.  What a great way for the group to immerse themselves in the Googley culture.


I enjoyed spending time and listening to the feedback of the "D Team."  Dean Stokes was the Innovator coach assigned to the six Google Innovators which made up the amazing D TEAM.



I plan to document my journey as a Google Innovator.  It will not be an easy journey, but it will be worth the tears and sweat!  I hope you will come back often to read about the progress of my Google Innovator project.


Below I posted the vision deck and video I had to submit to be accepted into the Google Innovator Program.  Make sure to check it out.

My Vision Deck


Let me know what you think of my vision!

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