Friday, May 20, 2016

AMPLIFY Your Students' Digital Learning!

It is easy to feel like you're on an island when you are the only technology instructor in your school. Your teaching team becomes internet tutorials, blogs, forums, and books. Fortunately, Amplify, by Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke has turned into my favorite teaching partner, transforming my instruction and becoming my go-to technology instruction manual.  

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Book Selfies: A Modern Tech Twist on Book Reports

I love teaching technology, but truly miss teaching reading skills. There's something so magical about books! Even the most reluctant readers have a book that they enjoy listening to, or reading themselves. 
In the midst of Read Across America, I wanted to include my students' favorite books in a technology project. Thus, the book selfie project was born!

Friday, February 12, 2016

10 Reasons to Love Chromebooks in the Elementary Classroom!

When I was told our school's desktop computer lab would convert to a Chromebook lab, I had a teacher freak-out moment... What!? Chromebooks!  You mean my technology classroom won't be able to use Microsoft programs?? You mean we won't be using iPad tablets???  But, but, but...

Six months later, I'm loving them for many, many reasons. And, my kids love them too! So much in fact, that I've had kiddo after kiddo tell me they have received a Chromebook for their birthday or for Christmas.

Not convinced Chromebooks are right for your school or classroom? Read below to find our why I love 'em in my tech lab!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Techie Advice From a Tech Teacher

If you were to tell me a year ago that next school year I would become a technology teacher, my jaw would just about drop to the floor. Do I love technology… yes. Do I use technology often… yes. Do I blog, communicate, and collaborate with others using technology… yes. Am I a technology expert… NO!

Desks have now turned into large tables that hold tangled wires. Pencils are now keys on a keyboard. Papers that once took me so long to copy are now in "the cloud." My classroom has been flipped, and my teaching identity right along with it.

Hello, I am Elizabeth, and I am a technology teacher.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Learning Rock Stars in Vegas!

When thousands of teachers gather together in Las Vegas, we bring Vegas back to the classroom!
The 2015 SDE conference series were especially memorable because I was given the chance to present about using music in the classroom. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

ORA Conference: Reading Rock Stars

Six years ago, I attended my first Oregon Reading Association conference. I was blown away by the quality of the presenters and came back to the teaching world refreshed and excited to try all of the meaningful strategies I learned. I remember sitting next to my friend and saying, "I'm going to be up there presenting some day." Little did I know that the "some day" would come sooner than I imagined. 
There I was, standing in front of dedicated, passionate, and smart educators sharing one of my passions.. Integrating music in the classroom! 

Are you ready for some resources and materials you can share with your students!?! 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Deck the Classroom!

It's the most wonderful time of the year! December! The weather gets colder, the days get shorter, and the Christmas decorations are everywhere! 
I'm excited to share some pictures of my classroom decorations and Christmas themed projects! 
I'm linking up with Step into Second Grade's Deck the Classroom Linky!