SPS Digital Learning Hour featuring Barbara Cheney

SPS Digital Learning Hour featuring Barbara Cheney

For this week’s podcast we are going back to the summer and learning all about what Barbara Cheney from Indian Orchard.  Barbara’s experiences range from kindergarten all the way through 12th grade. We discussed teaching early in her career through COVID to now. I have always loved teaching Summer School, and Barbara is part of a cool program during summer school through the Inventor’s Hall of Fame. I even got the chance to visit her class and we made a…

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Time to Ride the Wakelet Wave!

Time to Ride the Wakelet Wave!

Alright, I must admit to you a little organizational secret that I use. I love Wakelet! If I were to boil this tool down to a brief description, I would say it is like Pinterest, but better. A statement like that might not mean much to you and does no justice to the power of this tool, so let me elaborate. What is Wakelet? Wakelet is bookmark manager that allows you to organize your bookmarks and take notes on them as you…

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Blended Learning, Is It for You? (Part 3)

Blended Learning, Is It for You? (Part 3)

We have come to the end the of the Blended Learning series. In this post we will look at ways that you can start to integrate Blended Learning strategies into your classroom. Before we get into the how, let’s look at our definition of Blended Learning. Blended learning is a teaching approach that blends both digital and in-person teaching methods. When it comes to this teaching approach let’s look at things that you are most likely already do in your classroom….

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SPS Digital Learning Hour featuring Karen Toro and Courtney Ciras

SPS Digital Learning Hour featuring Karen Toro and Courtney Ciras

This week I am bringing you an incredibly special episode. Over the summer I met Karen Toro and Courtney Ciras from Alice B. Beal Elementary School. During the summer, as teachers, we can really develop new practices in a low-pressure environment. This also means that we get to try new things. With close to 25 years teaching experience combined and Karen coming up through the Springfield School system, these two were ready to try something new!  This is where Courtney…

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Blended Learning, Is It for You? (Part 2)

Blended Learning, Is It for You? (Part 2)

Today, we are diving into the different ways a teacher can run a blended learning classroom. A quick recap of our last post. We discussed how blended learning can be beneficial to the way you run your classroom and I pointed out three ways that blended learning can work for you based on the description I got from teachers that I have been working with. Recap: Blended learning is a teaching approach that blends both digital and in-person teaching methods. Blended…

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SPS Digital Learning Hour featuring Denise Cote

SPS Digital Learning Hour featuring Denise Cote

This week’s podcast we interviewed Denise Cote, a Middle School English Teacher from Springfield’s Conservatory of the Arts. Mike and Denise talked all about the use of technology in the district for the last 17 years! During the interview you will learn how Denise first adopted technology in her classrooms and how that technology continues to enhance her teaching. Denise has also been a proponent of Professional Development and has taken on the 22 Tools Challenge head on. When the…

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Blending Learning: Is It For You? (Part 1)

Blending Learning: Is It For You? (Part 1)

As I sit back and reflect on the past two years of education, my mind began to think about aspects of remote and hybrid learning that worked and aspects that could be improved upon. For most of us reading this blog post school is in person; we might be tempted to go back to 2019 and run our classroom pre-Covid. I believe that would be a mistake, since there was a lot of great learning that took place and for…

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SPS Digital Learning Hour featuring Sarah DeFeo

SPS Digital Learning Hour featuring Sarah DeFeo

Welcome to the start of a new school year. For the first episode of the year we spoke with Sarah DeFeo. This interview was recorded near the end of last year and we thought it would be a great way to start this year. Sarah teaches at White Street Elementary School and has been there for the last eight years. Sarah came to teaching 2nd grade as a career change. Throughout the interview we discussed how technology has been used…

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Welcome Back 2022-2023!

Welcome Back 2022-2023!

Summer was way too short! I still hold out that summer is here until the end of the Big E (The biggest fair in all of New England), even though we are back in school. We’ve had an exciting summer around here at Digital Learning and Assessment (DLA) and we can’t wait for the school year to begin. We hope that all the changes that we have made over the summer help you all use technology more efficiently. Over the…

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OneNote Series: Ways to Use It!

OneNote Series: Ways to Use It!

For our final week for the OneNote series, we are looking at examples of how teachers can use OneNote in the classroom and even for their personal organization. In Digital Learning, we have 5 separate Notebooks that we use to keep each other up to date on meetings, information that needs to be shared, tracking of concerns, trainings that we have done, and so much more. For us, the ability to keep all the projects we are working on in…

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