Friday, July 13, 2018

Donors Choose Has Rocked My World

Donors Choose Has Rocked My World. When I left the classroom in 2014, Donors Choose was just taking off in Oklahoma. There were a few requests here or there but not many teachers were seizing the opportunity. 

I have known I will be returning to the classroom in August for a few months, so I decided to start working on requests for my classroom in June. I was amazed at how easy it was to complete a request. Then it was approved by the Donors Choose staff in one day. Then a few days later, my request was fully funded. 

This fueled my fire to try it again. So once again, I submitted a request and in two weeks, it was fully funded too! I have to applaud the power of social media. I share my projects on my Facebook page and have supportive family and friends who also share the project to their Facebook pages.

This year I am reimagining the classroom as we create a student-centered learning space. We are a 1:1 Chromebook classroom who is implementing flexible seating, project-based learning and other creative and innovating learning strategies to increase student engagement.

If you are a teacher, go to Donors Choose, create a project and start transforming your classroom.

If you would like to help fund my classroom, check out our Re-imagine the Classroom projects.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

After much consideration, I am making a career change. I will be leaving my current role as an instructional technology trainer and returning to the classroom as a 4th-grade teacher. I am beyond excited and feel re-energized as an educator. I am eager to see how my four years of experience as an instructional technology trainer will influence my teaching in the classroom.

If you would like to help the students in my future 4th-grade class, here are a few different ways.
 - If you are interested in connecting classes, please contact me on Twitter @MGoviaEDU.
 - Consider donating to my Donor's Choose project as we Re-image the Classroom this year.
 - Consider volunteering 30 minutes each week as a mentor for a student in my class. Please contact me by email at, if you are interested in mentoring an awesome 4th grader!
 - Consider helping us fulfill our class wish list through Amazon.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Flipgrid Refreshed

I wrote a blog post about using Flipgrid back in September 2017, check it out HERE. However, in February 2018, my use of Flipgrid has changed a LOT!

I now have a topic where instructional coaches can add creative or innovative lessons they are seeing on their campus to share with all of us. 

I also use Flipgrid as a reflection tool. A teacher can create a topic on their grid and then provide a QR Code to the topic. I can then walk through the classroom, scan the QR code and provide immediate feedback on the great things I saw in that classroom.

The possibilities are endless with Flipgrid!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Productivity Tools Update

I recently updated my Productivity Ideas & Tips doc! I added voice typing and Trello. I love voice typing for our students, but now also for myself. I can talk much faster than type and somedays I need that! I also am working with an instructional coach to use Trello with her teachers. She is having grade level teams add resources to the board and the school is creating a personalized professional learning resource for all staff members. 

I am still loving Voxer! My team has started using Voxer as a consultation and reflection tool. The voice feedback is much appreciated and feels more personal than text feedback. 

Share in the comments some of your favorite productivity tips and tools!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Productivity Tools

As an Instructional Technology Trainer, we spend time working with not only teachers but school leaders too. We want to build the capacity of our school leaders, especially in terms of is 2018! Many of the leaders I work with struggle with productivity and efficiency. To help bring value, I share one or two tips every time I visit their buildings. 

I started compiling these tips and tools on one page this semester. HERE are a few tools I have shared in 2018 with school leaders.

Which tips and tools do you share with school leaders?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Overcoming the Ed-Tech "Techie" Stigma

I am NOT a techie! You do not want me to fix or network anything! However, this is the perception in my district of my department. We have worked hard over the last few years to change perceptions, but as the saying goes, "Perception is reality."

Our title has the words education and technology in it. This does not mean we are the IT department, who services computers, iPads, etc. We are just awesome teachers who love to innovate the learning space or classroom.

Innovate learning, what does that mean? It means we do not like to stay in our comfort zones. It means we embrace failure. We fail often and we fail fast. 

So be brave, innovate your instruction and embrace failure! Why not?

Friday, October 20, 2017

What I'm Reading...

I am currently reading three books; one just for fun, one for work and one for a book study. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Creative Projects with Google

If you are not using Google tools in your classroom, you need to start! Google provides tools which help students create projects, and presentations creatively and while collaborating with others. Two of my favorite projects are the All About Me digital poster with Google Drawings and creating comic strips with Google Slides. 

All About Me Digital Posters with Google Drawings
One of my favorite projects with Google is creating digital posters.Digital posters can be used in any subject and in any grade from Kindergarten to college. One way to introduce Chromebooks, Google tools, and students at the beginning of the year or semester is to have students create All About Me digital posters with Google Drawings. As the teacher, you can set up the parameters and expectations of the digital poster.

Stay tuned as this post will be updated with more creative projects using Google tools!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Catch the Fever...Flipgrid Fever

What is Flipgrid?
Flipgrid is a tool to amplify student voice. It can be used on PCs, Macs, chromebooks or mobile devices. it is a simple video discussion platform which can spark creativity and engage students in a learning community. 

How can I use Flipgrid?
1. Book Clubs - This could be used as an asynchronous discussion platform about a book. Each student reads the book and then share thoughts or answers questions relating to the book read.

2. Introductions - Making introductions and new friends can be intimidating sometimes. Why not make introductions before school or an event occurs? This would calm the nerves of some and allow for possible collaboration and rapport building before the event.

3. Number Talks - Number Talks are awesome especially when you can see the wheels turning in young minds. Flipgrid would allow you to slow the pace of the Numer Talk as well as provide an opportunity for every student to share and add to the conversation.

4. Exit Ticket - Flipgrid would allow for oral ext tickets after a lesson and allow for students to learn from each other.

Join our conversation
Share a few of your favorite lessons or activities using Flipgrid. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

There's a Bitmoji for That

Did you know you can add Bitmojis to you Google Docs, Drawing, Slides and more? Bitmojis are a fun way to personalize emails, texts and much more.

Bitmoji Chrome Extension
First, install the Bitmoji Chrome extension from the Chrome Web Store. Once you add this extension, it will show up to the left of the omnibox with your other extensions.Then create an account and customize your avatar to look just like you!

Adding Your Bitmoji to Google Products
You can add your bitmoji to items you create such as Google Docs, Slides and more. 

Bitmojis can be used not only to enhance products but also to provide feedback, highlight key words/ phrases, open a discussion, reinforce instructions or even as a response on a Google Form.

Share a few ways you are adding bitmojis to learning!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Discover Discovery Education

Discovery Education (DE) helps transform the learning environment by providing engaging, standards-based content. DE provides a digital textbook series, streaming services, professional development and a professional learning community.

Streaming Services
You can search for streaming content by topic or standard. There is content for all grade levels Kindergarten through twelfth grade. 

Professional Learning Center
The Professional Learning Center allows educators to learn and grow with each other as well as connect with others. DE offers resources such as instructional strategies, webinars and learning academies. 

Don't forget to connect with DE on social media.

These are just a few resources of what DE has to offer. Log in and discover all of the resources available to engage students and create digitally engaging content.