A Modern Teacher

Today, I found myself looking back on my teaching expirences. I started as a general educator in elementary school. Since I decided to expand into educational technoogy a few years ago – my teaching world has expanded so much. During a planning period today, I found myself replacing Chromebook screens. There is certainly never a dull moment being a Teacher/Educational Technology Specialist.

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Blending Google Classroom

blendgoogleMy initial reactions to first using Google Classroom were mixed at best. The majority of my LMS experience has been centered around using Edmodo as a platform for any blended content that I would personally make. WIth the latest tweaks and updates to Classroom, a few issues have been since addressed. My main concern focused on the ability to turn off the student chat function. I still think the interface and document workflow is a tad counter intuitive for younger students (mostly 5th graders), but enough has been done to make it a powerful tool used in the right manner. I like the fact that students using Google Classroom can take them to the level of how we as adults use cloud computing. Edmodo was a bit to childish for my liking and perhaps even my 8th graders liking. Student engagement and interaction levels with Classroom give them the sense that they are working on document creation with a purpose. blendgoogle2 I have used Classroom extensively with my 5th grade science class as we started our first year with the Next Generation Science Standards. The document integration and creation capabilities of Classroom pair well with a curriculum that teachers need to curate such as the NGSS. As an avid user of Blendspace, I have found the best way to blend Classroom is to create my own documents for students to read. These documents parallel our class notes. I also keep a master Blendspace of our current unit, which in turn, I attach to any assignments they are working on for that given unit. Going even further, pairing Classroom with voice over or screencasts will definitely increase the capability of blending your classroom. While Google Classroom is not shaking up the world of ed tech, it is providing a clean and reliable blended learning platform (if you as a teacher subscribe to being a content creator and curator). I have enjoyed my time with Classroom as I integrate it with younger students. Classroom lends it self to an excellent workflow that students should get acclimated to at earlier ages in academia. If you are a teacher that liked Edmodo, check out Classroom. The change takes a few assignments for both teacher and student to become acclimated to, but it will benefit students in the end.

Tips for SEO

The better your SEO score is, the higher you’ll appear on search engines like Google and Bing.

Depending on the size of your online presence, you could make up to 20 percent difference in search engine results. In some cases, this can be a real game-changer, increasing your chances of conversion.

But keep in mind that having an authoritative and comprehensive website and an SEO-optimized blog page doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to win the search engine optimization (SEO) game.

That’s because even if you keep your site up to date, your SEO scores will change and your keyword rankings will be taken down if you don’t use technology and regular efforts to keep the site safe and secure, so sometimes the best way to help with this is to use a SEO company to help you with these efforts.

How does Google know I’ve done my job?

You cant give Google the whole truth if you don’t tell them what you’ve done.

So, how do you give Google a full explanation for your page?

First, find out whether Google has already assigned a high-ranking position to your website. If the answer is yes, make an honest list of your achievements. You can easily do this by downloading our simple, short, powerful SEO checklist.

If not, just keep checking back over the past few weeks. If you can find something that doesn’t look like your “good” or “special” work, you’re done a good job. The thing is, no one has done your job.

This means you’re actually doing something that other people weren’t.

How should I structure my content?

The content on your website should not change based on which page you look at first. One month it will be a blog post and the next month, it will be a chapter from a book.

What you do notice is that as soon as Google puts its “new” stamp on your website, everything that was deemed useless becomes useless.

So, its best to document your work rather than take a long time to find out what works and what doesn’t.

How long should I wait before I write a review?

You shouldn’t rely on anyone to have your back.

The best way to guarantee you get the best results is to provide 100 percent of your resources to your customers, but also write reviews with your brand behind it.

For instance, you might write a blog post that was written based on customer feedback. It isn’t a PR campaign, but it is certainly the only way you’ll show Google who you are.

The average customer reviews can be up to 5 pages long. That’s a lot of information to dump on Google. To make matters worse, if your customer review doesn’t stand out for a few days or weeks, chances are it will, in time, fall by the wayside.

Fortunately, there are several good ways to decrease the chances of your customer reviews going unnoticed.

3D Printing, A LOT!

photo (1)So I packed my MakerBot Replicator 2 to bring to a summer program. We are printing objects about Macbeth and Hamlet for 40 kids. As I was unpacking our printer in upstate New York, I realized I had forgotten the filament guide tube. I first tried to make a new one out of coffee straws – guess what? That did NOT work. I caught a ride into town to purchase a hard plastic 1/4 tubing which seemed to be nearly identical to the one MakerBot ships. Next, I find that my spools are tangled and we are having a problem keeping a constant feed of filament. I had students sitting in the back of the class moving the spool every time they heard the motor jump trying to push filament. I took a look online and found a model for a plastic guide which I then decided to print. I loaded my sample clear plastic that came with the printer and made the piece. At this point, I had 10+ objects that were printed in between jams, misfeeds etc. After some research online I found a guide that could be added to the section on the back of our printer. I decided to give it a try – and it is working. Paired with a new plastic guide tube and this new guide we are churning out objects. The best part about this addition is that it has two angles to feed the filament from both sides – for those who have a dual color extruder.

photo (3)As this was sort of a pain of an issue to deal with around 40 kids looking on to see if their prints would work, the ability to print parts to fix an issue is ironically awesome. The fix literally took 30 minutes and snapped right in. The take away from this process certainly has many benefits for the field of 3D printing. Even something as silly as monitoring the filament into the guide tube has turned me into a true maker in the sense. When you think in terms of creating without boundaries – nothing that you area teaching or doing really makes you nervous. I know that when a problem arises I can print something to help. Extrapolate that to other parts of your teaching practices please!

Online shopping is growing

Online shopping is growing day by day vary rapidly worldwide, with sales rising up to 40% annually. It’s no wonder that so many women are increasingly looking online and seeking deals to make their monthly budget stretch as far as possible, specially know that they can go on online coupon websites and find the best discounts.

Not only does it ensure that you always get the best deal possible, it also enables you to shop from just about anywhere in the world, without the hassle of sending out overseas packages.

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The difference is that shopping online means that you don’t have to worry about physical location, or having to wait on hold in an office to be redirected to an office. Shopping on an e-commerce platform means that you’re able to buy in just about any location and time of day, so there’s no need to wait for a salesperson to answer your phone or knock on your door to be able to order from your e-commerce website.

For more convenience, the e-commerce platform provides you with various ways to shop, including:

Buying online from your computer, tablet or phone. If you have a computer, tablet or phone, you can make online purchases from your computer at home, from work or at the office, and pay for it with your card or credit card. You can also make purchases of clothing, shoes, jewellery, furniture or electronics by contacting the seller directly.

Buying online from your computer, tablet or phone. If you have a computer, tablet or phone, you can make online purchases from your computer at home, from work or at the office, and pay for it with your card or credit card. You can also make purchases of clothing, shoes, jewellery, furniture or electronics by contacting the seller directly. Find your nearest retailer. The e-commerce platform also provides an online directory of local sellers from all over the world to find sellers with the best prices. Find your nearest retailer.