Baker's BYOD

The posts on my blog feature edtech tools that I use with my HS English classes, as well as educational events that I attend. I write about integrating technology and instructional design with a focus on applications in the English Language Arts classroom. As part of the "D" in BYOD, I periodically write about therapy dogs in the classroom; my chocolate lab and certified therapy dog, Brody, would spend the school day in my classroom with my students. I cast a wide net covering edtech integration, literature analysis, and therapy dogs, but balance the scope with specific and actionable educational practices.

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Posts by Baker's BYOD

Digital Portfolios with Google Tools

I realized that I was over complicating matters and making things too complex when it came to creating digital portfolios with my 9th grade ELA […]

8 pARTS and Creative Writing with Research

Before I share today's 9th grade writing lesson with you all, I have to give a big, huge, ginormous SHOUT OUT to my edifying edu-buddy […]

Blending Active Reading & Conversations with EDpuzzle

As I integrate technology into my classroom, I want to make sure that my students do not have their faces in a screen all the […]

Connecting with Colleagues at Flipcon16

While I couldn't be at Flipcon16 in Allen, Texas in person, I was able to converse with flipped learning pioneer Aaron Sams, Flipcon keynote speaker […]

Literature, Travelogues, & Google Maps

Integrating geography concepts into the ELA classroom is easy to do when a story features characters undertaking a physical journey. Students and teachers can create […]

Goldilocks and the 3 Bears of Productivity

Everyone knows the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. Goldilocks eats, sits and sleeps through the bears' house seeking what is "just right". As […]

Google Voice Typing & 2nd grade Homework

My 2nd grade daughter is a whirling dervish.  She is sharp, intelligent, but she cannot sit still. Get her excited about something and she will […]

Snow Days & Stomach Bugs in the Paperless Classroom

You may have noticed that it has been a while since I last blogged... since November... which coincides with the start of swim season (look […]

Crowdsourcing Book Recommendations #CEL15 #NCTE15

I am continuing to decompress from attending the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and Conference on English Leadership (CEL) events in Minneapolis, Minnesota […]

Happy Telemachus Appreciation Day!

I LOVE it when students are just as nerdy as I am. Last year reading Homer's Odyssey and watching the 1997 made-for-TV movie starring Armand […]

One Word: Vocab in Context Mystery

Earlier this week, I was asked on Voxer by California colleague Beth Oing if I knew what "oam" means in Book IV of Samuel Butler's […]

Homework is an Oxymoron

Oxymoron = a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction Homework is an oxymoron.  Home and work are two separate places. […]

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