Teaching Above the Test

As a STEM, Project Based Learning educator, I share all the projects I have developed for use in my middle school science and engineering design classroom. I write about edtech, gamification, and differentiation, sharing my experiences and discoveries. I pay particular attention to things that can be used by all educators in their daily practice without having to invest a lot of time or money.

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Posts by Teaching Above the Test

Five ways to use Pop-ups

A couple of days ago, @JakeMillerTech posted a way to create a pop-up window on Google Docs. When you see the phrase "Code a popup […]

Collaborative Annotations Using Scrible

Book annotation 2 by Katherine Stone As many of you may have experienced in your own educational journey, at some point I was taught about annotating […]

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Eight reasons to love GoFormative

In a recent tweet, my good friend and colleague @JudyZaccheo posted the following "challenge" After trying @Goformative years ago and hating it....I think I’m finally […]

The "Once a Zero - Always a Zero" policy as a first step

First Step by Porapak Apichodilok  Every year at this time, I get pushback from many of my educator friends and the parents of my students for AdVENTURE's […]

Beat the Teacher - Back to School Edition

On many occasions during the game-based learning and gamification Tweeter chats I participate in, we've talked about game skins (#games4ed, #XPLAP). For those of you that may […]

Internet search like a pro - a lesson

Google Search Engine by Simon Steinberger Back when I first got a notebook cart (yes, that tells you how long ago it was), I used to […]

Digital Citizenship for Educators - KQED Teach

Pixabay via Pexels  Over the last several years educators have worked hard to increase their use of media in the classroom. We have witnessed how students […]

Appsmash your narrative

One of the biggest struggles I've had in the whole gamification business has been the narrative aspect of the gamified classroom. As many before me […]

Individual Rank Sheets - Google Sheets to the Rescue

Over the last couple of years, as my game has grown, so has my need to add elements that improve the sharing of ranks, perks, and […]

#EdTech and the 4Cs

I started my career as an educator 10 years ago. At the time, the buzzwords regarding preparing students for college and career was "21-century skills". In […]

Flipgrid as a "Turn-in Bin"

Like many of you before me, I've been struck with Flipgrid fever. This simple, yet powerful tool has transformed many of my classroom discussions and […]

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