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

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 […]

Side quests - with semi automated XP

If you are new to the idea of side quests, consider visiting Explore Like a Pirate and GamificationEDU. The past few weeks I have been mulling over […]

Boss Battles with Google Forms/Sheets

For a long time, I've been thinking about how to do more than just award experience points (XP) to my students who complete a mastery […]

Assign XP automatically using Vlookup - Google Sheets

My last couple of posts ended with a question, "How can I give the XP generated by sidequests or Boss Battles automatically to students?" This is […]

Digital Citizenship - #IronChef edition

A few days ago, @goformative shared @jcorippo's interview on Every Classroom Matters, "What I learned About Student Engagement from Watching TV". In it, he describes […]

Data visualization, an important 21-century skill

Although the gathering of raw data and its analysis is not new, in this era of information overload, it has become an increasingly important skill. […]

Hyperdocs using Formative

Formative (which you may know it as goFormative) is a platform that allows you to create assignments, assessments, and homework for your students. It is […]

Differentiating with Tech

Differentiation, one of those words that is easy to say, but hard to do. However, as Peter DeWitt reminds us in his blog post "Yes, […]

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