The Purple Parade

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Posts by The Purple Parade

Micro:bits for 7th graders

We were very fortunate to have received micro:bits from the Economic Development Council of St. Charles County for our 7th grade Project Lead the Way […]

Robots for ALL Subject Areas!

Robotics is a great way to introduce engineering into all subject areas.  When creating robots to solve a particular problem, students must use researching skills, […]

Are Your Students #Creating?

Are Your Students #Creating?  Or, are they just doing crafts with no purpose?  Try to encourage empathy in your students.  Students who create with a […]

Reflections of ISTE 2016

Me, Hadi Partovi (creator of and R2D2 at ISTE 2016 It's been a couple weeks since I returned home from ISTE 2016 in Denver, […]

Google Slides ~ My 5 favorite tips!

Google Slides Google Slides is an amazing presentation creator.  If you are still using PowerPoint, DON'T!  With Google Slides' opportunity of anywhere/anytime access and sharing […]

Google My Maps - Not just for Social Studies

Ever since I participated in the Google Teacher (now Innovator) Academy in 2014, I have been amazed by the power of Google My Maps.  It […]


Are you ready to have an awesome unlearning experience in St. Charles, MO?  Then join us for our very first EDCAMP!  After attending EdcampSTL, I […]

Formative Assessments and Technology

Formative assessments do not have to be just paper/pencil tests. Technology is a great way to quickly assess your students to see where their level […]

Technology and the 4 C's

The 4C's include:  Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, and Critical Thinking.  The 4 C's came about by a joint venture of the National Education Association and the […]

Technology Collaboration/ Communication Must-Haves for Educators

Collaboration is the key to clear communication and cooperative learning.  Educators not only need to encourage collaboration in their students, but it is so great […]

Instructional Technologist

I will be leaving the classroom next school year and will be changing jobs.  I will be an instructional technologist.  You may ask, "What's an […]

Goodnight iPad

I have found the cutest book.  It is a spin on the classic book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.  It is called Goodnight iPad […]

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