Wednesday, July 17, 2019

It's official!

Just completed the Seesaw ambassador training, and I'm really excited to experiment with the new creative tools!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

The 4th was with us today

The 4th was with us today as 33 (thirty-three) 2nd graders successfully claimed their accounts, set their passwords, (the ones they wrote themselves!) and then logged on to their computers using their brand new creds AT THE SAME TIME IN UNDER AN HOUR DURING THE LAST PERIOD ON FRIDAY. They even maintained a pin-drop quiet class (yeah, 33 2nd grade students didn’t talk for almost 5 minutes!) while I called tech support to unlock the two (only two!!!) accounts of students who tried unsuccessfully too many times in a row... oh yeah: I WAS THE ONLY ADULT IN THE ROOM. #maythe4thbewithyou #the4thisstrongwiththisone

Saturday, February 17, 2018


I am a teacher and you want to arm me? The NRA says the answer to stop school shootings is more guns. But we say, arm us with more resources not more guns. Mary Cathryn Ricker NRA - National Rifle Association of America Read More...

Monday, February 5, 2018

Read This: 3rd Grade Class Looking for Comfy Reading Spots! | project by Ms. Ortiz

Can you help?

My students need comfortable seating, pillows and beanbags, for independent reading time. My students are an amazing group of third graders who reside on the northwest side of the city of the Chica... Read More...

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Perspective | This school librarian teaches students about (actual) fake news. Here’s how parents can, too.

“Congress, tech companies, algorithms or legislation can’t save us from fake news, alternate facts or hate speech. Only our brains, our own ability to think and our own innate skepticism can. When we ask other people to do the work for us, we’ve already lost the battle. We need to teach this to our children.”

Here are techniques I teach to my students, easily adaptable for use at home. Read More...

Tech Buddies: Building Technology Skills Through Peer Teaching


See the learning on both sides when fifth graders teach computer skills to first graders. Read More...