Professional Development

EdTech Trainings, LEUSD, August 2014

Mini-Unit Links Click here to see a list of all the units created by workshop participants.

Google Apps Challenge

iPad Challenge

Today’s Meet Backchannel

Parent University, November 20, 2013

10 Free COOL Tech Resources for Parents to use with kids K-5

  1. Google Drive Use this instead of Microsoft Office. 30 GB of free storage for education users. See tutorial below.

  2. and Kids can learn how to program computers at these interactive websites.

  3. Calculation Nation Math games that perfectly blend math skills and strategy.

  4. Video Tutorials My math and language arts video tutorials for grades 3-7.

  5. Storybird Students created books. Read, write, share, explore.

  6. Wonderopolis Wonder and learn. Explore. Fun!

  7. Piktochart Design awesome infographics. Great for doing school projects.

  8. Greg Tang Math Games and digital books. Once required a fee but now totally free! Kakooma is a very engaging way to learn math facts.

  9. Cloud Save money. Don’t buy software and huge hard drives. Access your files from any device. Use the cloud! Choices include: Dropbox, Sugarsync, Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive, MiMedia

  10. Wimp Just for fun. Family-friendly videos scoured from all over the Internet. Many are simply entertaining, but plenty of inspiration as well!

Keynote and Presentations at Kern County CUE Conference, October 19, 2013

Today’s Meet Chat

Google Apps for Education (GAFE)   Slide Show  |  Notes

BYOD with Misty Higgins  Slide Show

20 Video Production Tips  Slide Show |  Handout 


LEUSD Common Core Staff Development, August 7-9, 2013

Google Docs Training Handout

LEUSD Common Core Shared Folder Click on this link and “request access” from Tim to join the shared folder. Be sure to add a note telling Tim who you are.

Click here for Google Apps for Education slide presentation.

Click here for “Transitional Unit of Study” collaborative Google Doc.

RecommendedDigital Literacy&Technology Skillsto Support the California Common Core State Standards

Google Drive Tutorials 


Sycamore Academy GAFE Training, August 7, 2013

Click here for Paperless Notes on Google Docs.


Canton, New York Constructivist Conference, July 15-19, 2013

Click here for the Google Doc “Handout”  |   Click here to schedule a dance card with Tim.

  • Tuesday: Google Apps for Education
  • Wednesday: Google Forms for Educators
  • Thursday: Critical Thinking for the Common Core Classroom
  • Friday: BYOD and the Common Core

I am available all week for followup trainings and discussions. Other ways you can have me serve your team: Using rock and hip-hop music to teach content (all grades), Common Core implementation, video production, iPads, digital portfolios, and other EdTech topics, “Personal Learning Network” on Twitter, student engagement techniques, and telling lame jokes.

Download Gina Wickwire’s Materials Here

Collaborative Google Doc on Common Core Websites Learn what’s out there. Share your favorite links. Comment. FUN!

Quiz Time! Answer my question on the fly.


Notes from Bakersfield Training as Taken by Participant
September 15, 2012

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Please add your thoughts to the discussion by submitting a comment below.

“Get your classes attention by having them repeat after you.
For example: You say “”Classity Class”” Kids say “”Yessity Yes””

Exercise: Define Critical Thinking in 8 words or less. Write it down in 8 words or less. Turn paper over. Stand silently when finished.
-Why? Discussion:
Limit words- focuses thinking, focuses on general definition not details
Flip answers- no cheating
Stand silently- defines end of task, forces completion of task since others are way on you, classroom management
Stress regulation- task was less stressful when working on our own and more stressful once standing
8 words? Too stressful for children, puts pressure to complete task in certain criteria

Tim’s Response: Exercise not great for periodic teachers  need time to develop the climate of the classroom  Your’e a Hero for taking a risk. Wants kids to be tough. Confident about what they believe. Develop a climate that promotes taking risks. Never really finish anything only satisfied enough to move on to a new project or topic.
Standing silently- Give praise to child who was last to stand and took their time to write their answer.
Limit words-
Flip answers-
—Methods Discussion
Pair share- learn from partner, speaking aloud helps make concrete thoughts, allows more timid students to be heard (Tim: students more comfortable after pair share. Then they will be more likely to share answer classroom wide)
Stand, sit- easier for teacher to listen, standing engages more brain activity, physical activity is good for fidgety kids, defines start and finish to task
Chain it- allows kids to have a little bit of control, could focus on child insecurities (Tim’s response- popcorn reading not good. Use chain it for discussions)
Teacher sits- teacher becomes a facilitator
Teacher response to answers- redirection, validates all student answers
Student response to answers-

Reach Consensus- Critical Thinking answer
Must agree, match paper
Change or blend
Stay until agree
Role play
Separate, find new partner

What’s the purpose?
-Must agree: works on listening and explaining skills
-Change in writing: commit to something
-Find new partner: connects kids to each other, interacting, forming relationship
-Teacher as facilitator: as soon as teacher tells opinion all student thinking goes out the window, students feel empowered, kids almost always come to the conclusion that you want them to, kids discover answer for themselves

-Change the way you view yourself as a teacher
—Ask open ended questions. Write them in advance.
—Ask students to pair share all responses first (gives teacher feedback on how well they are communicating)(don’t expect your kids to know how to talk to each other. Keep using the tool to encourage communication)
—Call on individuals to answer
—Respond to the person, not the content. (affirm person but not the answer. Thank student for participating.
—You are the last resort for feedback in your classroom

-Learning is an activity that can be fun and interactive.
-Encourage students to listen and to retain the answers of others.
-Research shows that if you do not use something you learned in training within two weeks you’ll never use it!

3 thoughts on “Professional Development”

  1. I have been to several of your interactive teaching classes and hve used this method since. This is common core in action. It forces kids to think for themselves. Thank you for your expertise.

  2. Hi

    I learned about your org from the Peter Gray’s Freedom to Learn PT Blog. Like millions of others I’m concerned about the misdiagnosis of millions of children (especially boys) of ADHD, etc and I’m involved in an org Parents Against Pharmaceutical Abuse ( and would like to send you a youtube titled Alphabet Kids. The public school system has been hijacked by big pharma and the kids are a lucrative market for this industry. Thank you for your wonderful org.



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