5 NYC Ed Tech Companies Changing the Face of k12 Education

It seems I am always talking about edTech. Technology and learning was my undergraduate research project, and my minor in grad school; I can’t seem to stop talking about it.  My latest article for the Yellin Center is no different. I took some time to brag about some of my favourite edTech companies changing the face of k12 education.  They all just happen to me found in my own back yard. If you are a teacher ramping up for the new school year be sure to check out these awesome tools, or if you are a parent looking to help your child skill build in key areas these tools could make all the difference.  Happy learning! Continue reading

Creamy (Vegan) Summer Squash Soup

The amazing people of CF NYC teamed up to tell the story of my accident and how Crossfit has made a major impact on my recovery. The very talented Mead Jackson (check her photography/videography out and then follow her on Instagram) and Steve Gardner (he is found here, and on insta too!) told my story in such a meaningful way that it brought me (and my mum) to tears. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. This is a story I keep very close to my heart, and the talented creatives who filmed this video made me feel so comfortable bravely sharing my experience with the world. You can watch the video on the CF NYC website. I hope you love it as much as I do.


Now many of you know that food and cooking has been as pivotal in my recovery as physical fitness has been. To highlight this other important aspect of recovery and wellness, Mead came over to get some footage of me cooking. I made up the recipe on the spot during the filming with what I could get my hands on at the Fort Greene Farmers Market that very morning. It may have been a hodgepodge, super quick lunch but it did not disappoint!  So without further ado I give you not only the awesome video, but this really awesome, really simple vegan soup recipe! Enjoy🙂


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Maker Movement Con’t: Design Thinking in Schools

Life has been busy. So I apologize for the lull of posts as of late. There are a whole bunch of new projects and opportunities on the horizon that have been occupying my time in a very, very good way.  However, I had a few moments to to pen a continuation to my Maker Movement articles for the Yellin Center.  I hope you enjoy learning a little more about Design Thinking and how it can impact and enrich the learning process. Happy Making! Continue reading

S’Cool Tools Reviewed by Educators: Google Classroom

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I have another EdSurge case study up on this weeks S’Cool Tools! I lent my voice, along with Colorado educator, Tara Gilboa, to talk about the Merits of Google Classroom. This isn’t the first time I have talked up Google Classroom; it has been one of my go-to resources for going paperless in the classroom. So Head over to Ed Surge to check out the latest article on Google Classroom to learn more.

Poet Prints Collaboration: Tech Tools for the Inclusive Classroom

Slide1This week I collaborated with the awesome educator behind Poet Prints, Rachel Poetker. She is an awesome, talented, and passionate Canadian elementary school teacher who, like me, loves to share her learning strategies and resources with the greater education world. You can find all her amazing curricular designs on her TeacherspayTeachers store.

As you all know I love collaborating with other bloggers -whether it is swapping resources or contributing posts I always learn something new. This week I shared some of my favourite literacy tools for an inclusive classroom with the readers of Poet Prints. Head over to her blog to check it out and be sure to poke around a bit. She has a lot of great things to share!

New Case Studies Published on Ed Surge: Dreambox and Learn with Homer

half_size_S_Cool_Tools__1_-1462551027EdSurge is my go-to resource to all things ed Tech/Teacher News.  They’re teacher-nerd heaven when it comes to digital resources and e-learning ideas.  I told you all about how I use the EdSurge product index a few weeks back.

I am excited to be able to share my professional insights with them and their SCool Tools section.  They published two case studies I wrote on my experiences using two of my favourite tools -Dreambox and Learn with Homer. I have written about Learn with Homer before and it’s power to sequentially skill build early reading skills. The program starts with basic phonology and works up to train young readers how to understand and comprehend short texts. What Learn with Homer is to reading, Dreambox is to math. It too discerns a learners math gaps and systematically works to close them and skill build using engaging, fun games. So head over to Ed Surge’s SCool Tools to check our my case studies on Learn with Homer and Dreambox.

Maker Culture in Schools

Education is full of buzzwords and trends. Some are better than others. Maker spaces, and maker education is one educational shift I am excited by. My latest article for the Yellin Center explores how maker culture is invading schools.

For those equally excitable educators who are curious to learn tactical ways to cultivate a maker culture you can head over to EdSurge’s Maker Guide.  It is a hot bed of great ideas and resources everyday teachers can use. Enjoy! Continue reading