All posts by Aly Rumberger

I am an Instructional Technology Specialist who is passionate about digital citizenship, multimodal literacies, and exploring school library media centers as instructional spaces. I'm thrilled to be part of such an innovative district that is working to support students in becoming global and equity-minded young citizens. You can reach me at: rumbergera@issaquah.wednet.edu and (425) 837-7138.

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Teaching in Small Groups? Use Zoom Breakout Rooms!

Small group instruction is paramount to developing relationships, differentiating instruction, and progress monitoring for students. Luckily, this is still very possible in a remote teaching setting! Enter, Breakout Rooms in Zoom (yes, these are coming in Teams as well, so stay tuned!). Think partner reading, small group conferences, think-pair-share, and more! Breakout Rooms are also ...

Ed Tech Summer Training Resources (Elementary)

Did you attend any of the ed tech summer training sessions, and want access to the resources from those courses? Look no further! Use this Padlet Link to find presentation slides, examples, and other resources galore. Suggestion: open the link in a browser window and begin scrolling up/down, and left/right to find what you need. ...

Elementary Ed Tech PD Opportunity

Interested in more Ed Tech PD before the school year begins? On August 21st and 24th, there will be optional training designed to help you go deeper in understanding how to use Clever, Seesaw and Teams to support learning remotely. Each day is split into two three-hour sessions – attend one or all four! August ...

Flipgrid, Microsoft, and Global Learning Week!

Save the date – next week is Global Learning Week! This is a collaboration between Microsoft, Minecraft, and Flipgrid. It’s a series of free professional development sessions that will feature success stories and tips from technology-passionate teachers. It’s an excellent way to receive professional development as we close out this school year and look intentionally ...

Flipgrid’s Creative Updates

Flipgrid has some creative updates! If you’re familiar with Flipgrid, you know that it is a platform that allows you to create projects with video, text, digital inking, and emojis. Now, there are even more tools to explore! This gives both teachers and students the ability to record simple videos, as well as much more ...

Flipgrid “Shorts” – Share Beyond the Grid!

What is a Short? A Short is a video (up to ten minutes) available to all educators with a Flipgrid account that you can share beyond the Grid! You can find Shorts located in the top right corner of your educator account. Unlike traditional Flipgrid videos, Shorts are not housed in a particular “Grid” but ...

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New to Flipgrid? Try a Short!

When trying new tech tools, start small! Flipgrid’s new feature for educators, shorts, are a great way to dip your toes in. Shorts are quick videos – recorded on Flipgrid – that can be shared with anyone! That means that they don’t need to be connected to a specific grid or topic (#Beyondthegrid), allowing you ...

Celebrate National Poetry Month

Next week kicks off Poetry Month! This is a perfect invitation to be creative and reflective. Here are just a few of the ways that you can celebrate.   One way to celebrate is to share a focus poem for the day! You can either share one of your own, or visit Favorite Poem Project, ...

Flipgrid Roundup: Getting Started

Are you interested in using Flipgrid as a way to communicate and engage students? We’ve got you covered. This roundup will outline the basics for getting started and offer a curation of links for more information. (For previous BNP posts on Flipgrid, click here). Flipgrid Basics Create a “grid” for your “classroom” Share your classroom ...

Flipgrid’s Appsmash Madness

You know by now that Flipgrid is a tool to help students share their voices, experiences, and learning. By “app smashing,” you can help students create engaging, creative, and interesting projects. Each of the highlighted grids shows a brief tutorial for how Flipgrid can be layered on top of other apps to produce engaging digital ...