Author Archives: Lisa Butler

About Lisa Butler

Middle school geography teacher, tech trainer, Flocabulary MC, Nearpod PioNear, and Edcamp Hershey Founder. I have embraced the power of purposeful technology and am creative with their application. If I am not doing something with ed or tech, I am probably reading children's books, baking with a toddler sidekick, running around, or dreaming of traveling.

Distance Learning Reflections

COMMUNICATION Weekly Announcement – this worked mostly as anticipated. Some students requested more detail in the directions, but most were content with the cliff notes version with the wealth of links directly to the assignment. Parents often commented that they … Continue reading

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Planning for Virtual Learning

I had started writing a blog post a month ago about intentionally writing lesson plans that easily convert to virtual substitute during flu season, since nothing is worse than having to write sub plans while feeling horrible. Obviously it feels … Continue reading

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World Shipping Monopoly

The most time intensive application activity I have ever set up is World Shipping Monopoly, which says something because of how many breakouts I have created. The original activity was inspired by the Boxcars, a world trade/shipping simulation created in … Continue reading

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BreakoutEDU: Nearpod Edition

There are two ways to utilize Nearpod within a Breakout: students can try to discover the five letter code to access a Nearpod or students can find clues within a Nearpod lesson. Both are described with examples and hints. Continue reading

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Unlocking Design Secrets for BreakoutEDUs

Unlocking Design Secrets for Digital BreakoutEDUs – I have created enough to be able to describe my crazy thought process. Continue reading

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Defining Whiston

For ten years my identity was defined by my job, and I loved it. I created complex lessons like Choose Your Own Adventure lessons with Google Forms or engaging Nearpods or collaborated on global projects. I attended conferences – often … Continue reading

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The Fab Flocab

Flocabulary is constantly expanding their high quality video content. Last summer a Geography category was to Social Studies, and in the past year many videos have been developed that align with geography. Continue reading

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Digital Differentiation Toolbox

My go to tools for digital differentiation: formative assessments, student paced activities, and teacher guided activities. Continue reading

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TDQ Professional Goal

So now that I have a sizable goal for this year, what is my game plan? I will harness the power of technology to efficiently provide students with a variety of TDQs at their level. This game plan includes Newsela, Google Classroom/Google Docs duo, and Flocabulary. Continue reading

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Is it a fad?

This brings me back to the question: what if it is just a fad? I do not just duplicate my lesson plans every year. They are constantly evolving and changing to meet the needs of my current students. So what if BreakoutEDU or Virtual Reality or gamified learning or badges are just a fad? Continue reading

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