The Speed of Normalcy

Live Internet Stats

U.S. Households use an average of 7 connected devices a day. Well on our way to 10 by 2020 regardless of social-economic status.

PEW Research on devices owned in 2015

We have a choice, they don’t

Last Generation to remember life before the Internet

List the communication tools you use personally every day to work and live?

List the communication tools you use for your school communication?

What are the overlaps and where might you need to rethink your communication strategy?

62% of US Adults get their news from a social media platform

Generational Communication Channels: 

65+ = Phone, Facebook

35-65 = Email, Facebook, phone

20-35 = Text, Facebook, Email, phone

10-20 = SnapChat for close friends, Instagram for community, text for parents, facebook for public

Using Animated GIFs for Assessment of Learning
Animated GIFs for Assessment Purposes

Slide Show

Video: PBS Off Book: GIFS: Birth of a Medium


Math (Chocolate cut)

Science (Currents)

Literacy (Rhyming Words/Compound Words)

Literacy (Reflections on our work)

PE (Running movements)

Economics (consumer product movement)


Australia state borders (Geography)

Fashion over decades (History)

Hieroglyphics (History)

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Suggested Tools:


Google My Maps

Text GOOGLEMAPS to 44222 to get the free PDF 10 Advance Features of Google Maps for the classroom

Google My Maps

Where are you from?

Map Engine Lite

Earth Picker

Smarty Pins

Sightseer Newsletter

IB Geography Lesson/Video


Environmental Sustainability Map

Text GOOGLEMAPS to 44222 to get the free PDF 10 Advance Features of Google Maps for the classroom

Text Number 44222 

What’s it like to work with Jeff and the team?


Text Codes

TECHRICHUNITS: The Complete Guide to Creating Technology-Rich Units
GOOGLEMAPS: 10 Advanced Features of Google Maps for the classroom
WIKIIN3: Understanding Wikipedia in 3 Clicks

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If you are even vaguely interested in keeping your thumb on the pulse of education–this is the book for you. From breaking down the anatomy of a tweet to equipping you with the basic indicators of ‘being connected,’ this text is a user guide for future-ready schools.

The book has something for teachers just ready to dip their toes into the pool of tech-leaning pedagogy as well as those who have been thriving in online spaces for years. The authors consistently push forward an important message: it isn’t the tools, it is all about the intentions.

The extended readings would allow any middle leader to use this text and run a workshop or facilitate a discussion on the go. I’m already tempted to suggest this text for a staff PD book club, and I know the authenticity of the examples would not disappoint.

What I love about the book is that it models ‘voice and choice,’ each chapter, each idea comes with a variety of avenues to pursue–the authors are practicing what they preach. I challenge anyone to finish this book without an abundance of inspiration pushing them to share their copy with a favorite colleague immediately.

Patricia J. Friedman

Technology Integration Coach