Category «EdTech»

Ted Talk, DocHub, and Phishing . . . Oh my!

I introduced my students to Ted Talks today with “This is what happens when you reply to spam email” by James Veitch. It’s a great video under 10 minutes long, allows us to speak about phishing, and keeps the students entertained. It also gives me the opportunity to have my students practice using one of my favorite …

Student Productivity with Chrome Extensions

I take a class period at the beginning of every new semester to “enroll” students into the world of Google. Many don’t know how powerful and customizable Google Chrome can really be with the help of extensions. First, I show students how to log into Chrome. Once logged in, all of the changes they make …

Kahoot & Google Forms? Yes!!

I fell in love with Kahoot several years ago. My students were instantly drawn to the excitement of the interaction, the competition, and the learning. I also saw a perfect opportunity for them to collaborate by creating future Kahoot quizzes. I made Google Forms for students to submit questions and answers for future Kahoot quizzes. Although I had …

Google Applied Digital Skills

Google introduced a new set of digital lessons called Applied Digital Skills. There are lessons that tie in well with technology, business, financial literacy, etc. I did the “Technology at Work” lesson in my Entrepreneurship classes. It was a great lesson that helped students see the value of technology in various careers and sectors. There …

Phishing Attempts Have Gotten Personal

Since becoming the treasurer of a large nonprofit, I’ve experienced many phishing attempts that have taken things to the next level. No longer am I just receiving the generic emails from a Nigerian prince or a stranded “relative” traveling in another country. No, these new phishing emails are customized just for me! These phishers are doing …

NextGenPF Podcast Guest!

I was happy to be asked back as a guest on the NextGenPF‘s podcast a few weeks ago to discuss my love of financial literacy, technology tools, and how I use current events in the classroom. Thanks to the awesome folks at NGPF for the great things they do to support financial literacy in the classroom, …

A Lesson On Passwords

Last week, my son came home from school very upset about being accused of writing an inappropriate comment on his classroom’s blog. I received an email from his teacher describing the same scenario that my son described. After a few back-and-forth emails with his teacher, I was able to prove to her that he didn’t …

My 3D workstation is complete!

  For the past 2 years, I wasn’t really sure of where to keep my classroom’s 3D printer. It lived on a cart in a closet and got wheeled in and out of my classroom when I needed it. Unfortunately, sometimes that meant “out of sight, out of mind.” I’d go a couple of weeks without …

Our Visit With Lollita (AKA 3D Stanley)

I’m sure that many of you have participated in a Flat Stanley project in some capacity over the years. Well, Flat Stanley has grown up! Thanks to the introduction of 3D printers in classrooms, Flat Stanley may just be a thing of the past. As a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, I am connected to teachers around the country through …

Bouncing Between Two Sites

While I intended to morph mrsprester.com into more of a blog this summer, I wasn’t exactly sure what my plan would be. At the same time, I took on the role of Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Business Educators Association (MBEA). Their website also needed an overhaul, so . . . why …

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