Join us for Digital Differentiation with Google Docs

Join me and @MyInfinitec at 3:30 CST for a Wednesday Webinar that is FREE to Illinois educators and also members of MyInfinitec outside the state.

Digital Differentiation: Great Ways to Use Google Docs to Design Differentiated Learning Experiences

February 12, 2020 | 4:30-5:30 EDT

Learn to leverage the power of Google Docs to design personalized learning experiences that meet the unique needs of ALL learners in the classroom. Provide students with flexible learning paths and maximize instruction by embracing the powerful features available in this mainstream tool for education. Learn to combine pedagogy with features to support Universal Design for Learning and walk away with a template for modification and reuse.

Registration is open to all Illinois educators and @MyInfinitec members for live or archived viewing.

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Join Us for Wednesday Winter Webinars Dedicated to Digital Differentiation with Google

I’m excited to be kicking off the new year with Wednesday Winter Webinars dedicated to Digital Differentiation with Google. These online sessions will focus on a model I designed and developed in 2011 to provide educators with resources to leverage the power of technology for teaching and learning. Nearly a decade later, this frequently updated model reflects progress and celebrates growth among stakeholders in education.

Digital Differentiation 2020

The 2020 model features efficient and effective ways to provide ALL students with flexible learning paths for success by leveraging the power of Google Tools. These free, mainstream education tools are packed with accessibility features allowing all educators to level the playing field for learning and growth.

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Present Slides with Captions for Screen Readers with Google Docs

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While facilitating a webinar series for MyInfinitec, an agency whose goal is to provide access to the core curriculum for all learners, I’ve taken another deep dive into the current accessibility features in Google Docs for Education. One of the best takeaways has been discovering the ability to present slides with captions for screen readers with Google Docs.

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Turn Up Student Creativity with the New Audio Feature in Google Slides

Have you been trying to find an easy way for students to add audio to their Google Slides? It’s time to turn up student creativity in your classroom with the new audio feature in Google Slides.

Great news, Google has added an Insert Audio button to their interface, making it super simple for students to power up their projects with narration and music


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Putting UDL to Practice for Increased Engagement in a Standards-Based Learning Environment

With abundant access to data, schools can personalize learning to help each student demonstrate success in a standards-based learning environment. Educators who provide students with learning experiences based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning, UDL, can greatly boost the engagement of ALL learners, not just students with significant learning needs. 

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Digital Differentiation A Webinar Featuring Tools to Support Flexible Learning Paths for Personalized Learning

I created the original Digital Differentiation model in 2011 for use as a professional development resource to help teachers leverage the power of technology as a tool for learning. The model has been frequently updated throughout the years to reflect the growth, progress, and use of data to inform instruction.

On April 24, 2019, a webinar featuring the 2019 edition of Digital Differentiation was presented via Simple K-12. Members can watch the archived version by clicking on the link below. Not a member? Join our mailing list below to receive updates on when and where to catch a session.




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Teaching Above the Line: A Webinar on Using the SAMR Model for Tech Integration

Are you looking for ways how to leverage the power of technology to maximize student learning? Researchers have determined that technology integration typically moves through four specific levels: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition (SAMR). The higher the level of activity the greater the educational benefit.

Join Our Webinar: Teaching Above the Line – Using the SAMR Model for Tech Integration

This webinar will show how to use the SAMR model of technology integration as a guide for planning and implementing classroom learning experiences that take student learning to higher levels.

Join me and Simple K12 on Wednesday, April 17th @ 6 pm EST as we look at some traditional standards-aligned learning tasks and walk them up the line to show how to transform your teaching and “Teach Above the Line.”


Power Up the Collaborative Writing Process with a Writing Workshop

Educators who engage students in the collaborative writing process can help them acquire the 21st-Century Skills needed to be successful in school and beyond. A digital writing workshop can provide students with opportunities to become active participants in their own learning. All it takes is a well-executed plan powered by Google Docs.

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners has Moved!

Welcome to the Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners blog in its new location! Here you will find an ongoing collection of ideas for helping educators leverage the power of technology for transforming teaching and learning.


Cool Tools Blog has moved

Pardon the Dust

After 10 years, the old CoolTools blog has moved to WordPress. With a few clicks, years of content made its way to the new site. The words are in tact, the posts are in order, but much of the media has been replaced by messy links. All in all, the process has given me the freedom to revisit ideas and build on them to reflect progress and shifts in the Digital Classroom of today.

The Updated Digital Classroom

The new model has been created with some hover text to provide a preview of the topics that will be explored here. Stay tuned to watch the layers unfold!


The Digital Classroom 2019 — Watch it grow!


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How the LMS Market Can Transform Teaching and Learning to Benefit All Stakeholders

According to a report submitted to the 2025 Global Analysis and Forecasts at the start of this year, the Learning Management System (LMS) Market is expected to grow in the US from $5.05 billion in 2016 to $18.44 billion in 2025. As more K-12 and higher ed organizations transition to paid platforms, the LMS market has the potential to transform teaching and learning for the benefit of all stakeholders.

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