Danielle Heyde

Danielle is an elementary teacher working at a private school in San Diego, California. As a member of the school’s Technology Integration Committee, Danielle is always looking for innovative and creative ways to promote collaboration, critical thinking, and student-directed learning. She is an Ed Tech enthusiast, iPad junkie, aspiring chef, traveler, and avid reader.

Sharing Student Victories

Sharing Student Victories

It is true what they say that you’re only as smart as the company you keep. The statement is especially true in the classroom. My students are constantly inspiring me and coming up with great ideas. Sometimes they will take an assignment and make it ten times better than I ever imagined. That is how

It is true what they say that you’re only as smart as the company you keep. The statement is especially true in the classroom. My students are constantly inspiring me and coming up with great ideas. Sometimes they will take an assignment and make it ten times better than I ever imagined. That is how... read more

Why I Don’t Grade My Students’ Blogs

Why I Don’t Grade My Students’ Blogs

All that writing and you don’t have a single grade? This discussion came up in the faculty lunch room last week. Should we be grading student blogs? It seems silly to have students spend so much time on writing, then not grade it. But after much consideration, I realized it all goes back to your purpose.

All that writing and you don’t have a single grade? This discussion came up in the faculty lunch room last week. Should we be grading student blogs? It seems silly to have students spend so much time on writing, then not grade it. But after much consideration, I realized it all goes back to your purpose. ... read more

4 Steps to Winning Parent Participation

4 Steps to Winning Parent Participation

Parent buy-in is essential when blogging. We as educators know the benefits of blogging with students, but parents may still be apprehensive. Your students love it and you love it, but how can you get parents to love blogging?

Parent buy-in is essential when blogging. We as educators know the benefits of blogging with students, but parents may still be apprehensive. Your students love it and you love it, but how can you get parents to love blogging?... read more

3 Ways to Use Blogging in ELA

3 Ways to Use Blogging in ELA

We’ve all heard about exciting and different ways to motivate and engage our students. If you’re like me, my first question is always, “how would this look in MY class with MY students?” As a language arts teacher, I am always looking for ways to foster the love of reading and writing in my students. Luckily, in my class with my students, blogging is the answer.

We’ve all heard about exciting and different ways to motivate and engage our students. If you’re like me, my first question is always, “how would this look in MY class with MY students?” As a language arts teacher, I am always looking for ways to foster the love of reading and writing in my students. Luckily, in my class with my students, blogging is the answer.... read more

3 Tips for Successful Student Blogging

3 Tips for Successful Student Blogging

As the role of technology in the classroom continues to grow, teachers are turning to blogging to give students a voice, inspire purposeful writing, provide an authentic audience, and publish student work. Blogging is a powerful tool that gets students excited about writing and allows them to connect with others around the world.

As the role of technology in the classroom continues to grow, teachers are turning to blogging to give students a voice, inspire purposeful writing, provide an authentic audience, and publish student work. Blogging is a powerful tool that gets students excited about writing and allows them to connect with others around the world.... read more