Todd Flory

Todd Flory is a 4th grade teacher at Wheatland Elementary School in Andover, Kansas. Todd is a Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Buncee Ambassador, Sway Champion, Microsoft Certified Educator, Google Certified Educator, and in 2016, was named a PBS Digital Innovator and the lead for the state of Kansas. As an educator, Todd focuses on providing global collaboration and real-life, passion-based learning experiences for his students. He has spoken on these topics at state and national education conferences, including at ISTE and FETC. Todd believes that teachers need to create global citizens in a global classroom to empower students to shape their future and the world’s. You can follow Todd on Twitter @Todd_Flory or learn more about his classroom projects on toddflory.com

Sharing Student Work via Kidblog

Sharing Student Work via Kidblog

If my students are creating a presentation of their learning on a certain topic or concept using online tools such as Buncee, Sway, Google Slides, or Adobe Spark, they can easily share their work by embedding or linking their presentation in a Kidblog post.

If my students are creating a presentation of their learning on a certain topic or concept using online tools such as Buncee, Sway, Google Slides, or Adobe Spark, they can easily share their work by embedding or linking their presentation in a Kidblog post.... read more

Expanding Class Reach

Expanding Class Reach

One of the largest benefits of having students create blog posts is the opportunity for them to write for an authentic audience. Writing for an authentic audience allows students to experience more of a sense of ownership for their writing than simply writing for their own teacher can provide. Even having the opportunity to read

One of the largest benefits of having students create blog posts is the opportunity for them to write for an authentic audience. Writing for an authentic audience allows students to experience more of a sense of ownership for their writing than simply writing for their own teacher can provide. Even having the opportunity to read... read more

Teaching Digital Citizenship

Teaching Digital Citizenship

I teach my students that when they comment on another student’s post, it should be as if the other student is present in our classroom. Too often, for both children and adults, it is far too easy to be unnecessarily critical and harsh with semi-anonymity online than it would be in a face-to-face encounter.

I teach my students that when they comment on another student’s post, it should be as if the other student is present in our classroom. Too often, for both children and adults, it is far too easy to be unnecessarily critical and harsh with semi-anonymity online than it would be in a face-to-face encounter. ... read more

Writing for a Global Audience

Writing for a Global Audience

Pen pals have long been an iconic and treasured part of education. Now with advancement in technology and educators focusing on 21st century learning skills, student blogging is quickly taking the place of the traditional pen pal letter. Through student-blogging sites like Kidblog, students are able to connect with classes from all over the world,

Pen pals have long been an iconic and treasured part of education. Now with advancement in technology and educators focusing on 21st century learning skills, student blogging is quickly taking the place of the traditional pen pal letter. Through student-blogging sites like Kidblog, students are able to connect with classes from all over the world,... read more