I Am Now a Microsoft Innovative Educator!

I am now a Microsoft Innovative Educator! Yay! (Cue canned applause)Yesterday, my fantastic teammate and I had the opportunity to learn about many of the cool products from Microsoft that can be used to support work in education.  This all-day training, facilitated by PowerUpEdu and Microsoft in Education took time to show us ways to…

Make Presentations Soar with Sway

With Office 365, Microsoft‘s online portal of products, a few new programs have been quietly introduced.  One such program is Sway.  In exploring this PowerPoint alternative, it becomes abundantly clear how the possibilities for its application are quite limitless. So what exactly is Sway? Sway would be best described as a cross between a PowerPoint…

Spice Up Your Presentations with Office Mix

Office 365 offers untold treasures beyond cloud storage for documents and spreadsheets.  In fact, with it and updating to Office 2013, there are many new programs, and program extensions that have great utility in schools. Enter: Office Mix. Office Mix is an extension to PowerPoint which means that once downloaded, it adds enhanced features to…

Using Social Media in the Classroom

Like Key & Peele‘s “Teaching Center” reminds us, teachers do make a difference.  Sure, we do not make $80 million a year and when we transfer roles, schools, or districts, it does not garner such media attention, but we are extremely valuable…as are parents and community leaders in the lives of students. As one of…

Ch-Ch-Changes

MsWillipedia.com is in the midst of some changes and will be undergoing a re-design…much like parts of my own life.  There are some great things I cannot wait to announce, but will do so by the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year.  Stay tuned and remember that no matter how scary it may seem at…

Word Jam

Originally published via Ms. Willipedia Writes via Willipedia Media. My best friend’s husband excitedly bounded up the stairs from the basement to present us with his latest discovery: leftover wild Maine blueberry preserves that they had made the year before.  My eyes feasted upon them first before my tongue even felt anything to taste.  The…

And so Another Year Ends…

As the buses rolled out of the parking lot for the last time this school year, I was so excited to see my school babies go and grow.  Those eighth graders, who entered my classroom a mere nine months ago, who had made me laugh, shake my head in disbelief, and sigh repeatedly, were going…