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Nate Ridgway is a tech-loving history teacher in Indianapolis, Indiana. He specializes in lesson design and differentiation and also is licensed in Special Education Mild Interventions. He's taught in both middle school and high school settings, but currently is enjoying teaching World History & Dual Credit U.S. History. He is currently finishing a Master's degree in History at the University of Indianapolis.

Angie Ridgway began her career in middle and high school Spanish teaching. She's now working with future secondary teachers and new faculty members at the University of Indianapolis. Her passion lies in supporting new teachers' work in the implementation of original pedagogies that strive to meet all students' needs. She holds an M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with areas of emphasis in secondary education and Spanish.

The Five Principles of Don’t Ditch That Tech

  1. Technology should be used to enhance students’ learning and should rely on evidence-based practices. There is no substitute for great teaching or great student-to-teacher relationships.
  2. Technology should help us work with content in interactive, meaningful ways.
  3. Technology should help teachers and students cross varied developmental levels. 
  4. Technology should eventually empower students to be designers of their own learning. The goal is for students to become critical thinkers and life-long learners.
  5. Technology should promote reflection and metacognition.

Iorad - online tutorial builder 

A Dangerously Powerful EdTech App: iorad (from Teaching from the Ridge blog)

Dotstorming -- Dotstorming takes the process of dot voting online to allow groups of people to collaborate on a topic.

Penzu Journal -- A private, 100% customizable online journal.

Twitter: @TeachFromRidge


Resources Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Melanie Samson-Cormie (Edmonton CA) -- Loves Google Classroom, but Moodle is so visual. Add HTML. Teaches grades 5 and 6. It can be tough to navigate. Tips for making it more visual or easier to navigate.

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