Usability Research Improves Classroom Website

In 2015, Fairhaven High School’s Art Department developed fhsart.net. The website attempted to communicate the achievements and course offerings and provide students with a platform to display their artwork publicly. The team diligently and excitedly crafted the website, uploading photos, videos and writing lots of text. However, the group encountered one major problem. They lackedContinue reading “Usability Research Improves Classroom Website”

How Functional is your Class Website?

We’ve all attended a Professional Development session before and had speakers tell educators that developing a class website can improve communication with parents and stakeholders. Feeling energized, we run to free websites like Google Sites, Wix, or Weebly, design a website, and figuratively check that box off. However, we are educators, not web designers. EvenContinue reading “How Functional is your Class Website?”

The Five Whys Analysis

While many methods exist to research problems and solutions, one more simple and effective technique includes the five whys analysis. This technique focuses on cause and effects relationships and quickly digs deep into the root cause of an issue. The technique breaks down processes into a sequence of events and identifies relationships within the problem.Continue reading “The Five Whys Analysis”

Planning with Backcasting

Suppose you’ve ever watched the evening news. In that case, you might have noticed that one of the most popular local television segments includes the weather forecast, a prediction of what weather will look like at a given time. Instead of forecasting and predicting the future, I’d like to introduce you to the concept ofContinue reading “Planning with Backcasting”

5 Education Hashtags Worth Exploring

If you’re an educator and not on Twitter, my only question is, why not? Yes, Twitter has become the haven for fact denying internet trolls. However, it’s also an excellent place for teachers to engage with other educators. Educators regularly share updates from their classrooms, seek feedback on lessons, and develop innovative behavior strategies. IContinue reading “5 Education Hashtags Worth Exploring”

7 Ways to use Analytics to Improve Social Media Posts

We’ve all been there. We’ve produced something extraordinary, ran to social media, created a post, and then hit share. “Look at what we did!” you might’ve exclaimed, only to see no one saw your post. Before you delete your post and simply repost it, let’s look at 6 Social Media Analytic tips to improve yourContinue reading “7 Ways to use Analytics to Improve Social Media Posts”

Using Animation to Inspire Digital Learning

School is just around the corner for many students and teachers, and I’m eager to enter my media art class with some excitement. Yes, the past two pandemic years were challenging, stressful, and overwhelming. However, I’m really looking to motivate and inspire my students like never before. During the last two years, restrictions on collaboration,Continue reading “Using Animation to Inspire Digital Learning”

Photojournalism: Under Siege

If you had to think of the most undervalued job in America, do you think of photojournalists? Now hear me out. Which job in the United States brings immense value to society, engaging audiences through powerful visual stories, but are underpaid, overworked, threatened by technology, economically unstable, assaulted by government agents, targeted by foreign governmentContinue reading “Photojournalism: Under Siege”

Creativity’s Roadmap

Mind mapping success for students Many people use the saying, “Curiosity killed the cat.” I think the cat is entirely innocent here, and instead am a firm believer that schools are killing creativity and curiosity. Think about it, from kindergarten to high school. Teachers have built a culture that celebrates correct answers and punishes wrongContinue reading “Creativity’s Roadmap”