Presenter


Matt Thaxter

Specialty Areas:
SMART, Lumio, Microsoft, Google, 3D printing, robotics, social studies, finance

About:
Matt has over 20 years of experience in edtech. He is a former middle/high school social studies teacher, elementary teacher, and special education teacher as well as an educational consultant and contest administrator for a multinational educational publication firm. Matt is a father of three who enjoys traveling and hiking with his family. He’s also an avid nerd for all things Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Marvel, and DC.

Top Courses

Civics for Adults: Voting

The process of making one’s voice count is through one of the basic tenets of American society - the power of the voting booth. This video is the first in a series related to how one can vote in their local, state, and national elections.The first step to be able to vote is to register. By registering, you will be allowed to enter a designated polling place and cast your vote. So how does one become registered? Let’s begin.

Civics - Type of Elections: School Board Elections

As citizens and/or residents of our local communities, it’s important to understand the different types of elections that we have the right to participate in. As residents of a local school district, you have the right to vote how school budgets are enumerated and spent. School board elections and budget votes tend to vary between states and even local municipalities — join our session as we dig into the details!

Google Classroom: an Overview for Parents

Are your kids using Google Classroom at home you wish to help out? What does that mean? How can you see what they're working on? What can you do to help your child? Well, here is a simple guide to help you help your child.In this course, we'll go over the basics of Google Classroom and what you need to know as a parent.

Google Classroom and Meet for Remote Learning

Using the power of Google Classroom, teachers can continue productivity for students and keep instruction going. Students can access content, complete assignments, and join conversations either synchronously or asynchronously. Along with Google Meet, teachers can keep students and parents up to date with assignments and announcements.

Google Workplace for Education Admin: Google Meet and Chat Permissions

In this video, we will walk through the process of setting permissions for Google Hangout Meet and Chat. This will be beneficial for Remote Learning environments or where students can work outside the brick-n-mortar setting.

Google Workspace for Education Admin: Apps, Extensions and the Marketplace

In this video we will explore the Apps, Extensions, and the Marketplace within the Google Admin portal. Here you can establish permissions for, or push apps, extensions and themes for students accounts.

Google Workspace for Education Admin: Assigning Admin Roles

What's the difference between Super Admin and Help Desk Admin? In the session, we will explore the different levels, and even create your own Admin levels!

Helping Your Child Complete a Quiz in Microsoft Teams

Here is a quick ivdeo to helo your child complete a quiz in Microsoft Teams

Beyond Seat Hours: Models to Encourage Action and Involvement in Professional Learning

Teachers are active learners. It’s part of the job and in their nature. Covid highlighted the great lengths educators go to find resources and better educate themselves so they can best serve their students. Self-directed, personalized learning -- which we say we want for students -- is sometimes overlooked in the professional learning space as there is a push for "seat hours." How do we change this rhetoric so teachers can spend less time sitting and more time doing? Join Michelle Blanchet from The Educator's Lab as she discusses what self-directed professional learning looks like for teachers and how your school might create a space and tools to support it.

Quick Tips for Elementary EdTech

EdTech can seem intimidating when you teach little learners, and so much EdTech professional development is seemingly geared towards older students.  Come learn how to implement technology in your elementary classroom and thrive, not just survive, utilizing it!  We'll talk routines, free resources, and how to implement technology to amp up your instruction to give your students unforgettable learning experiences.

Ashley is a lifelong learner who is passionate about analyzing data to create informed decisions, differentiating curriculum to meet student needs, and creating innovative pathways for students to grow and reach individualized goals. She is experienced in professional development creation and presentation, marketing products for EdTech platforms, and content-specific course creation for learning platforms.

Digital Online Certifications

Below are some popular Digital Teacher Certifications that are available as a series of online courses. Click on a logo to start your certification track today!

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Literacy Apps for Early Education