Mimio Educator

Kelly Bielefeld

Kelly Bielefeld has 12 years of experience as an elementary school principal. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Kansas State University, and master's degrees in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership & Administration from Wichita State University. As a principal, he has worked in rural, urban, and suburban schools along with having experience in both parochial and public school setting.
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Makerspace Hacks: Ideas for Saving Time and Money

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Become a Makerspace Rock Star While Saving Time and Money

You are a progressive, cutting-edge classroom teacher who knows the benefits of project-based learning and how it incorporates both critical thinking skills and 21st century learning. You have been reading about a trending idea to meet the needs of today’s learners: a makerspace.

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Topics: curriculum, The Maker Movement, tips fpr teachers

Performing Whole-Class Checks When Assessment Tools Aren't Available

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Do They Get It?

A few months ago, I shared an article on checking for understanding in a 1:1 classroom. Because there are many classrooms that do not have aa assessment device for every student, I wanted to share some other ideas for how to check whole groups of students to see if they are understanding the content and confident in their learning.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, classroom assessment, curriculum, Whole-Class

EdTech Resolutions for 2017

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Jan 11, 2017

As we turn the calendar, we have a new year full of possibilities. Even with all these possibilities, we also know that old habits die hard—this is why listing our new year’s resolutions is a popular practice and can be very profound. The list either helps us to do something new that we have always wanted to try, or start doing something we have known for a while and need to pick up again. 

So for 2017, I have developed my top list of things I would like to do, improve at, or focus on for the year. These resolutions are aimed at improving my knowledge of educational technology (and more!) and are in no particular order—and a few are a little tongue in cheek!

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, curriculum, tips for teachers

Adapting the Growth Mindset: How Educators Can Guide All Learners

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Dec 14, 2016


The “growth mindset,” popularized by Carol Dweck, has become a hot topic in the education world—and rightfully so. The concepts outlined in Dweck’s book resonate with much of what teachers already know, and challenge some of the current practices of the educational system. 

Teachers know that through encouragement, goal setting, and hard work, students can develop grit, determination, and self-efficacy. Some kids walk into the classroom with their mind already “set” to be unsuccessful, but teachers have watched students who persevere become much more successful adults than other students who don’t have this trait.

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Topics: curriculum, education industry, tips for teachers

Must-Have Chrome Extensions for Teachers

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Dec 8, 2016

More and more educators are finding that Chrome extensions are a useful classroom tool. We detailed our must-have extensions for students in a previous post, but these tools can be just as handy for teachers. Teachers can use extensions with students and on student devices, but can also use them on their own to help them operate more efficiently as a teacher. Chrome extensions function in a variety of ways—some change functionality within the Chrome browser, some create access to different websites, and others allow students and teachers to use Google applications in different ways.

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Topics: Educational Software, Education Technology, Educational Apps

Must-Have Chrome Extensions for Students

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Dec 1, 2016


With the increased popularity of Google Classroom, many teachers are finding Chrome extensions to be useful classroom tools. These extensions function in a variety of ways—some change functionality within the Chrome browser, some create access to different websites, and others allow students to use Google applications in different ways.

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Topics: Educational Software, Education Technology, Educational Apps

The Document Camera: Beyond Science Class

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Nov 17, 2016

 

Thus far, I have never met a teacher who would willingly give up their document camera. Once teachers discover how practical and useful these devices are, they don’t ever want to let them go.

Unfortunately, the core content teachers often get first dibs at this kind of technology. Elective classes already require other resources like space and supplies, so if money is tight, this technology may not be available to these teachers.

Administrators making purchasing decisions should consider all the advantages of providing document cameras in various classes. Using these devices well can allow teachers to go beyond just displaying images. If our goal is to create higher-level thinkers, here are some ideas for students and teachers using document cameras in the classroom:

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Topics: Science Lessons, curriculum, MimioView

Student Social Media Tools You’ve Never Heard Of

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Nov 15, 2016

 

This title may be a little misleading—perhaps it should be “student social media tools I have never heard of.” Some of these sites are more prominent, more familiar, and have more subscribers than others. All of them fit into a category of networking or social sites that students in your school are probably using. Beyond Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, here are a few that you need to know about:

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Topics: Educational Software, iPad App, Education Technology, Educational Apps, tips for teachers

How to Bring the Concept of Civic Responsibility Into Your Common Core Curriculum

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Nov 1, 2016


In our state, we have spent a great deal of time over the past five years reading, learning, unpacking, and then teaching the common core standards. In order to ensure that schools teach the “whole child,” our state Board of Education also adopted Social, Emotional, and Character Development Standards, which were the first of their kind in the nation.

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Topics: Lessons, curriculum, Common Core

Can Flexible Seating Enhance Student Success?

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Oct 19, 2016

During the past year or so, flexible classroom seating has become a popular topic for educators.  This term can be interpreted a few different ways, but at the heart of it is the concept that students are able to choose different seating options that fit best with their learning style. 

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Topics: Classroom Collaboration, tips for teachers

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