Mary Beth Hertz profile

Mary Beth Hertz

HS Art/Tech Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

I teach my students Technology and Art and I am a certified Technology Integration Specialist. I also support my colleagues with integrating tech into their classrooms and manage my school's 1:1 Chromebook program. I am also a blogger and avid user of social media to improve my practice and stay abreast of what's new in Edtech.

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  • Digital Citizenship

    How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students

    A lesson plan for helping students as young as kindergarten begin to understand how to be safe online.
  • Classroom Technology

    Digital Tools and Distraction in School

    We should be deliberately teaching middle and high school students how to manage their devices.
  • Media Literacy

    Battling Fake News in the Classroom

    See how one educator helps students develop media literacy—a critical 21st-century skill.
  • Advisory

    Student-Centered Advisory: Establishing a Positive Community

    Advisory groups are "school families" that give students a time block to focus on schoolwork, college applications, personal issues, or hearing and respecting one another.
  • Edcamps

    Why Edcamp Is the Future of PD

    An Edcamp pioneer looks back at how this now-popular professional development model remains free, noncommercial, spontaneous, organic, user-friendly, and open to all presenters and attendees.
  • Arts Integration

    Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education

    Educators can bring creative people into STEM fields by showing students the creativity in what they're doing and how it lets them explore their own creative interests.
  • Flipped Classroom

    The Flipped Classroom: Pro and Con

    In 2012, I attended the ISTE conference in San Diego, CA. While I was only there for about 36 hours, it was easy for me to pick up on one of the hottest topics for the three-day event. The "flipped classroom" was being discussed in social lounges, in conference sessions, on the exhibit floor, on the hashtag and even at dinner. People wanted to know what it was, what it wasn't, how it's done and why it works.
  • School Leadership

    5 Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

    Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz addresses teacher burnout with suggestions for both educators and administrators. Her tips include an ongoing attitude of professional development, including all stakeholders when things change, and maintaining a personal life.
  • Technology Integration

    How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students

    Mary Beth Hertz shares some insights into adapting Stranger Danger lessons for the virtual world.
  • Classroom Management

    Classroom Management: 3 Important Big-Picture Questions

    Before getting into the minutiae of classroom management, consider how you organize your space, what learning looks like, and how you're building relationships with families.