Google in Special Education | Interview with Carrie Baughcum – GTT004

Carrie Baughcum integrates Google, creative thinking, a fearless attitude, gamification and endless doodles into her classroom.

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Carrie Baughcum is a self-described inspiration junkie, idea spreader, and learning enthusiast! Most importantly, she is a passionate believer that all children can learn, we just need to find out how.

Baughcum is currently the 6th, 7th and 8th-grade Extended Resource Special Education class in Arlington Heights School District 25. In her classroom, Carrie integrates technology, creative thinking, a fearless attitude, the power of gamification and endless doodles to enable her students to access information and materials, enhance their learning and empower them to achieve things they never knew they could do or be a part of.

Carrie is also the mother of two daughters, 9 and 11 years old. At home, she encourages them to explore, learn and try anything their imagination can think up. She works hard to create and involve them in activities and experiences with exploration, creativity, problem-solving and making.

She shares her experiences from her classroom, adventures, experiences and time with her husband and daughters with other at conferences and at

Shared by Carrie:


Matt – How to get parents on board with your big changes

Kasey – How to Differentiate Assignments in Google Classroom


  • Kevin White, The Learning Choice Academy in California, wrote in:
    • Matt, I love your site! Need to spruce mine up. I like the new Google Sites (been using Classic Google Sites), but it seems a bit limited. What do you use for your Ditch That Textbook site? Did you design it yourself? I hope you do not mind, I will be presenting and sharing some of your blogs at our next teacher tech training in Feb! Keep up the good work, I find your passion for educational technology to be exuberant!
  • Tracey Nangle, ELA/Geography teacher, North Smithfiled Schools in Slatersville, RI
  • Keturah Rush, Monticello School District in Monticello, AR
  • Thank You Pam Q for your 5-star iTunes review!
    • This podcast was easy to listen to: clear, concise and useful for teachers and administrators. Kasey and Matt include current information for any educator who is integrating technology in their classrooms and schools. Can’t wait for the next episode!

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  • Nancy Biddinger

    This podcast came right on time! I’ll be part of the team providing training to a group that will include ESE teachers. Good encouragement and info. Thanks!

  • Samuel Hicks

    Another grate podcast. One simple thing I learned today was bookmark bar folders. Yes, I did not realize that you could have folders on your book mark bar. I apreicate everything else you both share. Thank you for the BIG and little tips.

  • Tori Roberts

    I have been listening to your podcasts on my ride to and from school everyday this week. I often have to pause the podcast and have Siri type great ideas into Google Keep on my iPhone (don’t want to text and drive, but have to get those ideas written down!)! Keep up the great work and inspiration for teachers!

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