learning + technology + innovation

PAC Celebrates Dot Day

PAC Celebrates Dot Day

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to this blog via e-mail or our RSS feed. We also are each on Twitter (see sidebar on right). Thanks for visiting!  “PAC Celebrates International Dot Day” Pocahontas Technology Integrationist, Susan Oehlertz, originally posted on her…

Continue reading →

Suppressing students’ creativity and inquiry

Suppressing students’ creativity and inquiry

Jeff Herzberg said: What are we doing that suppresses students’ natural creativity and inquiry? And what are we doing to try and stop those things? via https://twitter.com/mcleod/status/514074648531984384

Continue reading →

Guest Post by AC-T Principal Cody Tibbetts: A New Level of Student Engagement

Guest Post by AC-T Principal Cody Tibbetts: A New Level of Student Engagement

Guest post from AC-T Principal Cody Tibbetts: A New Level of Student Engagement Last spring, the thought of hosting a Maker Fair at Albert City-Truesdale Elementary began. While reflecting on the 2013-14 school year, Mrs. Erin Olson I and thought back to Grandparent’s Day 2013…

Continue reading →

Making our Mark for You: Albert City-Truesdale Elementary Celebrates Dot Day

Making our Mark for You: Albert City-Truesdale Elementary Celebrates Dot Day

Albert City-Truesdale students celebrated Dot Day, an international event celebrating the mark all of us make on the world, in connection with their traditional Grandparents’ Day on Friday, September 19. Wednesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 18, elementary students participated in a maker version of Dot…

Continue reading →

Shoes and Tools

Shoes and Tools

As I began packing away my summer shoes (sandals) to make room for my fall and winter collection (boots), I started to think about techie tools. Considering my shoe purchases, I buy for a specific engagement-heels for a special occasion or flats for the school…

Continue reading →

What helps students get good jobs?

What helps students get good jobs?

The latest results from Phi Delta Kappa’s annual poll… Check out standardized tests versus real-world projects in the image below. [cross-posted at Dangerously Irrelevant]

Continue reading →

When will we be ready?

When will we be ready?

We see it every day in nearly every class. The students lean way back, eyes drowsy, barely paying attention, sometimes propping their chin up with their fist… we’ll call this ‘the slouch.’ Or they’re leaning forward, spine curled over, head resting on their arm or…

Continue reading →

3D Printing for Kids at Gilmore City-Bradgate

3D Printing for Kids at Gilmore City-Bradgate

This week I worked with staff and students at Gilmore City-Bradgate Elementary on 3D printing.  In planning for my time with the first and second graders I knew that the tools I had been utilizing with middle and high school groups; Tinkercad, Sketch-up and various other design apps,…

Continue reading →

Questioning Tech as a Focus?

Questioning Tech as a Focus?

To the One who worries kids will never write with a pen or pencil again-computer keyboards to blame teach when one should: a love letter, a thank you note, a to do list, a song lyric jotted on a napkin… To the One who fears…

Continue reading →

Innovative Educator Interview: Sarah Binder, Stratford (IA) Community Schools

Innovative Educator Interview: Sarah Binder, Stratford (IA) Community Schools

I’m kicking off a new blog series in which I interview innovative educators in our region and around the world. First up, Sarah Binder, Superintendent and Elementary Principal of Stratford CSD! 1.  You have been working with your teachers to support concept-based teaching, Tell me what…

Continue reading →

Which schools are the true ‘miracles?’

Which schools are the true ‘miracles?’

Let’s imagine that we lived in an era in which change was occurring incredibly rapidly. An era in which our information landscape was undergoing drastic transformations into new, previously-unimaginable forms. An era in which our economic landscape was destroying rock-solid, stable livelihoods due to threats…

Continue reading →

Cutting off our nose to spite our face

Cutting off our nose to spite our face

NorthJersey.com just posted an article on how New Jersey school districts are creating very restrictive social media policies for their adult employees because of new legislative edicts. Here is the comment I just left there: I wonder if the districts’ policies for employees also include…

Continue reading →

America: Land of (Missed) Opportunity?

America: Land of (Missed) Opportunity?

As a history teacher I spent a lot of time reading and sharing immigrant stories. We have seen countless movies and TV series and news stories about poor, down-trodden immigrants who left everything behind to wait for the Statue of Liberty to come into view;…

Continue reading →

#RAKChallenge

#RAKChallenge

Tell about yourself: Leslie (@LPralleKeehn): I’m an Instructional Technology Consultant at Prairie Lakes AEA in NW Iowa. Before that I was a 6-12 Social Studies and 6-8 Computer teacher in a small, rural district in NC Iowa.   Jason (@JD_Rincker): Professional communicator from SW MO…

Continue reading →

What would be your reasoning NOT to connect your students to the world?

What would be your reasoning NOT to connect your students to the world?

Laura Gilchrist said: Twitter allows educators to connect and interact with resources, ideas, and people from around the world. Twitter allows educators to share their stories – positive stories included. We need more positive stories because, I’m telling you, there’s a lot of good going…

Continue reading →

Tell a Story Pecha Style

Tell a Story Pecha Style

Last week during our team meeting, Scott shared one of my new favorite sources of inspiration for storytelling: PechaFlickr: Enter a tag, press play, and see how well you can communicate a coherent message illustrated by 20 random photos, each one on screen for 20 seconds….

Continue reading →

Living outside the echo chamber

Living outside the echo chamber

This past weekend I engaged in a really long discussion thread about charter schools in which I was definitely a minority voice. Was it maddening and frustrating? Yep. Was I personally insulted on numerous occasions? Yep. Is it highly possible that I made no dent…

Continue reading →

The Time is NOW

The Time is NOW

As I think about the start of the school for my children who are now a freshman and junior in high school and a sophomore in college, they don’t have much time left in K-12 education.  One child has only two more years to learn…

Continue reading →

First Day, First Week

First Day, First Week

Originally Posted 8/13/13: First Day, First Week SAY WHAT? The most horrid advice for my first day of school arrived in a grumbled angry rasp, “Be tough. You are too nice. Tough. Tell ‘em how it is. Your way or the highway.” I ignored that advice….

Continue reading →

Operationalizing Leadership

Operationalizing Leadership

Leadership: the action of leading a group of people or an organization. But what does this REALLY look like?  I believe that it looks something like what one high school principal is doing. This story starts out with a high principal contacting me late last…

Continue reading →

Page 1 of 7 1 2 3 4 5 ... Last →