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A School That’s #FutureReady

A School That’s #FutureReady

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!  A couple weeks ago I got the opportunity to go visit the new Charles…

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Noticing, a Priority

Noticing, a Priority

Earlier this month, I was fortunate to meet Bob Dillion/@ideaguy42. I have followed him on Twitter and Instagram long before I met him in person. It is always nice to meet respected difference makers and sources of inspiration face to face. Bob Dillion spoke at…

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OER. Share: Feed Learning.

OER. Share: Feed Learning.

I hate when people don’t share recipes… The Seeker: I love this. Tell me, how did you make this? The Keeper: It is good. I know. The recipe works every time. The Seeker: Every time? Wow. So, how do you do it? Can I have…

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Making a Memory

Making a Memory

Years ago, my dad and I spent a weekend creating a wind chime. We sketched out a plan, and made a list of the necessary supplies. We went to the hardware store. We set up our work station in the storage room in the basement….

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Intro to Engineering at WCHS

Intro to Engineering at WCHS

Last week I stopped in to visit Ben Jass’s Intro to Engineering class at Webster City High School. If you’ve ever wondered what I want a model classroom to look like, this was it. His students were working independently (of each other and the teacher)…

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“Saved the Day”

“Saved the Day”

I put this title in quotations because 6 people think I saved their day from 4,057 miles away….Instead, I did what any high school (maybe even middle school) student could, would, and should do if given the access and reason. Back story: Meet my parents…

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Playing With Circuitry

Playing With Circuitry

Math and Science were not my strong subjects in school. I gravitated more towards English, Social Studies and, of course, Band. Why do certain subjects resonate more with some students than others? Multiple intelligences, right vs. left brain dominance, disengaging or un-relatable instruction? Any, all, and…

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Slide Design: Sharing my Creation

Slide Design: Sharing my Creation

There are numerous image editing options within Google Slides. I recently utilized a few of the creative possibilities to help reinforce the message conveyed during my Sioux Central National Honor Society keynote speech: More Verb, Less Noun.  Thanks to Google images, Bitmoji, and image editing, my…

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5 whys and 4 negotiables

5 whys and 4 negotiables

I enjoyed Pam Lowe’s recent post about personalized learning. She asked four important questions: Why does everyone have to learn the same thing? Why can’t learners learn what they want to learn? Can learners choose their own learning tools? Why do learners have to learn…

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Supporting Communication

Supporting Communication

(Realistic Fiction) Message in a Voxer conversation: Hey, I just sent you a DM to check your email. I emailed you my blog post that has a link to my Instagram post with an image I took this morning. I am also texting you the…

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Tech Use-Universal Constructs (4 C’s)

Tech Use-Universal Constructs (4 C’s)

As I contemplate technology, its use, its purpose, I consider technology I use daily. The access that helps me accomplish the work I must accomplish, the tools that help me create all I must create, the avenues that help me publish and share all I…

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Working Together ~ Achieving Success

Working Together ~ Achieving Success

The Laurens-Marathon School District has always been proud of “Working Together to Achieve Success” and Friday’s first elementary MakerDay was a wonderful example of their building motto.  After months of planning, preparing, compiling community donations of supplies and organizing helpers & volunteers, the day went off…

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DIY with NEH

DIY with NEH

Last Friday I got to visit the Northeast Hamilton 3rd grade class! They are starting to explore the app DIY – a place for kids to explore, make, create, design, build, draw – you get the picture. While the app is designed for parent/child use,…

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The Stage Has Been Set

The Stage Has Been Set

The stage at Laurens-Marathon Elementary has been set, well – almost. On March 4th they will “attempt” their first MakerDay and the stage in the Old Gym, or Gymnatorium as some have referenced it over the years, will be transformed into….? What? We don’t know!…

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#DLDay Collection of Ideas to Inspire Ideas…

#DLDay Collection of Ideas to Inspire Ideas…

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Digital Learning Day Recap

Digital Learning Day Recap

Today on Twitter I shared some of my favorite digital resources and tools in honor of Digital Learning Day! Here’s a quick recap, along with a bit more insight than the 140 characters afforded me. 8:00am I kicked off my morning with DIY.org because a)…

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World Read Aloud Day 2/24/16

World Read Aloud Day 2/24/16

Post modified from 2/15/14 On February 24, 2016 classrooms will take part in World Read Aloud Day. There are numerous ways to celebrate literacy. Author,Kate Messner, curated a list of authors willing to Skype on #WRAD16 to help educators make those connections. I have included below…

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Most Likely To Succeed discussion

Most Likely To Succeed discussion

Were you at our EdCampIowa NW screening? Or did you see the Most Likely To Succeed education documentary in your community? Join us for discussion in the comments!

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HANGER Management

HANGER Management

Because sometimes you just have to share awesome stories about awesome students… I was visiting my mom at work just before Christmas (she’s an elementary principal at Belmond-Klemme), and as I was getting ready to go, some high school students walked in to haul boxes…

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Don’t just show process, appreciate process

Don’t just show process, appreciate process

Sometimes you can be having the most random or generic conversation, and somebody says something that hits you like a ton of bricks. My sister is learning to crochet, and making her first scarf. First she asked me to pretend to be super excited and…

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