learning + technology + innovation

Let It Go

Let It Go

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!  I am Meredith: Mother of Cameron & Morgan, Creature Who Carries Purse and She…

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364 Days Ago

364 Days Ago

“You need to start blogging.” These wise words, casually mentioned to me last summer, helped kickstart my documentation of an amazing year that has been filled with gains, losses, surprises and most of all – pushed me to reflect on my work (something I am…

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#educolor – The most important hashtag you’re probably not following

#educolor – The most important hashtag you’re probably not following

Two years ago this fall, Jose Vilson launched EduColor. It’s a website, it’s a hashtag, it’s an email newsletter, it’s a weekly chat, it’s a call for social justice. Most of all, as he and the other organizers say, it’s ‘a movement, not a moment.’…

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Digital Leadership Daily now has over 1,000 subscribers

Digital Leadership Daily now has over 1,000 subscribers

I’m pleased to note that Digital Leadership Daily is now reaching over 1,000 daily subscribers via its SMS, Facebook, and Twitter channels. Fifteen months ago I decided to send out one high-quality technology leadership resource per day through this new dissemination channel. I figured that…

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Seed-to-table at Gilmore City-Bradgate

Seed-to-table at Gilmore City-Bradgate

[Want to be the Seed-to-Table Manager here? Read the job description and then email the superintendent.] Shovels busy at work, three young children dig and cut through the earth, turning over the rich black soil underneath. They have a long planting row to create, but…

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Thanks for a great run, Iowa

Thanks for a great run, Iowa

Some of you know that I’m headed back to higher education (after a 4-year hiatus to keep a promise to my daughter that she could finish high school here in Ames, Iowa). I will be an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of…

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A School That’s #FutureReady

A School That’s #FutureReady

A couple weeks ago I got the opportunity to go visit the new Charles City Middle School and take a hard hat tour (not kidding, check out the official selfie I took). The tour was incredible – the new building includes not only state of…

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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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