learning + technology + innovation

My Future, My Career Responsibility Day, Newell-Fonda High School

My Future, My Career Responsibility Day, Newell-Fonda High School

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!  Last week, I was fortunate to be one of the speakers at Newell-Fonda’s annual…

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Living Your Legacy: Author Courtney E.

Living Your Legacy: Author Courtney E.

Last week I wrote a post on my own blog about what it means to live your legacy. After publishing the initial post, I decided to go out and find students who are doing just that. So for my first interview, I’d love for you…

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The Enemy of Excellence in Education

The Enemy of Excellence in Education

Back in January John O’Sullivan wrote a post called “The Enemy of Excellence in Youth Sports” – and I haven’t stopped thinking about it. The number of quotes I want to share from his post would be borderline plagiarism, so please, PLEASE, go read the post….

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What We are Told, What Some Tell…(Spot the Fallacy)

What We are Told, What Some Tell…(Spot the Fallacy)

Too often a misunderstanding or a fear breeds an untruth. Too often all that is sensational sells as gold when really it is nothing more than a cheaply painted metal ring about to leave its green mark on our finger. It is easy to accept…

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Suppressed

Suppressed

How many of us have students like this in our classrooms? …but in our classrooms student excitement, creativity, engagement, deeper thinking, and joy are suppressed by classroom structures such as: teaching to the test, using cookbook science activities, allowing suppressive schedules limiting divergent thinking. All…

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VOXER for capturing the learning process

VOXER for capturing the learning process

If we’ve chatted recently, you probably know that I’m pretty much obsessed with Voxer. In fact, I even find myself getting annoyed with people that I have to send text messages to, because I’d much rather just Vox them. If you are unfamiliar with Voxer,…

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Who will tell your story?

Who will tell your story?

Each week I get the opportunity to work with children as they try to make a difference in the world. Each week I get to experience amazing stories, first hand. In Laura Seiser’s 2nd grade class students are working on writing and illustrating their “dreams for the…

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Sharing More of the Awesome

Sharing More of the Awesome

Often what gets attention is not what is right with the world, but what is wrong. After Leslie Pralle Keehn and I attended our first Google Summit, we were inspired to capture stories of innovation and inspiration. In the spirit of that quest and the…

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A Square Peg in a Round Hole

A Square Peg in a Round Hole

Isn’t this the type of problem with which we should engage students?  YES!! I love this scene from Apollo 13 and not just because I’ve always had a thing for space exploration, whether human or Wookie.  However, when I view it now I recognize the richness…

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Why would students feel valued at school?

Why would students feel valued at school?

Without having seen the exact survey questions, here are some quick reactions I have to these data… Why on earth would students say they feel valued at school? In most schools, students are told what to do nearly every minute of every school day, are…

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Poetics, Apps Gone Free

Poetics, Apps Gone Free

I write poetry daily. In fact, several of my posts on this blog were written in poetic form. Thanks to @appsgonefree (this is both a website and app),  I recently added #poetics to the numerous avenues I choose to create. Daily, @appsgonefree delivers a list of iPhone…

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Guest Post – Dane Barner, How to Fix Education: Stop Eating Cheeseburgers

Guest Post – Dane Barner, How to Fix Education: Stop Eating Cheeseburgers

Guest post from Dane Barner (@mrbarnerwcms) cross posted from Around the Corner Thinking So, let’s talk about change. People say that education is always changing, but I say that it’s not. I say that we (thinking of the SAMR model) substitute one thing for another…

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Guest Post – Dane Barner, How to Fix Education: Education Reform (Part 2)

Guest Post – Dane Barner, How to Fix Education: Education Reform (Part 2)

Guest Post from Dane Barner (@mrbarnerwcms) cross posted from Around the Corner Thinking So, I posted How To Fix Education a few weeks ago. It was revolutionary (if you didn’t read that with the appropriate amount of sarcasm, please read it again with much more…

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A new resource for school administrators: Digital Leadership Daily

A new resource for school administrators: Digital Leadership Daily

As part of my never-ending quest to help school administrators with the complex transitions and transformations that accompany digital learning tools and environments, I am unveiling a new resource today… Digital Leadership Daily. One digital school leadership reading or resource per day, tweeted, texted to…

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Sharing the Awesome

Sharing the Awesome

Often what gets attention is not what is right with the world, but what is wrong. After Leslie Pralle Keehn and I attended our first Google Summit, we were inspired to capture stories of innovation and inspiration. In the spirit of that quest and the…

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Refusing to let children practice agriculture because it might weaken their hunting skills

Refusing to let children practice agriculture because it might weaken their hunting skills

Doug Johnson said: If at the end of the last ice age the natives of Minnesota had refused to let their children practice agriculture because it might weaken their hunting skills (although the animals were moving north and it was easier staying fed growing corn),…

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Guest Post – Dane Barner, How to Fix Education (Part 1)

Guest Post – Dane Barner, How to Fix Education (Part 1)

Guest post from Dane Barner (@mrbarnerwcms) cross posted from Around the Corner Thinking Education, this thing that I love and have devoted my life to, is broken. And, it’s broken badly. Our students are master manipulators of information. They are not learners. They consistently ask…

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Lose Weight Now! A Diet Plan for a Healthy Classroom

Lose Weight Now! A Diet Plan for a Healthy Classroom

So many times, especially in December and January, I find myself grabbing the remote to fast forward through the latest diet fad or workout program Judgment of my lack of workout ethic aside, go with me on this for a minute. These commercials, combined with…

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Leap Fearlessly

Leap Fearlessly

July of 2013, I presented for November Learning at Building Learning Communities Conference (#blc13). This was my third year presenting at the conference, and each year I appreciated seeing friends made including educator Sara Wilkie. Sara knew I was leaving the classroom to enter the instructional technology…

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The challenges of digital leadership

The challenges of digital leadership

I wrote an article for the National Association of Independent Schools on the challenges of digital leadership. Here are a few quotes to whet your appetite! Schools often purchase software, computer devices, and technology-based learning systems because they are effective marketing tools for recruitment, or…

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