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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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Post a Poem to Inspire a Pic/Pic to Inspire a Poem… #visualverse Volley

Post a Poem to Inspire a Pic/Pic to Inspire a Poem… #visualverse Volley

I first met Amy Burvall in Boston during Alan November’s BLC conference. Her passion for creation was evident. Years after we first met, I began following Amy on Instagram. Through conversation and commenting, we began discussing collaborative opportunities. I often post poetry. She posts art….

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I did it and I survived

I did it and I survived

So I am literally 9 minutes removed from my first “big stage” presentation at ISTE, a 1 in 3 (1 topic, 3 minutes) on design thinking. I don’t think I’ve ever learned as much in three minutes as I just did. Not from my presentation, but…

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(Instagram) You’re so Vain…or Not so Much.

(Instagram) You’re so Vain…or Not so Much.

A few months ago while traveling for work, I heard a morning weatherman rationalize why he did not have @instagram. Of course, I tweeted. The weatherman is just misinformed or uninformed. His enlightenment comes from all of us revealing the benefits of connection. Valued member…

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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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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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(Bradbury and Echo). So…I Hope This Enters the Financial Literacy Discussion.

(Bradbury and Echo). So…I Hope This Enters the Financial Literacy Discussion.

Recently, thanks to colleagues Mike Anderson and Scott McLeod, I read Marcus Wolhosen’s commentary in Amazon’s Weird Siri Like Speaker is Yet Another Way to Get You to Shop and Greg Krumparak’s argument in Let’s Call Amazon’s Echo What It Is. If you have not seen or heard…

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Reflection after Friday’s Lunch and Learn with Alan November

Reflection after Friday’s Lunch and Learn with Alan November

Alan November, leader of November Learning, shared his passion for meaningful student learning experiences during Prairie Lakes AEA’s virtual Lunch and Learn. November, author of numerous books including Who Owns the Learning, discussed the importance of building a community by concentrating less on content and…

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Stuff.

Stuff.

Students might publish stuff with a lot of errors. Yup. Students might not want to do stuff with a class from another place. And? Students might not collaborate letting one person do all of the stuff. Uh-huh. Students might say/do stuff that is inappropriate. So? Unfortunately,…

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Our technology messages are important

Our technology messages are important

When we take away technology access because of student behavior concerns, we send the message that digital devices and the Internet are optional, ‘nice to have’ components of schooling rather than core elements of modern-day learning and teaching. When we ban teachers from using social…

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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…

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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….

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Connecting Creativity: Out My Window

Connecting Creativity: Out My Window

          Leslie Pralle Keehn and I are excited to share with you… The Connecting Creativity series is a learning quest designed with concept and content convergence in mind, supported by meaningful technology integration. Each Connecting Creativity concept is designed so teachers…

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Pocahontas Community School District…LIVE!

Pocahontas Community School District…LIVE!

It is that time of year…graduation! Seniors across the country are celebrating or are about to celebrate their high school graduation. As they walk across the stage in cap and gown, it is inevitable, not all of their family members will be in attendance. Perhaps…

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Backstage Pass: Connected Educators=Connected Classrooms

Backstage Pass: Connected Educators=Connected Classrooms

Our children, our students do not have to stand in line for hours waiting to be granted permission to meet a famed professional. Our children, our students do not have to wait to be the tenth caller to win front row seats to a show….

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Starting Somewhere

Starting Somewhere

Integrating technology-starting can be the most difficult part. I did not start with Twitter or blogging or web design or coding or video editing, I started with one tool. We all have to start somewhere, and our start should lead to possibility… One of the…

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Writing Your Verse

Writing Your Verse

Lately I have had the opportunity to hear and to learn about the importance and value of coding, gaming, making, and higher order thinking associated with STEM education – from my colleagues, from workshops, and from research. This is what I want for my kids….

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Newell-Fonda Students Changing the World

Newell-Fonda Students Changing the World

Changing the world… Yesterday, I was fortunate to speak to group of Newell-Fonda students     committed to changing the world. English teacher, Amanda Mefferd,  and art teacher, Katrina Thomas, are co-teaching the course that is empowering students to combine their passion with their learning to…

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Albert City-Truesdale Moviemakers

Albert City-Truesdale Moviemakers

Mike Anderson and I delivered professional learning almost a month ago showcasing a stop motion app to be used as an avenue for students to create and to reveal understanding.    Yesterday, I returned to AC-T, and when I entered Rebekah Spragg’s third grade classroom,…

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Talking the Talk…Walking the Talk…

Talking the Talk…Walking the Talk…

Talking the Talk… From the beginning of my career, I knew throwing down the word ‘rigor’ just as a master card player proudly displays the needed Ace would be to my benefit especially if my ‘rigor’ card was accompanied by the beautiful Queen, relevance. When asked…

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