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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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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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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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Guest Blog: Middle School ELA Educator, Cynthia Walsh, Newell-Fonda

Guest Blog: Middle School ELA Educator, Cynthia Walsh, Newell-Fonda

Mike Anderson and I were fortunate to support Mrs. Walsh in her quest to utilize the 3D printer in middle school language arts. We met in the summer to play with the 3D printer and to brainstorm and plan ELA connections. Mike also provides training…

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Strategy for Flipping a Lesson

Strategy for Flipping a Lesson

I have been fortunate to spend a lot of time looking at teachers’ lessons/tasks and instruction as well as student work.  While doing this I have found a few strategies that I have shared with teachers to help them “flip” their lessons/tasks and instruction from…

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An Alternative to a New Year’s Resolution

An Alternative to a New Year’s Resolution

As I think about 2014 coming to a close and a new year approaching, I reflect upon things that occurred during the passing year and often want to make improvements.  These reflections typically are found in various aspects of my life as a mom, wife,…

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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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Nobody likes to hear it

Nobody likes to hear it

Nobody likes to hear that they need to change. Nobody likes to be told that they’re not there yet. Nobody likes the unrelenting messages that we need to do things differently. And therein lies the challenge. Because we DO need to change, we DO need…

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Shoes Don’t Dunk a Ball

Shoes Don’t Dunk a Ball

If you haven’t seen the movie, Like Mike, watch this movie trailer.  As you see in the movie, Calvin got Air Jordan shoes to be able to play on a NBA team just like Michael Jordan. Now take this same idea and apply it to…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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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Economize This!

Economize This!

It’s time to prepare for students to return to the classroom while also thinking about which new ideas you learned over the summer, you’ll try to implement this year.  It’s overwhelming, but I’m not going to be very helpful because here’s another idea. One of my favorite things to do…

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Do You Want to Build (insert noun)?

Do You Want to Build (insert noun)?

I have found myself singing the popular tune from Disney’s Frozen inserting the object to build warranted by the circumstance. At the beach, I sang to my children, “Do You Want to Build a Sand Castle?” While weeding in the garden, I brought music to the monotony,…

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ISTE 2014: National Championship Game of EdTech

ISTE 2014: National Championship Game of EdTech

Imagine you are at a college football game. You pull into your tailgating spot, right next to the people you tailgate with each weekend – they aren’t people you know outside of the tailgating world, but in that moment, you are best friends. Maybe you…

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All that Moves… #iste2014 Reflection

All that Moves… #iste2014 Reflection

What is it that makes us move? What is it that pushes us to continue on our journey relentless in our quest to make learning matter? My experience at #ISTE2014 has reaffirmed…technology initiatives should be less about the technology, and more about the relationship. The…

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