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The Last Days of School

The Last Days of School

“Nothing happens during the last week of school…” That commonly heard commentary served as motivation to make something happen in my classroom. And something did. The last inquiry unit in my classroom served as a springboard into summer fun, “What is love?” prompted the mission…

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Celebrating Awesomeness

Celebrating Awesomeness

I came across an article yesterday from the Huffington Post, entitled “Millennial Have Pretty Depressing Things To Say About Teachers“. The article shared the following harsh words: “In June 2013, rankings from the National Center for Teaching Quality gave most teacher preparation programs low scores, and…

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Learning Initiative

Learning Initiative

Wednesday, I had the fortunate opportunity to hear Patrick Larkin speak at 1:1 Institute’s Leadership Day. His message reflected the importance of sharing a school’s story, the importance of creating an environment of trust, and the importance of empowering learning experiences. Larkin’s comment that one…

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Shifting what should be Measured

Shifting what should be Measured

Seth Godin says in his blog that “we keep coming up with new things to measure (like processor speed, heat output, column inches) but it’s pretty rare that those measurements are actually a proxy for the impact or quality we care about. It takes a…

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Smackdown on Steroids

Smackdown on Steroids

Wanting to see and hear what teachers are doing with technology in their classrooms?  Interested in knowing how they are implementing technology after professional development has been provided?  Curious to have teachers learn from other teachers but don’t have a lot of time or opportunities…

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CC-E 7th and 3rd Graders Join to Celebrate Reading

CC-E 7th and 3rd Graders Join to Celebrate Reading

Students in Mrs. Kim Harken’s 7th grade reading class celebrated World Read Aloud Day by choosing poetry, voice blocking the poem, and recording the poem with Mrs. Lynn Cronk’s 3rd grade students using Fotobabble. Mrs. Harken had students practice using the tech tool the day…

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The World Always Delivers a Connection

The World Always Delivers a Connection

Every classroom, every content can benefit. Access to the benefit requires access to the web. While there is not a yellow and red banner across a hard bound text pronouncing Common Core Aligned, there is something more…relevance. So, let the world deliver a connection. Read…

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The Energy of Transformation at North Union

The Energy of Transformation at North Union

It was my first big assignment.  I was still a wet behind the ears tech integrationist, fresh out of the classroom and I would be heading off to Armstrong, Iowa to help teachers prepare for their first-ever January Term (J-term).  Ten days and fifty hours…

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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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The What, So What, Now What? Is the “Now What?” Missing from all PD?

The What, So What, Now What?  Is the “Now What?” Missing from all PD?

If a friend told you that he was watching exercise TV shows each day before work, listening to healthy eating podcasts, and attending nutritional meetings at the local library; but he didn’t understand why he wasn’t seeing any changes in his weight, the way his…

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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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Whose School Is It Anyway? ~ Context #2

Whose School Is It Anyway? ~ Context #2

George Couros’ blog,  What if . . .?, inspired me to write my first post in this series of posts, Whose School Is It Anyway?, as George posed questions that he had pondered when thinking about great organizations and administration.  Since I just focused on one aspect…

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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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Agency at First LEGO League

This weekend FLL (First LEGO League) regionals took place all over the country.  I took my team to Estherville.  This was our first year and it blew us away.  I mean robots are awesome, right, but what we experienced exceeded just playing with LEGOs.  The students…

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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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PD, Fun?

PD, Fun?

PD should not be this much fun… Each month, one of my PLAEA coworkers and I go to Pocahontas Catholic Elementary School to share apps for the purpose of student learning and creativity. Last week, Prairie Lakes Assistive Technology Coordinator, Tiffanie Dau, accompanied me. She and…

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One opportunity. One experience.

One opportunity. One experience.

Our team and our agency are all about doing awesome things for kids. So while it didn’t happen in a school, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this story about kids creating something awesome. ———————- One opportunity. One experience. Sometimes that’s all it…

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Whose School Is It Anyway?

Whose School Is It Anyway?

George Couros’ blog,  What if . . .? inspired me to write this post. He posed questions that he had pondered when thinking about great organizations and administration.  During the fall sports season, I have been observing all of the opportunities where students could be…

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At the Root

At the Root

STEM, a major buzz word in the world of education and elsewhere.  From iPad probes to rockets, LEGO robotics to 3D printers, STEM represents a new way to think about and learn science and math. STEM has been around for a long time, at least…

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Flipped…

Flipped…

Sioux Central’s Dan Strohmyer and John Barbier, shared their flipped journey at Iowa Technology and Education Connection Conference. It is not unlikely for students to continue conversations about learning after they exit Mr. Barbier’s high school classroom. In fact, those conversations have entered Twitter, Facebook, and…

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