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Operationalizing Leadership

Operationalizing Leadership

Leadership: the action of leading a group of people or an organization. But what does this REALLY look like?  I believe that it looks something like what one high school principal is doing. This story starts out with a high principal contacting me late last…

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Blendspace! Showcasing Learning

Blendspace! Showcasing Learning

This morning I was listening to the #satchat Voxer group messages, and one of the tools shared was Blendspace. I hadn’t heard of this one, so I decided to check it out, and here’s what I came up with! There are a lot of uses…

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6 Places I Will Not Take My Students This Year

6 Places I Will Not Take My Students This Year

Without winning the lottery I definitely won’t be taking students to these places this year, but you can get pretty close by using Google street view! It’s not a perfect remedy to budget constraints, but using this old favorite, but often under-utilized tool will take students…

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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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Let’s wonder a little more…

Let’s wonder a little more…

These are my two oldest children: Rylee is a perfectionist… And Aaden can be a bit of a “know-it-all” Now don’t get me wrong, I love them dearly, but between one who always responds with “I already knew that” and one who hesitates to even…

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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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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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Semester Exam/Gift of Writing

Semester Exam/Gift of Writing

When I taught creative writing, the semester exam was to give the gift of writing applying appropriate rhetorical strategies given the desired purpose and chosen audience. I modeled that prompt. Each year, I give graduating seniors an updated version of the poem I originally wrote…

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EdTech Santa

EdTech Santa

Lately when I have entered schools it’s been edtech Christmas.  I bring robots, a 3D printer, or some new app or iPad accessory and everyone including teachers are engaged like children on Christmas morning, starring at the neatly wrapped gifts just waiting to tear into…

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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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Thinkers v. producers

Thinkers v. producers

In How Children Fail, John Holt makes the following distinction: producers – students who are only interested in getting right answers, and who make more or less uncritical use of rules and formulae to get them thinkers – students who try to think about the…

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Musings from 2nd Grade

Musings from 2nd Grade

My daughter, Rylee, has been doing some writing in her “notes” lately. I was helping her post her thoughts to her blog this afternoon, and as I read over it (to make sure it was all safe to share – and to support our conversation…

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Educreations and Poetry

Educreations and Poetry

My favorite iPad apps are applications with limitless possibility-utilization that transcends age, stage, and content. Educreations, an interactive whiteboard  app, allows the creator to record and publish the screencast. A user can also view other published screencasts. Whether students are explaining the parts of a…

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Replication or empowerment?

Replication or empowerment?

We’ve got to decide if our vision for educational technology is around replication or empowerment. And if it’s about empowerment, then guess what? We’ve got to give up the things that we do that feed replication. We can’t hang on to all of those 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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NY Times Learning Network, Clean Print, Google Docs, and the Texthelp Add-on

NY Times Learning Network, Clean Print, Google Docs, and the Texthelp Add-on

The New York Times Learning Network recently publicized their Annual Spring Found Poetry Contest to celebrate poetry during the month of April. Students choose two articles and select phrases from each article to create a found poem. The contest is for students 13-19, and the…

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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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‘Closed’ v. ‘open’ systems of knowing

‘Closed’ v. ‘open’ systems of knowing

I am rereading Teaching As a Subversive Activity, which is a phenomenal book if you haven’t read it. About halfway through the book, Postman and Weingartner discuss ‘closed’ versus ‘open’ systems of knowledge: A closed system is one in which the knowables are fixed. Examples…

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