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Friday Fun: UDL, Media, Vocab., Aurasma

Friday Fun: UDL, Media, Vocab., Aurasma

Friday, I shared a variation of my 9/3/13 presentation to PLAEA Superintendents: Vocabulary Worksheets, No Thank You during Universal Design Learning session for special education consultants and academic strategists. Pam Ahlrichs and Diane Jackson shared the principles of UDL establishing “the why” and demonstrated directions to an activity with…

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Shout out to Fine Arts!

So often our fine arts get lost in the mix of Common Core, Iowa Core, Math and Literacy initiatives, etc – and they definitely shouldn’t! Art and music were some of my favorite classes in school, and continue to be favorites of my own children….

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Swimming in Social Media Water

Swimming in Social Media Water

The paralyzing fear of social media waters is drowning our children, but that fear is misplaced. Our students are online. They have been online. Our students are in the water. They have been in the water. They were in the water long before we even noticed…

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Portion Control: Stop Adding & Start Reducing

Portion Control: Stop Adding & Start Reducing

How many new initiatives, strategies, or programs were kicked off this year at schools? How many of these are in the educational buffet line that teachers are trying to fit on their plates? What are administrators asking teachers to pay attention to this year compared…

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2013 Clarity Data Item 02: Teacher professional development

2013 Clarity Data Item 02: Teacher professional development

How much time each year do teachers in the Prairie Lakes AEA region spend on technology-related professional development? And how do they perceive the quality of that time? n = 1,138 teachers School-provided PD = inservices, summer/after school classes, mentoring, peer coaching…Non-school formal PD =…

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Just Get Out of the Way

Just Get Out of the Way

Last night I attended an open house at my child’s high school that started out with an opening address from the high school principal and an introduction of the new teachers to the high school parents.  The next segment of the open house consisted of…

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Whose Turn is it Anyway?

Whose Turn is it Anyway?

This year, I ask you, I beg you…please do not use reading as a classroom management tactic, as punishment, as a means to embarrass.  Please. Use reading as it should be used: a means to learn, a means to escape, a means to inspire, a…

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2013 Clarity Data Item 01: Classroom technology integration

2013 Clarity Data Item 01: Classroom technology integration

How often do teachers in the Prairie Lakes AEA region use technology in interesting ways with students? Not nearly often enough… If these reflect your particular school or district, get in touch. We can help! Clarity surveys will be available twice this year: Oct/Nov and…

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Reflection: Ignite the Learning Fire

Reflection: Ignite the Learning Fire

Iowa administrators, Jimmy Casas, Aaron Becker, and  Matt Degner, lead the hour long #iaedchat as they do each Sunday at 8:00 CST. Educators from around the state, nation, and globe join the Twitter chat to discuss topics related to education. See the full transcript from…

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Intel’s safe, protective, teacher-oriented education tablet?

Intel’s safe, protective, teacher-oriented education tablet?

I received an email from a publicist today asking me if I was interested in talking with someone from Intel about its new education tablet. Here is my response: I’m not interested, thank you, because of this sentence: This month, Intel introduces a new 10-inch…

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How about a FedEx day?

How about a FedEx day?

FedEx Day: a 24-hour hackathon in which individuals or teams work on new ideas and new projects. Participants must work on something that’s not part of their daily work and, most importantly, they have to deliver something in 24 hours (in the words of Seth…

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