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#educolor – The most important hashtag you’re probably not following

#educolor – The most important hashtag you’re probably not following

Two years ago this fall, Jose Vilson launched EduColor. It’s a website, it’s a hashtag, it’s an email newsletter, it’s a weekly chat, it’s a call for social justice. Most of all, as he and the other organizers say, it’s ‘a movement, not a moment.’…

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Digital Leadership Daily now has over 1,000 subscribers

Digital Leadership Daily now has over 1,000 subscribers

I’m pleased to note that Digital Leadership Daily is now reaching over 1,000 daily subscribers via its SMS, Facebook, and Twitter channels. Fifteen months ago I decided to send out one high-quality technology leadership resource per day through this new dissemination channel. I figured that…

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Thanks for a great run, Iowa

Thanks for a great run, Iowa

Some of you know that I’m headed back to higher education (after a 4-year hiatus to keep a promise to my daughter that she could finish high school here in Ames, Iowa). I will be an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of…

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OER. Share: Feed Learning.

OER. Share: Feed Learning.

I hate when people don’t share recipes… The Seeker: I love this. Tell me, how did you make this? The Keeper: It is good. I know. The recipe works every time. The Seeker: Every time? Wow. So, how do you do it? Can I have…

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#DLDay Collection of Ideas to Inspire Ideas…

#DLDay Collection of Ideas to Inspire Ideas…

[View the story “#DLDay” on Storify]

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HANGER Management

HANGER Management

Because sometimes you just have to share awesome stories about awesome students… I was visiting my mom at work just before Christmas (she’s an elementary principal at Belmond-Klemme), and as I was getting ready to go, some high school students walked in to haul boxes…

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Hour of Code, PACS Elementary Celebrates, Guest Post: Susan Oehlertz

Hour of Code, PACS Elementary Celebrates, Guest Post: Susan Oehlertz

Technology Integrationist, Susan Oehlertz, orchestrated and supported an awesome week filled with coding for elementary students! Not only do I appreciate her use of Adobe Slate in her recap of the event, I appreciate her sharing the experience. To read about how the elementary students…

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Hour of Code Resources – By Age

Hour of Code Resources – By Age

This week we would like to share some awesome resources for the upcoming Hour of Code during Computer Science week, December 7th-13th. Hopefully, you have heard of Hour of Code (HoC), want to be involved and have started planning your specific event(s) at your school/community….

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Getting Ready for Hour of Code

Getting Ready for Hour of Code

The annual Hour of Code celebration during Computer Science week is quickly approaching (Dec 7-13), and we’re working hard to provide you with support and resources to successfully implement coding and computer science in your schools and communities. We started with a half day Hour…

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My keynote for the 2015 K12 Online Conference

My keynote for the 2015 K12 Online Conference

My keynote for the 2015 K12 Online Conference is now available. It’s long because within it I profile numerous examples of innovative schools. Here is the description for my session: Whenever any sort of change or innovation is discussed, the ‘Yes, but…’ objections are inevitable. However,…

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Summer of Code

Summer of Code

It’s Summer of Code at our house… Phase 1 (Group) Everyone works through Course 2, Course 3, and Course 4 at Code.org to ensure that we have basic conceptual understanding of key terms and ideas. I have a teacher account and can print certificates of…

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My Future, My Career Responsibility Day, Newell-Fonda High School

My Future, My Career Responsibility Day, Newell-Fonda High School

Last week, I was fortunate to be one of the speakers at Newell-Fonda’s annual event: My Future, My Career Responsibility. Educators, Mrs. Nieland (@nieland10) and Mrs. Carlson (@glccac97) created the day to be “more than a typical career day or college fair…to discover information and…

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What makes a quality STEM activity? Find out in 5 days!

What makes a quality STEM activity? Find out in 5 days!

Hope you’ll join Mike Anderson and me for our K12Online presentation on October 30!

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Technology grants for Iowa teachers

Technology grants for Iowa teachers

Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency is working with the CenturyLink Foundation to award technology grants to Iowa teachers. As we said on our web site, The goal of this grant program is to fund INNOVATIVE uses of digital learning tools by students and educators. Don’t…

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Digital Citizenship: Good vs Evil

Digital Citizenship: Good vs Evil

  It was very important to me to post these screenshots side-by-side; two stories from the same day. The juxtaposition of good and evil illustrate just how truly important it is to teach our children the ins and outs of the tools so readily available at…

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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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Ideas for Celebrating Literacy: World Read Aloud Day #WRAD14

Ideas for Celebrating Literacy: World Read Aloud Day #WRAD14

On March 5, 2014 classrooms will take part in World Read Aloud Day. There are numerous ways to celebrate literacy. The following list is just a list of possibilities. I encourage you to #makeitbetter and tailor to the talents of your students and your learning goal….

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Twitter rotation curation: I am @plaea

Twitter rotation curation: I am @plaea

In the grand tradition of Sweden (@sweden), Ireland (@ireland), New Zealand (@peopleofnz), Malaysia (@twt_malaysia), Italy (@i_am_italy), Australia (@weareaustralia), Mexico (@curatorsmexico), Ukraine (@weareukraine), Pakistan (@iam_pakistan), and others, this week I am Prairie Lakes AEA (@plaea)! Follow along for updates. I’ll also be using the #plaea hashtag….

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Stomp Out Bullying

Stomp Out Bullying

Most nights before my youngest goes to bed we chat. Our conversations are usually centered around what is on his mind-his worries, his joys, his questions…tonight’s conversation delivered a harsh reality served in a timely dish considering October is National Bullying Awareness Month. “…if I…

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Sharing Dots

Sharing Dots

Last week, Albert City Elementary School celebrated #dotday for the first time, but I am certain it won’t be the last! In connection with Grandparent’s Day, students thought about the message of the dot! I came to the school and read the book to each…

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