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

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

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to this blog via e-mail or our RSS feed. We also are each on Twitter (see sidebar on right). Thanks for visiting!  Technology Integrationist, Susan Oehlertz, orchestrated and supported an awesome week filled with coding for…

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Another View…

Another View…

Another View…consider how you can use technology to help students see the world, hear the world, discuss the world, write the world, and/or care about the world? AirPano A collection of videos capturing spaces and places around the globe. As we consider the relationship between setting…

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The Art of APEX

The Art of APEX

Earlier this week I had an opportunity to visit an extremely forward thinking school in the Des Moines area, Waukee APEX (Aspiring Professional Experience). After circling the downtown block with the correct address several times, I finally committed to parking… “Really? This is the school?” There was…

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Hour of Code is HERE!

Hour of Code is HERE!

Hour of Code week is finally here! We can’t wait to share what’s going on in #PLAEA and beyond. If you are doing something fun this week to celebrate Hour of Code be sure to tag it on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram with #PLAEA, #HourofCode…

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First National #StuCamp, Guest Post: Dane Barner

First National #StuCamp, Guest Post: Dane Barner

What an awesome opportunity for students to connect and collaborate with the support of educators who value voice, who encourage and who inspire! Thank you, Dane Barner, for sharing the information below:  Student Voice: Our country’s richest untapped natural resource. We hold the fundamental belief…

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Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code

Computers are not going away, therefore, computer programming jobs are not going away. Currently there are 586,982 open computing jobs nationwide. These jobs are growing at two times the national average. 57% of all bachelor’s degrees are earned by women. Narrow the field to computer science…

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Fame Thanks to Facebook

Fame Thanks to Facebook

Ok, so I’m not going to be completely famous but I will be featured in a national aired commercial come January, meet and work with a celebrity and be picked up by a chauffeur (he/she will even have my name on a card!) at LAX tomorrow morning…this…

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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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Win at BIG

Win at BIG

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to tour an amazing school. Yesterday, I met some incredibly talented kids doing unbelievable work. Yesterday, I saw the future. Today, and this day forward, I will share their story in hopes we can move in this direction as an educational system. Iowa BIG…

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Connected Readers and Connected Writers #ELAchat

Connected Readers and Connected Writers #ELAchat

Tuesday evening, I guest moderated #ELAchat. The chat occurs the first and last Tuesday of each month. Friend and valued member of my PLN, Joy Kirr, invited me to lead the evening chat. The Storify of the chat can be found HERE. Educators from around…

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A Pebble On My Path

A Pebble On My Path

My world has been completely flipped upside down, inside out and all-around since June 4th when I accepted my position at PLAEA as the newest instructional technology consultant. The ride, so far, has been incredible. My brain hurts at the end of the day (literally,…

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This Week…A Few Highlights

This Week…A Few Highlights

I photograph and record often during my weekly adventures to capture ideas and to capture experiences. The pictures and videos serve as a source of reflection, and as an avenue for celebration. I use my camera on my phone most often to record “the moment”….

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One to Remember ITEC15

One to Remember ITEC15

This year’s ITEC was special for many reasons… Leka DeGroot, Spirit Lake elementary teacher, was honored with the ITEC Educator Award. Her commitment to learning and connecting students is inspiring. Her willingness to share the journey is commendable. Julie Graber and I along with the…

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ITEC 2015 Takeaways

ITEC 2015 Takeaways

ITEC 2015 has come to a close, and once again I was able to walk away with some great takeaways and great connections. I wanted to share a few with you! Breakout EDU. ITEC offered several BreakoutEdu opportunities over the course of the conference this…

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AC-T Maker Experience #makerdot

AC-T Maker Experience #makerdot

This year’s AC-T #makerdot experience served as an awesome opportunity to model design thinking, immerse students and educators into making as a means of learning and creating, as well as serve as inspiration for educators to design or redesign a lesson for students that would…

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Coding at PLAEA

Coding at PLAEA

In July I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago with one of our PLAEA teachers from Spirit Lake, Leka DeGroot, and be trained as an affiliate with Code.org so that we can better support implementation of computer science in the area. Since then I’ve…

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Are we turning off millenial employees?

Are we turning off millenial employees?

Jen LaMaster said: I’ve been reading this post … from EdTech Magazine about how millennials use technology. Not the usual “how to make a millennial happy” stuff… but data on their use of mobile technology to create, consume, and collect information. The article claims that…

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My First Maker Day!

My First Maker Day!

I have recently experienced my first maker experience in a school.  What a sight to be seen!  I had read about them, I had visited a large maker faire but had never witnessed it at work in the hallowed halls of a school.  The engagement…

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