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Post a Poem to Inspire a Pic/Pic to Inspire a Poem… #visualverse Volley

Post a Poem to Inspire a Pic/Pic to Inspire a Poem… #visualverse Volley

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!  I first met Amy Burvall in Boston during Alan November’s BLC conference. Her passion…

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International Dot Day! September 15thISH!

International Dot Day! September 15thISH!

Celebrating the mark we all make and celebrating “creativity, courage, and collaboration” is the heart of Dot Day. There are numerous resources for taking part, including ideas on the official website. This is not about a one day, one time, gone in 60 seconds event,…

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Conversation Starter: NGram Viewer and Curiosity

Conversation Starter: NGram Viewer and Curiosity

When I was teaching, I recall seeing a tweet about Ngram Viewer. It works by the user entering phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, and then “…it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g., “British English”, “English…

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Connecting Creativity series (aka my team is fun)

Connecting Creativity series (aka my team is fun)

Here’s the first promo video for Erin Olson’s and Leslie Pralle Keehn’s Connecting Creativity series. We can be serious about our work and still have fun! Happy viewing! [cross-posted at Dangerously Irrelevant]

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Building Blocks

Building Blocks

The internet is blowing up with first-day-of-school selfies and stories on social media, reflections of the past year, and wishes for the coming year (not to mention back-to-school marketing to test your self control).  My household is is the full throes as well.  Our youngest daughter has…

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Forbes, How we do business, #1st5days

Forbes, How we do business, #1st5days

After reading about the Most Innovative Companies in Europe, I wondered how the companies’ ideology and mission supported their success. Curious, I visited the website for innovative companies #1 and #10 mentioned in Forbes. #1  ARM designs the technology that is at the heart of advanced digital…

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Recipe for Magic

Recipe for Magic

Ingredients: (1) nephew, age 15 (1) daughter, age 6 (1) Mr. Pibb, sustenance for teenage-boy when snarky-ness ensues (1) Lego Mindstorms, EV3 package (1) Pandora station, recommend: classic rock or an 80’s station (teenage boy needs to have autonomy with music choice) Directions: Provide ingredients, a workspace…

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My Tribe

My Tribe

I would like to introduce you to my new tribe and quite possibly, my first tribe.  I’m learning (thanks to Seth Godin) that a tribe is a group of people that are connected to one another, connected to a leader and connected to an idea….

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4Q: The quadruple win

4Q: The quadruple win

Four big questions to ask about a lesson, unit, or activity… Deeper learning. Did it allow students to go beyond factual recall and procedural regurgitation and be creative, collaborative, critical thinkers and problem-solvers? Did it really? [If not, why not? Our graduates need to be deeper…

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Pink’s Purpose

Pink’s Purpose

Wow.  I just had my first taste of Dan Pink and his thoughts on what motivates people.  I’ll be adding Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us to my reading list.  In short, autonomy, mastery and purpose.  Duh.  Let people own what they do, get better…

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Influence

Influence

I just started reading Influencer-The New Science of Leading Change written by several leaders in best practice training products and services.  Sounds kind of dry, right?  Actually, no.  I was very surprised on how easy it was to pick it up given the title and the…

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Playground PD #ISTE2015

Playground PD #ISTE2015

During the 2015 ISTE conference, I volunteered to help in the Digital Storytelling playground. Brad Wilson, co-founder of WriteAbout, and I shared the morning shift helping with the first sandbox/table. The playground consisted of seven sandbox/table areas highlighting a learning goal equipped with a list…

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I did it and I survived

I did it and I survived

So I am literally 9 minutes removed from my first “big stage” presentation at ISTE, a 1 in 3 (1 topic, 3 minutes) on design thinking. I don’t think I’ve ever learned as much in three minutes as I just did. Not from my presentation, but…

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When will the bucket tip?

When will the bucket tip?

At our local pool they recently put in a new play area. There’s a large bucket with a stream of water pouring into it, and every 15 minutes or so it reaches the tipping point, where it will flip and drench all the screaming, playing…

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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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TICL

TICL

Last week, I was fortunate to attend and present at TICL in Storm Lake, Iowa. The collaborative efforts of Northwest AEA and Prairie Lakes AEA converge to create a three day conference on Buena Vista University’s beautiful campus. I appreciated the enthusiasm of keynote Tony…

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When I Designed Units…

When I Designed Units…

The list of my considerations is in no particular order… 1. What standards do I need to address? Concepts? -The answer to this helped me focus and be intentional and #4, #5. 2. What do my students care about? -The answer to this helped create…

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Living Your Legacy – Ella Mozzarella

Living Your Legacy – Ella Mozzarella

This spring I started a new video series, to be published quarterly, highlighting the amazing things that students across the globe are doing. For my summer video I had the opportunity to do an interview with the most amazing little girl from New Jersey, and I’m…

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Guest Blog: Susan Oehlertz, PAC MAKER DAYS, Full Steam Ahead

Guest Blog: Susan Oehlertz, PAC MAKER DAYS, Full Steam Ahead

The magic and power behind PAC’s Maker Days, read about it HERE. 

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#JJAProject Capture, Create, and Share

#JJAProject Capture, Create, and Share

Thanks to my treasured PLN, I learned of #jjaproject. During the summer months (June, July, August), share pictures to the hashtag using your favorite social media channels. I will be posting to Instagram and Twitter. Feel free to edit and add text. I plan to…

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