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Why would students feel valued at school?

Why would students feel valued at school?

Without having seen the exact survey questions, here are some quick reactions I have to these data… Why on earth would students say they feel valued at school? In most schools, students are told what to do nearly every minute of every school day, are…

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Sharing the Awesome

Sharing the Awesome

Often what gets attention is not what is right with the world, but what is wrong. After Leslie Pralle Keehn and I attended our first Google Summit, we were inspired to capture stories of innovation and inspiration. In the spirit of that quest and the…

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Trivia Crack Delivers a Reminder…

Trivia Crack Delivers a Reminder…

Please note: I am not advocating for use of the app-it just so happened the app reminded me of experiences I value. The experience I value-described in this post-is not multiple-choice testing, memorization for memorization’s sake…this is just something to think about. It spread. First,…

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Reflection after Friday’s Lunch and Learn with Alan November

Reflection after Friday’s Lunch and Learn with Alan November

Alan November, leader of November Learning, shared his passion for meaningful student learning experiences during Prairie Lakes AEA’s virtual Lunch and Learn. November, author of numerous books including Who Owns the Learning, discussed the importance of building a community by concentrating less on content and…

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Thinking about Research: Guest Blog from Amanda Mefferd, Newell-Fonda

Thinking about Research: Guest Blog from Amanda Mefferd, Newell-Fonda

Amanda Mefferd, Newell-Fonda High School English teacher, shares her reflection as she ponders the research process… Students in my college composition class are currently writing a position research paper. After some grumbling, difficulty finding sources, and a few long discussions about finding a topic that…

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#stucamp: What happens when you listen to your students

#stucamp: What happens when you listen to your students

Guest post by Dane Barner, @mrbarnerwcms I consider myself an EdCamp alumni. I have attended EdCamps in and outside of Iowa. I participate. I facilitate. I try not to pontificate. I love EdCamps. I was at #edcampiowa this last spring and an idea hit me…

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Making our Mark for You: Albert City-Truesdale Elementary Celebrates Dot Day

Making our Mark for You: Albert City-Truesdale Elementary Celebrates Dot Day

Albert City-Truesdale students celebrated Dot Day, an international event celebrating the mark all of us make on the world, in connection with their traditional Grandparents’ Day on Friday, September 19. Wednesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 18, elementary students participated in a maker version of Dot…

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The Time is NOW

The Time is NOW

As I think about the start of the school for my children who are now a freshman and junior in high school and a sophomore in college, they don’t have much time left in K-12 education.  One child has only two more years to learn…

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First Day, First Week

First Day, First Week

Originally Posted 8/13/13: First Day, First Week SAY WHAT? The most horrid advice for my first day of school arrived in a grumbled angry rasp, “Be tough. You are too nice. Tough. Tell ’em how it is. Your way or the highway.” I ignored that advice….

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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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Economize This!

Economize This!

It’s time to prepare for students to return to the classroom while also thinking about which new ideas you learned over the summer, you’ll try to implement this year.  It’s overwhelming, but I’m not going to be very helpful because here’s another idea. One of my favorite things to do…

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The Other Side

The Other Side

Hey, there. I’m Courtney, a sixteen year old aspiring author. I think one of the questions I get asked the most is “Who or what inspired you to start writing?” Really, I have never known how to answer that specific question. I still don’t know…

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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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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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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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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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CC-E 7th and 3rd Graders Join to Celebrate Reading

CC-E 7th and 3rd Graders Join to Celebrate Reading

Students in Mrs. Kim Harken’s 7th grade reading class celebrated World Read Aloud Day by choosing poetry, voice blocking the poem, and recording the poem with Mrs. Lynn Cronk’s 3rd grade students using Fotobabble. Mrs. Harken had students practice using the tech tool the day…

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Creation and Integration with Webster City Middle School

Creation and Integration with Webster City Middle School

Friday our team was invited to Webster City Middle School for a day of professional learning and fun (our agenda). Complete with a “playground” in the morning, focus on assistive technology, hands-on creation, and lots of STEM connections!  Left and below, teachers showcase work  Above,…

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The World Always Delivers a Connection

The World Always Delivers a Connection

Every classroom, every content can benefit. Access to the benefit requires access to the web. While there is not a yellow and red banner across a hard bound text pronouncing Common Core Aligned, there is something more…relevance. So, let the world deliver a connection. Read…

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The Energy of Transformation at North Union

The Energy of Transformation at North Union

It was my first big assignment.  I was still a wet behind the ears tech integrationist, fresh out of the classroom and I would be heading off to Armstrong, Iowa to help teachers prepare for their first-ever January Term (J-term).  Ten days and fifty hours…

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