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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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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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Failing on an Island

Failing on an Island

Failure in education is a pretty common topic. Whether it’s a negative connotation: failing schools, failing kids, or a positive connotation: First Attempt In Learning, failing forward, it’s hard to go a day without the topic coming up. I want to bring you another facet…

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Questioning Tech as a Focus?

Questioning Tech as a Focus?

To the One who worries kids will never write with a pen or pencil again-computer keyboards to blame teach when one should: a love letter, a thank you note, a to do list, a song lyric jotted on a napkin… To the One who fears…

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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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EdTech Santa

EdTech Santa

Lately when I have entered schools it’s been edtech Christmas.  I bring robots, a 3D printer, or some new app or iPad accessory and everyone including teachers are engaged like children on Christmas morning, starring at the neatly wrapped gifts just waiting to tear into…

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Celebrating Awesomeness

Celebrating Awesomeness

I came across an article yesterday from the Huffington Post, entitled “Millennial Have Pretty Depressing Things To Say About Teachers“. The article shared the following harsh words: “In June 2013, rankings from the National Center for Teaching Quality gave most teacher preparation programs low scores, and…

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Thank you

Thank you

Dear Prairie Lakes principals and superintendents, Over the past six weeks, you’ve been getting to know our new tech integration team. We’ve made it a top priority to try and get into your buildings, meet you and your teachers on your turf, and start to…

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Brace Root: A Little Help from our Friends

Brace Root: A Little Help from our Friends

I followed my husband into our sweet corn patch for the first time taking advice about which ears to pick. There is something quite beautiful about the emerald green leaves, something magical about the wind’s song as it travels through row after row. Kneeling to…

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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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