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RECAP Learning in Math Class

RECAP Learning in Math Class

My favorite tool for the 2016-2017 school year has very quickly become Recap (by Swivl). This straightforward video response tool allows teachers to pose questions to students, as groups or as individuals, allowing them to record their own video response in return. Over the last…

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I’ll Never Be Sorry For Being A Learner

I’ll Never Be Sorry For Being A Learner

Last week I attended the #itecia 2016 conference and it was an unusual/very different experience for me this year. My summer 2016 was crazy. The deadline for presenting at ITEC came and went, and I completely missed it. I felt *so* guilty. I’ve always felt like…

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#KidsDeserveIt

#KidsDeserveIt

This summer I took some time to read Kids Deserve It, and I realized that my learning is always a lot more meaningful when I share it with other people. So this November I’m excited to join a few friends and PLN members in reading…

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Another #ITECIA in the Books

Another #ITECIA in the Books

I am literally 20 minutes removed from another great #itecia conference, and my head is spinning with new possibilities and takeaways. I wanted to jot down the top takeaways, the items that left me with numerous open tabs, before I get back into the whirlwind…

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A School That’s #FutureReady

A School That’s #FutureReady

A couple weeks ago I got the opportunity to go visit the new Charles City Middle School and take a hard hat tour (not kidding, check out the official selfie I took). The tour was incredible – the new building includes not only state of…

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Making a Memory

Making a Memory

Years ago, my dad and I spent a weekend creating a wind chime. We sketched out a plan, and made a list of the necessary supplies. We went to the hardware store. We set up our work station in the storage room in the basement….

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Intro to Engineering at WCHS

Intro to Engineering at WCHS

Last week I stopped in to visit Ben Jass’s Intro to Engineering class at Webster City High School. If you’ve ever wondered what I want a model classroom to look like, this was it. His students were working independently (of each other and the teacher)…

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Playing With Circuitry

Playing With Circuitry

Math and Science were not my strong subjects in school. I gravitated more towards English, Social Studies and, of course, Band. Why do certain subjects resonate more with some students than others? Multiple intelligences, right vs. left brain dominance, disengaging or un-relatable instruction? Any, all, and…

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Slide Design: Sharing my Creation

Slide Design: Sharing my Creation

There are numerous image editing options within Google Slides. I recently utilized a few of the creative possibilities to help reinforce the message conveyed during my Sioux Central National Honor Society keynote speech: More Verb, Less Noun.  Thanks to Google images, Bitmoji, and image editing, my…

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Supporting Communication

Supporting Communication

(Realistic Fiction) Message in a Voxer conversation: Hey, I just sent you a DM to check your email. I emailed you my blog post that has a link to my Instagram post with an image I took this morning. I am also texting you the…

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Tech Use-Universal Constructs (4 C’s)

Tech Use-Universal Constructs (4 C’s)

As I contemplate technology, its use, its purpose, I consider technology I use daily. The access that helps me accomplish the work I must accomplish, the tools that help me create all I must create, the avenues that help me publish and share all I…

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DIY with NEH

DIY with NEH

Last Friday I got to visit the Northeast Hamilton 3rd grade class! They are starting to explore the app DIY – a place for kids to explore, make, create, design, build, draw – you get the picture. While the app is designed for parent/child use,…

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#DLDay Collection of Ideas to Inspire Ideas…

#DLDay Collection of Ideas to Inspire Ideas…

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Digital Learning Day Recap

Digital Learning Day Recap

Today on Twitter I shared some of my favorite digital resources and tools in honor of Digital Learning Day! Here’s a quick recap, along with a bit more insight than the 140 characters afforded me. 8:00am I kicked off my morning with DIY.org because a)…

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World Read Aloud Day 2/24/16

World Read Aloud Day 2/24/16

Post modified from 2/15/14 On February 24, 2016 classrooms will take part in World Read Aloud Day. There are numerous ways to celebrate literacy. Author,Kate Messner, curated a list of authors willing to Skype on #WRAD16 to help educators make those connections. I have included below…

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Don’t just show process, appreciate process

Don’t just show process, appreciate process

Sometimes you can be having the most random or generic conversation, and somebody says something that hits you like a ton of bricks. My sister is learning to crochet, and making her first scarf. First she asked me to pretend to be super excited and…

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PLAEA’s Hour of Code

PLAEA’s Hour of Code

Last summer when I was trained as an affiliate for Code.org I made it my goal to get coding, in some capacity, into all of our Prairie Lakes districts within two years. We have some awesome educators who are leading the charge in their own…

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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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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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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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