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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

I first met Amy Burvall in Boston during Alan November’s BLC conference. Her passion for creation was evident. Years after we first met, I began following Amy on Instagram. Through conversation and commenting, we began discussing collaborative opportunities. I often post poetry. She posts art….

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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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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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