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Guest Blog: Middle School ELA Educator, Cynthia Walsh, Newell-Fonda

Guest Blog: Middle School ELA Educator, Cynthia Walsh, Newell-Fonda

Mike Anderson and I were fortunate to support Mrs. Walsh in her quest to utilize the 3D printer in middle school language arts. We met in the summer to play with the 3D printer and to brainstorm and plan ELA connections. Mike also provides training…

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(Bradbury and Echo). So…I Hope This Enters the Financial Literacy Discussion.

(Bradbury and Echo). So…I Hope This Enters the Financial Literacy Discussion.

Recently, thanks to colleagues Mike Anderson and Scott McLeod, I read Marcus Wolhosen’s commentary in Amazon’s Weird Siri Like Speaker is Yet Another Way to Get You to Shop and Greg Krumparak’s argument in Let’s Call Amazon’s Echo What It Is. If you have not seen or heard…

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What I want for my kids in 2015

What I want for my kids in 2015

My year doesn’t really revolve around the calendar year, but the school year. As such, I set my new goals in July and August instead of January. But in the spirit of the season, I wanted to share a few thoughts for 2015. When I…

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Back to School from Winter Break…

Back to School from Winter Break…

1. Help students make a connection with a new a book by providing guidance and time to check out a book-virtual or physical-student choice. 2. Reflection. Ask students to reflect on the first half of the school year and share their hopes for the second…

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WWTSD? aka What Would Taylor Swift Do?

WWTSD? aka What Would Taylor Swift Do?

Yep. I’m going there. Oh Taylor, you had no idea you would take the education world by storm in addition to topping the charts, did you? Okay, “taking by storm” might be a bit much, but I am going to proudly announce right now that…

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#MWGS Highlight: Caroline Haebig & Collaborative Reflection with Google Hangouts on Air

#MWGS Highlight: Caroline Haebig & Collaborative Reflection with Google Hangouts on Air

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Midwest Google Summit in Wisconsin, which was a great event. One of the things that I noticed was the amount of sessions on reflection. Student reflection and capturing student though process throughout a project or assignment…

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Stop. Start. Share. #mwgs

Stop. Start. Share. #mwgs

Mark Garrison, Director of Technology at White Bear Lake Schools, kicked off the Midwest Google Summit in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Garrison shared his inspirational story of adventure, technology, and commitment to improve continually with technology integration. Garrison organized his keynote with the following prompts: Stop,…

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Allegory(ish) of the Pen

Allegory(ish) of the Pen

When did the (pen) stop being named a tool and become exactly what (it) is… not a punishment or reward not a motivation or resource not a reason or cause not an avenue or bridge an intricate definition crafted and created by the one who…

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Don’t forget to vote!

Don’t forget to vote!

Pardon me while I hop off my #edtech podium for a second. The Social Studies teacher in me would like to make an appearance. As we approach election day this week, I see more and more posts and conversations complaining about campaign ads. I get…

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So what is a connected educator, anyway?

So what is a connected educator, anyway?

October is Connected Educator month and I have had an amazing month reconnecting with colleagues, members of my PLN, and making new friends. My wonderful friend Erin Olson and I are even teaching a class on connected education. But what does that even actually mean?…

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Time: Making, Organizing, Understanding, Appreciating

Time: Making, Organizing, Understanding, Appreciating

Time, the treasured abstract noun, has woven itself into my learning opportunities during the last few weeks. As I considered my learning and growth, I noticed the connection of the subject’s insight being shared indirectly and directly with me. Just passing this along… Making Time…

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#WhyTeach: 15 seconds

#WhyTeach: 15 seconds

This morning I was listening to the voxes in the Minnesota Educator Voxer group (yes, I know I’m from Iowa) and Jenny Wamsley (@JennyWamsley) issued a challenge – share a 15 second video about why you teach. Being the safe driver that I am, making a…

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Shoes Don’t Dunk a Ball

Shoes Don’t Dunk a Ball

If you haven’t seen the movie, Like Mike, watch this movie trailer.  As you see in the movie, Calvin got Air Jordan shoes to be able to play on a NBA team just like Michael Jordan. Now take this same idea and apply it to…

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PAC Celebrates Dot Day

PAC Celebrates Dot Day

“PAC Celebrates International Dot Day” Pocahontas Technology Integrationist, Susan Oehlertz, originally posted on her blog: PAC-This Just In. Check out her original post for more video and photo footage of the day. PAC Elementary was among the 2 million people in over 80 countries celebrating. International…

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Guest Post by AC-T Principal Cody Tibbetts: A New Level of Student Engagement

Guest Post by AC-T Principal Cody Tibbetts: A New Level of Student Engagement

Guest post from AC-T Principal Cody Tibbetts: A New Level of Student Engagement Last spring, the thought of hosting a Maker Fair at Albert City-Truesdale Elementary began. While reflecting on the 2013-14 school year, Mrs. Erin Olson I and thought back to Grandparent’s Day 2013…

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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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3D Printing for Kids at Gilmore City-Bradgate

3D Printing for Kids at Gilmore City-Bradgate

This week I worked with staff and students at Gilmore City-Bradgate Elementary on 3D printing.  In planning for my time with the first and second graders I knew that the tools I had been utilizing with middle and high school groups; Tinkercad, Sketch-up and various other design apps,…

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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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Innovative Educator Interview: Sarah Binder, Stratford (IA) Community Schools

Innovative Educator Interview: Sarah Binder, Stratford (IA) Community Schools

I’m kicking off a new blog series in which I interview innovative educators in our region and around the world. First up, Sarah Binder, Superintendent and Elementary Principal of Stratford CSD! 1.  You have been working with your teachers to support concept-based teaching, Tell me what…

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#RAKChallenge

#RAKChallenge

Tell about yourself: Leslie (@LPralleKeehn): I’m an Instructional Technology Consultant at Prairie Lakes AEA in NW Iowa. Before that I was a 6-12 Social Studies and 6-8 Computer teacher in a small, rural district in NC Iowa.   Jason (@JD_Rincker): Professional communicator from SW MO…

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