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What would be your reasoning NOT to connect your students to the world?

What would be your reasoning NOT to connect your students to the world?

Laura Gilchrist said: Twitter allows educators to connect and interact with resources, ideas, and people from around the world. Twitter allows educators to share their stories – positive stories included. We need more positive stories because, I’m telling you, there’s a lot of good going…

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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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Connecting Creativity: Out My Window

Connecting Creativity: Out My Window

          Leslie Pralle Keehn and I are excited to share with you… The Connecting Creativity series is a learning quest designed with concept and content convergence in mind, supported by meaningful technology integration. Each Connecting Creativity concept is designed so teachers…

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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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6 Places I Will Not Take My Students This Year

6 Places I Will Not Take My Students This Year

Without winning the lottery I definitely won’t be taking students to these places this year, but you can get pretty close by using Google street view! It’s not a perfect remedy to budget constraints, but using this old favorite, but often under-utilized tool will take students…

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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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Do You Want to Build (insert noun)?

Do You Want to Build (insert noun)?

I have found myself singing the popular tune from Disney’s Frozen inserting the object to build warranted by the circumstance. At the beach, I sang to my children, “Do You Want to Build a Sand Castle?” While weeding in the garden, I brought music to the monotony,…

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ISTE 2014: National Championship Game of EdTech

ISTE 2014: National Championship Game of EdTech

Imagine you are at a college football game. You pull into your tailgating spot, right next to the people you tailgate with each weekend – they aren’t people you know outside of the tailgating world, but in that moment, you are best friends. Maybe you…

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All that Moves… #iste2014 Reflection

All that Moves… #iste2014 Reflection

What is it that makes us move? What is it that pushes us to continue on our journey relentless in our quest to make learning matter? My experience at #ISTE2014 has reaffirmed…technology initiatives should be less about the technology, and more about the relationship. The…

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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 from Spider-Man

Digital Citizenship from Spider-Man

“With great power comes great responsibility.” Predators. Identity theft. Misreported facts. Cyber-bullying. Poor decisions. Ruined reputations. Inappropriate photos. Denied job opportunities. For all the good that the internet brings, these are just a few of the dangers for people posting online. Once it’s out there, you…

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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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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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Brain Breaks

Brain Breaks

Sometimes, we need to refocus. Sometimes, we need to shift focus. Sometimes, we need to focus. Recently, a member of my PLN tweeted asking for resources and ideas for brain breaks. I shared a few of my favorites just as I am with you! GoNoodle:…

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Educreations and Poetry

Educreations and Poetry

My favorite iPad apps are applications with limitless possibility-utilization that transcends age, stage, and content. Educreations, an interactive whiteboard  app, allows the creator to record and publish the screencast. A user can also view other published screencasts. Whether students are explaining the parts of a…

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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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Tech Integration Intent…Something to Consider

Tech Integration Intent…Something to Consider

I shiver when I hear the sole intent of integrated technology is to raise test scores. It is unfortunate for in that goal the power is misplaced. Educational value is found in the opportunity to collaborate, the opportunity to create, and the opportunity to connect…

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Learning Initiative

Learning Initiative

Wednesday, I had the fortunate opportunity to hear Patrick Larkin speak at 1:1 Institute’s Leadership Day. His message reflected the importance of sharing a school’s story, the importance of creating an environment of trust, and the importance of empowering learning experiences. Larkin’s comment that one…

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NY Times Learning Network, Clean Print, Google Docs, and the Texthelp Add-on

NY Times Learning Network, Clean Print, Google Docs, and the Texthelp Add-on

The New York Times Learning Network recently publicized their Annual Spring Found Poetry Contest to celebrate poetry during the month of April. Students choose two articles and select phrases from each article to create a found poem. The contest is for students 13-19, and the…

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Smackdown on Steroids

Smackdown on Steroids

Wanting to see and hear what teachers are doing with technology in their classrooms?  Interested in knowing how they are implementing technology after professional development has been provided?  Curious to have teachers learn from other teachers but don’t have a lot of time or opportunities…

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