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5 Easy Ways To Make Your Digital Content Accessible To Everyone

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Reaghan is my oldest daughter and about to start third grade. At 2 years of age I noticed she wasn’t talking much and when she did talk you couldn’t really understand what she was trying to say. After talking to her pediatrician it was decided to have her evaluated for her speech.

The Tech-Savvy Educator: 6 Areas Of Development

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These are truly incredible times to not only be a learner but an educator as well. The access to information we have is unlike anything we’ve had before. And the tools we have to create a learning environment where all students can succeed are ever increasing.

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Doing More With The Classroom Makerspace

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When I was 6 or 7 years old I was at home on a boring rainy weekend. Being an inquisitive kid and generally looking for mischief I found some tools in a closet and decided something in my house needed taking a apart.

3 Essentials for Success in a Blended [Literacy] Classroom

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This post is sponsored by ThinkCERA , an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines. The use of digital learning spaces has exploded in use in classrooms nearly everywhere.

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Flipping Out For Professional Learning

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During a professional development session a while back I thought I killed someone. He didn’t respond when his name was called. He didn’t respond I tapped his shoulder. Finally, he responded when I shook him a bit harder. Lucky for me (and him) he was just asleep.

Summer 2017 Learning Series-6 Awesome Tools To Try This School Year

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For the next several weeks I’ll be sharing posts that you can use for your summer learning. School may be out for many but the learning we do as educators can last even outside the classroom. These posts will take us through Twitter chats and how you can participate in real time or whenever you want.

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Taking Control Of Your Professional Development

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Recently I was talking to a teacher friend of mine. He is what I would consider a very good teacher. He is engaging in the classroom, works very hard to meet the needs of all his students and regularly reflects on his teaching to understand his strengths and weaknesses.

How TED Talks Make Tough Conversations Easy

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We've all been there. We are sitting in a group of peers or strangers ready to discuss a topic but no one wants to take the lead and get things going. You need that one focal point for everyone to rally around to get things moving.

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Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

4 Ways To Grow Your Personal Learning Network This Week

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“Alone we are smart, but together we are brilliant. We can use the collective wisdom to do great things when we are connected.” I said that way back on September 17, 2013 and yet I think it is even more true today than even back then. When I was in the classroom, I felt isolated as a teacher.

Quick List STEM Resources For The Classroom

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This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Science Technology Engineering Math STEM. I had the honor of being both a Middle School Math and Science teacher. Those were some of my fondest times in the classroom, blowing things up (it happened once!)

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Quick List of Classroom Blogging Resources

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I originally wrote this in 2013. Since then a few resources have changed and I've come across some different ones. Enjoy! Blogging is an important part of who I am as a professional.

Why Open Education Resources Matter #GoOpen

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This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Imagine you need to run to the store to get the ingredients to make a cake. You get the mix, eggs, oil, everything you need to make this most awesome cake.

A More Holistic Approach To Technology Planning

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When I was a Director of Instructional Technology I was deeply involved in the technology planning process from one end to the other. Regularly I had to sit through presentations of new products, listening with a skeptical ear while instructional promises were made.

10 Characteristics Of An Authentic-Based Learning Classroom

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Along with my good friend and literacy expert Shaelynn Farnsworth , we examine what authentic learning means and what these classrooms truly look like. Reimagining education is frequently sparked by advancement in technology. From the introduction of the No.

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Evaluating Technology? Here's What To Look For.

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In my former life as a Director of Instructional Technology I worked with school leaders to make the best choices when it came to technology. We would spend great deals of time looking at funds and how they could best be used to make an impact on student learning. I believe many districts do that.

Technology Resources For Early Childhood Learning

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I am the father of 2 daughters. Reaghan is 7 and Chesney is almost 3. As a Dad and an educator I am constantly looking for the best resources to provide for them at home to supplement the learning they are doing in their schools. Especially with Chesney.

3 Untapped Social Media Resources For Students

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Last week I laid out 3 Untapped Social Media Resources for Teachers. This week we take a look at how to leverage social networks for students. My sister is a senior in high school. Whenever we spend time together I ask her about “what the kids are into these days?”

Why Formative Assessments Matter

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Back in my first year, I was teaching a unit on the parts of the Periodic Table. The students needed to know where they could identify elements that were typically metals, non-metals, gases and be able to identify elements based on their Atomic number among other tasks.

The 3 Things Digital Classrooms Really Need

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My first experience with technology in the classroom was the good ol' Apple IIe and endless hours playing Oregon Trail and Math Blaster. That evolved to an after school coding club in high school where I learned how to make a square and a flower using BASIC.

Think Before You Flip Your Classroom This Year

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For a while now I've been saying something provocative about Flipped Learning. It's the worst idea in the history of teaching." I own that. I've said it. I say it that way to get educators attention. Because I like to have a conversation about it.

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Overcoming The Barriers To Creativity And Innovation

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It''s been a few weeks since I returned from Doha, Qatar and the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). If you aren''t familiar, this conference centers around scalable, actionable ideas for the future of education worldwide.

Teaching Educator Digital Literacy With A Pinterest Party

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This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I will freely admit that Pinterest is one of those services that I haven't been a big user of. When it first appeared my wife took to it instantly.

3 Ways To Encourage Creativity In Your Classroom This Year

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This post is in partnership with ACER. Over the next few months I will be writing and sharing many of the exciting classroom products they offer like tablets, desktops and more! A while back I was having a conversation with a colleague about creativity in learning.

4 Inexpensive (or Free) Google Apps That Help Students Collaborate

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This post is sponsored by Samsung Business. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Bringing technology into the classroom can feel like an uphill battle.

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Let's Build Something Together-Maker Spaces and 20% Time

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Maker Movement 20% Time Genius Hour The idea of students looking away from ridged content focus all throughout the school day and giving them back some time to explore and make is gaining a foothold in many classrooms.

Thinking About Redefining Professional Development

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As a former Director of Instructional Technology my job was to provide technology embedded professional development (PD) to a district of 4000 teachers.

Which Device Can Support Different Learning Styles?

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One of the strongest arguments for classroom technology is the ability it gives teachers to easily adapt curricula for different abilities and learning styles.

Making The Most Of Social Media In The Classroom

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This post is sponsored by Samsung Business. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Social media often gets a bad wrap when spoken in the same breath as education and learning.

Creating A Professional Learning Collection With @appoLearning

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Last time you read about this new site I had been checking out, appoLearning. I have really enjoyed getting to know this new platform and even create a collection myself.

5 Resources To Make Your Next Presentation Pop

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Perhaps you are like me and have to sit through presentations often. Sometimes they are great. You can tell the presenter put a lot of thought into what they want to talk about and it feels like they really know their stuff.

8 Education Books For The Digital Age: The Connected Educator Series #CorwinCE

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From The Shameless Promotion Department, I am proud today that I become a published author. My book, The Relevant Educator ships today. Below is a post (thanks to the most awesome Mark Barnes) about the entire Connected Educator Series from Corwin.

FAQs For Educational Bloggers

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I’ve had this blog since 2009. For nearly 9 years I’ve written about technology, improving school leadership and have shared my personal insights on being a connected educator. For me, blogging has become a part of my learning process and a platform through which I share information.

Why #Edcamp Is So Awesome

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending another Edcamp. This one makes 7 for me. EdcampElon was another event in a long like of teacher-driven professional development that can have a lasting impact on the learning of all who attend. Don''t know what an Edcamp is or looks like?

3 Things We Need To Remember For Every Professional Development

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I remember my first professional development as a teacher. I was fresh out of college. The PD centered around how to use clickers in the classroom. I saw great potential there. The idea that I could get realtime information back on my students, I saw as a great help to me.

Encouraging Authenticity In Learning

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In the last several years, a major shift in instruction began to happen. Instead of students having access to handheld technology (tablet, laptop, etc) only part of the school day, more and more students began to have access when they need it.

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Curating Content with @appoLearning

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Curation, as many of you know, is near and dear to my heart. Heck I even wrote a book on the subject!) And especially now, for teachers, its becoming increasingly important as more and more digital devices begin to enter the classroom.

Why Curation Matters

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I spend a great deal of time looking up stuff. Whether that stuff is blog posts to get a pulse on what is happening in the edusphere or researching new tools to share with teachers, I come across a wide variety of resources that I need to save, catalog and be able to come back to later.

Make Your Classroom Truly Global

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This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. One of the great things about being a connected educator is the conversations that happen on a regular basis with colleagues and learners from across the globe.