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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.

High-Impact Instructional Strategies To Use Right Now

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Engagement versus effectiveness. This is a conversation I have been having with educators and leaders all over the country for a while now. Just because we see students engaged in learning might not mean actual effective learning is taking place.

Going Digital Is About More Than Just Devices.

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Going digital has truly made our world smaller. From the desks in our classrooms we can travel to far off places and talk to friends via Skype or share thoughts through blogs or experience historic sites like never before with virtual reality.

Taking Collaboration And Teacher PD To Another Level With Verso Learning

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When I was teaching Middle School Science I always tried to encourage academic discussion among my students. As a group we would debate results from various experiments, attempt to understand current events in science and talk about how science was all around us.

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.

Why All Educators Need SAMR And TPACK

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Lately, the work I’ve been doing with teachers and leaders has centered around the engaging and effective use of technology.

Creating Learning Centers in a Blended Literacy Classroom

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Written with Shaelynn Farnsworth , post is sponsored by ThinkCERCA , an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines.

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.

3 Ways Leaders Can Support Ongoing Professional Development

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When I was leading an Instructional Technology program, one of the hurdles my team had to overcome was the lack of involvement from our leadership on the professional development we were delivering.

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.

4 EdTech Ways to Differentiate in a Student-Centered Classroom

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Co-Written with my friend and business partner Shaelynn Farnsworth In all the work that Shaelynn and I do with teachers across the US and beyond we see educators creating amazing learning environments for students.

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Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

Engagement Doesn't Often Mean Effectiveness

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A few weeks ago I asked a group of teachers to describe a lesson where technology was used effectively to impact learning. After some thinking, one of the teachers described a lesson where students were using Google Maps to take a tour of different parts of the world.

What 15,000 Kids Taught Me About Creativity

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When I walked into the Houston Convention Center a few weeks ago I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had never attended a FIRST LEGO League World Championship. Walking through the doors I was in awe.

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.

8 Math and Science Simulation Resources For Any Classroom

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"Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. It's posing questions and coming up with a method. It's delving in." Sally Ride I was a Middle School Science and Math teacher.

Work With Me! Enhancing Leadership For Administrators and Teachers

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Last week I had the honor to work with educational leaders and teachers from Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. Our goal was to examine the role of technology leadership in and out of the classroom and to better understand how technology can enhance learning.

Overcoming The Barriers To Better School:Home Communications

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As a teacher, I always looked forward to the first day of school. Getting my room put together, planning new lessons and meeting new faces was something I couldn't wait to do. As a parent, I dread the first day of school. And this year was no different.

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3 Ways To Combat Recipe Learning

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When I was a middle school science teacher I regularly assigned projects. At the time I thought that the projects would be a great way for me to understand what my students understood about particular concepts and topics.

Stop Blaming Social Media

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Recently most of the world has become familiar with the term “fake news.” These alternative facts are pervasive and infect all facets of our lives. From our twitter streams to talking heads on television it seems like we can not escape facts being outright fake, or the perception that they are.

Research Isn't Sexy.But You Need It Anyway

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For some time now Shaelynn Farnsworth and I have been reflecting on our own learning and professional development practices, looking for gaps in instruction and aiming to improve our craft. One of our longest conversations has been around research.

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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Supporting Writing In Every Classroom With ThinkCERCA

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This post is sponsored by ThinkCERCA , an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines. Just as literacy is a part of every classroom at every grade level, writing is a powerful component of the curriculum.

CommonLit-Free Informational And Literary Texts For Any Classroom

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Recently, I was talking with my friend and literacy expert Shaelynn Farnsworth about the shifting definition of literacy and how we are all teachers of literacy.

Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home

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This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. When I was an Instructional Technology Director one of the challenges I faced was working to ensure that students, no matter where they lived in my district, had access to the same tools and opportunities.

Back To Basics: Device Tips For #BackToSchool

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When I was a Director of Instructional Technology it was always a fun day when we could deliver brand new devices to a school. The students and teachers were always excited and ready for the new possibilities ahead. Then after a few weeks frustration would set it.

Effective School Communications In The Summer

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As the end of the school year approaches my daughter’s backpack is filled with fliers from her elementary school. Everything from summer reading lists to stacks of classwork that are finally being sent home. Nearly every night my inbox is full of emails from the school reminding us of this and that.

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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.

Learning About Ormiboard-Part 1

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When I began to introduce Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to my former district one of the questions (albeit anxiety filled) from teachers was with all these devices in the classroom how will we make sure students are doing what we need them to be doing?

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.

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 LIbrarians Are Awesome #TLChat

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Librarian Media Coordinator Teacher-Librarian Superman Whatever you call them, those folks who work in our libraries and media centers are amazing. And you should be paying more attention to them. From an early age my Mother instilled in me the value of reading. I was read to constantly as a child.

Give Yourself The Gift Of Learning This Year

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Unless you just haven’t noticed, trees, lights and ornaments are going up on businesses and homes all over the place. Commercials on television highlight sweaters, coffee and fireplaces. It’s hard to ignore we are in the holiday season.

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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Everything You Wanted To Know About Formative Assessment But Were Afraid To Ask

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Recently Shaelynn Farnsworth and I had a great and engaging discussion on the topic of Formative Assessment for ACER Education. Check out what we had to say. Some of the highlights: What Is Formative Assessment —As you can tell from our video, there are many ways to describe formative assessment.

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.

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.

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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Reaching The Community With Periscope

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This post is sponsored by Samsung Business. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am on the road a lot. Traveling the country, working with teachers and districts to improve the way they use technology and bridge the gaps in the way they communicate with their communities.

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.

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.

Learning Beyond The Classroom Walls

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When I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology, I started out like many students do. I sat down at my laptop, went to Google and started searching. Eventually I landed on a program at an in-state university that was one of the first of its kind. Everything was virtual.

Taking An Hour Of Code

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Recently my daughter and I have been enjoying our Kano computer. If you haven''t heard, a Kano is a small Raspberry Pi computer you build yourself. For under a $150 bucks it''s a steal because you get to program it to do pretty much whatever you want.

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