Doing More With The Classroom Makerspace
MARCH 19, 2017
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 Ways To Grow Your Personal Learning Network This Week
APRIL 2, 2017
“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.
3 Ways To Combat Recipe Learning
MARCH 11, 2017
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.
Flipping Out For Professional Learning
NOVEMBER 21, 2016
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.
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.
10 Characteristics Of An Authentic-Based Learning Classroom
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
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.
Taking Control Of Your Professional Development
MAY 29, 2016
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.
Quick List STEM Resources For The Classroom
MARCH 15, 2016
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!)
FAQs For Educational Bloggers
APRIL 27, 2017
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.
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.
3 Ways To Encourage Creativity In Your Classroom This Year
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
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.
5 Resources To Make Your Next Presentation Pop
JANUARY 9, 2017
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.
Technology Resources For Early Childhood Learning
JUNE 26, 2016
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.
Why Open Education Resources Matter #GoOpen
APRIL 18, 2016
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.
Quick List of Classroom Blogging Resources
OCTOBER 29, 2015
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.
A More Holistic Approach To Technology Planning
AUGUST 3, 2015
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.
Evaluating Technology? Here's What To Look For.
JUNE 3, 2015
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.
Teaching Educator Digital Literacy With A Pinterest Party
DECEMBER 4, 2015
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.
Think Before You Flip Your Classroom This Year
AUGUST 28, 2015
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.
The 3 Things Digital Classrooms Really Need
MAY 19, 2015
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.
Why Formative Assessments Matter
JUNE 4, 2014
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.
Overcoming The Barriers To Creativity And Innovation
NOVEMBER 25, 2014
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.
4 Inexpensive (or Free) Google Apps That Help Students Collaborate
SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
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.
Which Device Can Support Different Learning Styles?
SEPTEMBER 8, 2015
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
SEPTEMBER 28, 2015
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.
Let's Build Something Together-Maker Spaces and 20% Time
JULY 31, 2014
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
MAY 12, 2014
As a former Director of Instructional Technology my job was to provide technology embedded professional development (PD) to a district of 4000 teachers.
Creating A Professional Learning Collection With @appoLearning
JULY 17, 2015
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.
3 Untapped Social Media Resources Worth A Second Look
FEBRUARY 20, 2017
In a world where we are constantly bombarded with information as adults and as educators, there are still many untapped resources to learn from and share with and grow, especially through social media.
Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home
OCTOBER 7, 2016
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.
8 Education Books For The Digital Age: The Connected Educator Series #CorwinCE
AUGUST 19, 2014
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.
Curating Content with @appoLearning
JUNE 12, 2015
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.
Encouraging Authenticity In Learning
NOVEMBER 11, 2014
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.
3 Things We Need To Remember For Every Professional Development
JANUARY 30, 2014
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.
Make Your Classroom Truly Global
FEBRUARY 1, 2016
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.
Why #Edcamp Is So Awesome
APRIL 21, 2014
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?
Why Curation Matters
MAY 20, 2014
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.
Changing Our Views On Social Media For Learning
JUNE 21, 2016
Snapchat Facebook Instagram Vine Twitter What do you think about when you hear those words? Maybe you think about social media in general and how it’s continuing to grow. Or maybe you think about how those can be used as platforms to connect with others.
Embracing Formative Assessments This School Year
AUGUST 2, 2016
For me, the beginning of the school year was the best time of year. I always enjoyed getting back into my classroom, setting things up and getting pumped for the journey ahead with my students. The beginning of the year was a good reset.