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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

New Course Offering: The Tech Savvy Teacher

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Do you struggle with effectively integrating technology into learning? Do you wonder how your pedagogy must change to respond to the technology choices you and your students make? Do you wonder what tools are out there other than what you’ve heard about on Twitter or read on blogs?

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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?

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.

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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Summer 2017 Learning Series-3 Rules For Attending Any Conference

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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 several different ways of extending your learning.

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.

Changing Our Views On Social Media For Learning

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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.

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.

Summer 2017 Learning Series: Create Solid School:Home Relationships This 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.

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.

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Steven Anderson and Shaelynn Farnsworth lay out what Connected Educators do and how it’s a always a work in progress. Educators today can no longer just walk into the classroom, shut their door and teach.

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.

Innovative Ways To Improve School:Home Communications

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My oldest daughter, Reaghan, is getting ready to be a 2nd grader. Heading back to school with her is one of the busiest times of year. There are lots of meetings, papers to read and fill out, and new things to learn about her school.

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.

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.

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.

Resources and Wrap Ups From #FETC 2017

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I spent the last week in warm and sunny Orlando attending the 2017 FETC Conference. This is one my favorite conferences of the year because of the quality of the sessions, the people and, of course, the learning.

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.

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.