The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!


I would like to reinforce the positive influence of social networking. Because of social networking and the opportunities to connect at conferences and workshops, I''ve made some incredible friends. Thank you to each of my dear friends below that donated one of your personal products!

Taking a (Mini) Cue from CUE18


My teachers at Macy Elementary are completely amped up for doing another round of our Macy Mini-CUE after attending […]. Inspire CUE Conference Personal Learning Network (PLN “Can we do this again, so we can attend sessions that we couldn’t do this time?”

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. educational technology Learning Professional Development professional learning Spotswood

The People and Moments That Define Us

A Principal's Reflections

My father was an elementary principal for 30 years and I always admired how he was able to inspire his staff to focus on student learning. But I learned from a mentor early on that making mistakes is okay; just don''t make the same mistake twice.

The Secret to Being a Better Teacher? Find Your Tribe


Shortly after I received the award, it seemed like everyone wanted to visit my classroom and sit in a room with me to understand how I was getting my kids to learn. I quickly figured out that my administration and the other teachers didn’t care if my students were learning—they wanted my students to stay out of the hallways, off administration’s radar and to appear somewhat engaged when it was time to be evaluated through standardized testing.

A Personal Question for All Teachers


What does it mean to make learning personal? It’s no secret that teachers take their jobs personally. For the past three years, we’ve asked educators from every state to share, in their own words, how they make learning personal. So far, we’ve traveled to 28 cities across 23 states, in regions both urban and rural, to learn how educators are helping every student grow, and to amplify their voices by sharing their experiences.

Three Ways That Rural States Can Become the Hotbeds for School Edtech Innovation


Technology has been a key component in the planting, fertilization, growth and eventually, the blossoming of new statewide initiatives including distance education and new professional learning opportunities for educators that have benefitted students in a variety of ways. It dates back to 2008, when an educational journey began in Wyoming that revealed the important role technology plays in enhancing teaching and learning—especially in a rural state.

School of Dreams

A Principal's Reflections

CFISD is an amazing school district that is not only one of the highest achieving large districts in the state of Texas, but also firmly committed to scaling innovative practices to improve learning for all 120,000 students. Incorporation of flexible learning spaces throughout the building.

#Supermuch teaching in the classroom and online

The CoolCatTeacher

We discuss what going to the next level in the classroom and in online learning means both at the secondary and college level. So, go to to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20.

What My Parents Taught Me About Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

During my early years of blogging I always posted each post to my personal Facebook page and emailed my parents a live link. Here is some context before I detail what I learned about leadership from my parents.

Epic Effective Classroom Decoration and Design Resources

The CoolCatTeacher

30+ ideas to improve learning with awesome classroom design From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. A well-designed classroom boosts student learning by as much as 16% (Barrett, Zhang, Davies, & Barrett 2015), but overdecorating is a distraction.

If I Could Get 1 Piece of Technology for My Classroom, It Would Be.


An Elementary Teacher''s Opinion Staples recently contacted me to see if I''d be interested in reviewing a few pieces of technology. When I posted this question to my PLN, personal learning network, the response was overwhelming. A Chromebook of Course! -

What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

It helps explain the step-by-step nature of coding,” says Todd Burleson, resource center director for this Winnetka Public Schools District 36 elementary school. While this exposure to robotics has been eye-opening to some parents of children at the school, it is right in line with the Horizon Report: 2017 K-12 Edition put out by the New Media Consortium and Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) last year. We are integrating that design thinking into other learning areas.

How To "Amp Up" Your Traditional Lesson Planning in Today's Classrooms


It can support teaching and learning in a variety of ways (many of which you will see in action below). Think for a moment about how this could truly change teaching and learning and break us out of previous habits and ways of practice.

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It's Open House at the Discovery Educator Network This Week!

Educational Technology Guy

The Discovery Educator Network is an awesome, free, resource for educators, filled with other educators. I''ve met some great people in the DEN and learned so much. It''s a great Personal Learning Network for any and all educators.

Tools to Help Become a Tech Savvy Educator

A Principal's Reflections

21st Century Educators must be able to adapt, communicate, take risks, model, continually learn, collaborate, exhibit vision, and lead. Keys for Principals: Support your staff, be flexible, exhibit passion, don''t use time as an excuse to learn, take/encourage risks, and model.

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2 Hawaii Administrators, on GAFE in their schools. and a sneak peek at next week's Google Rocks! Hawaii HOA

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Jan Iwase, principal of Hale Kula Elementary School located at Schofield Barracks, O''ahu, has dived right in with student projects. I was thrilled beyond measure to learn that my Google Teacher Academy buddy Brent Catlett is a moderator.

Professional Opportunities for Educators in 2014


Come see me present and be sure use my personal VIP code of EK10 to receive my partner discount of 10% your registration at any of these 7 events. Learn more and register at MACUL stands for Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning.

What does it mean to be “connected”?

Reading By Example

Lisa Dabbs from Edutopia attempts to define this concept: Connected learners develop networks and co-construct knowledge from wherever they live. Just as student learning can become more personalized with technology in the school mix, so to should professional learning.

Connecting Teaching, Learning, & Leadership


Notes from an Webinar 4/28/14 Dr. Joe Mazza Director of Connected Teaching, Learning & Leadership North Penn School District Dr. Mazza just took on his position in December. He is a project manager, promoting connected teaching, learning, & leadership.

Happy Connected Educator Month


When I began my teaching career a few short years ago, I never would have imagined having such an expansive network of people that I consider colleagues and friends. Well, that comment added a few more friends in our PLN, personal learning network, to the conversation.

Practicing the Principles of Connected Learning

Educator Innovator

New media educator Howard Rheingold interviews educator Kevin Hodgson about connected learning and how educators enact its principles with technology. Norris Elementary School in Southampton, Massachusetts, and technology liaison with the Western Massachusetts Writing project.


Networked Scholars – From K through 12 and to Higher Ed

Improving Education Environments

Schools have spent a considerable sum of money outfitting their classrooms and students with IWBs, tablet computers, and various learning management systems designed to digitize the classroom and create innovative and efficient learning. Bringing Up Three by Bringing Up Madison:CC-BY.

GlobalEdCon 2013 Day Four + Helping the New Grassroots Projects

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

During the conference opening sessions we brainstormed as set of grassroots global education projects that we could bring to our personal learning networks to try to get started. Given that our combined network reach is probably in the millions, the idea is to turn our personal learning networks into a large personal action network to make a difference for students right now. Today is day four of the 2013 Global Education Conference.

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Looking Back At 2010 And Looking Forward To 2011.

The Web20Classroom

Think about it in a lower elementary classroom. Here is an example I use a lot where I asked people to give me their thoughts on what a PLN (Personal Learning Network) means to them. So if Ning is gone where can you turn to introduce social networking to your students?

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Freedom, Autonomy, and Digital Media at an Indiana High School

Educator Innovator

In a networked world, the teacher is more important than ever – as a guide, facilitator and coach who provides frameworks, methods, and inspiration. Grace Schaffstall collaborated with elementary school students and their teachers to create and publish a book about the growth of a bird.

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