The Connected Educator Back-to-School Blues

Most teachers lament returning to work. While parents are ready for their little darlings to stop harassing them every hour of every day about going … Read More ›

August 9, 2017

What We Can Learn as Teachers from Challenging Administrators

We all have said the words that relationships with students, especially relationships based on mutual respect, are critical to getting the best performance out of … Read More ›

May 30, 2017

Future of EdTech Coaches

Last night I participated in the #EdTechChat on Twitter, in which the topic was Ed Tech Coaches. As a full-time Digital Instructional Coach, the topic … Read More ›

May 9, 2017

Creating an Open Source Curriculum Instead of Textbooks #EdChat

A few weeks ago, I participated in #EdChat to discuss Open Source Curriculum (more specifically, the question posed was “Is it possible to create a modern, … Read More ›

April 6, 2017

ISTE2016 Summary – Closing Keynote with Michelle Cordy

Michelle opened with the title slide: “Show Up and Refuse to Leave.” She explained the story of how she started a 1:1 pilot program, and … Read More ›

June 29, 2016

ISTE2016 Summary – Genius Bar: Promoting Student Leadership

As a teacher of what is loosely based off the Genius Bar model (more tech assistants truthfully) I am excited to get to see how … Read More ›

June 29, 2016

ISTE2016 Summary – Ruha Benjamin Keynote

I wasn’t sure I was going to make the Tuesday keynote, mainly because I went to Denver Biscuit Company and ate myself into an unbelievably … Read More ›

June 28, 2016

IST2016 Summary – EdTekTalks

This is another multi-presenter session. In an hour and 45 minutes, you see 5 mini keynotes from distinguished EdTech leaders. First presenter is Amelia Rose … Read More ›

June 27, 2016

ISTE2016 Summary – Ed Tech Start Up Pitch Fest

My second session of the day is the Ed Tech Start-Up Pitch Fest. In this session, 6 startup companies will present on their new education … Read More ›

June 27, 2016

ISTE2016 Summary – Problem-Based Learning Extravaganza!

ISTE2016 is finally here, and I couldn’t be more excited! In the beautiful city of Denver, some of the worlds greatest teachers have come together … Read More ›

June 27, 2016

Teachers – How You Turned Out is Irrelevant!

I have conversations regularly with people about the state of education. Some people want to understand the problems educators face, others want to hear my … Read More ›

April 27, 2016

Organizing Administration Using OneNote Staff Notebook*

At my school, we have launched into OneNote as a school platform with both feet. At this point, just 9 weeks into our one-to-one program, … Read More ›

October 21, 2015

My Life as an Instructional Technology Coach – 6 Weeks In

Week 7 of the school year starts tomorrow, so I thought now would be a good time to give a quick update on my job, … Read More ›

October 4, 2015

Observations at a High School Football Game

As part of my job description as an Instructional Technology Coordinator, falls the ever-dreaded “Other duties as assigned.” As part of my other duties for … Read More ›

September 15, 2015

ISTE2015 Session – Managing a 1:1 Campus

My next (and final) session for today is Managing a 1:1 Campus for Principals and Technology Specialists. I’m not 100% sure this training is really … Read More ›

June 30, 2015

ISTE2015 Session – Create a Technology Start-Up in Your School

I decided to attend this session because it just sounded really interesting. The idea of starting a company while in school is just fascinating to … Read More ›

June 29, 2015

ISTE2015 – Flipped PD Session

My first session at ISTE2015 is called Flipped PD: Creating Teacher Buy-In and Modeling Technology-Rich Professional Development. What a mouthful. Still, very interested in this topic, … Read More ›

June 29, 2015

Humor – A Double-Edged Sword in a Classroom

This is the first week of the summer. I’m spending it at a week-long training on Digital Curriculum and what we, as the school technology … Read More ›

June 11, 2015

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Do the TEDx Project

Since I started the TEDx project, I have been amazed at the things my students are doing. They are learning about fascinating topics, writing truly … Read More ›

May 26, 2015

Technology is Not a Learning Outcome

Found this on twitter and felt it was worth sharing. Good for all of us to remember as we merge technology and pedagogy. Source: https://twitter.com/CushGills/status/601399974820061185

May 21, 2015

Bragging Time – Round 3

Running a little behind posting this, but better late than never. Students submitted their second round of reflections last week, and as before, I’ve pulled … Read More ›

May 20, 2015

Overheard at a Continental Breakfast

It never ceases to amaze me what you can learn from listening to people. I have this thing where I listen to all the conversations … Read More ›

May 19, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Week – Just Say Thanks

As most of you should be aware, this week has been Teacher Appreciation Week. While I appreciate the nice little gifts that our administration gets … Read More ›

May 7, 2015

Standardized Testing – By Me and Others

It’s testing season, and so I’m thinking about testing a lot. Thankfully, in my state, we are done with English tests. However, I am missing … Read More ›

May 5, 2015

Everything Wrong With Internet Filtering

Ran into my first major problem with my TEDx project today. Well, I say “major problem,” but I really mean “minor but recurring problem requiring … Read More ›

April 25, 2015

TEDxWOHS Parent Responses

Yesterday, as you probably already know, I introduced the TEDx project to my students.. In addition, I sent an email to their parents that included … Read More ›

April 22, 2015

Teacher’s Throwing Out Grades

Last weekend, I listened to Starr Sackstein (@mssackstein) talk with Nicholas Provenzano about the No Grades Movement. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard about … Read More ›

April 21, 2015

TED Talk Project – A Student Experiment

As I enter my final weeks in the classroom, I find myself wanting to make a splash. Thanks to inspiration from Nicholas Provenzano (@thenerdyteacher) and his #NerdyCast, … Read More ›

April 20, 2015

Cool Tool for School – EdPuzzle.com

Today, I spent some time using EdPuzzle, and I wanted to share my experience with it. EdPuzzle is a website that allows you to “Make … Read More ›

April 16, 2015

Social Media in School

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about social media being used in school and in the classroom. There is great benefit to student use of … Read More ›

April 15, 2015

Harsh Conversations With Myself

It has been an interesting year for me. For a couple of personal reasons (the details of which I don’t really want to get into … Read More ›

April 14, 2015

Audiobooks: Are They Really Reading?

Despite what the title may imply, this post simply will not answer that question, partly because I don’t actually have an answer and mostly because … Read More ›

April 23, 2013

10 Reasons You Should Do NaNoWriMo

As you all know, I’m a huge supporter of NaNoWriMo and The Office of Letters and Lights.   They posted this on their blog today, … Read More ›

October 1, 2012