#ISTE17 – Tuesday Keynote Jennie Magiera

The keynote opened with things I didn’t see. There was a delicious breakfast involved and I regret nothing (Panchito’s for breakfast tacos…get the Lyft over, … Read More ›

#ISTE17 – 5 Key Trends Transforming Teaching Today

If I’m being honest, I’m mostly in this session because Vicki Davis is hosting. She is a full time teacher who has a DAILY podcast … Read More ›

#ISTE17 – 60in60 Edtech Game Show!

I caught the end of the 60in60 session last year, so I was excited to see it on the listing this year. The session is … Read More ›

#ISTE17 – Snapshot: Podcasting, Vodcasting & Vlogging

I came to this for obvious reasons, but also because I want to encourage my students to start creating podcasts next year. When I mentioned … Read More ›

#ISTE17 – Ignite Round 2

Despite my disappointment with the lack of actionable tools or ideas in the first round, I’m back for round 2 of Ignite at ISTE. In … Read More ›

#ISTE17 – How to Expand Learning into the Social Media Sphere

My first impression on this session was walking into “What Does the Clock Say?” an Ylvis spoof of the viral sensation. So yeah, that happened. … Read More ›

#ISTE17 Opening Keynote – Jad Abumrad

After some interesting musical choices and a rousing speech from the new ISTE CEO, Richard Culatta about the vision of ISTE and upcoming surprises (maybe … Read More ›

#ISTE17 Ignite Round 1

The stage is set, I just enjoyed a delightful pineapple popsicle, and I’m ready for my favorite session: Ignite! For anyone that doesn’t know what … Read More ›

#ISTE17 Thoughts So Far

I landed in San Antonio on Saturday morning, and got to spend some time exploring the city. In short, not a fan. There just doesn’t … Read More ›

Episode 6 – Gretchen Bridgers

In this episode of the Planning Period Podcast, I interview Gretchen Bridgers of the Always a Lesson Podcast. Gretchen has been a great help to … Read More ›

Episode 5 – David Knuffke

In this episode of the Planning Period Podcast, I interview David Knuffke, the Curriculum Associate for Science and Technology for the Secondary Level in Deerpark, … Read More ›

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 ›

Episode 4 – Nicole Mutters

In this episode of the Planning Period Podcast, I interview Assistant Principal, former dean and history teacher, Nicole Mutters. Nicole is a great friend of … Read More ›

Episode 3 – Michael Coleman

Episode 3 already. Not sure why, but this feels like a milestone to me. Sure, it’s only 3 episodes, but still. Anyways, on this week’s … Read More ›

Episode 2 – Kristen Iannuzzi

In this second episode of the show, I sit down with Kristen Iannuzzi. She is one of the most powerfully passionate educators I have ever … Read More ›

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 ›

Episode 1 – Jay Cvetko

In my first episode of the Planning Period Podcast, I interview Jay Cvetko, a veteran teacher now teaching Economics at my school. In this interview … Read More ›

Planning Period Podcast is Coming!

Followers of my blog, twitter, or just life in general, will know that I haven’t shut up for the last couple months about starting my … Read More ›

What I’m Learning From Listening to Education Podcasts Part 2

My podcast listening is now officially bordering on obsession. In addition to #EdChat Radio and Cult of Pedagogy, I have now started listening to (and … Read More ›

What I’m Learning from Listening to Education Podcasts

I’m planning on starting my own podcast soon talking about education. I’ve been wanting to do this for a little over a year now, and … Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Censorship: The Real Problem With Education

It has been a while since I have posted to my blog, and there is a reason for that. I hope, that as I write … Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

ISTE2015 Wrap-Up

I’m home, and mostly recovered, from ISTE. Feels like a good time to take a minute and write about my thoughts on the conference. The simple … Read More ›

ISTE2015 Sessions – 1-in-3 Round 2

My last session of ISTE2015 (no! I don’t want it to be over!) is 1-in-3 Round 2. 1-in-3 is much like an Ignite talk, but … Read More ›

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 ›

ISTE2015 – Ignite Talks Round 3

For anyone who doesn’t know, an Ignite talk is a 5 minute, fast paced talk. Behind the presenter is a series of 20 slides with … Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Bragging Time – Again

With the first video reflection due this past Monday, I want to share with everyone some of the hard work my kids are doing. These … Read More ›

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 ›

Working on #TEDxWOHS Outside

When I got back to my room from lunch today, a couple of my students point out how lovely the weather is, and say “We … Read More ›

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 ›