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

What the Future Means to Writers – or – Some Advice to A Friend

A friend of mine said to me on twitter today, “Brad, kind of struggling lately with the idea of being a writer, given so few … Read More ›

April 13, 2013

How to Setup Automatic Redundant Free Backup

So here’s the step-by-step that I promised a few days ago. For this, I will be assuming you use Scrivener, but as I said before, … Read More ›

April 6, 2013

For Writers: How to Get Automatic Free Redundant File Backup

Today, I was clearing out some old Scrivener backup files and wasn’t paying as much attention as I should have been. Somehow, deleting one of … Read More ›

April 3, 2013

Time Travel – Or – How to Make a Blog Post with Next to no Effort

So I really don’t know what the long term purpose of this blog will be, but for today I hope to make some people laugh. … Read More ›

February 19, 2013

Submitting to Agents – Or Querying: The 10th Circle

As I said previously, I have begun the Querying Process, submitting my query and such to literary agents in the hope of getting representation for … Read More ›

February 15, 2013

New and Used Blog

Recently, I started submitting some of my work to literary agents, and it is a long, tiring, stressful process that I will most likely delve … Read More ›

February 13, 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