My Time on APlusEdTech Podcast

A couple months ago (yes, I’m behind big time), I was interviewed for the APlusEdTech Podcast. This podcast is hosted by Ashley McBride, who I … Read More ›

November 20, 2017

It’s About Time We Upset Some People

The admin team at my school (principal, assistant principal, and coaches/instructional support) are doing a book study of Rick Wormelli’s Fair Isn’t Always Equal. We’re … Read More ›

November 6, 2017

Flipped PD Update – Not All Good News

When I started out on this endeavor, I had the best of intentions. I was full of energy and excitement. Even when the first online … Read More ›

November 1, 2017

Why Teachers Should NaNoWriMo

There is only a week or so left in October, and that means National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner. NaNoWriMo is an … Read More ›

October 23, 2017

Las Vegas Thoughts – Change We Can Make

58 people are dead in another of a myriad of senseless attacks on innocent people. And like every other time this has happened, we are … Read More ›

October 3, 2017

Automated Google Appointment Calendar Follow-Up Emails

Do you use Google Appointment Slots and wish you could have an automated thank you message with a survey link included each day? Well, you … Read More ›

September 19, 2017

High School Football Fan – A Troll or a Patriot?

It’s the Friday Night Lights time of year, and among many of the “other duties as assigned” for me is being at the games to … Read More ›

September 2, 2017

Flipped PD – Day 1

Today it started. This morning, I tweeted out my nervousness, because when I got to work, I published the first Flipped PD course and sent … Read More ›

August 28, 2017

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

Lamenting the Loss of Audio

After Jennie Magiera talked so passionately during her ISTE Keynote about telling our students’ stories, and our true stories, I decided that I would make … Read More ›

July 30, 2017

Flipped PD and The Future of this Blog

My summer is over. Let’s all lement that for a moment. Ok, moment is over. Time to talk about the future. Listeners of the podcast … Read More ›

July 20, 2017

#ISTE17 – Flipping PD to Create More Powerful Face-to-Face PD Opportunities

This is my last session for today, possibly overall. I’m probably most excited about this, as throughout these last few months, knowing the role I’m … Read More ›

June 27, 2017

#ISTE17 – EdTech Insights: Teacher Hacks

This session takes place in the middle of the Expo Hall, which is really odd. It’s loud and distracting. They are organizing the session into … Read More ›

June 27, 2017

#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 ›

June 27, 2017

#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 ›

June 26, 2017

#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 ›

June 26, 2017

#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 ›

June 26, 2017

#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 ›

June 25, 2017

#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 ›

June 25, 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

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 ›

April 28, 2017

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 ›

April 26, 2017

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 ›

April 13, 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