#ISTE18 – IGNITE Round 2

Kyle Bowen kicked off the session talking about Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching. He had some great points about what AI really is, … Read More ›

#ISTE18 – IGNITE Presentations, Round 1

If you have followed my ISTE journey over the past few years, you know that I am obsessed with IGNITE sessions. This series of 5 … Read More ›

#ISTE18 – Top Tech Tools for Teachers with Dan Kreiness

It is officially ISTE 2018, and that means I get to start learning from some amazing educators! My first session of the conference is Top … Read More ›

My Time on A Word In Progress

After I asked him to be on my show (Episode 19), Derek Rhodenizer asked me to be on his show, A Word In Progress. This … Read More ›

#MADPD Building Staff Morale as an Instructional Coach

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of presenting a session on building morale during #MADPD. MADPD (or Make a Difference PD) is an full day online … Read More ›

Pursuing Survival… Guest Post by Kristen Iannuzzi

“For decades, terrorists and mass shooters trod their separate paths. Then Columbine. Eric and Dylan fused them. School murders had been done; Eric envisioned a … Read More ›

Disconnected Day

Anyone who know me, knows I’m a technophile. I’m an instructional technology coach, a constant Twitter user, and podcaster. I Snapchat most of my life, … Read More ›

My Time on the Personal Playlist Podcast

I had the amazing honor of being asked to be on Noa Daniel’s Personal Playlist Podcast (BTW, notice I didn’t say “recently”. Because this post … Read More ›

Google Add-On: Class Folder Creator

As a teacher at a one-to-one school who uses G Suite and Canvas as an Learning Management System (LMS), few things are more annoying than … Read More ›

On a Field Trip with My Son

My son’s kindergarten class went on a field trip to a farm recently, and I had the chance to chaperone the trip. First of all, … Read More ›

I’m Done Holding My Tongue In Class

It only seems fair to start this post with an admission. I am a gun owner. In the past, I was even a member of … Read More ›

I Am A Valuable Brand

Ok, so admittedly, that title makes me a little uncomfortable. It’s a strange statement, and gives me the impression of someone with an inflated ego … Read More ›

I Know Just Enough To Fake It

I am an expert in nothing. Popular advice about building an online presence, a blog, a podcast, or even a twitter account, is to make … Read More ›

VoicEd Gratitude Exchange and Holiday Special

Our VoicEd Family is celebrating the holidays by doing a gift exchange, and we are giving the gift of thanks! No money, no gadgets or … Read More ›

Why The Teacher Moral Standard May Be Necessary

A few weeks ago, I learned that a teacher my little brother Travis had as a kid was arrested and charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend. … Read More ›

Story Speaker – Part 1

On Google Teacher Tribe Podcast last week, I heard about a Google Docs Add-On called Story Speaker. In the description on the show and on … Read More ›

Admin Balance Panel

Tomorrow on VoicEd Radio, I will be hosting a panel discussion on administrator balance with special guests Derek Rhodenizer, Brent Coley, and Mary Vetter. This … Read More ›

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 ›

My “One Thing”

Recently, I had the chance to be on an episode of OnEdMentors on VoicEd Radio. I was joined this particular night by Sarah Anne Lalonde … Read More ›

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 ›

NaNoWriMo Update

As I talked about in my recent post Why Teachers Should NaNoWriMo, I am embarking on the NaNoWriMo journey, and some of it will be … Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Being a Parent at Open House

Last week, I attended my son’s Kindergarten Open House. For the first time in my career, I sat in the room while a teacher talked … Read More ›

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 ›

Flipped PD Update

It has been a week, and it is time for a Flipped PD update. When I last wrote about this, only 4 people had finished … Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

Sprint #1MillionProject

The digital divide is a real thing. Many students do not have internet access at home, and many do. It is easy, especially for anyone … Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

#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 ›

#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 ›

#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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›