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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›