Here’s the Hangout on Air I did Monday night with Elizabeth Calhoon, the Academic Technology Specialist in Santa Clara County (California), and Tanya Avrith, the Lead Digital Citizenship Teacher for Lester B. Pearson (Canada). We talked about a lot of great K-12 resources for digital citizenship. I’ve always been super impressed with Tanya’s work in Canada, but I didn’t know that Elizabeth actually helped with the digital literacy curriculum put out by Google! Both of these ladies are super knowledgeable- … Read the rest
I recently worked with a few teachers on a service-learning project they had designed for their students. As we talked about the purpose and design of the project, I was brought back to my sophomore year of high school- and one of the school assignments that had a huge impact on who I am today.
I was fifteen, and I had just read Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. In response to the reading, we were told … Read the rest
|Members of the ISTE Young Educator Network|
Connect, collaborate, create. We hear these words over and over, and we are constantly telling educators that these are the skills their students need to succeed in their futures. However, how often do we, as teacher trainers, provide professional development that resembles the lecture model that we are so desperately trying to eliminate?
After having conversations with other members of the ISTE Young Educator Network, a few of my colleagues and I decided … Read the rest
I was lucky to participate in the Mobile Reach podcast tonight (hosted by the fantastic educators Sue Gorman and David Freeburg) with fellow ISTE Outstanding Young Educators Adam Bellow (2011) and Caroline Haebig (2012). Adam talked about his transition into entrepreneurship with his app EduClipper (seriously- check it out if you haven’t yet!), Caroline talked about her work with a 1-to-1 iPad roll-out, and I talked about my work building challenge-based, blended learning professional development workshops for teachers (the … Read the rest
The first time I held a workshop on Google Docs, three people showed up. The second time I held a workshop, five people showed up. The third time I held a workshop, two people showed up. Months later, I still couldn’t increase my numbers to more than ten participants- in a district of almost 450 employees.
I didn’t understand it. I wasn’t exactly Sir Ken Robinson, but I definitely had more than five people in the audience when I spoke … Read the rest
I didn’t go to the ASU/GSV Education Innovation Summit, but I wish I would have, just so I could have heard Andy Kessler’s closing keynote. I followed the conversation on Twitter, and I read articles that reacted to his speech– which allegedly created a dichotomy between teachers and technology. I loved the reaction from Betsy Corcoran, CEO of EdSurge, who wrote: “Technologists–or aging former financial analysts–who try to bully either teachers (or for that matter, parents) into thinking … Read the rest
My superintendent gave me homework a few weeks ago- she asked me to consider what my “core beliefs” about education are, and why I continue to work in public education. Maybe I miss having homework (haha), but I decided to write down my thoughts.
I work in public education because I am passionate about the belief that every student deserves a quality, free education, and that opportunity shouldn’t be dependent on the family a child was born into.
I … Read the rest
My first podcast interview went live today! Thanks Concordia EdTech for hosting me (and if you haven’t checked them out yet, you should- they’ve interviewed some really interesting people, and I feel honored to be a part of their work!).
In the interview, I talk about one of the projects I am currently working on, how technology can support pedagogy, and how Google Apps can improve efficiency/effectiveness.
My new goal is to stop talking about education technology.