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My First Poster: #GridPlans at #NCTIES19

I love presenting. I’m always fascinated by the different kinds of presentation formats available nowadays. The infrastructure of the presentation may be even more important than the message itself. It’s true. And knowing your space, setup, and schedule of activities will directly impact how effective you are in communicating your Read more…


I’m Google Certified. Does That Make Me a Good Teacher? Part II

Blogger’s Note: I’m still responding to Bill Ferriter‘s post: “I’m Not Google Certified. Does That Make Me a Bad Teacher?” Here was my December, 2018, Part I response. The following is Part II in a mini-series of responses [End Blogger’s Note]. The Big Picture By now, you know how it works. Of the seemingly 145 apps, Read more…


I’m Google Certified. Does That Make Me a Good Teacher? Part I

Blogger’s Note: I’m responding to Bill Ferriter‘s post: “I’m Not Google Certified. Does That Make Me a Bad Teacher?” This is Part I in a mini-series of responses. Bill Ferriter is one of the most passionate, thought-provoking educators I’ve ever known. A 2015 Bammy Award recipient, “Bill pushes the comfort zones Read more…


#GridCulum

We’ve had the tools, technology, and the power… And now? We also have the space and strategy to share! Welcome to #GridCulum! This is where Flipgrid breaks down barriers, educators share ideas, and together, we make learning and teaching better for all. Why #GridCulum? Educators are each other’s best resources. Read more…


Flipgrid Your Sub Plans

Missing a day can be unnerving. A great substitute teacher is priceless. But great subs need great plans. And great plans take time to craft. It’s hard for an educator to miss a day of school. Besides really missing the kids, and then hoping to find an available, certified sub, preparing for Read more…


Hesitant to #ARVRinEDU

For years I’ve shied away from it. Today, I’m breaking my silence. Ignorance was–and sometimes still is–bliss. What is augmented reality? What is virtual reality? What is the difference? The world of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) can really light up your eyes. Literally. With a pair of goggles, Read more…


De-Sense-ITized

How can we expect kids to pay attention when their environment is striking them with lightning bolts faster and hotter than we’ve ever known? It’s a lot. It’s too much. Our world experiences can no longer be posted with #nofilter. Not when you’re a parent–especially a parent of a young Read more…


Twitter Mindset

Twitter can be addicting. I absolutely love this simple platform for professional learning and networking. Twitter can change your life–For better–And for worse. Twitter for Better: The Platform Twitter has changed my life for the better. Late to the game (joining in August, 2013), I’m definitely a much-improved educator because Read more…


One Small Change 2

It’s not about having the best lesson ever. It’s not about adding a TON of extra work to your To-Do List. It is about how one small change can make a BIG difference. It is about how one small change can meaningfully enhance a learning experience. Checkered Flag! Analyzing race results right there on the spot was another Read more…


Winning the #Edtech Race

My elementary learners are loving one of their most exciting STEM experiences ever, and I’m having a hard time dealing with it. It’s true. I’m pulling over for a pitstop to adjust my game plan. I need to reconfigure my setup. I had envisioned exactly how I wanted this race to Read more…


Twitter: The Student Portfolio

A librarian once told me that a school’s media center should be the hub of learning in its community. When I enter a school’s media center today, I see media everywhere, organized by the Dewey Decimal System, or usually a generalized, digital descendant thereof. I see easily-searchable resources and wide-open spaces Read more…


#AudienceMatters Part III: More Than Hashtags

Think About This: What is one of your passions? Now: What would you do if that passion was taken away from you? I’m passionate about archiving and sharing resources for education. For the last five years, I’ve been tweeting examples from learning spaces and real life experiences, and hashtagging them Read more…


Slow. Down.

In this blog’s feature image, the sign says “SLOW DOWN.” I pass this sign every day on the way to school. If you look closely, you can see the S and D blurring at the beginning of each respective word in the middle frame. But no worries–There’s no time to Read more…


10 Reasons Why You Should Hashtag Curriculum Objectives

Do you want to become better for your students? Let’s build an archive together! What if every educator used the same hashtags to share their learning and teaching resources with each other efficiently? Let’s facilitate even more meaningful experiences for our learners by exchanging specifically-hashtagged ideas on a FREE platform! Blogger’s Read more…


Hashtagging ISTE Student Standards

I LOVE the 2016 ISTE Student Standards! The world is changing quickly and constantly, and ISTE is several keystrokes ahead with its bold, future-ready vision: “Today’s students must be prepared to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape.” Feels like ISTE’s standards are alive and breathing, adapting and evolving with Read more…


Put the Phone… Down?

I love my phone; it’s a part of me. I can recall very few waking hours in the last few years where I was not using my phone. Is that SO bad? I don’t think so. Is my opinion app-ed to change once I become a father? Maybe. Facing our Read more…


4 Takeaways from an ISTE Presenter

I’m not an expert. I’m forever-emerging; a lifelong learner. But I LOVED this experience, and I can’t wait to share it with you. This was my first time presenting at ISTE, and my first time giving an ignite talk. And it was so special to me.  At the 2017 International Read more…


Showcased Learning: The Second Question

Showcased-Learning. WHAT? Is this an oxymoron, or is it a paradox? Is it possible to have a final-product-process? What’s this all about? Every spring, the North Carolina Technology In Education Society (NCTIES) has an annual conference. Educators from around the state (and occasionally beyond) converge on Raleigh to share best Read more…


#ISTE2016—Not What I Thought

As the holiday season is now upon us, many are planning for the new year. Before we embrace all that 2017 has to offer, let’s take another look back at the experience that still has my head spinning. A first-timer’s sneak peak into the motherboard of #ISTE16. Best seat in Read more…