Category: Digital Age Learning Environments

PD Planning Through My Eyes

I have been providing professional development to teachers for almost a decade.  During that time, it’s been interesting to witness the different formats that school districts and conference use to structure their professional development.  I’ve been told before that my session needs to last 7 hours or been asked what do you think would be a good…


Modeling Mindset, Curiosity, and Problem Solving

Today my food dehydrator broke.  It just quit.  It would not dry my fruit.  I think most people would find this an annoying aggravation, as with any appliance that goes belly up without notice.  I had this perspective as well, but I also saw it as an Internet search extravaganza!  My mind raced with questions:…


Digital Educational Resources: The Ultimate Free Puppy

Am I going too far with this blog post title?  I don’t think so!  Every day, teachers, principals, curriculum directors, and IT directors receive a smattering of emails, postcards, advertisements, and phone calls from vendors.  Appealing colors draw our eyes.  Utilizing flashy slogans and cute catchy names, they get our attention.   Four letters, F-R-E-E,…


Engagement is Important, but Mindfulness is More

  “Blinkers, sometimes known as blinders, are a piece of horse tack that prevent the horse seeing to the rear and, in some cases, to the side.  Many racehorse trainers believe these keep horses focused on what is in front, encouraging them to pay attention to the race rather than other distractions, such as crowds….


How I Intend to Improve My Game

I purchased this sign for my office.  It caught my eye the minute I entered a cute shop in Puyallup, Washington a few weeks ago.  I circles back to look at it three times.  The statement obviously intrigued me.  I like baseball, but I wouldn’t call myself a big fan.  The sign was in the…


Agency is Paramount

The Question For this module I investigated the question, What online experiences should students have had before they leave high school?  The answers I found can be summed up in the word- AGENCY.  Meaning, students need to experience capacity to act in a digital environment and feel control over their own behavior.   While George…


Is Peachjar Peachy?

Peachjar is a tool that my district and thousands of districts utilize for communication to families. It is an eflyer management system, meaning it sends flyers that were traditionally printed and sent home with students to parents’ email inboxes instead. This leads to less classroom disruption for the students and teacher and more office staff time…


Parent Communication Tool Review

(click diagram to view live) The tool I’m trying out for my resolution of this week’s question is RealTimeBoard. It provided me endless workspace and allowed me to embed videos and pictures easily.  The templates available were also nice to look through to get ideas for organizing my information.  The comment bubbles added a subtle…


Thoughtfulness: A Key Ingredient in Technology Integration

My district’s technology levy passed two years ago.  If I were to tell you our story, it would start with technology professional development becoming a commitment for the district and a strong infrastructure foundation being established.  This professional development work started with language being negotiated into the teacher contract and a dedicated technology integration TOSA…


Add SAMR to your Tech Tool Checklist

As a teacher tech coach, learning and investigating new tools is second nature.  For the past eight years I’ve evaluated them.  They are a dime a dozen, here today and gone tomorrow.  Ranging from free to “for cost,” beta startup to established, collaborative to personalized and differentiated, even common core aligned, they are out there…


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