New Keynote Features Allow for Endless Creativity

One of my favorite things about having 1:1 iPads at my school is that there are so many opportunities for students to create. Over the course of the year, they use GarageBand to make raps about science and iMovie to produce environmental PSAs (among many other things). Now, with new Keynote features, students can even […]

Preparing for an Unknown World

When I was in school (not that long ago), my teachers prepared me for a known world. People went to school, got jobs with companies who offered insurance, worked for forty years and then retired with a pension.  Today, teachers have to prepare our students for an unknown world. In the book, Inquiry and Innovation in the Classroom, […]

And the Winner is…

The 2018 Tech Edvocate Awards have been announced!  The education market is currently worth around $5 trillion globally, and it is forecasted that edtech investment alone will reach $252 billion by the year 2020,This growing investment into edtech start-ups has created some exciting changes in the world of education. Naturally, with increasing capital, the number […]

Edtech Tools to Try This School Year

Not everyone likes to think about the school year over the summer, but if you are planning ahead like I am, you may be researching ways to leverage technology in your classroom. Luckily, in an article titled, 38 Amazing Edtech Tools for Student Creation and Innovation, Mathew Lynch has done some of the work for […]

The Coworking Classroom for the 21st Century

I don’t teach students in a classroom, I facilitate the learning of students in a coworking space.  Maybe don’t tell my principle, but my main goal as an educator is not to drill the content into the kids’ heads. My focus is to help prepare them for the 21stcentury and life beyond the classroom. I […]

Make Thinking Visible

So many of the most exciting trends in education right now are coming from Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. One of those is the idea of Visible Thinking. Visible Thinking aims to document student thinking, help students understand thinking routines, and help students and teachers with their reflective practice. In an article […]

ISTE 2018 Day 2 Highlights

On Tuesday I attended a session called Leveraging Innovation: The Classroom Startup. I picked this one over so many others because it sounded like it was right in line with what I try to do in the classroom.  Amanda Lanicek, Andi McNair and Don Wettrick were the presenters. It turned out to be mostly about […]

ISTE 2018 Day 1 Highlights

Reporting live from ISTE 2018 in Chicago! Earlier today, I was able to see Kasey Bell, author of Shake Up Learning, talk about how to create a more dynamic learning environment (engaging) – compared to a static learning environment (boring). Of course, technology can play a huge role in that. Kasey says, “Dynamic learning is […]

What a Good Digital Citizen Curriculum Needs

A good teacher has never just been concerned with imparting subject matter to students. A good teacher also aims to improve the students’ interpersonal skills such as listening and negotiating. However, in today’s world, a third thing is important for students to master: the skills needed to be a good digital citizen. In the article, […]

Leveraging Technology to Increase the Number of College Graduates

In the United States, many high school students opt for higher education. This is a good thing considering so many of the desirable jobs require a college degree. However, the number of students that actually graduate with a four-year degree is staggering: a mere 32% who enroll get their diploma within six years. In the […]