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 […]

Teachers vs. Tech

What has the biggest impact on student achievement? The teacher or the tech? In an article titled, “Why the Teachers vs Tech Narrative Must Go” Matthew Lynch argues that tech is never going to replace the teacher. He says, “Research studies consistently have shown that the single most significant indicator of student success is the […]

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 […]

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, […]

Two Birds, One Innovative Technological Stone

The “net-zero” building boom is coming from a seemingly unlikely place: k-12 Schools. In the article “How students learn from super green schools that use zero energy” Chris Berdik says, “Dozens of these ultra-green schools are going up in every sort of district – urban and rural, affluent and lower income, blue state and red […]

Countdown to ISTE 2018!

The Society for Technology in Education conference is just two weeks away! Not only am I going to be attending for the first time, but I am also going to be speaking. If you’ll be there too, you can check out my talk on Using Principles of Successful Start-up Companies in the Classroom: To facilitate student […]

Characteristics of a Digital Pedagogy

Leveraging technology in education has created the need for a shift in pedagogy. Now, when planning curriculum, educators need to think about Digital Pedagogy. “Broadly defined, digital pedagogy is the use of electronic elements to enhance or to change to experience of education.” But what are the characteristics of a Digital Pedagogy? TeachThought has presented […]