The White House Film Fest: Inspiring Student Voice Through Video

The White House asked K-12 students to "tell a story about paying it forward, about community service, or what making a difference looks like in your eyes." Once again, my students were inspired to share a message, create something meaningful and amplify their voices through social media.


Creating Upstanders for the Present While Exploring Our History

Every February classrooms across the nation observe Black History Month. While teachers have have a plethora of resources for reflecting on the past, many are wondering how to empower their students to take on issues of social justice in the present. Sara Ahmed is the co-author of the amazing book, Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry. In the video interview, Sara describes this idea as well as others for building student agency and inquiry. These are great ideas for supercharging your classroom not only throughout February but all year long!


From Egg to Twitterati: Turning Around the Tweet-less Conference

Twitter can be an amazing tool for connecting educators and facilitating professional learning. Utilizing this platform at face-to-face events like conferences can be particularly powerful. This post explores why this is and what to do when Twitter isn't getting traction with participants.


10 Classroom Ideas to Try in 2015

Now that we're back to school, what are some ways you can shake things up in the new year? Here are 10 ideas to try out in your classroom, no matter how big or small your learners may be.


2015 Ed-Tech Conference Preview

Looking to fill 2015 with edtech learning? Here is a list of great conferences and events to attend in North America in the first half of 2015.


Last Minute Gift Ideas for the High-Tech Teacher!

Trying to find some last minute gifts for the high tech teacher in your life? Or wondering what to do with all of those gift cards you've been getting this holiday season? Here are some ideas sure to make your holiday bright!


Undiluted Student Agency: Going Beyond Genius Hour

On a trip to New Zealand, Jennie Magiera learned what undiluted student agency looks like, and what school can be if every hour is "Genius Hour."


Start Up Spotlight: Hapara

In this third of the Start Up Spotlight series, I chat with Jan Zawadzki and Jack West of Hapara. Hapara is an amazing system to, as they say, "make learning visible." It turbo-charges the power of Google Apps for Education to empower both teachers and students to seamlessly manage workflow, student support and instruction. From sending supportive messages to students to seeing each students' screen in realtime to managing and distributing Drive files, Blogger posts, and Google Sites, Hapara has a myriad of tools to create a truly paperless and poweful classroom environment. In this video interview the CEO and ...


My TEDxTalk: Sorry, Sir Robinson ... I Think I Killed Creativity

On September 20, 2014, I was fortunate to give a TEDxTalk. The title was "Power to the Pupil" but in retrospect, I wish I'd named it "Sorry Sir Robinson... I think I killed creativity". This talk is about what to do once you become inspired to embrace student agency, creativity and exploration in the classroom... but you realize that your students have already become rubric zombies. It's about wondering - what do I do now? Am I too late?


Start Up Spotlight: iPevo

In this week's Start Up Spotlight, I chat with Alex Yang from iPevo, a company creating innovative peripherals for classrooms. From a $69 doc cam that can fit in your pocket, to a system that turns any flat surface into an interactive whiteboard, iPevo is dreaming up and building low-case alternatives to many pricey classroom technology staples. In this interview, Alex tells me how iPevo got started, their makerspace culture and how teachers are driving their products.


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