It's officially summer edconference season. Many educators on "summer vacation" are spending their summer days in air-conditioned sessions building out their edutoolkit. However, most conference-goers I chat with cite "overwhelmed" as their primary emotion when leaving. So how to avoid this feeling? Here are some tips I use to help me leave fulfilled yet focused.
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June 24, 2015
June 18, 2015
One of the largest EdTech events of the year, ISTE - the International Society for Technology in Education, is coming up in just a week! From great workshops to playgrounds to the casual conversation and collaboration that happens between sessions, this is a great event to recharge your innovation batteries. After attending for several years, I feel more confident going into the event and thought I'd share some tips to make the most of it with you.
May 21, 2015
On April 12th, my students threw down a challenge to the world: Create a video about coding and/or creativity and send it to us. They would then pick the top video and the winner would receive two new robotic friends that inspire us to code: Dash and Dot, courtesy of Wonder Workshop. The loved all the submissions so much and had a hard time narrowing it down... but ultimately they made a decision. Read on to see the winning student videos and my students' response!
April 17, 2015
Recently I saw a Facebook post from friend and amazing educator Nick Provenzano (aka The Nerdy Teacher). He was trying to leverage social media for good - to benefit one of his students. I joined the hordes of educators who responded enthusiastically, rallying their students to support his. The end result was so inspiring that I asked him to write a guest post for this blog. Being the generous soul that Nick is, he agreed and shared this incredible story.
March 14, 2015
In this second installment of the Inspiring Women Series, I chat with Rafranz Davis, an instructional technology specialist from Dallas and author of the book, The Missing Voices in Edtech: Bringing Diversity into Edtech. She speaks nationally on passion-based learning and as an advocate for diversity in her field. Today we explore more about this challenge and how Rafranz is helping educators address it.
February 09, 2015
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.
February 04, 2015
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!
January 20, 2015
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.
December 26, 2014
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.
December 02, 2014
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."