Dear Teachers, Every week I look forward to my favorite 75-minute Deep Stretch yoga class. It's a delicious and therefore very popular class, so I always try to arrive early so I can find a spot and get settled in. Today the spot I selected was about a mat's length away from the front corner … Continue reading Lessons from the Yoga Mat
Dear Teachers, I gotta admit that sometimes I feel like a lone voice shouting into the void with this digital citizenship thing I always go on about. I feel like I've been that little whack-a-mole person popping up annoyingly to say, "Yoo-hoo, over here - digital citizenship is important, remember? Don't forget to talk to … Continue reading A #DigCit Groundswell… I Hope!
Dear Teachers, Do you remember being asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Although I vaguely remember that question when I was a kid, I'm honestly not sure whether people in my family ever asked me that. It was a given that I would go to college; that was What We … Continue reading What Do You Want to Be?
Dear Teachers, It's back to school time, and I was THRILLED to have an opportunity this past Monday to address our secondary teachers on my favorite topic. Back in December, I had been asked to put the event on my calendar, and I had assumed it would be the usual "three rotations, expect 25ish people … Continue reading On Digital Citizenship and Free Speech
Dear Teachers, When teachers hear the term “digital citizenship” and want to know more about that topic, they often begin with some kind of interest in addressing cyberbullying. Cyberbullying and other risks of the Internet - computer viruses, identity theft, phishing, etc. - are legitimate concerns, of course, and our students certainly need to be … Continue reading Growing Digital Citizens as We Grow Ourselves
Dear Teachers, Confession time: I have a teensy little iPhone addiction problem. There is something about that screen that calls my name all day (and sometimes in the middle of the night). Whether it's quickly scanning Twitter, seeing how hot it's going to be today, checking email, or playing a couple of dumb games, I … Continue reading Assumptions
Dear Teachers, One of the things I most love about being a connected educator is getting to know some really smart people who I would likely never meet in real life. I especially love when I see a particularly smart social media post that really makes me stop and think. Recently that post was one … Continue reading The Intersection of Technology and Humanity