Dear Teachers, I had the opportunity to be involved with Jennifer Casa-Todd and DOCTOR Sarah Thomas on a recent EduMatch tweet 'n' talk. If you're not familiar with EduMatch, check it out at http://www.edumatch.org/ or on Twitter. Jennifer (http://jcasatodd.com/) is a librarian and literacy expert extraordinaire, and she has written a wonderful book titled Social LEADia: … Continue reading Digital Citizenship Lessons in Two Minutes or Less
Dear Teachers, “Please remember - This assignment is unique to you, your circumstances, and your organization so you need to keep in mind who your audience is, why and how they will use this information, and what impact you are looking to make.” Thus began the instructions on every single assignment I’ve completed in the … Continue reading How I Met Every ISTE Student Standard
Dear Teachers, My plot to take over the world innovation project, CLICK, is a website of student-created technology tips, and honestly, I couldn’t be more proud of the progress it’s made over the past year. I started with just a glimmer of wanting to do “something” about what I saw as tremendous gaps in digital … Continue reading CLICK: The First Year
Dear Teachers, In just a few short weeks I’ll have three additional letters after my name to signify my shiny new Master of Education degree in Digital Learning and Leading. I have to say it’s been a pretty cool ride. The program all about giving learners COVA - that’s Choice, Ownership and Voice in Authentic … Continue reading Reflecting on COVA and Creating Significant Learning Environments
Dear Teachers, At our district's recent Ed Tech Success Initiative, we asked teachers the question, "Why did you even go into teaching in the first place?" and the first answer was, as it so often is, "To make a difference." Curran Dee, Chief Kid Officer of DigCitKids, often quotes President Obama's question, "How are you … Continue reading Making a Difference
Dear Teachers, This morning as I was meandering through Twitter, I stumbled upon Tara Martin's post about #booksnaps. I had heard about #booksnaps (and its companion, #gratitudesnaps) but I hadn't ever taken the time to investigate what that really is. So I watched a couple of Tara's videos, and because of the way my brain … Continue reading #DigCitSnaps, Anyone?
Dear Teachers, I just got back from my third experience at ISTE, the biggest nerd festival in the history of ever. (Okay, maybe Comic-Con has us beat. But not by much.) I was fortunate enough to attend the conference for the first time 5 or so years ago when it was in San Antonio; that … Continue reading The 2017 Nerd Convention
Back in April when we were in London (you know, because of that Google Innovator thing...), my husband and I enjoyed eating at a little place called Pret a Manger. I have no idea if the locals enjoy that place, but each of the multiple locations we encountered was always busy, the food was fresh and … Continue reading So What?
Dear Teachers, Earlier this week I quietly marked a significant anniversary milestone: it was 50 years to the day that my father died. I exchanged a short text with my brother ("Thinking of you" "I'm thinking of you too") and mentioned it to my husband, but otherwise the day passed by without much fanfare. I don't … Continue reading The Power of an Act of Kindness
Dear Teachers, I just got back from a fabulous experience: participating in the Google for Education Certified Innovators Academy and becoming an official Google Innovator! My husband asked me in the airport on the way home, "Do you feel any different?" I thought about that question for a few seconds before I answered; the reply … Continue reading Lagniappes