Digital Literacy & Digital Citizenship: By Design

Dear Teachers, This week’s topic for that grad program I keep writing about is “Creating Significant Learning Plans,” and I’m back in at least somewhat familiar territory. My district has been using Wiggins & McTighe’s Understanding by Design (2005) model of curriculum design for several years, so this week’s assignment to use UbD to planContinue reading “Digital Literacy & Digital Citizenship: By Design”

This Week’s Struggle: the BHAG

Dear Teachers, Remember last week when I wrote that “the person doing the work is the person doing the learning”? Well, I’ve apparently been doing a LOT of learning this week, as I once again have faced a challenging grad school topic. This blog has become my outlet for reflecting on All Things Grad School.Continue reading “This Week’s Struggle: the BHAG”

Today’s Learning Philosophy

Dear Teachers, Some of you know that many (MANY!) years ago, I was an Early Childhood teacher. In teacher school, I of course studied various teaching and learning philosophies and theories. Those theories led me to believe, as a brand-new preschool teacher, that “children learn by doing,” and I always had active classrooms with centers-basedContinue reading “Today’s Learning Philosophy”

Thoughts on A New Culture of Learning

I’m an Instructional Technology Specialist in my district. It’s a district-level Admin position, so I have the good fortune to see teachers of all kinds from pre-K through 12th grade. Ten years ago when I first started in my position, we had very specific training plans for our very specific technology tools, and teachers wereContinue reading “Thoughts on A New Culture of Learning”

Crucial Conversations about Digital Literacy

Dear Teachers, At last I am coming to the end of my current grad course. It’s been something of a brutal five weeks, with coursework that has been challenging to me in addition to my personal whirlwind of professional learning delivery, including multiple Google-related classes, three sessions at the Summer Elementary Academy, Code.org training, aContinue reading “Crucial Conversations about Digital Literacy”

Continuing Progress on that 50,000 Foot Plan

Dear Teachers, My current class on Disruptive Innovation in Education is coming to an end, and to steal a meme from one of my co-workers, I have felt for much of the class. For one thing, I am in general not a particularly disruptive person; for the most part I follow the rules and tryContinue reading “Continuing Progress on that 50,000 Foot Plan”

The 4 Disciplines of Execution

Dear Teachers, I am almost 80% done with my current grad school class, the one that is both helping and vexing me so with my plan to take over the world improve digital literacy through student-created content. My mantra for this course has been “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” because althought the learningContinue reading “The 4 Disciplines of Execution”

The First of 50,000 Steps

Dear Teachers, In my last post I wrote a little about the 50,000 foot plan for digital skills to be addressed better in the curriculum, and for kids to have a hand in that process by becoming content creators. Earlier this week I met with elementary curriculum writers to take the first step in gettingContinue reading “The First of 50,000 Steps”