How We Grow into a #DigCitStateofMind

Dear Teachers, I’ve been thinking, as I so often do, about how my thinking about Digital Citizenship has evolved over time. I’ve noticed some patterns and similarities in the way that I and many other educators have grown in our understanding. So I cooked up this infographic to try to to describe what I’ve observed.Continue reading “How We Grow into a #DigCitStateofMind”

Adding to My Nerdiness…

Dear Teachers, I was invited to be a guest on Region 10’s Digital Radio Learning podcast. Let my 15 minutes of fame commence! Photo credit: Region 10 Digital Learning Radio. Podcast available at at https://www.region10.org/programs/digital-learning/digital-learning-radio/iste-standards-deep-dive-citizen/  A quick recap of what we discussed: The terrific Master of Education in Digital Learning and Leading program at Lamar University,Continue reading “Adding to My Nerdiness…”

Digital Citizenship for ALL Students!

This blog post has also been published on the Digital Equity Medium page. Dear Teachers, As a district-level Instructional Technology Specialist, I have the opportunity to travel to many campuses in my school district. I am a little partial to the schools where the staff closely reflects the makeup of its students. The math departmentContinue reading “Digital Citizenship for ALL Students!”

Digital Citizenship Lessons in Two Minutes or Less

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”

How I Met Every ISTE Student Standard

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 theContinue reading “How I Met Every ISTE Student Standard”

CLICK: The First Year

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 digitalContinue reading “CLICK: The First Year”

Reflecting on COVA and Creating Significant Learning Environments

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 AuthenticContinue reading “Reflecting on COVA and Creating Significant Learning Environments”

Making a Difference

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 youContinue reading “Making a Difference”