On Being an Innovator

Dear Teachers,

I’ve applied (again) to the Google Innovator program. This will be the third time I’ve applied to be an Innovator, although I don’t feel like my first attempt should really even count. My submission that time wasn’t especially innovative, and my dream has evolved quite a bit since that first try. When I submitted the second time, I thought at the time that my application was pretty solid, but in retrospect I can see where there were some big problems with my approach. On that try, I kept everything to myself and didn’t tell anyone I was applying, nor did I ask for any feedback. In hindsight that was a big mistake. Continue reading

Getting Sneaky About Digital Citizenship

Dear Teachers,

I met with a librarian friend of mine today to brainstorm ways to get digital citizenship embedded in lots of different areas of her school. She confided to me that she wanted to INFILTRATE her school with her digital citizenship efforts. Isn’t that a great word? I mean, seriously: unless you are leading a secret double life as a spy, how many times have you gotten to use that word lately? And how often have you been able to DO it? My librarian friend gave the example of when you add something to your email signature line, people just sort of absorb it over time until it becomes known as a part of who you are, sort of the way a sponge gradually soaks things up.  Think of all the potential sponges in your organization that could be soaking up your drops of digital citizenship wisdom over the course of a school year! Continue reading