Digital Citizenship as Standard Operating Procedure

Dear Teachers,

I was working with my friend Julie Paddock today on our presentation for NCCE in a couple of weeks. I say “our” presentation, but it is really going to be all Julie; although I had originally hoped to be heading to Portland to co-present with her, it didn’t work out that way. So I’ll be Skyping in (barring any technology failures) and moderating the Padlet that Julie will be using for the backchannel chat. (Aside: honestly, how cool is that, that I’ll be able to participate in a conference in the Pacific Northwest from down here in Texas? It’s such a fun time to be in Education!) Continue reading

Numbers 36, 37, and 38 in My Plot to Take Over the World

Dear Teachers,

CLICK has gotten three submissions in the past two days, bumping up the number of student-created tech tips from 35 to 38. One is a graphic about coloring a folder by a 4th grader, and you can find that one here. You can find some tips on Keyboard Commands, also by a 4th grader, on this page. And if you have ever wondered about the Rules of Texting, check out the suggestions by two middle schoolers here. Continue reading

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