Dear Teachers, Confession time: I have a teensy little iPhone addiction problem. There is something about that screen that calls my name all day (and sometimes in the middle of the night). Whether it's quickly scanning Twitter, seeing how hot it's going to be today, checking email, or playing a couple of dumb games, I … Continue reading Assumptions
Dear Teachers, One of the things I most love about being a connected educator is getting to know some really smart people who I would likely never meet in real life. I especially love when I see a particularly smart social media post that really makes me stop and think. Recently that post was one … Continue reading The Intersection of Technology and Humanity
Dear Teachers, The ISTE 2018 conference is now a fading memory. It's always such a great experience to connect with other like-minded educators, overwhelming as it is. (Read about ISTE 2018 by the numbers here.) As you might expect, I spent no small amount of time talking #digcit with my nerdy friends from far and … Continue reading It’s Time to #DigCitCommit
Dear Teachers, As a former librarian (and you know I always say I'm forever a librarian in my heart!), I'm always curious about what people are reading. I've been known to start a conversation in airports with strangers who are reading, particularly if that book happens to be one I've read. I've gotten lots of … Continue reading What Are You Reading?
Dear Teachers, It's my favorite time of year again: the time when I plan with my awesome team to develop our district's annual Ed Tech Success Initiative (ETSI) professional learning experience. Each year, we tweak and modify ETSI, and I have to say, I think each year it gets better and better. I'm proud of … Continue reading Getting Ready for ETSI 2018!
Dear Teachers, Have you seen the recent reports about how selfies distort your face and make your nose look bigger? "Researchers now are cautioning that patients interested in cosmetic procedures should not turn to self-photographs as guidance when considering making changes to their faces," says a recent CNN article. Even before selfies, I noticed a … Continue reading Accurate Reflections
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
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…
Dear Teachers, It is dreary out as I write this: cold, cloudy, and threatening rain. The perfect day to stay indoors in front of a fire, with a blankie, a good book, and cup of something hot. Which is what I had every intention of doing, until I started thinking about all the cool things … Continue reading #DigCit Nerd Heaven!
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 department … Continue reading Digital Citizenship for ALL Students!