Free PD Book Giveaway

At our faculty meeting today, author James Burnes came to speak about the “3 Rs” in education; specifically, he was referring to respect, responsibility, and relationships. He has written several other books on bullying and is associated with and tweets at @jameshburnes.

Relationships is one aspect in particular that I focus on . . . → Read More: Free PD Book Giveaway

Overwhelmed By New Tech? You’re Not Alone.

Recently, talking to teachers both in person and online, I’ve noticed a common trend, one of feeling overwhelmed. Specifically, feeling overwhelmed trying to keep up with all of the new technolog. People outside of education may not be aware, but teachers have a lot on their plates: rewriting curriculum to the common . . . → Read More: Overwhelmed By New Tech? You’re Not Alone.

Facebook’s New Ads

I use Facebook fairly sparsely, but I am on the network. I mostly use it to share pictures of my kids with family and talk to some educators who have I become friends with other the years.  Although I use Facebook as a tool since it is where most of the users . . . → Read More: Facebook’s New Ads

Teacher-Led PD

When I look back to when I started at my school in July, a lot of progress has been made. One of the areas we are trying to improve is culture and professional development. Specifically, making professional sharing a normal part of what we do and better utilizing the limited amount of . . . → Read More: Teacher-Led PD

Techspo Reflection – or Vendor Overload

I recently went to my first Techspo conference. Like any conference, there were high points and low points. My reflection may be a tad biased. Over the last several years, a significant portion of my personal professional development has been from Twitter and unconferences. I have personally staged two unconferences (the inaugural . . . → Read More: Techspo Reflection – or Vendor Overload

Technology Assessment Update

Back in September, I wrote a post about a tool I was working on to collaboratively assess technology standards. Originally, this stemmed from a desire to quantify how well our graduating 8th graders are meeting the state technology standards (which are surprisingly good in NJ).

In the months that followed, I received . . . → Read More: Technology Assessment Update

Technology Assessment

Recently, my superintendent asked me to create a way to assess how well our school is preparing our students in the areas of technology and literacy. In NJ, many schools are using a defined set of common core standards in the areas of technology, research, and writing to assess this. In order . . . → Read More: Technology Assessment

A New Venture

I know I have not been posting a lot recently, but there has been a ton of things going on. Working with Clerestory Learning, we are about ready to launch the second version of our online instructional design tool, the Architecture of Learning Design Table. The library just got in 4,000 books . . . → Read More: A New Venture

Pottermore: A Glimpse at the Future of e-Books

Pottermore debuted a few months ago as the exclusive site to buy the Harry Potter books. I’m on break from teaching at the moment and I decided to try it out. I came away from the experience more impressed than I have been by a storefront in a long time. Let me . . . → Read More: Pottermore: A Glimpse at the Future of e-Books

The Value of Teaching Students to Code

Currently, I am working as a library media specialist in a K-8 school. I’m teaching library, technology, and research classes to students across all the grade levels. Planning for next year, I am trying to convince my administration to let me teach an elective programming class next year to interested middle school . . . → Read More: The Value of Teaching Students to Code