Redefining Homework Through an At”TACKK” Strategy

Recently my son was assigned a Science homework assignment. He was sent home a ‘fold-over’ booklet where he was instructed to record the high/low temperature, wind speed and precipitation every day for 5 consecutive days.  Students were encouraged to go “beyond the assignment.” When I received the parent email communicating the task, I immediately knewContinue reading “Redefining Homework Through an At”TACKK” Strategy”

10 Ways to Assess Learning Through Technology

Educators are constantly looking for ways to check for prior knowledge and understanding of content facilitated in the classroom. Constructivist learning environments require ongoing quick assessments to ensure that there is a progression of learning and mastery of content. Well crafted worship model designed lessons, purposefully planned guiding questions and learning targets that students utilizeContinue reading “10 Ways to Assess Learning Through Technology”

Anyone Can Do a Training, No One Can Tell Your Stories…

  In the last two days of July my district hosted an amazing Professional Learning Event called #TechnoPalooza 2014.  There were amazing presentations by myself and others both within my district and outside of my district. As I moved on from those two days and reflected on the learning, connecting, and collaboration that took place,Continue reading “Anyone Can Do a Training, No One Can Tell Your Stories…”

“Like a TECH BOSS”

This phrase appeared in our district Tuesday night Twitter chat #nisdnov8.  One of our district’s proactive, tech-savvy administrators @yolanda_wallace signed off saying:   I love walking into a classroom and seeing students engaged and creating relevant product guided by specific learning goals. However, I know many teachers this time of year fall prey or areContinue reading ““Like a TECH BOSS””

When we “Be Brave”…

We all have celebrated the moments when we inspire our students.  In those same moments we have become inspired as well.  Often the inspiration takes us on a journey through the reflective epiphany of a fear to take a risk with something or a realization that we have purposefully avoided a challenge.  However, in theContinue reading “When we “Be Brave”…”

#EdCampNOV8

Click on the #edcampNOV8 Thinglink (at date of post Thinglink cannot be embedded in a WordPress blog) The Northwest ISD IT team, that I am a part of, hosted our first #EdCamp.  It was an exhilarating experience and I was amazed at all the new #EdCampers that attended.  I created the Thinglink above as aContinue reading “#EdCampNOV8”

The “E” in ePortfolio- A Reflection

This past fall our Superintendent shared with us her four main initiatives.  One of them to have every student K-12 create a living portfolio that showcases student learning.  The platform to deliver this… Google Sites. What happened next was a concerted effort by our instructional team to help train teachers, support students and intentional timeContinue reading “The “E” in ePortfolio- A Reflection”

When Control Sinks Your Ship…

                                                                                                                                          [1] Co-authored by Middle School Tech Club Sponsors Susan Fitzgerald, Library Media Specialist and Kirsten Wilson, Instructional Technology Coach                                                                                                                                 [2] In days gone by, the teacher was the sage on the stage –  the expert in the room.  Today educators are working with a population of post-modern learners with needs and learning stylesContinue reading “When Control Sinks Your Ship…”

Genius Hour- from another perspective

I just recently was published in TechEdge Magazine through TCEA on the topic of Genius Hour. It was a huge honor and happened all because of connections both professionally through the TCEA network and through my wonderful #geniushour PLN. The biggest factor in Genius Hour being a success was transparency, collaboration and continually keeping itContinue reading “Genius Hour- from another perspective”

How to Eat an Elephant…

As we begin fresh with a new year, I know many of us have recharged, reflected and refocused.  We have personal and professional goals we have set for ourselves to better ourselves, better our world and better relationships. When my students are faced with a new and sometimes daunting task I always refer to theContinue reading “How to Eat an Elephant…”

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