The Power of the PLN and Curriculum Design

I have been on both signs of curriculum – the user, and the creator. I’ve been on many textbook and software adoption committees, and I always find myself modifying, adding, and augmenting the curriculum, because it does not exactly fit my needs. For that reason, I’ve chosen to write my own curriculum, and design my […]

How Can I Write About Technology in Education, When I’m Not the Expert?

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A lot of people have been asking me why I haven’t been posting much lately. I’ve given the standard “I’m busy right now” answer, but I hadn’t realized that wasn’t why I wasn’t posting. I haven’t been posting, because in the position I’m in right now, I’m not the expert. Let me explain. A lot […]

Creating a “Culture of Sharing” is Vital to School Improvement

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It used to be that teachers had no idea what was going on in the classroom next to theirs. Some teachers are great sharers. My very first teaching job, I had a wonderful co-teacher who shared everything with me. We had a common planning period, and he absolutely taught me everything I knew about how […]

This One Key Difference Will Make the Difference in Your School Leadership #Infographic

Traditional vs Collaborative Leaders, Principals, and Educators

The educational landscape is changing, and at a rapid pace. As we continue to educate our students, we’ve had to shift from memorization and rote skills, to fostering lifelong learning and adaptation. The traditional school leaders that we all grew up with (department chairs, principals, superintendents, professors) must evolve as well. Leaders in schools cannot […]

School – Deal With Crisis, or Build For Tomorrow?

What would have happened if you and your school, instead of working on today’s crisis, built something worthwhile for tomorrow? What would have been discussed instead? What would have been designed instead? The urgency of the day feels like an appropriate reason to step away from the important thing we might have been doing instead. […]

Closing the Gap in STEM Education #Infographic

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What do students want from math and science courses? What do they expect from the technology used in the classroom? This Closing the Gap in STEM Education Infographic shows the challenges students face as well as the resources (and support) they believe would help them succeed in their courses. Continue Reading

10 Things Your Kids Can Learn Online #Infographic #edtech

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Every parent wants their child to learn. With online activities, especially free ones, being released every day, there is always something new your child can learn. We don’t want them wasting time on smartphones or stalking celebrities, so we need to give our children something useful to do. The Pumpic team has carefully selected 20 services […]

When a Software Vendor Masquerades as a Presenter at a Conference #OETC2016

I’ve been to a lot of conferences in my time in education – close to 20 years. I’ve seen some wonderful presentations, and the OSBA (Ohio School Board Association) this year was PHENOMENAL! I actually learned more about technology at OSBA than at OETC (Ohio Education Technology Conference). I never expected what happened at OETC, […]

What This Teacher Said to Me, Has Lasted a Lifetime… and It Hurt

When I was in the 7th grade, one of my teachers used to call me “Hollingsworthless.” I tried to laugh it off, and play it cool for the rest of the peers around me, but it hurt. It stuck with me, forever. I think a lot of what I’ve done with my life, was me […]

To Thrill, or To Teach? #edchat

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The first day, in front of a new group of students. Maybe you were thrilled. Maybe you were terrified. The definition of a thrill is temporary excitement, usually experienced for the first time. It’s thrilling to ride a roller coaster. The fifth time you have to ride it, though, it’s more than a chore, it’s […]