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

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 […]

All My Best Lessons Are The Ones I Haven’t Taught… Yet.

I so envy my child. He’s 8 years old, and the minute his head hits the pillow at night, he’s out. Peaceful slumber. How does he do that? When I lie awake at night, I often rehearse the day’s events. I should have said _____. I should have done _____ differently. Why didn’t I tell […]

Scooping and Pinning and Pearltrees, Oh My! What’s Your Favorite Collection Tool?

Today I was reading an article from Teach Thought, “How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn.” When I got to the bottom of the article, I saw that it had been added to several Pearltrees collections. I followed the links, and found some great resources that other educators had organized. Instant […]

Nixing Negative Nancy – 10 Tips for Increasing Teacher Positivity

We all know those teachers… Teacher A: Those kids are driving me nuts! They were so bad yesterday! It was like they all snorted Pixie sticks! Jumping and screaming and acting like hooligans. And I bet they are gonna do it today, too! It’s like a troupe of monkeys! Except for that slug student. He […]

I Let the Negativity Get to Me. Here’s How I’m Going to Change That. #edchat #motivation

I’m not gonna lie. I let the negativity get to me. I just started a new job as a Technology Integration Specialist 6 months ago, and in those 6 months, I didn’t write for me, very often. I wrote a ton of stuff for other people – the district website and newsletters, emails to colleagues, […]

An Easy, New (FREE) Way for Teachers to Communicate With Parents | #Bloomz

In past articles, I’ve discussed the frustrating school year I just endured with my son, with a teacher who didn’t use technology. I don’t know if she didn’t want to use tech, or she just didn’t know how. But with the options available, even to “non-techie” teachers, there should not have to be slips of […]

Authentic Education has lost a hero

The education world lost a great thinker recently. Dr. Grant Wiggins was a thought-leader in educational assessment. His “About me” from his site, Authentic Education: Grant Wiggins is the President of Authentic Education in Hopewell, New Jersey. He earned his Ed.D. from Harvard University and his B. A. from St. John’s College in Annapolis. Grant […]

Want to See Huge Advances in Learning? Then Use These Tips! #social #informal #learning

I’ve had over 20 years of formal college classes. Don’t laugh, it’s really my only hobby. I’ve gotten so good at school, that I just tend to go there, and feel lost when I’m not in class. Even though I love school, I just stopped and thought about how much of my knowledge has come […]

The Exciting Way That #Weebly Upped Their Game for Teachers! | #edtech

One of the most common issues I run into with teacher websites is that the teachers don’t want to put their stuff “out in the open.” They don’t want anyone (weirdos on the internet – and there are plenty) to be able to see their material for their students, comment about students, or view student […]