10-Part “Advanced Google Sheets to Blow Your Mind!” Part 1 – Fundations Progress Monitoring Sheet

On February 16th, 2017, I gave a presentation to a packed house entitled “10 Google Sheets to Blow Your Mind (plus some tips and tricks).” Here is the description of my talk (you can skip it if you were there 🙂 : Google Sheets is a free online data management tool that is part of […]

Using Technology to Present “The Four C’s of Supporting New Teachers” – Resident Educator Tips and Tricks #CFS2016

On June 13th and 14th, I was fortunate enough to be able to present at the Battelle for Kids “Connect for Success” conference at the Ohio Union at Ohio State University. My Curriculum Teammates and I presented on “The Four C’s of Supporting New Teachers,” which revolved around our Resident Educator program in Massillon City […]

We Shape Our (Technology) Tools, and Then Our (Technology) Tools Shape Us

Innovation is Not About Stuff, It’s About Our Way of Thinking We often hear about this new innovation that we HAVE to purchase. If we purchase this program, this tool, this technology, it will TRANSFORM the way we do things. And then we wonder how we ended up with all this useless, outdated stuff, laying […]

What is Your Personal Mission As An Educational Leader?

Q: What do you want your students to do? You might say “learn all the material” or “be kind to each other” or “work well together” or “understand the curriculum.” Your school may have a mission statement. “Prepare learners of the future.” “Inspire all students.” “Develop College and Career Readiness.” “Empower all Students to Become […]

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 […]

Success Doesn’t Come From Buzzwords – Great Schools Do Not Happen Overnight

It’s easy to envy successful schools. People look at them, and say things like “Of course they are successful. They have _________.” A wealthy community. Lots of resources. A strong Parent-Teacher Organization. Technology. A visionary leader. No diversity. This list is limitless. But successful schools are not built overnight. You can’t drop a textbook, a […]

2015 Was a Year of Change, and My Promise For Greatness in 2016

2015 has been a year of profound change for me. It has been both wonderful, and uncomfortable (both which tell me I’m doing something right) I went from my very comfortable, adequate job at The University of Akron, and made the decision to go back to public schools. UA itself is going through a huge […]

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, […]

Tips, Tools, & Best Practices for #EdTech Trainers & Coaches

The Technology Integration Leaders of Ohio (TILO) put on our first Google on Air Hangout last night. We are a group of technology leaders in education who are looking to help school districts improve in their technology use. Part of our mission is to professionally develop the tech integration specialists and coaches in Ohio. It […]

Best Practices: The “Placemat Consensus” Technique Improved, Using Technology

One of the best practices a teacher can use in the classroom is grouping students into small (3 – 5 student) groups, who then work together to complete a task. Each student spends a few minutes brainstorming, and writing their own statements about a topic, in their own space. Then, a group leader writes the […]