The Principles of Instruction #Infographic – Constant Improvement is Universal

Teaching is both an art, and a science. Many of the best teachers seem to naturally take to this model, as they perfect the art of teaching. But the science behind it makes sense, as well. Think about anything you’ve attempted to learn to do. If you wanted to learn to be a better blogger, you […]

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 And then we wonder how we ended up with all this useless, outdated stuff, laying […]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 […]

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, […]

Understanding The Difference Between #eLearning and #mLearning #Infographic

Although eLearning (electronic learning, or online learning) and mLearning (mobile learning) seem similar, they have distinct differences. When I think of eLearning, I imagine an ongoing course I take online, that lasts multiple weeks or a semester. I think of mLearning as sitting in my car and looking at a YouTube video on my phone […]

Curriculum Development and Differentiated Instruction Tool FREE for Teachers

Howdy y’all! (had to give a throwback to my Texas roots!) I’ve been at OTES training for the last week, and I’ve been thinking about differentiated instruction, lesson planning, and curriculum mapping (Oh my!). One of the ways the OTES rubric rates teachers “Accomplished” or “Skilled” on Assessment Data, Focus for Learning, and Differentiation is […]

Informal Science Learning Through Zoos, Science Centers, and Museums – How to Make the Most of Your Visit

In a previous article, I was discussing informal learning through real life experiences, mentoring, and trying to learn via YouTube. I spoke of one of my mentors, Dr. Gary Holliday, at The University of Akron. Dr. Holliday sat on my dissertation committee, and is a wonderful mentor to graduate students who focus on STEM education. I […]

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 […]

Embrace the Mighty Purpose of Being an Educator…

The reason I’m a scientist is because I love solving problems. I love data, doing experiments, and doing research. I marvel at the world around me. The reason I’m an educator is because I love passing that way of thinking along to students. I love to see them light up when they solve a problem, […]

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 […]