Digital Learning, EdTech, School Leadership

Apps for Education: Where do they belong?

Since mid-last year, we've been meeting monthly in a group we called "The Application Committee". Here, we review requests for new apps from teachers, instructional coaches, and other school personnel. We've been using a Google Form to collect this data, but found the Google Sheet was limited when it came to keeping track of next… Continue reading Apps for Education: Where do they belong?

Digital Learning, School Leadership

Tracking Student Progress

We track data all of the time in our personal lives like weight, steps, running speeds (maybe stealing those crowns on Strava...), and even how well we mow the lawn. This tracking is part of our motivation. So, how does this translate into our classrooms? Tracking student progress, according to Marzano, us about communicating a… Continue reading Tracking Student Progress

Digital Learning, School Leadership

Wrapping Up A Course in Digital Citizenship

As I wrap up my most recent course in pursuance of my master’s degree, I am taking the time to reflect. I have learned a lot about copyright laws and how we in education seem to be a bit ignorant about them. I also learned a lot of about the history of digital citizenship and… Continue reading Wrapping Up A Course in Digital Citizenship

Digital Learning, School Leadership

Cyberbullying – How can we help our kids?

Cyberbullying is cause for real concern in the 21st century as technology has become a significant part of our lives. In order to address the concern, however, cyberbullying needs to be defined. According to Sameer Hinduja and Justin Patchin, cyberbullying is “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other… Continue reading Cyberbullying – How can we help our kids?

Digital Learning, School Leadership

Copyrights – Did you know??

I learned something new this week! Even though I have taught my students about copyrights for the last two years, I never knew that it was housed in the Library of Congress. When reading a white paper by the Hudson Institute, my eyes were opened to many new things. The first thing that stood out… Continue reading Copyrights – Did you know??

Digital Learning

Digital Footprints & Net Neutrality

It is becoming an expectation that all students use technology in some respect to complete assignments at school. Between digital citizenship, net neutrality, and the discussion of digital footprints, educators and parents have a lot to think about. At a national and global level, I think an emerging issue regarding digital learning is the lack… Continue reading Digital Footprints & Net Neutrality

Digital Learning

Evolution of E-mail

Watch the first PowToon movie I created or read the transcript below. https://www.powtoon.com/embed/dphw0sdYnmO/ Transcript: E-mail, short for electronic mail, is fascinating. Ray Tomlinson was the creator of e-mail in 1971, creating a system for communication within an organization. However, it quickly grew to become a more complex system. By the year 2000, having an e-mail… Continue reading Evolution of E-mail

Digital Learning, Leading Math

Desmos Activities for All Ages

I first learned about Desmos at the NCTM conference in 2017. The conference was held in beautiful San Antonio, TX. It seems every third session I went to, someone mentioned Desmos. I had no idea what it was. After hearing about it for the second day in a row, I decided to visit their table… Continue reading Desmos Activities for All Ages

Digital Learning

Digital Learning & Leadership in Education

I love using technology in the classroom. It gives my students and I access to the world and to each other. I can easily give feedback on assignments while kids are working on them with the addition of Chrome Books this year. It also allows for a different type of organization than I have ever… Continue reading Digital Learning & Leadership in Education