New Series: Bridging Teaching and Learning into China

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Bridging Teaching and Learning into China

In June, I traveled with a handful of colleagues from my district to teach students and train teachers in China.   This was a unique opportunity for me to bridge two of my passions — travel and education!  Our partners on this trip, the Chinese and Cultural Exchange Center (CCEC) and the Creative Academic Network (CAN), tasked us Read More …

Tech Tuesday – Social Studies Content-Area Tech Integration

This entry is part 13 of 20 in the series Tech Tuesday 1516

How do you teach culture and history “above the line”? In this session, learn how to move toward transformational learning tasks (modification, redefinition on SAMR) in the social studies classroom. Agenda As a conversation starter, we reviewed this SAMR Introduction video from Common Sense Media Using our idea walls, sketch out what a technology infused lesson Read More …

More than an “initiative”: The power of Ones at our school

This year, I was selected as one of the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators of the Year. Given this honor, my South Carolina PBS station came to profile me.  In my first year as an edtech coach, I was more excited to share the stage with the courageous teacher trailblazers and adaptive student learners who Read More …

The Writing Revolution: Dealing with the bitterness

I spent a lot of time thinking about writing today.  The University of Illinois Writing Project held its fall miniconference.  While I was not presenting, it has been a good time to put new lenses on my writing instruction. Earlier in the week, I was prompted by a Tweet to think more about what some writing Read More …

Having something to be proud of: The power of demonstration-site status

The other night, I heard a rumor that a school in the county may have lost its demonstration-site status for a program they were very proud of.  To me, that’s devastating news.  Currently, I work in a school that is a New Tech Network Demonstration Site school, which means we get visitors.  We received this Read More …

building bridges with blogging: now connected to some great authors

This morning, I woke to the a Google Alert on my name to find that I had been mentioned in a recent post by author Vicki Spandel on one of her blogs.  I have written about some of Spandel’s work and also used it as a basis for my argument in my New Tech Network Read More …

book review: Writing Our Communities: Local Learning And Public Culture #uiwp2012

Writing Our Communities: Local Learning And Public Culture works as a great handbook for brainstorming ideas for projects that engage students in the study of your local community. Formatted mostly as a series of unit plans, the book is a quick read. Each chapter is written by a teacher from a different school. I see great value Read More …