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 …

#NTAC12 Ingite talks hit YouTube this morning… which means my presentation is up, too!

This morning, New Tech Network published the final versions of the 2012 New Tech Annual Conference Ignite talks. Wow, what a roller-coaster of a summer it has been.  It’s hard to think this was just a couple weeks ago!  That whole experience brought back a lot of the feelings that I remember when I was Read More …

Contention 1 for @newtechnetwork #echoAV | Value of “talk” in feedback and assessment

In my quest for generating more authentic feedback in writing, I often find myself drawn to conversations, whether they are synchronous or asynchronous.  We know our pedagogy is strengthened by feedback that helps students grow, understand and better communicate their thoughts or work products.  When we hold writing conferences, we realize a truth that we may Read More …

@newtechnetwork Bring on the A/V to Echo Tasks! #echoAV

Over the past two weeks, as part of the 2012 University of Illinois Writing Project summer institute (#UIWP2012), so many passionate teachers who love writing and who want to see the teaching of writing improved have surrounded me.  Each day in the Writing Project, we have immersed ourselves in writing, reading and conversations that have Read More …

Echo Literacy Tasks: a roadmap to integrating Common Core

As the site Literacy Facilitator at my New Tech school, I’ve been faced this year with just a bit more than anyone else making the transition to a PBL or 1:1 classroom.  After the New Tech Annual Conference last August, I had some of my foundations shaken by how much student empowerment was going to Read More …