I want to dedicate myself fully as an educator and coach in my job and also succeed as a writer, speaker, and presenter.
Last week, I facilitated a new kind of #BreakoutEDU experience. One where students succeeded or failed on their own with no help besides the standard hint cards.
How can I use the technology we use in our classroom to better connect and communicate with families?
When students are more involved in monitoring their own learning, learn how to provide constructive feedback, and are given opportunities to grow, the learning is better and more meaningful.
Instead of spending my time on grading, I want to use it to give stronger feedback, help students grow, and build better relationships.
It’s about a week into classes for the new school year and my mind is racing. Every day (really every hour), I have new ideas for lessons, discussion, and improvements.
Four years ago, when Chromebooks were new and my students were logging on for the first time, I dedicated days of class time to exploration, practice, and play.
From conversation with administrators, to our edcamp unconference day, to the opening assembly and keynote. It was a very different start to the school year.
I get no greater joy in edtech than when I can find new ways to app-smash and combine add-ons to solve problems and create new workflows.
Here are five big ideas I’ve been thinking about for my classroom—the seeds of innovation I intend to develop this year.
We need to help students love learning, develop 21st century skills, nurture their passions and interests, and to become lifelong learners. And we need to do all of that for educators, too.
I’ve often discussed the shift away from content to skills, or content through skills, with my students and teachers, and Couros captures the sentiment so clearly and effectively.
Good educators are reflective practitioners. We reflect, grow, and improve every day and every year.
In June, I set out to planMy Summer of Learning, andThe Innovator’s Mindsetwas at the top of the list.
This morning, while prepping for a conference presentation on#GeniusHour, I realized that I had a pretty clear cut list for growth and reflection for next year.
Technology is the what and the how but never the why. It’s a tool that can have tremendous impact on teaching, learning, and relationships but needs to be used with purpose.
One of my favorite things about Google Apps for Education is the constant evolution of the products and the way they interact with the users.
Today was my last day with students this school year, and we closed out the class with my first custom#BreakoutEDUgame.
As the end of the school year approaches, I can easily say that #GeniusHour was one of the projects I’m proudest of.