Results – Can VR Help Close the Achievement Gap

So recently, I published a blog post about the thought of using virtual reality to help close the achievement gap.  Part of that belief was the idea that the achievement gap is created in part by a lack of experiences. So can VR give students those experiences virtually to help close that portion of the…

ISTE 2017 & Resources #ISTE17

So my favorite time of year is just around the corner.  No not Christmas, not the Fourth of July, not even summer vacation.  But it is time for the 2017 ISTE Conference!!!  Yes, remember I am a tech geek!  So ISTE is the largest educational technology conference in the world.  The conference starts on Saturday…

Closing the Achievement Gap, by Closing the Experience Gap

We had the honor of working with ISTE over the past month to write an article about how Pickerington Schools are using virtual reality to close the achievement gap.  We are finding out that a big part of the achievement gap has nothing to do with teaching and learning but more to do with an experience…

PLSD Innovation Conference 2017

Every year, I organize a conference just for the teaching staff of Pickerington Local School District.  I begin this three years ago, when I heard an outcry from teachers about being forced to sit in professional development sessions that had no significance to them.  So I modeled this conference in a way that teachers can choose…

School of the Future – Blended Learning?

So I had the fortunate opportunity to be asked to attend the School of the Future Symposium that was sponsored by Acchieve3000 out in San Diego, California. The goal of the symposium was to bring together numerous school districts from across the country to discuss the merits, progress, and future of using blended learning to better…

Dinner with Sir Ken Robinson

So I secretively have this bucket list of keynote presenters that I really want to see.  Some of those on the list that I have already seen include Kevin Honeycutt, Tony Wagner, Leslie Fisher, Alice Keeler, George Couros, Michio Kaku and Rick Wormeli.  But there are others that I have not yet been able to…

Going One2One – 10 Weeks In!

We just passed our tenth week of going One2One with our 5th and 6th graders and two full elementary schools.  And I have to say, I could not be more excited about the great things that our staff is doing with our students and the technology.  The goals for this year (the first year of…

I earned my Superintendent License, so what does that mean??

So yesterday, I “graduated” from The Ohio State University from the Accelerated Superintendent Program.  I say that I “graduated” because I really did not earn a degree from OSU, but I took the course work to be able to apply through the Ohio Department of Education to be granted my Superintendent License.  The program actually…

Closing the Instructional Gap with Virtual Reality??

So recently we had the opportunity to create three full classroom sets of virtual reality goggles and iPod Touches.  The kits consist of 28 ViewMaster Virtual Reality Goggles, 28 iPod Touches (16GB), two large USB charging stations, and the extra discs for the ViewMaster apps. The goal of these VR kits was to help extend…

White House Summit on Computer Science for All Students

This past week, I was honored to have been invited to the White House for the Summit on Computer Science for All Students. The goal of the Summit was to bring innovative schools together with business partners and app developers to help promote computer science in the schools. Currently, less than 25% of the schools…

The Irrelevant Computer Lab

In almost every school in the country, there lives this mysterious room where the computers live, most of the computers are stationary and in definition cannot leave that mysterious room.  This is saying that this is where technology lives and you can’t use technology outside of this room.  This is totally not the world that…

Exciting Adventures of ISTE Day 3

Welcome back to the adventures of the ISTE 2016 Conference.  So I just wrapped up Day 3 for ISTE and today was a good day with only one bump in the road. So my day started with a session on Innovative Learning Spaces + 1:1 Technology = Powerful Learning.  During this session, there was a…