The Ultimate #ISTE18 Twitter Guide

If you are attending #ISTE18 or #NotAtISTE18 one of the best ways to experience more sessions, gain my knowledge and find out about all of the amazing things educators are doing around the world is viewing the ISTE Conference through Twitter.  While standing in line, waiting for a session to start or waiting to beat…

OETC 2018 Resources

So I am slightly confused, I am looking out my window and I see no snow falling for the clouds and the weather channel says it should be sunny and in the 40s and 50s all week.  But then I look on my calendar and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday it says it is time…

Classroom Management with Hapara Highlights

Last week, I talked about the constant battle of should it be blocked or is it a classroom management issue.  So this week, I would like to talk about one of the classroom management tools that is out there, and all of our teachers have access.  Hapara Dashboard and Highlights is a program that works…

Three of My Favorite EdTech Tools

There are so many things in the world of EdTech, new shiny things, things with bells and whistles.  So how do you know what works, what should you invest your time and money into?  Well here are my favorite EdTech tools that I have been using in my job and in our classrooms. My favorite…

Block it or Improve Classroom Management?

On a weekly basis, I get an email that says something like, “Can you please block Minecraft, because my students are playing it instead of doing their work.”  I want to be helpful and support our teachers, but I always have the question of should I block or do we need new strategies for classroom…

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…