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…

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…

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…

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…

My Trip to ISTE 2016

So this year, I have the great opportunity to attend the ISTE 2016 Conference.  This giant of EdTech Conference has over 1,000 sessions, 500 EdTech companies, and over 10,000 attendees.  I have attended the Ohio Education Technology Conference (OETC) for the past nine years and I thought that was a big conference. OETC is tiny…

My Evening with Tony Wagner and Most Likely to Succeed

Just recently I had the honor of meeting Tony Wagner, who is the author of “Most Likely to Succeed” and “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People that will Change the World“. Through our Battelle For Kids SOAR partnership, I had the opportunity to be one of 65 people to get to spend 90 minutes…

Doing Professional Development Differently

Just say the words Professional Development around any teachers and most of the time you get a disgusted look and an explanation of wasted time.  I think everyone has seen a variation of this picture: So the question needs to be asked how can we do professional development differently? How can we make PD purposeful…

Going One2One Week 1

As we (Pickerington Schools) venture into the world of Going One2One, I plan on posting a weekly update to the items, activities and leadership pieces that we have created and taken part of during the week. If you haven’t read about our Going One2One program, I would encourage you to check out our website at:…

Common EdTech Definitions

Digital Learning – is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. Synchronous Online Learning – refers to a learning event in which a group of online students are engaging in learning at the same time. Asynchronous Online Learning – is a student-centered teaching method that uses online learning resources…

The Educational Purpose of Technology

Why Technology? In the 21st century, understanding and using technology will be an integral part of virtually every aspect of daily life. It is the school system’s responsibility to prepare students for this future. The classroom is the primary place where this preparation will occur; therefore, every classroom must be equipped with technology to support…

The Gears of Blended Learning

As we move into the world of One2One devices at Pickerington Local Schools, I am going to post a weekly update to the instructional vision of our One2One program. In Pickerington Local School District, we believe that the future of technology integration is through a blended learning model that would create an environment where students…