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…

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…

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…

Why Chromebooks?

The District in 2015 transitioned all email systems, file storage, calendar services, video conferencing services, classroom learning management systems to Google Apps for Education. With this transition more of more of the District’s educators are using Google Apps for Education products in their classrooms, ranging from Google Classroom to collaborative Google Docs. The past practice…

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…

Future Ready Summit

Last week I was honored to be able to attend the Future Ready Summit in Pittsburgh, PA.  The summit was available to all school districts in which the superintendent had signed the Future Ready Pledge.  The Future Ready Pledge recognizes the importance of building human capacity within schools and districts for effectively using increased connectivity and…

Looking for Engaging EdTech tools for the end of the school year?

Every teacher knows that when the weather warms up the students’ attention levels goes down.  So here are few EdTech tools that you can use in your classroom to keep your student engaged until the end of the school year! Kahoot! A GAME-BASED CLASSROOM RESPONSE SYSTEM FOR SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES, & BUSINESSES ASK THOUGHT PROVOKING QUESTIONS – Which…

Apply for an Active Learning Center Grant for Steelcase Education

Apply for an Active Learning Center Grant from Steelcase Education Calling all innovative educators and educational institutions: Steelcase Education seeks partners in active learning who are ready to use their physical classroom space to advance learning in new and important ways.  We have a passion for understanding how learning takes place and how smarter, active…

Six Productivity Apps You’ll Never Want to be Without

Article by BRITTANY HODAK, Young Entrepreneur Council (The Globe and Mail) These apps will save you hours and headaches. In entrepreneurship and in life, the most valuable commodity is time. There’s never enough of it, and yet a staggering amount is spent doing the mundane tasks that come with running a business day to day. I hate…