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…

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…

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…

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…

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:…

Need More Teaching Geeks!

I recently found this image/quote on Dr. Justin Tarte Twitter’s feed, which is a great follow by the way.  But the quote here (from David Geurin) symbolizes everything that we are currently working towards.  In the past technology drove the instruction, we could or could not reach students or learning objective based on the limitations…

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…