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…

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…

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…

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…

New Technology, New Opportunities

As we looking towards next week with school starting (I can’t believe school starts next week) one of the biggest questions I get is what is the new technology that will be available in our schools.  The place I want to start is the definition of technology.  Most people will go directly to a device,…

New Theme and New Resources – My Blog

Hello Everyone, As you can see from looking at my blog, I have been busy this weekend.  Not only does the blog have a new design, but I have added four additional resources: Google Hints – The Ultimate Guide for Teachers and School Leaders Twitter Hints and Tips YouTube Hints and Tips Technology Links These…

Use Periscope for Awesome Classroom Sharing

By: Starr Sackstein http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/work_in_progress/2015/05/periscope_for_awesome_classroo.html At the beginning, my opinion was different. The first tries with Meerkat and Periscope,  Meerkat was my preferred, but after using Periscope more frequently, it is the clear choice for the educational setting. (Aside from the function being very similar, it’s connection with Twitter makes for a seamless transition. Tweeps who…