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…

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…

Blab, Blab, Blab – Any Educational Use?

So I just witnessed my first Blab because of Steve Dotto @dottotech.  So what is a blab, imagine a video conference where you can chat about anything and let other people watch it.  You can have four “hosts” at time (hosts can be rotated in and out) and an unlimited number of spectators.  There is…

The Graduates that Stole the Show & My Thought for the Year

Tomorrow we will welcome 10,400+ students back into the schools in my district.  It is an amazing day and scary day all at the same time.  It is amazing to once again see the students back in classes and walking the halls, it is amazing to once again see those light bulbs turn on and…

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…

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…

Technology that I use daily!

As the Director of Instructional Technology for one of the largest school districts in Ohio, I am constantly asked what types of technology I use on a daily basis.  I guess they think that if I am using the technology then it must be a worthwhile piece of technology.  But I believe that this is…

Pedagogy Before Technology

By: Brian Aspinall http://brianaspinall.com/ Before I go any further, I  recommend reading “Pedagogy before Technology” by DERYN M. WATSON, 2001 and ask yourself what knowledge do we need in the 21st century? Knowledge is at our fingertips. Now even more than 2001! This won’t be a lengthy one, I promise. Just a few ideas to consider after…