Sometimes You Should Take A Little….

Aug 28

Sometimes You Should Take A Little….

“Don’t take crap from anyone” Photo Credit: dawgfanjeff via Compfight cc This is a pretty popular sentiment today in a world that’s focused on self-preservation and social justice. Certainly, there are times when this is the proper approach. We need to teach children and adults to stand up for truth and justice, particularly when it’s...

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What Does A Trophy Mean Anyway?

Aug 16

What Does A Trophy Mean Anyway?

It’s a popular sentiment to put on a curmudgeon hat and denounce  society for giving kids medals and trophies for just showing up. “Kids are too soft” “We coddle our kids too much” “In my day…” “Get off my lawn” etc… This message got highlighted today when former Pittsburgh Steeler Superbowl champion...

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You’re Not Number One

Jul 30

“I am the number one determinate for student success” @PrincipalKafele is on fire @cedarhillisd w/the keynote address pic.twitter.com/jyVa3OKLZi — orlando riddick (@opriddick1) July 30, 2015 I don’t know the full context of this statement so this isn’t a personal attack in any way but rather a concern about an attitude that reveals 2 huge...

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The Language of School

Jul 27

I was asked to sit down and share something I was passionate about in education during ISTE 2015. The use of language is something I’ve been noticing for a while and in my estimation doesn’t get enough attention. It’s a one-take video full of ums and stutters, but take hopefully there are some ideas in here with exploring and...

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What Educators Should Tweet About

Jul 01

What Educators Should Tweet About

Gotcha. I have no idea what educators should tweet about. Consider the title pure link bait. (Was thinking about titling it “I tweeted this out and you’ll never guess what happened next”, but that’s more of an Upworthy thing) Actually there are many people who have created helpful guidelines and tools for educators delving into social media....

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Anyone Want To Have a Real Conversation?

Jun 28

Anyone Want To Have a Real Conversation?

The reason I was drawn to blogs 10 years ago was the raw and natural tone they afforded. No longer publishing was relegated to perfectly edited prose but favored conversational, authentic voices. My recent foray into snapchat is largely about exploring the same thing but perhaps to a greater degree. Arriving at ISTE for the 8th year in a row, it’s difficult at...

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What About Snapchat?

Jun 24

Snapchat has been around for years. Educators were quick to file it under “bad social media” as people focused on the ephemeral nature of the tool and essentially thought of as a way for teenagers to share inappropriate images and videos. I had a conversation a while back with my then 15-year-old about her use of snapchat. She was drawn to it because it...

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