The #deanies

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What are the #deanies? Simple. They are a prestigious award designed to recognize the very best in education. Or maybe not. As with much of my goofiness on twitter, this started on an impulse. I'm not 100% sure what triggered it but I think I was reading my stream and someone posting about an award they ...… Read the rest

Professional Learning is Messy

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Many people say learning is messy. But is professional learning messy? There seems to be an ongoing search by districts and teachers for the best kind of professional learning. That's a bit like searching for the best kind of food. I appreciate the need to provide better learning opportunities but like food, there is a wide ...… Read the rest

My Best Work This Year

IMG_1016This was another incredibly satisfying year professionally. My work with Discovery Education continues to evolve and my role as Community Engagement Manager is one where I get to work with so many wonderful people. I spoke to thousands of people in keynotes and workshops. I collaborated with colleagues on many projects and contributed to lots of content online. However this year my best work came in the form of a passion around storytelling.… Read the rest

If I Ever Think of Myself as a Brand, Slap Me

I'm not sure what percentage, but likely half of my blog posts are borne out of anger or annoyance. Here's another one. About a year ago, I wrote this on the mixed message of digital citizenship. The whole "be awesome all the time"  and "only share the positive" is helpful advice, particularly to young people, but the ...… Read the rest

Critical Literacy

In case you missed it, Discovery Education offered a free virtual conference in October that centered around Kathy Schrock's 13 Literacies¬†for the digital age. Unique presenters all shared in 30 minutes or less many perspectives on these various literacies. All of them have been archived and edited so they are great for review and sharing ...… Read the rest