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What Do Your Student's Tweets, Posts, & Instagrams say about them? A #digcit Lesson
Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to do many workshops with mostly high school students regarding crafting their "digital footprint" or "digital tattoo". One of the activity the students do in this workshop always hits a nerve with the majo...

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I did not prepare my classroom & maybe you shouldn't either!
Inspired by this post "Less is More? What do your classroom walls look like?"  by Craig Kemp  and a twitter conversation with Tim Kaegi  . I thought I would share something I did many years ago with my 1st graders at the beginning of the year. It was way ba...

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Okay..So Maybe I AM a Bit Motivated by Awards
So I KNOW “they” say we aren’t motivated by awards , but I
have to admit….I sometimes am ! When I woke up and checked my Twitter Feed the day after the Educator’s Voice Awards were announced and saw all of the congratulatory
tweets, I did a little happy dan...

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I'm Happy it isn't 1977
When I was a kid in the late 70's I used to go to Camp Tecumseh s for a week each summer, it was this great camp about 45 minutes from my house.  I would go for a week, stay in a cabin, sing songs, ride horses, do crafts and make dozens of new friends that ...

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Connected YET Disconnected
So I had a big "a-ha" moment yesterday and this post has been rolling around in my head ever since. First you need a little backstory to see how I arrived at the "a-ha"…I am recently divorced after 26 years (nope, not gonna blog about that part!)  At the en...

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Twitter for the WIN: Snow Day Collaboration
Each year about this time, I am working on a project around promoting & supporting Digital Learning Day.  Sometimes I struggle with this because I am steeped in working with schools who have excellent digital learning.  They are 1:1,  they know tech is a to...

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It is that "list" time of year. My 3 most read posts of 2013
It is that time of year when we see all kinds of  Top __(10, 5, 3 ….whatever number you like!) Lists. I wasn't as prolific a blogger in 2013 as I was in 2012.  I resolve to blog more regularly again in 2014, I am reflecting on why I wrote fewer posts this...

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C'mon Get Happy (Yep It's a Partridge Family Tribute) #NTNHappy
Hello, world, here's a song that we're singin',   c'mon get happy... Easier said than done, eh? Just what does it take to have a happy life? A happy community? A happy school? If you are a regular reader of this blog you know I am unabashedly an admirer of ...

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#PBLChat and #INeLearn team up to talk Common Core & PBL
By now blog readers know I work with New Tech Network (and that I LOVE it).  Sometimes in the network we laugh and wonder if we "over collaborate"…..but we keep going because two (or more) heads are better than one! In the spirit of collaboration we are tea...

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Let's Ask Students About Homework!
I have been pretty opinionated about the value of homework in the past.  Especially where elementary age students are concerned. (See this blog post… STOP with the Homework Already, They Are Kids! ) This past week for #PBLChat  our topic was HW and project ...
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