Wicked Problem Rough Draft

April 22, 2014

The semester is winding down and that means final projects are wrapping up. In Applying Edtech to Practice, my group tackled the problem of “rethinking teaching.” Essentially, we came up with a suggestion for how teachers can improve their practice based on The Danielson Group’s teacher evaluation tool. The Framework for Teaching has four components: […]

Tech and PD – Survey Results

April 20, 2014

Survey Analysis Last week, I distributed a short survey on technology and professional development. I’ve typed up some brief analysis, looking at major patterns and asking new questions, in a public Google Doc. Please head over there to read the full summary and leave comments if you have them. Graphics I took some of my […]

Survey Time (again)

April 17, 2014

Blog readers, I come to you again asking for help with a survey. As many of you know, I’m working on a masters degree in education technology through Michigan State University. I have a short survey in circulation looking at technology integration and the associated professional development. It will take 5-10 minutes, and your help […]

Tin Can Phones, Windows, and Horizons

April 10, 2014

Tin Cans Twitter chats are often the first point of entry for developing a PLN. It was where I began. I randomly followed some people who had “Education” in their profile, which led me to #edchat which led me to more people with “education” in their profiles. I built a large group of people I […]

Nine Skills

April 7, 2014

I’ve done a lot of writing this past week. I mean, a lot. Many late nights, cups of coffee, and pints of beer went into my body and magically flowed through my fingers and into my paper. For class, we were asked to create a personal manifesto which outlines skills essential to teaching. Along with […]

Speech-to-Text to the Rescue

April 6, 2014

Have you ever tried to read an article or paper but gotten so bogged down with the vocabulary that you didn’t understand what was going on? This happens to students every single day in schools, and especially to ESL, ELL, or reading disabled children. There is evidence showing that this is due to an overload […]

Living the Connected Life

April 1, 2014

Everyone is connected. There are reports of so-called “disconnect anxiety” afflicting our society because our desire to know what’s happening all the time. I have to admit, I’ve suffered from this. When I had a flip phone, I felt like I was missing out on the flow of my PLN and missing out on great […]