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 […]

Changing Institutions

March 23, 2014

I’ve been reading James Paul Gee’s book, The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students through Digital Learning. Without diving too deep into how I feel about it, let’s just say it hasn’t been an enjoyable read for me. I find myself disagreeing with Gee a lot and struggling to find his point in the narrative. I […]