iPads · Professional Development · Student Engagement

5 things educators can learn from J.J. Abrams’s TED Talk

J.J. Abrams (Lost, MI:3, Star Trek) is one of the most prolific, innovative and successful filmmakers working today. He is so successful that he is personally (and unfathomably) shepherding BOTH the Star Wars and Star Trek film franchises. But did you know the same things that make J.J. so successful are the same tactics we… Continue reading 5 things educators can learn from J.J. Abrams’s TED Talk

Meme · Professional Development · Web 2.0

5 Steps to Create Self-Taught Tech Learners in Your Classroom

I read an article recently called They’re Not Natives, They’re Digital Tourists! – basically the gist is that students aren’t as naturally tech-savvy as we think they are – the myth of the 21st century learner, if you will. The author makes many good points, and I largely agree with her. I see students every… Continue reading 5 Steps to Create Self-Taught Tech Learners in Your Classroom

Professional Development · star wars

7 parallels between Star Wars and EdTech

  I love using themes in faculty trainings and professional development sessions, and Star Wars is something I always come back to. Not solely because of my inherent geekiness, but mainly because elements of Star Wars truly embody the essential big ideas of educational technology. It doesn’t hurt that Star Wars is timeless, is retro… Continue reading 7 parallels between Star Wars and EdTech

iPads · Professional Development · Video

Pump up the RAM! 21st Century Learning/iPads video

Here’s a video I made for our school district highlighting 21st century learning/iPads in the classroom. We used it to showcase the amazing things happening in our schools and the student enthusiasm for digital devices and student-centered learning – it was the centerpiece to our presentation to the school board a year ago, and it… Continue reading Pump up the RAM! 21st Century Learning/iPads video

Meme · Professional Development

6 tips to better infuse technology into your classroom

A true integration of technology into your classroom can seem daunting. Let’s assume right off the bat that you have devices and that they are reliable – hopefully that’s true. But you don’t need a 1:1 to truly integrate the principles of creation, collaboration and connection in your classroom. A 1:1 is ideal, but you… Continue reading 6 tips to better infuse technology into your classroom