Professional Development · SXSWedu

SXSWedu Day 3 Recap!

Day 3 is almost in the books, which means the conference is almost at an end. Sad, but I’m looking forward to heading back and sharing themes and ideas from the conference with my colleagues. On my agenda for tonight is a “Super Secret Screening” at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. I’m sure it will be… Continue reading SXSWedu Day 3 Recap!

Professional Development · SXSWedu

SXSWedu Day 2 Recap!

Phew! I am in desperate need of a device break right now, but first I want to get some thoughts about SXSWedu Day Two down on paper (er…Gorilla Glass?) while they are fresh. Without further ado, here’s some musings about the awesomeness that is South By Southwest Education in Austin, TX. 1. Those in the… Continue reading SXSWedu Day 2 Recap!

Professional Development · SXSWedu

SXSWedu Day 1 Recap!

Day one of SXSWedu is nearly in the books – I say nearly because there’s still the Opening Party tonight featuring Mr. Ben Kweller. It will be a brisk walk (it’s only 43 degrees right now, which, believe it or not, is 20 degrees warmer than it was this morning), but a worthwhile walk. And… Continue reading SXSWedu Day 1 Recap!

Meme · Professional Development

How to deliver an awful PD session in 5 simple steps!

Interested in delivering an awful professional development session? Of course you aren’t! But we’ve all attended a bad PD session before, haven’t we? Trapped in a room for multiple hours on end, no escape strategy, and wondering: “How is this supposed to help me become a better educator? Is this really the best use of… Continue reading How to deliver an awful PD session in 5 simple steps!

Professional Development · Twitter

5 easy ways to start using Twitter in the classroom

Twitter can be overwhelming. I’ve seen lists for “50 ways to do this…”, “100 ways to do that…” – and hey, I love the different pieces of wisdom, and they are super helpful to me and a lot of people. But when you’re just getting a teacher started with Twitter you don’t want to overwhelm… Continue reading 5 easy ways to start using Twitter in the classroom

Meme · Professional Development

Curse of the “Tech Guy” in the Room!

This is purely anecdotal – but it practically confirms something that I’ve thought for a long time about students and EdTech: If students are forced to learn from each other or problem solve themselves, they will do it just fine! If there’s a knowledgeable tech person within shouting distance, their hands will shoot up, and… Continue reading Curse of the “Tech Guy” in the Room!