Learning While Leading

Technology in the classroom opens up a myriad of questions, but also presents fantastic opportunities.  Students have been using technology inappropriately since the beginning of education (finger nails on the chalkboard, games of pencil break, spitballs, those jumping things you make with paper clips). Our job is to present students with technology use that enhancesContinue reading “Learning While Leading”

Glory Days

It is interesting to take a few minutes out to reflect on my own use of “devices” in the classroom as I enter a transition period from a classroom teacher to a technology integration coach.  I’ve always been the informal “techie” guy in my schools.  At one point I actually made some fake billing documentsContinue reading “Glory Days”

Taking on the #GlobalEd #TwitteratiChallenge

Its been a whirlwind of a year for me. I took on a new “part-time” role as a Tech coach during one free prep period, in November started and ran #AfricaEd chat twice a week, started COETAIL, managed to get invited to present at Learning 2 Africa and began planning an EdCamp for next September here inContinue reading “Taking on the #GlobalEd #TwitteratiChallenge”

Positive Vibration

Looking at the Responsible Use Agreement (RUA) from a couple of schools was interesting. Its something I had gone over with my students two years in a row, but I honestly had not thought much about it.  It always fell into part of the “we have to do this to start the year” pile of documentsContinue reading “Positive Vibration”

A little more conversation

Digital citizenship. Its a term buzzing around education right now as technology becomes more and more integrated in our schools. Often, the conversation focuses on how students use social media, encouraging them to post or text only safe, appropriate pictures, protecting passwords and not getting lost in their phones.  I agree that all of thatContinue reading “A little more conversation”

Typical Situation

Copyright is a constant issue within the classroom.  One that I probably haven’t done the best job teaching about or even following in the past.  It has come up quite a bit in my classes recently though.  Especially in my Media class where we are working with PhotoShop. The version that is installed on ourContinue reading “Typical Situation”

Suspicious Minds

First of all, I’m all for privacy and using your brain as you navigate the digital landscape.  But I’m also for using your brain as you navigate the physical landscape. As Tricia noted in her post last week: This is part of the reason I think the phrase ‘digital citizenship’ is erroneous.  Citizenship is citizenship.Continue reading “Suspicious Minds”