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Teaching the Humanities with Technology

Today I participated in a webinar about integrating technology in Humanities classrooms. One of the reasons I like to participate in these events is that it forces me to evaluate myself and my practice and allows me to collect many new ideas. If you notice towards the end, while the others are talking I start writing ideas down. Look for future posts that share black out poetry and common craft videos. I’m also really excited to look into Vocabla (http://vocabla.com/ ) and Inkle Writer (http://www.inklestudios.com/inklewriter/) .

If you are interested I will be presenting on Creating a Culture of Writing at the EdTechTeacher Summit in July and I will leading variety of workshops  throughout June.

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April 24, 2014 · 5:13 pm

Creating and iPads… Combining the Physical & Digital to Create Multimedia Content

Today I participated in an EdTechTeacher webinar on how classes can benefit by using iPads to combine the digital and the physical. There is a temptation to go ALL digital when devices arrive in your classroom. In reality the power of the devices is that they can capture digital and real world content together. They can capture the process of learning as well as the product and give the teacher better insight into the learning process. This webinar discusses the possibilities as well as sharing many examples of projects and tools.

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April 1, 2014 · 7:33 pm

Writers Week XX

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For the past 4 years I have been honored to be a part of Writers Week at Fremd High School.

Writers week is an all school celebration of writing that spans every period, every day, all week.   For that entire week the whole school listens, students who are otherwise nameless in the halls become rock stars, and all of the stereotypes that have gained a foothold get slapped back and are momentarily placed on their heels.

It will make you think and it will make you feel and I love being a part of it.

This is my contribution to an amazing week. My presentation begins at 10:45.

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/44194757

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February 24, 2014 · 11:51 am

Creativity and Learning with iPads (Devices)

I participated in this webinar yesterday on the topic of Creativity. it was great to chat with outstanding Aussie educator Paul Hamilton. My only regret is that I was not able to chat more with the amazing Kiwi educator Richard Wells. Both are innovators and blazing new trails for effective use of iPads in the classroom.

This topic of creativity has begun to consume more and more of my thinking. Though transitioning to a 1:1 classroom is what began the process, I see  that while the devices are wonderful mediums for expressing creativity, the classroom procedures and policies that go along with them do just as much to encourage students to create.

Though the title refers to iPads this video would be no less helpful to those with other devices. The conversation trended to creativity in general and how to encourage and foster it.

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January 16, 2014 · 8:58 am

Why We Teach – a Tribute

Earlier this year my friend and colleague Lew Hubbard passed away suddenly. He was a kind and generous man and like so many of my other colleagues, deeply committed to his students and to the art that he taught.

At our school’s recent variety show, a student performed a speed painting and dedicated it to him. I won’t try to describe her feelings and reasons because Maddy (the student in the video) does that so effectively.

When I was done watching this video I had tears in my eyes. It was clear that Lew had left a mark on this world and given something very important to his students. He taught art, he inspired art and here he becomes art.

In the weeks preceding Winter Break it was a nice reminder of what is possible in our classrooms, but also of a great man who I will miss talking to in the halls and at the copy machine.

We can make a difference in the lives of our students, we can leave our mark on the world and more importantly we can help our students to leave a mark of their own.

Some of Lew’s Art can be seen here. http://www.lrhimages.com/

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December 15, 2013 · 11:34 am

The Promise of 1:1 Learning

This, the 3rd webinar of the last month focuses on the broader concept of what 1:1 learning can produce. It goes on to discuss the effects of transitioning to 1:1 and finishes with a discussion of the future of 1:1 learning.

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October 24, 2013 · 9:09 pm

The 1:1 Connected Classroom

The 4th in the EdTechTeacher series of webinars in celebration of Connected Educator Month (#CE13). These installment discusses the 1:1 connected classroom. It was great to work with Don and Carl who each have a great understanding of both the costs and rewards of going 1:1.

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October 24, 2013 · 8:33 pm

Creating a Connected Classroom #CEM13

During October I participated in a series of Connected Educator Events. This one focused on the idea of the connected classroom and how students can benefit when learning is extended beyond the classroom walls.

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October 24, 2013 · 2:13 pm