No Excuses. Just Play. #ScratchDay

ScratchGroup-s

When I stepped into MIT’s Media Lab in Cambridge this past weekend, I had no idea that I would step out with such passion and enthusiasm.  I couldn’t wait to get back to Kentucky to share every detail I soaked Continue reading No Excuses. Just Play. #ScratchDay

Meeting Up- Building Community!

Intro Activity

How do you sustain innovative ideas in a classroom?  As an educator, how can you find answers to questions about new technologies that you are interested in using?  How can you share instructional strategies that you are passionate about with Continue reading Meeting Up- Building Community!

Ready, Set … Collaborate!

With all the conversation around 21st Century Skills in the last few years, I think most educators are familiar with the 4 C’s – Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity – as being an important foundation for student learning and Continue reading Ready, Set … Collaborate!

The SharePoint Migration: Progress Report and Notes

In case you hadn’t heard, our local SharePoint 2007 install is nearing the end of its life – we’ll be pulling the plug on that hardware July 1. It’s replaced by SharePoint Online, the “Sites” area of Office 365 (accessed Continue reading The SharePoint Migration: Progress Report and Notes

The 1 iPad Classroom

As I write this blog post, I fondly remember my very first classroom and how excited I was to have one computer.  Oh, the possibilities!  I researched and experimented and went through many trial and errors.  Believe it or not, this Continue reading The 1 iPad Classroom

The Power of Connecting: The Unconference

Let’s face it, teachers have great ideas!  Teachers are creating innovative lessons, testing out new tools and exploring ways to harness the power of 21st century devices in the classroom. We may share the new math app with a fellow educator across Continue reading The Power of Connecting: The Unconference

From the Editor’s Desk: Strap in, shut up, and hold on!

The above has always struck me as one of the more offensive of bumper stickers – inevitably it sits on the back of some loud American muscle car or pickup, driven by a guy with an overstated sense of his Continue reading From the Editor’s Desk: Strap in, shut up, and hold on!

Free Tools for All Students and Staff – SkyDrive Pro (aka OneDrive)

Most of you have heard and probably discovered that the webmail website for students and staff has undergone some changes this year.  The Kentucky Department of Education has been working diligently with Microsoft to offer new and better web services Continue reading Free Tools for All Students and Staff – SkyDrive Pro (aka OneDrive)

Pedagogy, Online Learning, and CIITS

                I have now been told several times that the Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS) is slated to take over several other district technology systems, including Fayette’s iSchool. And, of course, there’s been a mad dash to make sure Continue reading Pedagogy, Online Learning, and CIITS

The 4C’s – Is it fun or the future?

It’s October of the 2013-2014 school year.  We are well into the 21st century and the talk of innovation and improving schools to create 21st century learners, thinkers and do-ers abounds.  For some, these are familiar terms.  For others, maybe Continue reading The 4C’s – Is it fun or the future?