• Joe at Skywalker Ranch

    Instructional Practice & Going 1:1 – CUE Rock Star Admin

    The past three days I spent in amazing place – Skywalker Ranch in Marin County. I was there as one of the lead learners for CUE Rock Star Admin, a three-day camp for school and ...

Going 1:1? What About Professional Development?

Continuing my series of posts on reflections from CUE Rock Star Admin one of the real connections lots of attendees seemed to make during my Building the Foundation for 1:1 session was the significance of using a four-tier model for professional development. All too often schools only focus on tool-based professional learning, but this model pushes leaders into expanding professional […]

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Long Time No See – Becoming a Dad

As much as it pains me to admit this, it has been over a year since I have created a post for this blog. Granted in my 10+ years of blogging this is hardly the first period of time where I have stepped away from the JoeWoodOnline keyboard and throughout this time of silence I have still […]

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Kicking Off #NoOfficeDay

Okay…so I’ll be honest. That title is a bit misleading. Today I only had a few hours of #NoOfficeDay (No Office Day). That was all I could squeeze in, but it was awesome! I sang songs with kindergarten students, discussed books with 4th grade, and played the place value dice game with a small group […]

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School Shopping

When I first moved to Sacramento in 2008 like many teachers I was happy just to land a job. The recession had not started, but it was easy to predict that we were all in for a bumpy economic ride. I was fortunate that having both multiple subject (elementary) and single subject (secondary) science credentials, […]

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Filtering for Learning

When I first started working at Natomas Charter School our filtering situation was, well awful. As I have shared in other posts, we were so locked down you couldn’t even to get to Amazon to order a book. YouTube? Forget about it! Every teacher had their own crazy, convoluted plan for downloading YouTube videos at […]

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Crafting Together – Minecraft EDU

Creeper, zombie, crafting table, spawning, smelting, command block – these were all words I learned this afternoon from a 6th grader while playing Minecraft. It was amazing! Today was our first of three student-facilitated MinecraftEDU workshops for teachers. At our school March is Minecraft month and the teachers are learning from individual Minecraft Mentors how […]

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A Transition to EdTech – CTO Weekend #2

Friday and Saturday were the second meeting of the CETPA CTO Mentor Program. This time all 19 of us met at the ACSA Headquarters in downtown Sacramento to focus on Professional Development and Education Technology. Our facilitators were two educators from Southern California, Kris Linville and Jeremy Davis, and a Sacramento local, Sarah McFarland. As […]

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Elementary Google Apps EDU

Back in December I wrote about our Google Apps EDU rollout with elementary students. As I mentioned in that post Iwas initially bit unsure as to how much these kids really needed Google Accounts  and wondered if they could even remember their passwords. However, as I wrote the kids really surprised me and I found […]

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