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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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ETC! 2014 Sessions

One of my favorite annual technology conferences, today is ETC! 2014. If you attended one of my sessions or are attending virtually from home you will find all of my resources below. Session 2: Creating Digital Writers with iOS – Joe Wood & Burt Lo Session 3 &4: Digital Storytelling with Google Apps – Joe Wood […]

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Gettin’ Ready for Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day is right around the corner – a week from Wednesday (February 5, 2014) to be exact!  This third annual event is sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education with many partners including the National Writing Project, Library of Congress, and Edutopia. The day itself is simply a national day to celebrate innovative teachers […]

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Living #TeamKid

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit John Swett Elementary School in Martinez with my friend and colleague Jennifer Kloczcko (check out her post on the visit). John Swett Elementary is the home of Adam Welcome (@awelcome) and a team of innovative teachers who live the hashtag #teamkid.  The original plans for our visit stemmed […]

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Taking Control of Your Professional Learning

My first year in the classroom education was at the height of the No Child Left Behind revolution. All of the teachers at my school site, including me, had been deemed “highly qualified” so my school district decided that they could cut all professional development funds and did so for quite a few years. Sheer […]

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