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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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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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Survey Says!

For the past seven years I have been surveying my students about their level of technology access at home.  Initially, my data just reflected the students in my classroom.  However, as I have moved to a district-level position I have helped teachers survey their own students.  Earlier this year, teachers from our Digital Writing and […]

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Update: Can I Trade the iPads for Chromebooks

As many of you know, back in November I wrote a post about the simultaneous implementation of Chromebooks and iPads at one of our school sites.  Just as I mentioned in that post, there was never an intent for a comparison to develop between these two tools.  In my district we recognize that one size does not fit all and provide opportunities for […]

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Putting the “No” in Innovation

[youtube:””] I saw this commerical for the first time this morning as I was heading out the door.  It made me laugh out loud, probably because for the past few months I have spent every Monday night at district strategic planning meetings.  More than once I’ve heard a similar sentiment from educators who probably should […]

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