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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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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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Scoring Zero

Earlier this month on Digital Learning Day, our Speak Up Survey data was released and I finally had time last week to sit down and analyze the results. At Natomas Charter we look closely at this data because it is a powerful tool for listening to our students, staff, and families. As I sat down […]

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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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CUE Rock Star Lake Tahoe

Over the next few days I will be leading workshops with other brilliant educators at CUE Rock Star Lake Tahoe.  If you are not familiar with Rock Star, these are small teacher technology camps with 10:1 ratio between participants and facilitators.  Over three days the teachers build community around the use of instructional technology tools. […]

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