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Google Accounts? Yes, They Need Them

Over the past few weeks we have been in the process of launching Google Apps EDU accounts with our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students. Today was the final day of launch with one remaining class of 3rd graders sending me their first email about their favorite books. I have to admit that when we […]

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iBooks & iBook Author

If you work in education did you notice anything different today? Does the world somehow feel new, changed, or slightly askew? Today was one of those days where things did in fact change. You may not have noticed it, but they did. Put a little star on your calendar and remark to yourself that today […]

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Online Learning – The Latest Panacea?

Every other month a group of instructional technology educators from throughout our county join together for two hours of lunch and collaboration.  This group, sponsored by our local cable consortium, originally met to discuss the televised educational video content each district provided.  However, in the past few years are conversations have grown beyond that topic to include […]

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Friendship Bracelets & Student Voice

The past few weeks the concept of “student voice” has been swirling around in my head.  What exactly does it mean for students to have a voice in school?  What does it look like?  What does it sound like?  Obviously, if students have a voice in their learning, there must be conversation going on in […]

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Joe’s Resolutions for 2011

Ugh…its the last afternoon of Christmas Vacation! How did two weeks scream by so quickly? I’ve done my best ignoring work email, the fact my clothes need to be ironed for the week, and the idea that the alarm clock will rip through the blissful silence a full two hours before I have even contemplated […]

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The Books of 2010 – A Literary Look Back

This morning I finished the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire.  As I logged this book into Goodreads, I started to look over the books I have read this year and wondered, “how many books have I read?”  I guessed around 30.  Last Christmas I received a Kindle and I know the […]

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Flipping Your Classroom with Online Tools

The past couple of months I have been conducting a little thinking and learning around online learning. This topic has popped up as a possible solution to meet a diverse array of needs including credit recovery, distance learning, independent study, and making better use of classroom time. While the first three tend to be the […]

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Why Writing Matters

As I drove to work earlier this week, I realized that I was on my way to one of the last Writing Workshop coaching days before the end of the year.  Cruising down the rain slicked freeway in the pre-dawn darkness I started to think about all powerful and passionate writing I had heard and […]

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