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Adios & Arrivederci

Could it really be two posts in one afternoon? Yes, you see I’m avoiding the inevitable packing of my desk. Its a mess and needs lots of sorting! I know the next few days are going to be a blur, so before I delve into three days of graduation practice and 8th grade trips I […]

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Divining Data

A few months ago I read a post on Will Richardson’s blog all about Data Driven Decision Making. As an educator and a hybrid-owner I knew exactly what he was talking about and I kind of chuckled to myself. Naturally, I assumed everyone else understood this logic too. During a lunch conversation yesterday I realized […]

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40 Years Ago Today…

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmNQ5VgFAfc] This morning started my Sacramento to Modesto commute. I don’t know how long-term commuters do it. There are only so many podcasts and NPR stories I can listen to until my ADHD kicks in. Fortunately, only 71 more days to go. On my drive down this morning I heard on NPR that 40 years […]

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New Year’s Resolutions

My buddy Burt just sent me a text, “What are your resolutions for this year?” Based on his tweets, he is reading more and hitting the gym. This is the first year I didn’t think to come up with any at the stroke of midnight, but now my mind is in gear and I have […]

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You Know You are Teaching 21st Century Children When…

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-vOhV_p1pM] You know you are teaching 21st century children when one of them shows up in your classroom with a Rubik’s cube and says, “Hey look what I learned by watching YouTube” and starts solving the puzzle that eluded tons of children during the 1980’s. I should probably just chalk this up as my first […]

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Great News!

Could it really be? After a summer of digging through the library and many Sundays dedidcated to writing and rewriting, yesterday I received some really great news. My thesis proposal has been approved and sent off to the Institutional Review Board. Hopefully, I will receive the next set of great news (its been okayed) and […]

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Video Games

Yesterday Kelly and I took a vacation from homework (at least for me) and headed off to spend a day in San Francisco. Since part of the day involved a 45 minute BART ride I was able to catch up on some reading. On Saturday the latest copies of NEA Today and Technology & Learning […]

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Death by a Thousand PowerPoints

I think I am giving up PowerPoint. Its probably become the most overused piece of software in education and I am so sick of creating them. When I started teaching with technology PowerPoint made a lot of sense for my direct instruction lessons. At the time creating these files was very time intensive, but I […]

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Thoughts…

First Thought: I saw this post from Doug Johnson regarding previous posts from Scott McLeod and Tim Stahmer and I laughed out loud regarding the idea of creating technology IEPs for teachers. Its GREAT! We need them. I am sometimes shocked at the disparity in technology knowledge between my colleagues. Forcing them all to go […]

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Filter Fun

Kids are so much smarter that we give them credit for being. They are also really creative thinkers. Here is a case in point…. Today at school for some reason our web filters are having problems and things are getting blocked which in the past haven’t been an issue. One of those items is my […]

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