CETPA 2016 Student Showcase

CETPA 2016 Student Showcase

If you are looking for a antidote to post-election blues, I highly recommend pulling together a student showcase of elementary, middle, and high school students excited to demonstrate innovative uses of technology. To that end, last week I was tasked by my district’s Technology Services Director to bring a team of students to the Sacramento Convention Center for the 2016 CETPA Conference. This was my first time to attend the CETPA Conference. It was also CETPA’s first time to dedicate…

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Fall CUE 2016 – A few takeaways

Fall CUE 2016 – A few takeaways

This year’s Fall CUE Conference seemed like a drive-by event since I could attend on Friday only. (But don’t feel sorry for me for missing out on Saturday’s sessions; I was headed up to Amador County for an annual wine-tasting weekend.) Despite a rainy 2-hour drive to and from Napa, Friday’s sessions were worth the travel time. Due a few traffic slowdowns, I unfortunately missed Dave Burgess’ (Teach like a Pirate) opening keynote, but from Session 1 on, I left…

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Creating a Culture of Civility

Creating a Culture of Civility

  The October issue of entrsekt, ISTE’s quarterly journal, immediately caught my attention – with the cover boldly featuring Jennifer Snelling’s “A Culture of Civility: The New Tenets of Connecting in the Digital Age.” In a highly contentious election-year atmosphere, I really appreciate having at my fingertips the research, examples, and reminder that “Civility and citizenship come from understanding alternate viewpoints and being able to have conversations and respectful debates.”  When ISTE released the 2016 Standards, I was delighted to…

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Rwanda – Looking for the Good

Rwanda – Looking for the Good

Question: How do you talk about and teach difficult topics, including the unthinkable, the unspeakable? Answer: You look for the good. This summer I traveled to Rwanda, Africa, with the incredible Carl Wilkens, director of the World Outside My Shoes Foundation – and the only American to remain in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Without a doubt, this trip was the most thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, uplifting ten days ever. Each day was beautifully planned with visits to historic sites, meeting with genocide witnesses,…

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ISTE 2016 Reflection & Takeaways

ISTE 2016 Reflection & Takeaways

I’m back from the ISTE 2016 Conference, somewhat rested, and ready to reflect on and share my top takeaways. For a starter, having futurist Michio Kaku as the opening keynote was a wonderful, energizing kick-off for the 4-day ISTE adventure. Brilliant + hilarious is always a winning combo. Before Michio took the stage, ISTE introduced their new Technology Standards for Students. Love that digital citizenship is in the mix. Favorite Session Takeaways – Some Resources, Tips, and Quotes Given that there were over 1,000…

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#cue16 – a few takeaways

#cue16 – a few takeaways

Just returned from the #cue16 conference. It’s a long drive from Sacramento to Palm Springs (9 hours), but so worth it! I was fortunate to travel and room with Elk Grove teacher extraordinaire Cathe Petuya, so the drive was as an integral part of the #cue16 experience. On the way down, we envisioned how to transform three of our elementary sites into demo schools to model powerful integration of technology onto the core curriculum – and beyond the classroom walls. With…

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Roseville 2016 #gafesummit takeaways

Roseville 2016 #gafesummit takeaways

Can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend than attending my 3rd #gafesummit (Google Apps for Education Summit) at beautiful Roseville High School. So many great presenters sharing awesome ideas to extend teaching and learning via Google tools. My takeaways are many. Not just resources and implementation ideas but also engaging, entertaining, and embracing presentation styles, such as: Roni Habib convincing us that interacting with our students in the opening minutes of class is time well spent (even if you have…

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Common Sense Media + iKeepSafe = Awesome Parent Night

Common Sense Media + iKeepSafe = Awesome Parent Night

Last week I had the privilege of representing Common Sense Media at a Parent Night in a neighboring school district. The topic was supporting children in the responsible use of social media.  I was the first speaker and was allotted 15 minutes to introduce parents to the wealth of resources Common Sense Media offers parents, starting with an opening 30-second video: …and then moving on to share a quick sampling of: Video Reviews (for movies, TV,books, games, apps) – Rated for…

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Tule Lake Internment Camp – From first-hand accounts

Tule Lake Internment Camp – From first-hand accounts

I have not yet visited the Tule Lake Segregation Camp (AKA Tule Lake War Relocation Center), but as of Monday, thanks to a text message from Kathleen Watt (Time of Remembrance Co-Director) and a Tweet from Larry Ferlazzo, a trip to this remote area of Northern California is now on my 2016 to-do list. Kathleen and Larry both shared a link to Charles Lam’s NBC News article: Senate Bill Would Name Tule Lake, Largest Japanese Internment Camp, Historic Site. “Tule Lake War Relocation Center”…

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Treasure Languages Event: Storytelling in two voices

Treasure Languages Event: Storytelling in two voices

“Each language is shining a little torch somewhere. These are treasures for the whole of humankind.”   Nicholas Evans (Language Matters, PBS) I’d like to start this post with a shout out to language researchers Robyn Perry (University of California, Berkeley) and Steven Bird (University of Melbourne, Australia) for the incredible work they are doing through the Aikuma Project to preserve dying languages. Robyn has been a featured guest blogger on the TOR Talks blog (a project I co-direct with my school district colleague Kathleen Watt) and…

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