Cyberbullying: What the Research Shows

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This week I will be gathering resources on cyberbullying in preparation for an upcoming school board meeting. As I explained in a recent post, school districts in the Sacramento region are dealing with troubling, even tragic, stories of bullying/cyberbullying at a number of school sites. As a result of media coverage on the very real,… Continue reading

Teaching Kindness

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It’s become quite clear that modern education must encompass more than just academics, and that matters of the heart must be taken seriously and nurtured as a matter of priority. Lisa Currie The Challenge: Can kindness and empathy really be taught? This morning I re-read Lisa Currie’s October post for Edutopia: Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is… Continue reading

Helping Students Flex Their Reading Level/Lexile Muscles

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I grew up in a home with books. In the room we referred to as the “den,” an entire wall was lined with my parents’ books and book collections. There was also a small glass three-shelf bookcase that did not require any climbing and reaching on my part and that held “the book.” It was… Continue reading

It’s that time again: #eddies14

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I love the Annual Edublog Awards. Every year, the event puts me into a reflective mode, as I think back through memorable posts, tweets, and virtual connections. In making my 2014 nominations, I’ve focused mainly on two areas that are very important to me: Resources for a connected educators Resources for primary grades (too often… Continue reading

Fall CUE Take Away

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I had a great time at the 2014 Fall CUE Conference. In two jam-packed days, I attended some wonderful workshops, with Will Kimbley’s Google Forms workshop, Gene Tognetti and Karen Larson’s Discovering Student Voice with Chromebooks,  and Trevor Mattea’s Intro to Google session at the top of my conference take-aways list. Two hours with Will… Continue reading

Moonshot Thinking

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If you haven’t seen the Moonshot Thinking video, I recommend it. It’s a great conversation starter for the new school year. The term “moonshot” stems from Google and refers the innovative projects underway at the company’s Google X lab: “Moonshots live in the gray area between audacious projects and pure science fiction; instead of mere… Continue reading

Getting Googley at Gunn High School – 2014 EdTechTeam Summit

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The drive to Palo Alto’s Gunn High School to attend the July 19-20 GAFE Summit was definitely worth it! With so many great sessions to choose from, narrowing down my choices was a challenge. I enjoyed and learned from each one. Below are a few of my takeaways: Toward Better Technology Integration – Scott McLeod… Continue reading

ISTE 2014 – A few take-aways

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Loved ISTE 2014! Between the selection of sessions and presenters, connecting with friends before, during, and after sessions, and having my first-ever bison burger (at Ted’s Montana Grill), it was a wonderful four days in Atlanta. Below are a few of my conference take-aways: Sunday Apptastic – From Kelly Calhoon-Brumbaugh and Kyle Brumbaugh‘s session, I… Continue reading

PBL Workshop – A year later

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A year ago, a wonderful principal at one of my district’s elementary schools invited me to give a 1-hour workshop at his site on Project-Based Learning (PBL). I was thrilled to have the request come from an administrator and for the opportunity to organize my thoughts and resources into something useful for teachers. I set… Continue reading

2014 Digital Citizenship PSA Challenge

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If you are looking for opportunities for your students to speak out on digital citizenship issues, checkout the 2014 Digital Citizenship PSA Challenge. Students in grades 4-12 are invited to submit a 90-second (or less) PSA that addresses taking a stand on cyberbullying, building a positive digital footprint, respecting intellectual property, or protecting online privacy.… Continue reading