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Unintended Learning

Yesterday’s Google Docs workshop started out with the teacher (me) fully in control. I had gone through Google’s Educator Apps training modules, I had created a 2 page handout, and I had a demo document set up so we could try it out in the workshop. As soon as teachers logged in, however, there was…

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Teachers Rock Minigrant Projects: Part II

In Part I of this blog post, I shared just a few of the lessons learned by the Rollinsford teachers during the planning, implementation and documentation of their minigrant project on the effects of technology on fluency in primary readers. This blog shares some of what the Somersworth minigrant team learned, as well. The Somersworth minigrant team consisted of 2 second grade and 2 third…

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Teachers Rock District Minigrant Projects

Back in the Fall, my two school districts applied for State of NH technology minigrants. In order to apply for the grant funds (Title II D Enhancing Education through Technology)I needed to find teachers willing to plan a technology infused project, implement it with their classrooms,and document their work in a movie. My two teams finished their movies and…

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Do as I say, not as I do

What are we teaching kids implicitly? We love new technology in schools, everyone supports it! It is expected that everyone use technology throughout their day, and teach students how to use it as well. Explicitly, we support the use of technology in our technology plan, in our policies and procedures, in the grant applications we…

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Breaking Newton’s Third Law

“What is Newton’s third law? “ “For every action there is a reaction?” “Yes-for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction. So what do you think your parents and everyone else in the community think you are going to do with the iPods?” “Listen to music and play games!” “Right! So we are…

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Smart Board? Smart Teacher = Smart Kids

So we do have some interactive whiteboards-and they are pretty cool, however, the kids are smarter than the boards. Today we got one set up to use with fifth graders who are studying the rock cycle. This particular group of kids is working on a Rock Opera, so using the IWB was a review, of…

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Teacher Web 2.0 Tools at a Glance

After overwhelming myself with all of the tools available to classroom teachers at all levels, I decided to create a quick and simple chart to help teachers decide which tool to use based upon their classroom learning needs. Because many of the K-12 teachers I work with are at various levels of technology proficiency, and…

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Everything is difficult before it is easy.

Every time I visit the small, rural K-6 school district on the Maine border, I have to pass through the  gymnasium on my way to the Annex-where kindergarten through grade three lives. And as I head toward the doorway, on my way out of the building, just about eye level on the cinderblock gym wall…

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It’s all about Relationships

I am firmly convinced you cannot possibly move forward until you get to know each other and work as a team.


My First Educon

How do we expect them to be curious about learning if we don’t engage them in dialogue and conversation about what they know?

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