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Yanny or Laurel: Pop Culture in the Classroom and the Science of Sound

I'm sure you've all seen the video by now (in case you haven't it's below) and you all have formed strong opinions about this ridiculous meme. Many might think it was already ruined when the White House put out an explanation of it in the way that Facebook is no longer cool when your parents join … Continue reading Yanny or Laurel: Pop Culture in the Classroom and the Science of Sound

The Big 3 In the Classroom: Apple, Google, & Microsoft

You can view the related Office 365 vs. G Suite Smackdown as well. Event Overview New York City schools do things a little differently than most places. Due to the sheer size and complexity of needs, there is no overriding educational technology solution that’s chosen to work across the board. Yes, there is a citywide Office … Continue reading The Big 3 In the Classroom: Apple, Google, & Microsoft

What Makes a Good Teacher – 20 Keys to Effective Instruction

Personal History of Learning For a large portion of my life, I wanted to be anything but a teacher. I still functioned in teacher-like roles (children's theatre, coaching a company team, etc.), but I ignored that in my blind aversion towards education. I ran away from teaching for many years. Part of it was I … Continue reading What Makes a Good Teacher – 20 Keys to Effective Instruction

Creating The Perfect Résumé

Part of becoming a great teacher is getting a decent job in the first place. There have been a wake of major strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and elsewhere that only seem to be spreading. This raises the question of why anyone might desire to be an underpaid teacher working in poor conditions without appropriate … Continue reading Creating The Perfect Résumé

Innovative Leadership

20 Takeaways From the 1st Annual NYSCATE Digital Leadership Conference I had the opportunity to attend the 1st Annual Digital Leadership Conference sponsored by NYSCATE and the Educational Administrators Association. There were sessions led by Thomas Murray, author of Learning Transformed, Jason Green, the author of Blended Learning In Action; as well as notable administrators and educational … Continue reading Innovative Leadership

The Future of Education: The 7Cs, 3 Rs, & 3 Ms of 21st-Century Learning

I remember taking an online course about 21st-century learning about a decade ago about when MySpace started fading, so 21st-century. So it's been spoken of in numerous courses, books, and diatribes, so what could I possibly add (other than my sparkling wit and charm, he said sardonically). I suppose I just wanted to add my … Continue reading The Future of Education: The 7Cs, 3 Rs, & 3 Ms of 21st-Century Learning

It Takes Children To Raise A Village-The Essentials of Social Emotional Learning

While the "it takes a village to raise a child" quote is oft overused and misattributed to an entire continent, it does still hold valuable insight about the challenges involved in making a child a worthwhile member of the community. The opposite though holds value as well in that the wholeness of a generation of … Continue reading It Takes Children To Raise A Village-The Essentials of Social Emotional Learning

Profiles For Playful Learning

This article is the original version of an article that was modified to appear on EdSurge as part of their larger discussion on personalized learning. As a special education teacher, I work with students who struggle academically and generally have a low tolerance for frustration—but the same kid who gives up after trying a math … Continue reading Profiles For Playful Learning

Updates to Apple Education From An Apple Distinguished Educator

Background In their recent keynote, Apple touted their 40 years empowering educational initiatives through their technology. It started with the success of the Apple IIs in classrooms through the early 80s and then in 1984, the Macintosh was touted as a worthwhile but expensive hub for creativity which made it popular at universities. There were stumbles along the way … Continue reading Updates to Apple Education From An Apple Distinguished Educator

50+ Useful EdTech Tools

One of the great things about working in District 75 in New York City is that we have regular bi-monthly meetings where the tech liaisons from our 60+ (and 100s of sites/buildings) schools get together to share and learn. We recently had the opportunity to talk about what tools are benefitting us most in the … Continue reading 50+ Useful EdTech Tools