The Clorox By Dr. Seuss with the Lorax in a mask amongst Truffula trees and tissues

The Clorox: A Tale to Encourage Educators in the Pandemic

I put this story together as part of the introduction to our first virtual NYC Microsoft Meetup of the year where we brought together educators from across the city (and country) to have fun, build connections, and share knowledge. I hoped to encourage the teachers, especially in my district, who I know had been struggling … Continue reading The Clorox: A Tale to Encourage Educators in the Pandemic

Summer Remote Education Conferences

Conferences can be an amazing place for educators to deeply question existing structures and biases, gather information, and make lasting social and professional connections. We are in a different environment now though in the midst of a global pandemic. In the past I've shared about the insights I've garnered from events like a local CS … Continue reading Summer Remote Education Conferences

Text: Insights from FETC and people entering the keynote

40+ Insights From FETC’s 40th Anniversary in 2020

While my childhood (and adult family trips) to Florida have always been epic (see my extensive Disney planning spreadsheets for reference), I have never before been to FETC, the Future of Education Technology Conference. And this year it was the 40th anniversary and it was located in Miami Beach (a plus for not packing a … Continue reading 40+ Insights From FETC’s 40th Anniversary in 2020

24 Insights From the 2019 #NYCSchoolsTech Summit

You can also find more info on the 2018 Summit. I was able to attend the NYC Schools Tech Summit again in its 7th year and was able to play an important role in the efforts of this year's summit which found a large portion of its focus on inclusion and accessibility. Given how deeply … Continue reading 24 Insights From the 2019 #NYCSchoolsTech Summit

Here’s To The Crazy Ones: 25 Lessons From an ADE Institute and The Power of Connections

Find related posts on Apple Accessibility, Apple Computer Science, and Apple Updates. Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who cheer for new friends and change-makers they have yet to meet. To those who attempt new things in front of experts unafraid of looking foolish. And then challenge those … Continue reading Here’s To The Crazy Ones: 25 Lessons From an ADE Institute and The Power of Connections

32 Insights From ISTE 2019

So even though ISTE (international Society for Technology Educators) has expanded now to 3 additional conferences and other learning opportunities (see What's New With ISTE?) their annual 'big-show' is still a rather epic event. Their conference at ISTE brings together tens of thousands of educators from around the globe to see how they can best … Continue reading 32 Insights From ISTE 2019

New Visions Innovation Throwdown 2019

Sailing the 7 Cs of 21st -Century Learning: A New Visions Innovation Throwdown

https://youtu.be/wGeesJRDf2Q 2019 New Visions Throwdown So on the evening of the 31st, I presented on 21st-Century Learning at the 2019 New Visions Innovation Throwdown along with other educators. I will attempt to link the actual recording if that's possible, but here is what I covered. Below is additional information on related topics 21st-Century Learning: The … Continue reading Sailing the 7 Cs of 21st -Century Learning: A New Visions Innovation Throwdown

CS Teachers Conference photos

24 Lessons Learned from the CS Teachers Conference

This weekend was ever New York City Computer Science (CS) Teachers' Conference, a day of presentations by CS teachers and partners with a gallery of presenters, breakout sessions, keynote speakers (like Chris Emdin), CS authors, and activities all organized by the Computer Science for All team. It was a wonderful opportunity for teachers to connect, … Continue reading 24 Lessons Learned from the CS Teachers Conference

24 Insights From NYSCATE

It does seem strange that in my decade-plus of educational technology instruction that I have attended multiple national conventions like ISTE, but I had never, before this year, attended NYSCATE, New York's equivalent EdTech conference. There are a number of reasons for that. It's a 6-hour drive to Rochester in the cold close to Thanksgiving. … Continue reading 24 Insights From NYSCATE

25 Insights From UN WE Day

If you're at all like me, you've gone through your life fairly unaware of what the United Nation's WE Day (first in Toronto in 2007) and WE movement are. And similarly, you're likely to be blown away by all the amazing work they're doing around the world with and for children and other often disenfranchised populations. … Continue reading 25 Insights From UN WE Day