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

An Innovator’s Journey: Part 2-The Application Process and Tips to Succeed

I already shared that the people involved in the Google Innovator process are the most important piece, as is the case in all educational initiatives. That said, the process is also a key component. Google has refined and improved their efforts over time to make it as impactful for educators as possible, even changing the … Continue reading An Innovator’s Journey: Part 2-The Application Process and Tips to Succeed

An Innovator’s Journey: Part 1-The People

This is part of an ongoing series of posts on my experience in becoming a Google Education Certified Innovator. On Innovation I should begin with the idea that I kind of despise the words innovator and innovative. It's not that I don't believe in the concepts, but there seem to be issues when they're applied … Continue reading An Innovator’s Journey: Part 1-The People

In Response to “The Death of EdTech”

For other content related to the 2018 ISTE Conference, check out 25 Insights From the ISTE Conference or What’s New With ISTE. Where It Was Right Recently Medium published an article titled Google, ISTE, and the Death of EdTech written by Belgian administrator Mike Crowley. It is a purposefully provocative title that ventures into the type … Continue reading In Response to “The Death of EdTech”

The Perfect Lesson Plan

Creating The Perfect Lesson Plan: 10 Steps & 8 Essential Elements

So let's begin with the basic premise that there is no one perfect lesson plan or format. That's simply because there are a variety of different needs across subjects, ages, and ability levels. The best lessons are personalized for the needs of your students, so some cookie cutter lesson is bound to be shortsighted. In fact, many of the … Continue reading Creating The Perfect Lesson Plan: 10 Steps & 8 Essential Elements

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

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