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Digital Citizenship

The Problem With Expecting Student Access

I’ve lived in California all my life, from Southern California to the Central Coast to the Sierra Nevada foothills. Urban and suburban California: the home of Silicon Valley. Birthplace of Apple, Facebook, and everyone’s favorite edtech company, Google. Rural California provides an astonishing amount of food for the United States. Did you know that if […] Read More

Learning to Connect, or Connecting to Learn?

If you're reading this, chances are that you are probably living. If not, we are all in serious trouble. By virtue of being a living creature, we all go through constant cycles of growth, from the moment we are born, to when we take our last breath. Sometimes the growth is obvious, such as the […] Read More

Bring Parents Into Class Virtually With Video

I am the opposite of the helicopter parent. I am an Artillery Parent. I get my kids up in the morning, and pack them lunch. I load them in the cannon, shoot them at school, wave at them as they go swooooshing by, and hope they land softly. I assume they’ll find their way home […] Read More

What Is Digital Learning Day 2016

In 1999, I sat eagerly in front of a computer, for the first time, waiting to get on the internet with the glorious sound of AOL dialup ringing in my ear. It was unfathomable to think that we could actually not only read real-time news but connect with people from around the world. I remember […] Read More

4 Ways I Don’t Teach the Tech

The technology teacher doesn’t teach the tech tools? Yes and no. My goal is that my students leave my class at the end of the year knowing how to communicate, collaborate, critically think, and be creative. Of course we use technology to do that, but because I want students to learn the 4 Cs, those […] Read More

Amplify Awesome and Boost Brilliance

Send me one name of a teacher you know with a small following but big, interesting ideas, please. — Doug Robertson (@TheWeirdTeacher) November 29, 2015 I sent out a tweet asking for recommendations- someone with a small follower count but big ideas. I assumed I would get a few replies, and from those choose someone […] Read More

EdTech and Screen Time are Awkward Friends

I work in a 1-to-1 school. Every student and teacher has a device used for accessing resources, carrying out learning activities, and communicating and collaborating for academic purposes. My title is Digital Learning Specialist, so I love the tech. But I'm also a mom, so I understand worries about distraction and detachment. When our entire […] Read More

Ahmed Makes the Loudest Clock

Fourteen years and four days after the attacks of September 11th, a child was arrested and handcuffed in an American high school for bringing a homemade clock to show his teachers. This blog is about edtech, and this is an edtech issue. However, in one of the first pieces I wrote as editor, I noted the lack […] Read More

I Swear I’m Not Playing With My Phone

I spend a lot of time looking at my phone and tablet. Probably too much time. Some of the time I spend looking at screens happens during meetings. This rarely goes over well. I can feel the looks. The judgement. Thoughts so loud they’re audible, “He’s probably screwing around on Facebook instead of paying attention.” […] Read More

The Other Side of Digital Nativeness

I had a ton of interesting conversations at ISTE about the uniqueness of today’s students. As the first generation raised in the digital age, they say students are interacting with technology in ways that most teachers do not understand or appreciate. The term ‘digital native’ has been coined* to refer to children who, due to […] Read More