Tech Talk

Are You Watching LEGO Masters?!

Normally, I’m pretty hesitant when it comes to reality TV shows. I’ve been known to get sucked into endless episodes, which isn’t the best use of my time or my brain power right now…

Future Ready

My principal recently shared this video with me, and I love it so much! I’m not sure how I will use it in the future… Maybe in professional development with teachers or to motivate students?!

Words of Wisdom from Thomas Friedman

In December, I was invited to attend a talk by Thomas Friedman, an internationally recognized author and speaker. He is a foreign affairs and environmental columnist for the New York Times who has authored seven New York Times bestsellers…

Happy Computer Science Education Week!

Computer Science Education week is December 9-15th! The purpose of this week is to raise awareness about the world-changing power of careers in computer science at all age levels…

Fostering Essential Skills in K-12 Learners

As an elementary STEM Coordinator, I support the implementation of my school district’s STEM By Design model across content areas and in our school’s makerspace. While I have a clear framework for defining STEM teaching and learning in my building…

Interview an Astronaut in Space?

Over the few months, I have had the privilege of helping coordinate a telebridge contact between Northridge Elementary School, University of Colorado-Boulder’s Amateur Radio Club, and the International Space Station. This unique opportunity is provided to schools and organizations…

Apple Pencil vs. Logitech Crayon

I have been involved in several conversations recently with my school’s principal and media tech about how to use classroom iPads more effectively. One idea that we have is purchasing either Apple Pencils or Logitech Crayons and making them available for classroom checkout…

Back to School, Back to School...

To celebrate the beginning of the school year, my district shared this video on social media…

Best. Summer. Ever.

Call me a nerd, but I’ve had THE BEST summer of learning in my Learning with Digital Stories course. To build on the skills that I learned from Sylvia Duckwork on her Sketchnote Fever World Tour back in May, I created my own design using Procreate, iPad, and an Apple Pencil to show my progress through the course!

Diving Into Canvas

I’m excited to dive into Canvas this semester and create a course that I will use with students to teach 3D printing. Check out my course outline here…

Supporting Games and Learning in the Classroom

When implemented with intentionality, games positively impact teaching and learning across ages and educational settings. According to Mindshift’s Guide to Games and Learning, the benefits of digital gaming for learners include…

2019 Horizon Report: Connections and Reflections

“With more than 17 years of research and publications, the Horizon Project can be regarded as education’s longest-running exploration of emerging technology trends that support teaching, learning, and creative inquiry” (p. 3)…

Networked Learning Space: Part 3

In a recent conversation with a fellow Leadership Team member at school, we discussed the need for resources and ideas to support teachers in better utilizing the set of six iPads in each classroom for creation and formative assessment…

Networked Learning Space: Part 2

Using Twitter on a regular basis has proven to be easier than originally expected. This has been a great opportunity to learn from #edtech experts and enthusiasts while also putting my own ideas out into the Twittersphere…

Networked Learning Space: Part 1

Educational technology plays a key role in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Teachers utilize educational technology across content areas to support creation, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking inside and outside the classroom…

Meaningful Gamification in K-12 Learning

Gamification is everywhere. From coffee rewards to fuel points to cash payouts for weight loss, people living in today’s society could easily gamify almost every aspect of life…

At this very moment, technology is altering your brain.

Neuroplasticity – The brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. As humans interact with technology at increased rates, the brain is changing for better and for worse…

The Race for Our Attention

In his TED Talk, Tristan Harris discusses the main goal of major tech companies like Facebook, Netflix, and YouTube: To maximize the time spent on their pages…

The 5 W’s of My First Twitter Chat

I was anti-Twitter for YEARS. A corner of the world wide web where people tried to impress fellow strangers with random thoughts and snarky comments? Thanks, but no thanks…