Microsoft: March MIEExpert

I'm the March MIEExpert! 🙂 Each month the amazing Robyn Hrivnatz, Josh Sawyer, and Jennifer Mitchell choose 1 of 8,800 outstanding educators to feature in the United States Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Showcase School Community Playbook set up in OneNote and shared with all MIEEs to communicate relevant information, updates, and celebrations. This is … Continue reading Microsoft: March MIEExpert

ScreenBeam: “Untethered” Life

ScreenBeam | Featured Blog Post| Living my best "UNTETHERED" life with ScreenBeam It's that time of year again where teachers become interior designers, and structural and electrical engineers as we attempt to move furniture, create the makerspace I learned about this summer, remove some desks to allow flexible seating, and then... there is the basket … Continue reading ScreenBeam: “Untethered” Life

Edtech: Top 10 in EdTech

Top 10 EdTech recommendations: Why and how to integrate them this year (2018-2019) I have been attending many summer learning opportunities and I love that many include some wonderful tools, but sometimes I am left feeling concerns such as, "Why would I integrate this into my curriculum and classroom structure?" It's not for a lack … Continue reading Edtech: Top 10 in EdTech

Edtech: Associations

A personal narrative as I journey from teaching into Instructional Design There has been nothing more rewarding than working with the young people of the future and watching them grow and progress through complex curriculum over nine months for the last decade. However, I have begun to feel a calling towards something new. I have … Continue reading Edtech: Associations

Personal Narrative: Reflections of 2017

To my network, I express the deepest gratitude. Thank you for DMs of confirmation and Voxers full of collaboration. Thank you for the conference laughs and EdCamp experiences! To my friends and family who listened to me process, debate, toil and analyze- thank you for the hours upon hours of support you have given me. … Continue reading Personal Narrative: Reflections of 2017

STEM: 21st Century Learning Design

21 CLD Teachers = 21 CLD students: Based on ITL Research evidence There have been many pedagogical shifts happening within the past five years in order to focus on preparing students for jobs that don't currently exist. The focus on STEM careers has been a particularly large emphasis within the educational world. So as an … Continue reading STEM: 21st Century Learning Design

Personal Narrative: The power of “JUST” 

The word "just" could be defined as: guided by truth, reason, justice, and fairnessactual, real, or genuine.exactly or precisely. However, when put with defining statements such as, "I'm just a..." or "I can just do...", you have now changed the meaning to a limitation. My perspective of myself, as "just a teacher" has changed drastically … Continue reading Personal Narrative: The power of “JUST” 

Personal Narrative: 5 risks that #changedeverything

Now, I'm not talking about leaving your comfort zones by sky diving or extreme rock climbing (unless that's your thing), but rather putting myself out there for the world to critique. I just reread my very first blog post and a little tear formed in my eye as I reflected on my ambitious goals and … Continue reading Personal Narrative: 5 risks that #changedeverything

Microsoft: MIEE Trainer

It was such a relaxing weekend of laying on the couch completing learning paths toward becoming a Microsoft Innovator Trainer!  Are you familiar with the Microsoft Educator Community? If not, you better run and check out the thousands of free resources, videos, and courses available to you now! After completing the Teacher and Trainer learning … Continue reading Microsoft: MIEE Trainer

Microsoft: Creative Coding through Games and Apps

Written on: 10/17/16 Have you heard of CCGA? The Creative Coding through Games and Apps (CCGA) program developed by Microsoft is an amazing opportunity for students to use the Touch Develop software to work their way through 6, 9, 12, or 18 weeks of curriculum. "The Creative Coding Through Games And Apps (CCGA) curriculum provides … Continue reading Microsoft: Creative Coding through Games and Apps