Summer is here, like many educators, we look at the days of the 3 other Rs: Refuel, Recharge, and Read. Summer was always a time of reading for me, back to the day where I would sit on the front porch in summer reading comic books or the latest novel that caught my interest. In the Summer of 2014, something drastic happened, as many of you know as the school year came to a close in 2014 I was feeling burned out. I wasn’t feeling very motivated, I was more of an administrator than teacher and I would go into my office and just look at my screen after finishing paper work and go: “Now what?” However, it was that Spring I discovered Teach like a Pirate by Dave Burgess and things completely changed. I found a re-ignition of passion and began buying every book that would be released by Dave Burgess Consulting Inc and they became my constant PD books during the summer. In the past two months thanks to Dave and Shelly Burgess, Jay Billy, Wendy Hankins and some well timed Amazon Gift Cards. I started my Summer of 2018 reading list in early May of a whopping 8 books. I’m here to give a brief review of them, what I found amazing about each one and a little sneak peak at home I’m using them in the classroom this upcoming school year as I begin building the Classroom of Pixels (#PixelClassroom).
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Last night I was having a problem falling asleep, so I was doing some work on a new lesson I want to introduce to my students after Spring Break. Just then, I saw a notification go off on one of my Donors Choose Facebook Groups that I belong to. I had seen on my Donors Choose Page earlier in the evening that it was down and that there was some large announcement happening on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. I figured it was similar to what had happened before when Colbert was partnering with Donors Choose to help so many teachers and their students get needed supplies, equipment, ect. I was in complete shock when I saw that Ripple announced to Founder and CEO, Charles Best that Ripple had funded every SINGLE Donors Choose project, which over 35,000 projects and 29 million dollars. I couldn’t believe it! Continue reading “Thank you Ripple and Donors Choose for giving my Students a Voice”
A few days ago, I was exploring some new hashtags I had been seeing on Twitter and Google+ and I had noticed that they had really caught on in the social media community. However, there were two that had several postings, but weren’t being used by others much. I actually reached out to one of them saying it was a cool new community reach. They said; “You are the first one to respond to it.” “I’ve been doing it for close to eight months now, but I’m keeping it alive.” I also responded that I have started a few myself and only two have really caught on in the last few years. They then asked me, why we still do it. Which was a really good question.
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The other day I said I was going to start remodeling my office to be more inviting to students and staff alike. While I planned on doing this slowly over the next few weeks. As they say, time waits for no man and I ended up getting an earlier start due to an accident occurring during some regular checks, such as my entire shelf collapsing (don’t worry, I’m OK). So, after a few hours of moving, cataloging, archiving and a few other things here is the start to my remodel.
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This past Saturday, I attended EdCamp Chicago in Elmhurst at Churchville Middle School. A school I once played at during my Middle School Basketball days about 24 years ago (I’m old). I had the great pleasure of hanging with my state line Pirate Crew of Michael Matera, Andrea Kornowski, Carrie Baughcum, Josh Gauthier, and Rebecca Gauthier. Edcamps are fantastic to go to. They are a true un-conferience organized by awesome people like: Joy Kirr, Steve Wick, Maria Stavropoulos, Chris Skrzypchak and Carrie Baughcum and her daughter, Tricia. The opening to EdCamp Chicago was a Yoga session at the begnning, no … Continue reading My Trip to Edcamp Chicago
I was putting together some Plickers ideas when I was looking over some notes from Paul Solarz Learn Like a Pirate book. I love it when students create their own assessments and reflections and what I wanted to do was create something fun with my Comics in the Classroom and take advantage of not only wearable technology but also with social networks and teaching good digital citizenship. 1. Have students create one question each on what makes their favorite hero a hero. Have them turn in their questions to the teacher. 2. Have the teacher make up a Plickers assessment … Continue reading Post what makes a hero
First set of Teach like a Pirate App Dice. These App and Tech Dice are designed to work with the creation and uses of Teach like a Pirate. There will be more sets to come. Enjoy. Continue reading Teach like a Pirate App Dice set
I have updated my iPad screen for the Fall of 2014. In this video I explain my choices and how the One Screen works. Continue reading My iPad One Screen for Fall of 2014
Hello everyone, I was introduced last night to the Jamstik which is a guitar controller designed to interface with the iPad, iPhone, and Mac, giving you the ability to use all of the nuances of guitar playing to control your favorite music creation iOS apps or Mac software. At just over 15″ long, the jamstik is built to fit the form factor of your mobile device to fit your mobile lifestyle – where your iPad goes the jamstik can follow with ease. What a great device and it works perfect with Garageband. Of course, I had to Tech Smash this and … Continue reading Makey Makey a Jamstik Concert
Hello Everyone, I wanted to talk today about some of the educator blogs that I follow. Do you know the best type of PD (Professional Development) comes from people like you and me? There are tons of educators in technology that know how to network and share their great ideas for the classroom with others. I want to share my top 5 Blogs/Websites that I follow and look up constantly. Learning in Hand by Tony Vincent No big surprise here, Tony Vincent is doing incredible teaching when it comes to technology in the classroom or anything else related. With his … Continue reading The Top 5 Blogs I follow and you Should Too