Community Engagement Project: my story+your story=our story

Background to Community Engagement Project The Community Engagement Project seems to have coincided with a pivotal and defining time for…

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Rewarding the Process Develops Student Resilience

Yesterday I sat at the piano and played through the whole of Strauss’ Emperor’s Waltz. It’s a beautiful piece when…

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Locate, Evaluate and Curate Information

This post addresses ISTE student Standard 3 Knowledge Constructor which requires students to critically curate a variety of resources using…

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My journey to remote learning

Introduction The last project in my SPU masters degree in Digital Education Leadership (DEL) program is to apply the lessons I have learned to my classroom.  I am working on this practicum at the same time that the world is experiencing the Coronavirus pandemic in early 2020.  As a result of the pandemic, all the…

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Studying Stonehenge & Preparing Students for the Future

For SPU’s Digital Ed Leadership Program elective course, EDCT 5605 Inquiry-based Learning, the module 1 investigation question is: What is inquiry-based learning? Why should you do it? Using the ISTE Student Standards as a framework for further inquiry, my guiding question is: How can inquiry-based learning prepare students for the future? When my son was […]

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Backwards design: Antiderivatives (Individual project)

For our individual projects this quarter, we each re/designed a lesson plan using Backwards Design (BD) (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005). I have yet to teach a college math class, so unsurprisingly, I have never designed a lesson plan for a college math class before. Though I do frequently daydream about it… And for some reason I … Continue reading “Backwards design: Antiderivatives (Individual project)”

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Collapse Project: Integrating Jared Diamond’s Five Point Framework AND Technology Into the Classroom

Jared Diamond’s treatise on environmental damage and societal collapse is a landmark work on societal issues facing the world today. As such, it makes a fantastic teaching tool for my 12th grade current world problems class, and I’ve been using the book as a text for several years now.  For my digital education leadership class, … Continue reading “Collapse Project: Integrating Jared Diamond’s Five Point Framework AND Technology Into the Classroom”

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Spreading the News: New Computer Science Framework and ISTE Students Standards

Administrators at the district and school level are instrumental in the successful pursuit and implementation of educational technology initiatives. As an instructional technology specialist demonstrating and applying the ISTE Coaching Standards, it’s a responsibility to help bridge all stakeholders to create a technology rich professional learning program. Exploring ISTE Coaching Standard 4: Professional Development and […]

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Bunco and MATLAB (Module 4, Computational thinker)

“One,” they say in approximate unison. “One.” “One. Two. Three. …Eight! Nine!” “One. Two. BUNCO!!!” they scream, with a curious comradery considering they’re playing against each other. “Nooo!” the other tables tease. “What was your score? Sweet, I’m the loser!” Once a month, my extended family gets together to play a game called Bunco. See … Continue reading “Bunco and MATLAB (Module 4, Computational thinker)”

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Living in the Mystery: Ambiguity and Open-Ended Questions and ISTE Standard #4

  “But I Just Want to Know the Right Answer!” Teaching is a delicate balancing act. On the one hand, we have to help our students understand content, but on the other, we have to help our students become better thinkers.  Sometimes, these goals seem contradictory.  The quote above was a frustrated response I got … Continue reading “Living in the Mystery: Ambiguity and Open-Ended Questions and ISTE Standard #4”

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