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Oh No. Not Another Tech PD.

I’m used┬áto teaching at tech conferences. Teaching at a tech conference is like standing in front of a group of children holding a handful of candy; they are hanging on your every word, and they know that when you’re done talking, they’re going to have something SWEET to take home. They’re the best audiences; they’re

Ouch

Student: Ms. Z, you don’t really look like that. Me: I’m exhibiting my stellar Photoshop skills. Student. Oh. You’re REALLY good then.

Blogging Buddies & Twitter Chats

As the school year wraps up, I try to reflect on what worked and what didn’t. This year, I made a huge effort to grow outside of my comfort zone; I needed to network. But where do you start? The education scene is FULL of amazing people doing incredible things, but as a teacher, it’s

Adobe Teacher Resources

If you’re a teacher who has to teach Adobe products, it can be pretty overwhelming. There used to be a real lack of education-level resources; everything was targeted at the professional designer. But as the popularity of Photoshop has risen from a niche job to a necessary skill, so have the resources for the classroom.

Quill.org – Writing exercises made easy

I can’t imagine what it’s like to bring home a stack of essays to grade. I have great respect for English teachers. That’s why I was super excited when I tripped across this website, Quill. The concept is simple; teach kids to join simple sentences into complex ideas. But they didn’t stop there; they added

White on Rice

Sometimes, as a tech leader, I recognize that my “trainings” aren’t always high on the list of everyone’s favorite thing to do. It’s hard not to take it personally when certain teachers walk in and say, “All right, let’s get this over with.” *sigh* It’s really difficult not to attempt to justify your presentation; it’s

Snooze-Proof Professional Development

I’m going to assume that if you’re reading this, you’re probably tech-savvy. And if you’re tech-savvy, you probably get asked to pitch new technology to your co-workers pretty often. And we all know how much teachers LOVE professional development. Powerpoint presentations are my instant cure for insomnia, not to mention most of the content in

Tinkering

Many teachers have told me, “Oh, we don’t teach tech, so there’s no reason to talk about 3D printing.” If you think that, you’re wrong. One of our biggest challenges is getting kids to get engaged with our subject matter. 3D printing encourages a boatload of desirable qualities: critical thinking, problem solving, & a bunch