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March 31, 2017

Part Two – The Value Add to Online Teaching

March 31, 2017 — Part 2 – Individualized Learning My online learning experience came about as a result of my wanting to get my Masters degree. Because I worked full-time, […]
March 17, 2017

Part One – The Value Add to Online Teaching

March 17, 2017 — The role that online learning has played in my life Online learning and teaching have transformed my educational perspective and role. My next three blog entries […]
March 16, 2017

Hamilton Community Schools – Personal Experience With Exceptional Results

Dave Tebo, superintendent of Hamilton Community Schools (HCS) defines personalization as the ability to offer a variety of rigorous options to students that are wide in scope, flexible, and focused […]
March 3, 2017

BreakoutEDU

March 3, 2017 — “Obstacles, of course, are developmentally necessary: they teach kids strategy, patience, critical thinking, resilience and resourcefulness.” -Naomi Wolf A recent professional development “playdate” introduced me to […]
February 17, 2017

#GoOpen Part 3: Open Moodle Courses

February 17, 2017 — When seeking open resources, may not need to look much further than their current LMS. Due to its open software platform and robust online community, Moodle, […]
February 3, 2017

#GoOpen Part 2: The Classroom Says MOOC

February 3, 2017 — The largest resources in opencourseware are open courses, most of which are defined as MOOCs: massive, open, online courses. Many colleges, such as M IT , […]
January 20, 2017

#GoOpen Part 1: A Global Community for Equity

January 20, 2017 — Due to strains on school budgets, in part to provide adequate technology, schools look for creative ways to cut costs. All levels of education are turning […]
January 6, 2017

The Cave

January 6, 2017 — In the Allegory of the Cave, Plato describes a group of people chained in a cave since birth. They have no view of the outside world, but occasionally […]
January 2, 2017

Center Line Public Schools – Inspiring Student Success and Empowering Leaders

January 2, 2017 — From preschool to eighth grade I attended a traditional public school. The time I spent there was very routine. Every weekday when I woke up and went through […]
December 16, 2016

No Brainer

December 16, 2016 — Through my work with EdTech Specialists, I have become well acquainted with homeschool advocates and families. I have grown to understand why many families choose homeschooling and […]
December 9, 2016

Tools in Tech: A Bag of Tricks

December 9, 2016 — When I consider great tech tools, they fall into two categories, those that save time and those that increase student engagement. This post focuses on those that […]
November 18, 2016

Classroom: Gamified

November 18, 2016 — Once I put my first course online, I began to realize that this could easily look like more like a game than a course. First, I […]
November 11, 2016

MakerSpace – Part 1

November 11, 2016 — Legos, Play-Dough, Tinker Toys, Minecraft, Cardboard Arcade. Children gravitate towards making things. Yet, so much of the school day involves passive learning. Enter the Makerspace. A […]
November 4, 2016

Berrien Springs Public Schools – Not Just a School of Choice… A District of Choices

November 4, 2016 — We all want choices in life. Choices in the food we eat, the careers we choose, the cars we drive, the devices we use, and more. […]
October 28, 2016

Competency Based Assessment with Moodle

October 28, 2016 — I teach middle and high schoolers in ELA. Frequently I hear, “Why do we have to learn this?” or “When am I going to use this?” […]
October 14, 2016

Learning to Read with Video Games

October 14, 2016 — My son begs me to play Pizza Parlor on Roblox. Occasionally, I give in, though the game fails to excite me like it does him. However, […]
September 1, 2016

Homeschool Partnerships: Changing an Educational Landscape

September 1, 2016 — I just listened to the podcast, “Designing Beautiful Places for Learning,” and wanted to make you aware of an amazing movement in Michigan that is changing […]