January
29
2018

300+ Digital Tools Crowdsourced by Educators #LT8Keys

Simply put, educators are some of the most dynamic, creative, brilliant people on the planet. When we work alone, our effectiveness will be capped at our own potential. When we work together, our brilliance will only be capped by our own egos and pride. So how can we best leverage our collective exp...

October
14
2017

No. Your 3D Printer Does Not Make You Innovative.

Few will disagree that over the past few years the notion of 3D printing in schools has gained incredible steam. It’s certainly one of the latest bandwagons. Scan social media on any given day and you’ll find end users pridefully holding the latest “cool” print in the palm of...

March
24
2017

Why EdTech Initiatives Fail (…and a support to help!)

Over the past decade, as school district budgets have remained relatively stagnant, spending on educational technology has continued to accelerate. In working with district leaders across the nation, I can point to countless bright spots, where technology is supporting the acceleration of student le...

August
21
2016

17 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools®, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. During my time as a public school employee, I’d oc...

June
27
2016

What does the Effective Use of EdTech Look Like?

This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Over the past decade, most school budgets have remained stagnant, yet spending in educational technology has climbed to record levels, with no sign of slowing in the near future. In a report entitled, “Technology in Ed...

June
08
2016

9 Steps for Choosing a Device

     This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Having worked with almost 500 school districts and 3,000 school leaders over the past year, I’ve often been asked, “What type of devices should we buy?” The problem with this question, is that quite often this is...

January
12
2016

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. From Providence, Rhode Island to Phoenix, Arizona, I’ve had the privilege to travel and work with over 2,300 district leaders from almost 500 school districts over the past year through the Future Ready Initiative. Regardless o...

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