March
08
2016

Lessons from an Uber Ride

Traveling often, Uber has become a regular mode of transportation for me. I often enjoy talking to the drivers and hearing their story. Many stories – and the lives of the people – have been fascinating. For instance, last December while in San Diego, my wife and I had the privilege of r...

January
29
2016

3 New Tools to Support Your Digital Conversion

This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Each January, thousands travel to Orlando, Florida to take part in the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), one of the nation’s best edtech related learning opportunities for educators. Showing a growing t...

June
25
2014

This One’s for You, Grandpa!

I can remember bouncing on your lap when I was about three. I remember the silly gifts you’d give, your incredible sense of humor, your amazing model of how to be a father and grandfather, and how to this day, I consider you the most brilliant man I’ve ever known. I remember your hugs and kisses; yo...

June
07
2014

5 Key Takeaways from #edcampusa

The energy at the end of the day was infectious.  To hear Emily Davis from the US Department of Education speak with such passion about what had occurred at the DOE that day was both encouraging and inspiring.  In lieu of the traditional edcamp smackdown to wrap up the day, 100 educators from around...

January
22
2014

Let’s Not Lose Perspective

They were floating in the water when I first saw them — the paintings of my three-year-old girl. Once a moment of pride and jubilation, now wading in the water that stretched from side to side of my home. It’s an image I’ll never forget and one of the most difficult moments of my life. A few hours e...

December
05
2013

Five “Can’t Miss” Twitter Chats

Each week educators from around the world engage in meaningful conversations on Twitter. Twitter chats have connected educators globally and transformed the way many view professional development. Currently, there are over 200 of these chats, which range in topic, participants, and purpose.  An up-t...

October
18
2013

Professional Development: Let’s Work Together

It was sitting at a breakfast meeting three years ago with a colleague in a neighboring school district and my close friend, Rich Kiker (@rkiker) that it hit me. Rich and I were discussing needs in our home districts, plans moving forward, effective aspects of our professional development, and how t...

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