Tag: technology

  • Storychasing Graduation

    This weekend, we traveled to Oklahoma City to celebrate our middle daughter Sarah’s college graduation. In this post, I’d like to share a little bit about my current workflow for using my iPhone to document and share important family events like this. “Storychasing” is a term I’ve been using for years, which refers to using…

  • 2003 K-12 Classroom Technology Integration: Pre-YouTube and Pre-Smartphone

    This week I’ve been working on a Family Media Timeline project, using the amazing (and free) Timeline Tool from the Knight Foundation (@knightfdn) to create an interactive website our family and friends can use to browse through iMovies and Flickr photo albums dating back to 2000, right after iMovie was first released by Apple. In…

  • Glimpse the Future with Amy Webb @amywebb (Thanks @TWiT)

    The last couple days I’ve been listening to the latest TWiT podcast, hosted by Leo LaPorte (@leolaporte) and featuring guests Amy Webb (@amywebb) and Greg Ferro (@etherealmind). Wow have I ever loved their conversation and the insights they shared on a variety of topics including AI, the ascendency of China, Amazon, EU anti-trust law, and…

  • The Mobile Storyteller of North Canton City Schools, Ohio

    Today at the 2018 Ohio Educational Technology Conference, I was interviewed following my breakout session by a the amazing student broadcast journalism team from North Canton City Schools, Ohio. After their interview of me, I turned the camera and microphone around (using my iPad) and documented a short tour of the AMAZING “Mobile Storyteller” production studio…

  • Things I’m Learning about HDMI Cables

    I’ve learned and am still learning some important lessons about HDMI cables as a school technology director. Unlike older VGA cables used with many classroom projectors in the past, HDMI cables can carry both video AND audio signals. VGA cables required the use of a separate (usally 1/8th inch) audio cable when playing videos or…

  • Disclosure Statements, EdTech Ambassador Programs and Digital Citizenship

    Natasha Singer’s (@natashanyt) September 2017 article in the New York Times, “Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues,” presented an imbalanced view of relationships and agreements between classroom teachers and educational technology companies. It also highlighted topics which need to be discussed and possibly acted on by educators active on social media, however. In this…

  • 30 Reasons I Love Teaching Elementary STEM

    This is my 20th year in education but my second year back in the classroom, teaching STEM full-time to 610 4th and 5th graders at Independence Elementary in Yukon, Oklahoma. Our STEM program is very unique, since it’s in the “specials “rotation for all students that also includes PE, Music and Art. This is the…

  • Attend a Summer 2015 iPad Media Camp in June, July or August

    Summer 2015 will be my fourth year to present and lead 3 day iPad Media Camp professional development workshops. This summer iPad Media Camp will be offered six times, and three of these sessions are open for public registration. These include: 17-19 June 2015 (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) 20-22 July 2015 (Olathe, Kansas) 3-5 August 2015 (Manhattan, Kansas)…

  • STEM, iPad & Google Workshops in June 2015

    Dates and locations for my summer educational workshops and presentations are getting finalized at last. A couple things have changed in the past few weeks which have affected scheduling. Since my wife was selected as a “lead” 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, which includes a free day at ISTE, I’ll be attending HackEd this year on…

  • Mourning the Untimely Death of Gigaom

    Since mid-2013, the website Gigaom has been one of my primary “go-to” sources for technology news and trends. The only other technology website I’ve visited directly, on a regular basis, is Ars Technica. Both Gigaom and Ars Technica are among the 118 technology blog feeds I’m subscribed to and check periodically via a feed reader.  About…