Minecraft: Education Edition

How do we get Minecraft: Education Edition? West Virginia If you’re an educator in West Virginia then you may be aware that in June of 2018, the West Virginia Department of Education was able to license Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE) for ALL (approximately) 300,000 users in our Office 365 tenant. All users have successfully been […]

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As Heard on The Planning Period Podcast…

I had a great opportunity to record with Brad Shreffler (Twitter, Website) of The Planning Period Podcast. Brad and I took part in a MADPD session hosted by Shane Lawrence (Twitter, Podcast) and connected to speak for his podcast. On this episode we discuss “the value of reaching across the silos of our roles and […]

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#Phishing Attempts are Lame

I received these voicemail messages over several months and I thought I would share it. These are some of the lamest attempts I have ever heard at a phishing scam. I sincerely hope that no one has fallen for this garbage and actually been a victim. This one was too obvious to NOT be a […]

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Advice for New Technology Integration Specialists (TISs)

After a quick exchange with a colleague on Twitter, I thought I would share my advice for anyone taking on a role as a Technology Integration Specialist (TIS). The Three Types of Teachers Prepare for, what I call, the three types of teachers in regards to technology. I wrote about this previously in a reflection […]

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Ways to “Filter” YouTube in the Classroom

YouTube is a tremendous site that offers up so much great, and sometimes not-so-great, content that can be used in the classroom. The problem is that there can be ads and links to other videos that may not be the best for the classroom. There are a few ways that you can combat this and […]

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#WordCrimes

Previously I had incorporated a music video from “Weird Al” Yankovic into my classroom teaching.  The video for his parody of Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA,” “Party at the CIA” allowed me, in a very humorous way, to introduce the concept of the CIA and what they did in their early years when teaching […]

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Pecha Kucha, What a Novel Idea!

As I was doing research and preparing for an upcoming professional development session I will be presenting at the end of July, I came across something that I was completely unfamiliar with.  The Pecha Kucha Presentation. The name stuck out to me so much that I had to investigate it further.  In that investigation I […]

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