Staff Development vs. Professional Learning

Teachers across the world are required each year to complete a specific number of hours of "professional" or "staff development." Many times they are all funneled into a single room where they everyone is presented with the same topic, strategy, or technology tool. This is a very over generalized way ...
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Non-Traditional Instructional Days for Inclement Weather

West Virginia has made a change in the state law in relation to school instructional days and inclement weather. The changes in the law provide for school districts to provide Non-Traditional Instructional (NTI) days. These days provide for students to complete assignments as part of a "Snow Packet" from home ...
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Why Should I Be a Connected Educator?

As the Internet has become more and more pervasive in our everyday lives educators from around the world have been looking for ways to harness this to continue their professional growth outside of the traditional professional development that their districts and schools have provided. This has led to the growth ...
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Getting Started with Office 365

Microsoft's Office 365 Education is an amazing platform that provides a lot of useful features and tools to educators and students. Great tools like Teams, OneNote, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Learning Tools, Forms, Skype for Business, Sway, Outlook, and OneDrive provide a robust suite that can have an immediate impact in ...
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Fall 2018 Announcements

It’s the time of the year for a short break, but I also have a few announcements in regards to both the Randall Black Show and EdTech Shorts ...
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#EdCampNSV

#EdCampNSV On September 22, 2018 #EdCampNSV was hosted at Johnson-Williams Middle School in Berryville, VA. Following up the event, I was able to sit down with four other educators at the event and reflect a bit on the things we experienced during the day. The four educators joining me for ...
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32 Down & A Lot More To Go w/Steve Freeman

32 Down & A Lot More To Go Steve Freeman is a veteran educator with 32 years of classroom experience in West Virginia. He currently teaches AP Government and AP Psychology at Huntington High School (HHS) in Huntington, WV. He previously taught at Elkview Junior High/Middle and Capital High Schools ...
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MADPD – Making Tech Disappear

MADPD – Making Tech Disappear On May 6, 2018 I was fortunate to take part in a session as a part of MADPD hosted by Shane Lawrence (Twitter) of The Ed Podcast (Ed – Conversations About the Teaching Life). Joining us in the session were Kasey Bell (Twitter, Website, Google ...
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Believe! Achieve! Motivate! w/Jimmy Clayton (Part 2)

Believe! Achieve! Motivate! Today’s episode features Part 2 of my discussion with Jimmy Clayton (Twitter, LinkedIn), a retired educator and coach who spent 35 years working for Cabell County Schools in WV. He is the founder of Sports City U, a previous shooting consultant with the NBA’s New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets ...
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Believe! Achieve! Motivate! w/Jimmy Clayton (Part 1)

Believe! Achieve! Motivate! Jimmy Clayton (Twitter, LinkedIn) is a retired educator and coach. He spent 35 years working for Cabell County Schools in WV at Huntington East, Huntington, and Cabell Midland High Schools. In October 1992 he founded Sports City U, the United States’ first year-round basketball player development academy that ...
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