Event Debrief: EdRev 2015

This was my fifth -- fifth! -- year at EdRev and it was maybe the best one yet. I'm so grateful to my gracious hosts at PEN for inviting me to speak and for welcoming me so warmly back to my west coast home in SF. Here are some highlights from my trip. The keynote … Continue reading Event Debrief: EdRev 2015

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School Visit Debrief: Elizabeth Forward School District

This week, I had the opportunity to visit an amazing, innovative leader in technology in our region: Elizabeth Forward School District. EFSD has received regional and national recognition for its innovations, including inclusion as a member of the League of Innovative Schools and the designation as an Apple Distinguished School. The district hosts free events like … Continue reading School Visit Debrief: Elizabeth Forward School District

Assistive Technology for Dyslexia

I attended a great webinar today sponsored by the amazing people at Learning Ally. Connecticut-based assistive technology consultant and trainer Jamie Martin was the presenter, and he did a terrific talk about different technology to support dyslexic students as they write. I loved one of the first things he mentioned: while these tools will be especially … Continue reading Assistive Technology for Dyslexia

Dispatches from the K-8 Universe: Apps at CES and SHB

I got a great message last week from Krista Inchausti, one of our school's Educational Innovation Coordinators. Krista's role is to help teachers and students in our elementary schools to find creative, innovative educational tools and solutions for their classrooms. This sometimes means offering tips on great technology for the classroom. Here's a list of … Continue reading Dispatches from the K-8 Universe: Apps at CES and SHB

Common Sense Media Appy Hour

On Monday, I had the opportunity to appear on a webcast for Common Sense Media. The "Appy Hour" series gives educators the chance to talk about great educational apps and websites that they've used in their classrooms with great success. I'm a writer and reviewer for Graphite, Common Sense Media's website for educators, and last … Continue reading Common Sense Media Appy Hour

The Week in Links: Terrific resources around the web

One of the things that makes me most thankful to be an educator here in San Francisco is something called BAISLD. The Bay Area Independent Schools Learning Differences group is a community of educators who work with what we like to call "neuro-diverse" learners in the independent schools in our region. Most of us are … Continue reading The Week in Links: Terrific resources around the web

New Reasons to Love Evernote

Today my Twitter feed lit up with posts from Evernote's annual conference here in SF. I'm already on record as a die-hard Evernote fan, which has helped me survive the iOS7 update to the app with a degree of patience I wouldn't have for other apps. (Really? I have to delete and then reinstall the … Continue reading New Reasons to Love Evernote

More Summer Adventures: “An American Reader” goes digital

The current textbook for the eleventh-grade English course isn't a textbook at all. Instead, it's a carefully curated collection of images and texts that introduces our students to the history of American literature. All of this was collected by Karen Randall, now-retired head of the English department. It was a labor of love, to be … Continue reading More Summer Adventures: “An American Reader” goes digital

Today’s Adventure: iPad Workshop with Shelley Haven

I'm back in the Flood Mansion for the next two days in a great workshop led by Shelley Haven, a trainer and consultant who focuses on the use of assistive technology. Her two-day workshop will offer special insights for how to use built-in and specialized apps on the iPads to help all learners learn more … Continue reading Today’s Adventure: iPad Workshop with Shelley Haven