This blog is a space for reflections and presentation / workshop feedback. My primary blog is "Moving at the Speed of Creativity," accessible on

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

We Need Laptops for Students Now!

We need laptops in schools to help students develop good digital literacy skills. We also need to use digital curriculum which can meet student needs better than just 1 textbook. My presentation is available on Google Docs.

Petcha Kutcha: Why We Need 1:1 Now

I selected this topic because I am passionate about our need for digital literacy and digital citizenship in schools, and our students need laptops now.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

T4T Posts and VoiceThreads to Share

Here are a variety of posts and VoiceThreads from our T4T classmates which are worth sharing and discussing!

Blog reflection examples:

Russell, Jennifer (section 62)
(great, thorough post and reflection following the rubric!)

Also from Jennifer
(great example of links to comments)

Smith, Laura
(great links to comments)

Dawn Weeks
(one of the best reflections to date!)

Brooke Switzer
(example of blogging impact!)

VoiceThreads to discuss:

Slutzky, Michael
(missing some links, but great overall)

Darden, Kayleigh
(some links to flickr profile instead of actual photo)

Ottinger, Lauren
(important to talk about copyright here, can't duplicate entire book for fair use)

Hanna, Christine
(Great use of images, text-only comments)

Seward, Felisha
(has me convinced to go on a cruise!)

section 63

Andrea Haynes

Rosado, Adrian
(great how-to, doesn't let public comments tho)

Richard Weeks
(great photos, might want to include "home grown media" or image tho)

Poole, Audra
(great documentation of pregnancy!)

Switzer, Brooke
(great story of summer program impact)

Levy, Darlene
(great story of Iraq deployment, needs title and description tho)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Learning can be hard

I left the following as a comment on one of our T4T student blogs today. The student's reflection was:
For me this video was way too long to really take anything away from. I felt like I already knew most of the stuff they brought up so I didn't really gain anything from the video. I already knew that there were a tons of apps for almost anything you could possibly need. If it were about half a long I would probably have been able to take something away from it but it was just too long. I would never show this to any of my students because if they were anything like me they would think it was a snoozefest

My response was:

What an incredible disappointment your post is, Sarah, as well as your willingness to WORK HARD to learn something new. Learning is not always easy! Everything worth knowing isn't going to come to you in a 2 minute video on YouTube.

It doesn't even sound like you watched the entire video. If I gave you a quiz right now on the content, I wonder if you would pass? OF COURSE everyone knows "there are a lot of apps out there to do stuff." That was not the point of this assignment. The point was for you to spend time and learn some SPECIFIC new tools, websites, and applications which you can apply now and in the future as a K-12 teacher.

Your assignment this week asked you to share AT LEAST ONE of those tools discussed in the video, and explain both what it is and how it can be used to support student learning inside and outside of the classroom. You did not do this in your reflection, so I'll ask the question again. Before I do, however, it sounds like you need to watch this entire video. Take notes. Pay attention. Don't go to sleep. Learning can be hard work, don't expect it to be easy.

The question is: What is one of the tools Joyce discusses in this video that you think you could use or your students could use in their classes? How can it be used and why would it be helpful? Please be specific in your answer, and include hyperlinks to the resources you cite/discuss.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

VoiceThread on The Lightning Thief

Last week, Sarah and I were in St Louis and we created a VoiceThread about the book and movie, "The Lightning Thief."

My VoiceThread Assignment

This is my VoiceThread assignment, about Rachel's book, "The Night Before Valentine's Day."

Thursday, January 28, 2010

My VoiceThread about Severe Weather

This is a VoiceThread digital story I created about severe weather.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

SNL Election Clips

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Questions for today's NECC presentation

Are there any questions you would like to ask and have addressed at the conclusion of our NECC 2007 presentation today (on 26 July 2007) about school 2.0?

Links to referenced resources as well as an audio podcast (which I'll add after the session) are available on