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20 Nov 2014
  Congratulations to two of our teachers who will be honored at the 10th annual Exceptional Teacher Award Program for TIES (Technology and Information Educational Services). Brendan McNally (high school) and Natalie Weatherman (Pearson 6th Grade Center) will be recognized for having a positive impact on student learning through technology on Tuesday, December 9th at the annual technology conference. “We have so many great and exciting things happening in the area of Technology Integration throughout our district,” said JP Jacobson, Director of Technology.  “Natalie and Brendan have contributed to this not only through what they do in their own classroom and media center,…
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16 Nov 2014
I made a few changes to how I communicate with parents this year. After conferences this week, I received more positive feedback than I ever have about the emails I send and information I give. Each week on Sunday afternoon (usually as I'm sulking after a Vikings game), I send an email to parents and students. I keep it incredibly short and to the point. I also usually attach links to additional information or attachments. Many parents commented that they know when and what to expect via email so they check their email on Sunday evenings knowing that they have…
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06 Nov 2014
Thinking back to the video we were shown at our full district staff development day, one thing in particular has stuck with me after a full quarter of the school year:   Learning is the constant and time is the variable.   My thought? Easier said than done.   Prior to becoming a Digital Learning Coach last year, I wanted all five of my sections of Social Studies to be in lockstep. I wanted each hour of the day to be in the same place at the end of the day. It was so much easier to manage my classes…
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14 Oct 2014
I love Padlet. A lot.   Padlet is a tool that has so many possible uses, is very simple to use, easy to share, collaborative, and can be accessed on any web-enabled device. The creators of Padlet describe it as “paper for the web,” but it’s a whole lot more than that! Think of it as an online bulletin board that anyone can post to. Each post can have a weblink, a picture, and text. Posts can be arranged in a grid, stream that moves up and down, or freeform (which can get messy). You can change the background to…
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