Category Archives: Technology

Tall Poppies And Google Teacher Academy

It was from my Australian friends that I learned the phrase “Tall Poppy Syndrome“.* So it’s somewhat appropriate that I try to write about my time at Google Teacher Academy in Sydney with a measure of humility and gratitude and … Continue reading

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A Teacher Thinking Visibly

See, Think, Wonder Back in February, I signed up to take the Making Thinking Visible course offered through Harvard Project Zero. I had seen the teachers in the elementary school at YIS go through the class and heard how they … Continue reading

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Rewards of Learning

Every single professional success or accolade has started with me wanting to learn something new. Every single time I have said “Let’s try it and see what happens” I have been showered with the opportunities. I applied for the Google … Continue reading

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7th Graders (And One Teacher) Learning with Minecraft

Grade 7 seems like the wrong grade to pilot using Minecraft as a learning tool. This is an age where real-world interactions are difficult enough and empathy is sometimes lacking due to the fact that their bodies are rushed with … Continue reading

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End-of-year Review

At the start of the school year, I wrote a post with New (School) Year’s resolutions. They promise me that the school year is ending this week, so it seemed like a good time to reflect on my year. Keep … Continue reading

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Learning how to be citizens in a digital world.

I live my life very aware I’m an American living in a¬†foreign¬†culture. I have spent much of my life living in countries different than my own and trying to figure out how they work. Some aspects of living in Japan … Continue reading

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A simple step #beyondlaptops

One the reasons being a teacher suits my personality is that every day I have to put aside theory/debate/abstract thought and just teach. There is no more procrastinating when the bell rings and there are dire consequences* if I am … Continue reading

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You can’t stop the beat

There has been so much going on at YIS that I haven’t had a clue where to start blogging. Beyond Laptops conference? Digital Citizenship Week? Moving into the instructor role of COETAIL? * There have been so many sincere, intense … Continue reading

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Students Inspiring Action and Creating Awareness

The Assignment: Working in small groups or individually, you need to create something that communicates to people what you learned about modern-day Child Labor. It can inspire ACTION or it can CREATE awareness. You have freedom to ask a question … Continue reading

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Two Ways to Connect: Cambodia and Flat Classroom

In the month of February, I have traveled 27,324 kilometers with students. I have spent 16 days with students in places far from my classrooms on two separate trips*. I have eaten every meal, survived lay-overs, and joked around with … Continue reading

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