Be an Innovator


β€œHere’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs

Just loving my apple canteen, MacBook pro, & apple’s mission in general. Call me cult all you want, apple allows me to be innovative, & inspires me daily.


Say Hello To The Future


21st century learning —-> Mobile Learning ——> I love words ———> Prezi ——> Pictures of my block 9th grade class from our SIGML mobile learning video entry ————–> Fisher/Frey- Better Learning —————> Go, Go, Go —————-> Ian Axel-This Is The New Year ——–> Camtasia ———–> Screencast ———> combining my ideas, hopes, & beliefs. 

The 21st Century Fluency Project & PBL in an Infowhelmed World


I was inspired by this video a couple months back and just recently went to their website and realized the amount of effective, well organized resources they have readily available for a 21st century teacher. I am currently focusing on this aspect and using it as the outline to create my projects for the upcoming year. This process align’s nicely with PBL which according to Linda-Darling Hammond is defined broadly as ” an approach aimed to enable students to transfer their learning more powerfully to new kinds of situations and problems and to use knowledge more proficiently in performance situations”. This definition is 2-fold for me because where it is defining project-based learning, it is also defining 21st century learning. The interchangeable ability of this definition between the two terms even further proves the importance of project-based learning as a crucial aspect of a 21st century classroom. My PBL planning was also extremely influenced by this post yesterday by @katrinakennett in which she questions how we as 21st century educators can best give our students the audience that they not only deserve but need in their globally connected world. Lastly @nesticos opened the door to defining the distinct differences between cooperative learning & collaborative learning (see her highly informative comment on my collabing on collab post) allowing me to realize how crucial collaboration is, and proving that what most define as classroom collaboration is in fact cooperation. Cooperation is important but to take our students to the necessary places they need to go and to prepare them to adapt to an ever changing, globally interconnected, always-on society effective global collaboration must occur. This is where I believe the answer to the audience question can be answered. Being infowhelmed is a reality but one that should be embraced, sifted through thoroughly, & used effectively because while the amount of information we have swirling around us is overwhelming at times it is growing by the second and we must doing everything we can as educators to give our students the skills they need to thrive. 

I am currently researching an audience Possibility via and a global collaboration possibility through, both of which I would not have been able to find without my infowhelmed PLC I have found through twitter. 

As always, comments, questions, concerns are welcome.  

Collaborating on Collaboration, Summer Plans, & all that jazz.

Collaborative Learning Retreat…the amount of knowledge I received has caused an evernote & blog post to honor the occasion) 
(The 3 main questions our retreat focused on) (via Alabama Best Practices Center! :o) <——- 
1. What do students need to know and be able to do to succeed in college/career?
2. What do teachers need to know and be able to do provide the learning expectations, opportunities, & experiences that will prepare students to succeed in college/career?
3. What can leaders do to create expectations & support to transform their schools into places that value both adult & student learning, where collaboration is the norm for both students & teachers, and where engaging in rigorous instruction occurs in every classroom? 


(some of the main questions since that I have been trying to figure out) 

What does collaboration mean to you? How do we create essential, effective collaboration in the classroom & PLCS? How do we ensure the collaboration is purposeful? 
Things I am working on this summer, post-retreat
-Effective PBL/ IBL projects 
*Powerful Learning- Linda Darling Hammond
-Guided Instruction 
*Better Learning- Fisher & Frey
-Purposeful Classroom Norms
*Focus- John Schmoker 
I am using evernote to work through all 3 of these texts in hopes of creating Guided Instruction lps, purposeful inquiry based projects, quality question sets, PLC topics, & PLC/Classroom Norms (which I hope are similar) 
…please respond with questions, comments and/or concerns πŸ™‚ I am hoping to do 3 different posts on each text and how they have shaped my classroom/plc approach for next year.…    <—— PLC topics Evernote Sharenote link 


Apps I cannot live without in the Classroom

Apps I cannot live without in the classroom…

Schoology- this is the main source I use as my virtual classroom from everything to student blog posts, to live chat discussions, to webquests, to grades. In my opinion Edmodo & Moodle fail in comparison. This site uses a free app & website. 


Evernote- Use the i touch & macbook app as well the website. This takes the “paperless” classroom to a whole new level


Posterous- free blog updater, easily merged by old blogger with this account too! 

Storyrobe/Videolicious/Juxio/Zapd/Xtranormal/Animoto- all of these apps are free (with the exception of storyrobe) & give a lot of efficient, creative & different ways to create projects in the classroom. Great for a PBL summative assessment. I give detailed project checklists with these projects. tweet me for the docs


italk- free voice recorder i touch app & macbook app. Download the macbook app to have students connect wirelessly what they have recorded. Whether students are given an oral response, practicing their debate platform, or voicing ideas this is an extremely useful & efficient app. Also check out amazon for thumb tack mics and/or apple headphones w/ mics both are no more than 3$ each. 


google translate- best free translator app I have found, puts the answer into the student’s hands. Students practice correct pronunciation etc.