I just sat down at the Blogger's cafe´at ISTE 2016 amongst some common Twitter acquaintances known as the #Educolor movement. Their mission is to close the diversity gap in Educational Technology by raising awareness across the country. — Joan McCullough (@Jovan367) June 28, 2016 It's funny. I've been thinking about the diversity gap since I've been in Denver … Continue reading Get Out of Your Own Way: Closing the Diversity Gap in EdTech
Relationships mean everything in this business. Several teachers are taking it all in at the high schools in Bertie County! This is the first official spotlight in The Teacher's Lounge and I've got to tell you, this man is a trailblazer. He's the kind of teacher you pray your own child gets assigned to.
Digital Collaboration for Learning In this day and age, educators must take responsibility for their own professional growth. Taking time to fully develop your personal learning environment (PLE) and your personal learning network (PLN) is tantamount to attending state conferences, local workshops, and edcamps, and the price is right! How many times have you been asked, … Continue reading Professional Development 365: Personalize Your Learning
Students at Bertie Early College High School are reluctantly taking the plunge into the blogosphere. We're also asking a few to ditch the old spiral pads and create digital notebooks. Among them are a few kids who can see the benefits of it, and are excited about what it means for their writing. I feel a bit like a dentist in some cases, but there's one young lady who is embracing the idea.
We all know it...it's very difficult sometimes to get high school students excited about writing (and almost anything else these days). We proved this week however, that once you give them a voice, add a dash of guidance, and a splash of technology... viola! We've got kids writing like crazy at one high school.
Sharing simple tools for keeping up with endless bookmarks (Diigo), anotating and saving texts for later (Evernote, Clearly), or creating the world's best blogs (WordPress, of course!) can mount up, and it's easy to lose track! So to stay organized, I decided to expand to a web hosting site that I've grown to love:
I walked into the media center at Bertie STEM High School in Windsor, North Carolina and saw the most beautiful thing: Children were making presentations to their peers about something great they learned, and the product they created! The presenters were all well versed in robotics, and were proficient in controlling its actions. I thought to myself, people need to know that there are some GREAT things going on in Bertie County! So here we are.
Lots of teachers across America have inverted their classrooms, and have found tremendous success doing so. I'm here to tell you what tools they're using and where to find them. This post is also for those who still need convincing that 21st Century Learning encompasses much more than online research.
The thought recently occurred to me that in order to prepare our students for the future, school districts have to implement social media technology into the curriculum. Recently, one of my eleventh grade anatomy students (we'll call him Andy) raised his hand to be acknowledged and said frankly, "Mrs. McCullough, you do know that today's … Continue reading Are Schools Losing the Social Media Race?