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Let’s Get Real: Reflections on the First National Digital Citizenship Summit

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On Saturday, October 3rd I joined the country’s leading experts on K-12 digital citizenship education and presented at the first annual National Digital Citizenship Summit. Thanks to Digital Citizenship Summit founders Marialice Curran and David Polgar, I shared my experience teaching high school students how to use modern tools to create their digital identities and be competitive in our global economy.

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Leading Digital Change on October 3rd

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In less than three weeks, thanks to Dr. Marialice Curran and David Ryan Polgar, I’ll be joining the country’s leading digital citizenship experts, including members of the #digcit Twitter chat moderation team, and will present at the nation’s first Digital Citizenship Summit at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT. I’m honored to have the opportunity to shape

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4 Tips for Future Ignite Speakers

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I’m speaking first???!!! Are you kidding me? When I submitted my ISTE Ignite proposal, “Creating A Student Tech Team to Support Your 1:1 Environment,” I honestly didn’t think it would be accepted. ISTE receives between 600-700 Ignite talk submissions, so in my mind it was a long shot, but I figured why not give it a try? I was filled

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Back Stage At TEDX: Reflections From a First Time Organizer

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The 2014-2015 school year was filled with incredible opportunities and professional learning experiences, and I’ve blogged about all of them. However, the best learning experience of the entire year, the one I’m most proud to share, took place on my home turf of Burlington; it was the epitome of youth and adults collaborating to create something real and unforgettable. I’m speaking of the first ever TEDxYouth@BHS

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Is Google Classroom Working? 8 Teachers Share Their Insight


I recently sat down with 8 of my colleagues at Burlington High School for a candid conversation about Google Classroom. I wasn’t surprised to hear that Classroom has had a significant impact on workflow and communication with students. Below is a summary of what Burlington teachers had to say: English teacher Krista Roberts has been using Classroom since September. She

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10 Edtech Tools Teachers Can Use Tomorrow (Literally)

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When recommending digital tools to teachers in my district, I often lean towards those which can be integrated almost immediately. Educators want to focus on pedagogy and student learning, very few wish to spend time teaching the technology. My colleagues appreciate apps and web 2.0 tools that are intuitive, increase their productivity, promote student creativity and enhance communication. Confidence levels rise and more risks are taken

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An Inside Look at the Future Ready Movement


It was an honor to receive an invitation to attend the Future Ready Summit in Rhode Island and represent Burlington Public Schools as a local area expert. I had the opportunity to share the success of Burlington’s student run Help Desk and talk with school leaders about how they can develop a similar program to support their own 1:1 initiative. I

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Lessons in Digital Citizenship from Monica Lewinsky

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I recently returned from the TED Active conference in Whistler, Canada  where I had the distinct honor of learning alongside 700 other attendees. I listened in awe and at times disbelief to some of the world’s most innovative thought leaders who shared their ideas on a variety of topics. Several of my favorite talks included: What if 3D printing was 100x faster? by John

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