Level Up Gmail With Labs 

Despite significant advances in digital technologies, email continues to be a dominant communication tool used in virtually every industry, including education. Fortunately for Gmail users, there are loads of tricks designed to alleviate some of the stress associated with a flooded inbox. Some of the lesser known Gmail organization tools can be found in Labs. Gmail labs are experimental features

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10 Edtech Tools Teachers Can Use Tomorrow (Literally)

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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What Could Be Better Than The #BammyAwards?

Roughly two weeks ago I was checking the updates section of my inbox from my phone and noticed a message from Rae Pica. The portion of the message I saw read: “Jennifer L. Scheffer has been nominated for a Bam…” “Congratulations, Jennifer L. Scheffer has been…” I thought, “What…? Huh…?” I opened the email and continued reading. “Congratulations, Jennifer L. Scheffer has

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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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Daring to Disconnect

“Don’t use your cellphone for the next hour” This was the “Dare” card I randomly drew at the TED Active Dine Around event on Wednesday, March 18th. I couldn’t help but laugh. My phone was dead, the wi-fi was weak and I was with brilliant company, so it really wasn’t a challenging dare. I disconnected for the majority of my time in

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Lessons in Digital Citizenship from Monica Lewinsky

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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Digital Learning Day is Over…Now What?

If you took the time to understand what Digital Learning Day truly stands for, then you know it wasn’t about a single day, nor was it exclusively about technology. And it certainly wasn’t a technological dog and pony show. Digital Learning Day’s partnering organizations including the Center for Digital Learning Policy, the Alliance for Excellent Education and Project 24 provide in-depth resources on a wide

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The Best Social Network You’re Not Using (Yet)

I’m excited to serve as a guest moderator for tonight’s official #gafechat which was founded by Kelly Fitzgerald. Tonight I’ll be joining Kelly from 8:00-9:00 CST and leading a discussion on using Google+ for social learning. Below are my tips on how to get started with the best social network you’re not (yet) using. You can access tonight’s questions by clicking here.  1. Create

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