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will.EM.power

How the idea came to be: Let's get one thing straight before I get started here. I am, by no means, an authority on [any] school policy. I am a rule follower who enjoys the opportunity to bend and mold rules to serve my purpose. No one has asked me to write a...

when life gives you lemons…

  ...grab some tequila and salt! Last week, my husband, Rob (@rlanglands), and I collaboratively posted a discussion debate about whether or not schools should limit a child's access to the web. For that debate, I wrote from my perspective as a 2nd grade teacher...

Showdown in SA

This weekend, our family took an unexpected trip to Zimbabwe. For the most part, we were without internet access but we were not without debate. Over Zambezi beers and views of Victoria Falls, we disputed, argued, and attempted to convince one another of our...

copyright chaos

The problem with copyright rules is that they are confounding. I've spent about an hour trying to understand all the "this then thats" of the copyright flowchart pictured below. I still don't understand if I'm allowed to share it here. It appears as if I can use it...

privacy please

prologue The stories have been plastered all over the internet--adults so fed up with children's behavior that the youth are punished with extreme consequences. You may remember the father who shot up his daughter's laptop because of her Facebook post (see video...

leaving my mark

I Googled myself. Thanks to the tragic and unfortunate stories that usually end in the firing of a teacher, I've been moderately aware of my digital footprint since starting my teaching career. So... I Googled myself. The results were nothing upsetting, but the...

Making a 180

To know me is to know that I have a hard time admitting failure or weakness. Though it is obvious I am not perfect, I do not relish the idea of shouting that fact to the multitudes. So a few weeks ago, I read about and blogged about my love/hate relationship with...

my own personal vortex

This COETAIL course has been my own personal vortex. After reading about a hundred COETAIL blog posts, following countless new tech or education blogs, watching dozens of videos, and scanning through a host of suggested texts--my head is swimming with ideas. These...

to wikipedia or not to wikipedia…

that is the question. I have never been a fan of Wikipedia. Whenever my students and I are inquiring, we inevitably land upon a Wikipedia entry which I work hard to steer my students away from. But for years, my husband has chimed on and on about the site's benefits....

No Duh!

When people say that technology can't help teaching and learning in the classroom, I cringe a bit inside. What negative experiences do they have to inform their decisions?  What are they scared of? Why so negative? To me, it's a "no duh." Of course technology can...

Switchin’ it Up

As you can see in the inforgraphic below, I've got some students that could benefit from some extra support in the classroom. Here's the story about a unit that my team and I "mind shifted" in an effort to meet our cuties (and their parents) where they are. We did...

got connected?

I work at a school where a current divisional goal is urging better communication with parents. Email. Blog. Photos. School website. Email. Newsletters. Calling. Reporting. Conferencing. Email. Sound familiar? As an educator I have to fulfil the obligations of my...

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