The Call to Reduce the Use of Email

The first email was sent on a local network in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1971 by Ray Tomlinson. He sent this to a computer sitting right next to his computer and the message was "something like QWERTYUIOP" in the email. Tomlinson was also the one who began using the @ sign in emails. 1 Historical Context … Continue reading The Call to Reduce the Use of Email

Enhance Mail Communication through Augmented Reality

Our annual tradition of mailing postcards home for information and to notify parents of students' teachers saw an innovative twist the last couple of years by adding augmented reality.We use HP Reveal (formerly Aurasma) to turn the front of the postcard into a 'trigger' image so the app recognizes it and automatically overlays a preset … Continue reading Enhance Mail Communication through Augmented Reality

Using the Technology SAMR Model to Rethink Educational Leadership

In the instructional technology circles, the SAMR model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition) has provided a way to rethink how technology is not only used, but how it can enhance instruction in the classroom. Ruben Puentedura began creating this model in the mid-eighties as a Harvard graduate student. The main idea behind this model is to … Continue reading Using the Technology SAMR Model to Rethink Educational Leadership

Tech Tip: How to Sync Outlook & School Messenger Calendars

Make sure to take any opportunity to save time and energy in your schools! Here is a quick how to video on pushing out one of your Outlook calendars onto your calendar on your website through School Messenger. Both Outlook and School Messenger are programs that we use in Prince William County Schools. Let me … Continue reading Tech Tip: How to Sync Outlook & School Messenger Calendars

Tech Tip: Bookmarking Favorite Tweets

Did you know you can record your phone screen while you model how to do something new and innovative? I met Ryan Foran @RyanPForan at the #NSPRA2018 conference and we hit it off right away. He's doing amazing things in his district and really putting himself out there with posts, blog, and podcast. Here is … Continue reading Tech Tip: Bookmarking Favorite Tweets

Sphero Ideas for Teachers

Finally! Robotics & Coding finally are far enough along to create amazing engineering lessons for students! This post is just a mish-mosh of visuals and ideas to help you think about using our Spheros with your students. These will create special moments for your students as well as give you a tool to pull students … Continue reading Sphero Ideas for Teachers

Learn How to Code to Learn How to Think

Why the pressure to have our students coding all of a sudden? It's not like everything that they do uses computers, right...right? Wrong. Basically every recreation and professional occupation now uses computer programming in some way. The old emphasis on teaching simple machines is now evolving to into complex machines. This is coming to us in the form of … Continue reading Learn How to Code to Learn How to Think