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Challenge Yourself

Coming up on tonight – 5 March – the #oklaed chat will focus on challenging yourself.  The idea here is to identify something in your practice that would be a bold new step for you to take.  Be intentional here.  Think outside the box.  Don’t do something crazy just to …

Maslows Pyramid

Digital Immigrants vs. Digital Natives

My #oklaed partner in crime @vperezy got my dander up the other night with the following tweet: @MrsBeck25 @TeachFromHere Sooo what is your role in the NASCAR simile? — Vanessa Perez (@vperezy) February 19, 2017 "Young teachers need no #EdTech support-they're #DigitalNatives" is same as "I can drive NASCAR cuz …


Dear Mr. Calvey

I recently received a survey from my state representative seeking input on how to address issues that face the Oklahoma Legislature.  Here is his survey exactly as it reads from the mailer: The 2017 Oklahoma Legislative Session Begins February 6. The main issues expected are: I.  Oklahoma budget.  We face …

Teaching to Our Past

Teaching To Our Students Future

My Past The classroom has changed since my first year of teaching way, way back in 1997.  I had a chalkboard, some colored chalk, and an overhead projector.  There was also a TV hanging from the ceiling for Channel One news.  Year two added an internet connected computer in the …

Comfort Zone

The Anti-Education Era

The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students through Digital Learning by James Paul Gee was a book that I read this semester.  This infographic will share what this book was about.  If this interests you, get it on Amazon.

Keep Your Coins I Want Change

Teach for America Counter Narratives

One of the books that I read this semester was Teach for America Counter Narratives: Alumni Speak up and Speak Out edited by T. Jameson Brewer and Kathleen deMarrais.  If you read through the infographic and are interested in the book, here is the Amazon link.


Reign of Error

One of the books that I read this semester was Diane Ravitch’s Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. Below is an infographic.  Enjoy.

Now What

Now What?

That thud you heard… With a resounding defeat of the penny sales tax now what?  It was a tough thing to ask – a penny sales tax for education.  I was on the fence about this question from day one – I felt that if it passed, then our legislature …

Free Ice T: lucky you have some lemonade

Ice T? Nope – Lemonade…

Iced T? I think this commercial is an excellent parallel for teachers to consider.  How many times have we taught a lesson (that we thought was perfect) and the students look back at us with confusion?  Or we say something for the millionth time and get asked that question again…How …

Image of a runner with zombie hands reaching out

Zombies, Run!

Gamification Gamification is when gaming mechanics are used in non-game situations.  This is the short version.  Some people have different semantics, but this is a good way to frame it. At the ISTE Conference in San Antonio, held during the summer of 2014, I had the opportunity to hear Jane …

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