Monday, March 30, 2015

#beyouEDU 5 Month Challenge

Welcome to the movement. For the next five months, we are asking educators to take on the challenge of submiting a blog post, vlog, infographic, or podcast. You can email them to me or post them on your own site, and tweet them out using the hashtag #beyouEDU.

Thanks for your passion. We look forward to learning and growing with you. Please find the five topics below:

#beyouEDU topics -

  • Ownership of whom you are.
  • Finding your voice
  • Finding your niche
  • Finding your tribe
  • Defining your brand

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Dr. Will Show - Personalized Learning as the Future of Education with Katherine Prince of KnowledgeWorks

I chat with Katherine Prince of KnowledgeWorks about personalized learning and how she sees it as the future of education. 

One of the United States’ foremost educational futurists, Katherine Prince leads KnowledgeWorks’ exploration of the future of learning. As Senior Director, Strategic Foresight, she speaks and writes about the trends shaping education over the next decade and helps education stakeholders strategize about how to become active agents of change in pursuing their ideal visions for the future learning ecosystem. Since 2007, Katherine has worked with education stakeholders around the country to explore how they might transform education so as to create better possibilities for all young people. Before joining KnowledgeWorks in 2006, Katherine supported large-scale changes in working practice at Britain’s Open University and helped federal agencies and other clients increase service quality by incorporating a customer perspective into their organizational planning. Katherine holds a BA in English from Ohio Wesleyan University; an MA in English from the University of Iowa; and an MBA from The Open University with emphases on creativity, innovation, and change and on knowledge management. She also earned a certificate in Foresight from the University of Houston. Katherine serves on the board of trustees of the Union Institute and University and is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists.

Check out the resources mentioned in the interview:

Innovation pathways paper:

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Dr. Will Show - Can I Get What? Exploring Student Helpdesk Teams with Kerry Gallagher

Kerry has taught 8-12 grade social studies in public schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for 12 years.  She has presented at conferences including MassCUE and the Blueprint for Excellence National Conference. Kerry’s classroom is paperless. Her students use mobile devices to research, create, and submit what they have learned.  She won the 2014 Yale-Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize (See her submission here) and was a speaker at the 2014 Yale Education Leadership Conference.  She teachers and is also the Mock Trial Team Coach at Reading Memorial High School in Reading, Massachusetts.  Kerry is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, has a BA in Politics and Secondary Education from Saint Anselm College, and is a Level II Professional Ski Instructor of America.

Check out Kerry's blog: Teaching HistoryTech and connect with her on Twitter @KerryHawk02And don't forget to give a peek to The Paperless Classroom (Recent institute Kerry's students and her presented to share their practice.)

Wanna see more about the Rockets Help Desk, then click here.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Greatest Stories Never Told: Showcasing Our Gifted Classroom Through Social Media and Web Tools

On Friday, February 20, 2015, I had the honor and privilege of co-Keynoting with Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S. at the T.G.I.F., hosted by the Mississippi University for Women. We talked about how teachers should own their stories, and share what they are doing in the classroom with the world. 

You can watch the video of our Keynote below:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Dr. Will Show - If You Personalize It, Learners Will Come with Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey

Barbara is co-founder of Personalize Learning, LLC and is a Creative Learning Strategist who believes that anyone at any age can learn. She has worked with schools, districts, individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations around the world to facilitate change and design new learning environments. Barbara is a teacher, writer, educational technologist, change agent, risk-taker, instructional designer, connector, and visionary. She coined and trademarked the phrase “Making Learning Personal” in 2000 because she always believed that learning needs to start with the learner and that every learner matters. She was introduced to Kathleen McClaskey over four years ago. This led them to start Personalize Learning to share research, models and the voices of thought leaders. 
Barbara has assisted large and small organizations to build online communities for teachers to connect and share teaching practice through action research and lesson study. She builds coaching programs where teachers are facilitators, advisors, and "guides on the side." Barbara is asked to facilitate visioning sessions, write strategic plans, recommend resources and makes it her job to determine what is authentic, valid, cost-effective, safe, user-friendly, and relevant for her clients. She is relentlessly researching how to personalize learning so all learners follow their passion so they discover their purpose.
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Kathleen is a recognized UDL Expert and Digital Learning Consultant with over 28 years experience in using technology in the classroom. Kathleen is a frequent international, national and regional workshop presenter on topics that include Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Technology for Diverse Learners, and Math and Technology: Bringing Research to Practice. In 2007, she was awarded a three-year NH Math and Science Partnership grant for the “Science4All” project, applying UDL principles in the science classroom.  In 2009, Kathleen designed and directed the Tools for Learning Math Intervention Project where tools were applied to UDL researched-based instruction in math.  In late 2009, she became the professional development director of three ARRA technology funded projects in NH to create 21st Century Classrooms.  In all of these projects, Kathleen developed Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and a UDL lesson design structure for project teachers to support the learning of all students. 

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

GEG Mississippi Live GHO Event: Schoology vs. Google Classroom

This Hangout is a "showdown" between Schoology and Google Classroom. I talk with  Robert Schuetz (Schoology) and Michael Fricano II (Google Classroom) to hash out a winner. Check it out and see which learning platform comes out on top.

Michael is a Technology Integration Specialist, authorized Google Education Trainer, and has been teaching and providing Google Apps and Apple training for students and teachers for more than 5 years. Michael enjoys interacting and connecting with like-minded individual through social media and co-hosts the Google+ Live Hangout,  EdTech Mixed Plate. He is also a board member of the Hawaii Society for Technology in Education and a co-founder of EdCamp Honolulu and #EdChatHI.

Although schools have been his primary experience for fifty years, Robert Schuetz has been a professional educator for the past quarter century.  A National Board Certified Teacher, Bob has spent the past thirteen years as Technology Coordinator for Palatine High School.  Bob’s wife Natalie teaches second graders.  They have four school-age children, and two dogs.  His passions include personal wellness, sports, music, and travel.  He is a proponent of self-directed learning supported through social networks.  When Bob isn’t tending to the responsibilities of family or work, he enjoys contributing to learning through social media, including his blog, “Nocking the Arrow”.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Dr. Will Show - What up Doc? Not me in academia with Nadia Jaber

Nadia Jaber is a graduate student at Stony Brook University in New York. She is getting her PhD in Molecular & Cellular Biology, and has completed an Advanced Certificate in Health Communications. She is passionate about career development for graduate students and has initiated a peer mentoring career group within her graduate department to serve this need. Learn more at


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Why Chalkup is the next generation learning management system you need in your life..

Guest blog post by Jayne Miller

What learning management systems are supposed to do.

What it feels like learning management systems actually do.

Yeah. It's kind of true.

Learning management systems (LMS) are big, powerful tools meant to connect students, share resources, enhance grading capabilities, and keep discussions going long after class is dismissed. The problem is that these tools haven’t been doing that - at least not as well as they could be.

Don’t get me wrong - tools like Canvas and Schoology have taken the LMS model to the next level and made huge strides in getting technology in classrooms. That’s fantastic. I’m always happy to hear about another class that has adopted a platform to keep students connected.

But the promise of the modern LMS should be about learning more and learning better. That’s where platforms have missed the mark. What we’re hearing from teachers is that these tools aren’t serving as a place for exchanging ideas or sharing content; they’re systems for churning through assignments that bog classes down with features that aren’t relevant to their needs.

Further, the amount of time and energy it takes to train and integrate these systems is time and energy that could have been devoted to learning.

All this means classes don’t look forward to using their designated LMS, and that’s not what we -- educators and #edtech lovers -- want. When we know that teachers and students are liking Google Classroom, why aren’t LMS platforms doing more to seamlessly integrate w/ Google Drive? Or putting more emphasis on collaboration?

Well, let’s talk about Chalkup. It’s the new kid on the block and I think it’s an LMS worth getting excited about. The platform was designed with collaboration in mind, and we’re happy to say it plays nice with Google Drive.

Chalkup also focused on perfecting the tools classrooms are demanding. We’re talking powerful grading tools, built-in rubrics, and course calendars. Chalkup actually launched its latest and greatest iteration today, which builds on these high-demand features and includes a fantastic new way for students to manage their courseload.

All in all, getting devices in the hands of students and integrating tech into classrooms is a huge win. But if we could do it better, why wouldn’t we?

About the Author
Jayne Miller is an #edtech lover and writer/editor who joined the Chalkup team in 2014.