1:1 Transformation

How Do You Say Good-Bye? Legacy of Love.


“Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, commited citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead. Well, it’s official, I graduated. Preschoolers are now ready for Kindergarten in the fall. Last night I happened to see one of the littles with his family at a Mexican restaurant. […]

A Message from a YouTube Edu Flipper

Confession. I am a YouTuber. ( www.youtube.com/hiphughes)Now before you stop reading, I should tell you I also am a teacher with 19 years of experience, although I prefer being called a FOLE. (Facilitator Of Learning Experiences -which of course I have a video on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmJ-_G5VR-A) The story of how I became a YouTuber is a […]

Quiet or Compliant?

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Recently, I read a study about the importance of the practicum experience for pre-service teachers (Leko and Brownell, 2011). Reflecting back to my own experience reminded me that, first of all, I am closer to retirement than the dawning of my career, and second, times have certainly changed. My practicum focused on maintaining control. Control […]

Blended Learning with the New Google Sites

As more schools go 1:1 with devices, classrooms increasingly feature a blended learning model. This requires a lot of student screen time because as Matt Miller argues, technology is a vital part of students’ educational experience. Students need visually appealing platforms to engage them as they work on devices. Google Classroom has a visually appealing […]

Back to School Anxieties Part II: How to Help Children Manage Them with 4 Easy Fun Exercises!!


Back to school anxieties are common and often not addressed. In part I, I spoke about how these anxieties need to be aired and shared so that children’s day to day learning would not be affected. As many adults do not know how to share their anxiety and fears, children certainly have neither the skills […]

It’s Been One Week…

It’s been one week since I said good-bye to the staff and students of Brookfield Elementary School. It’s been one week since I started as a science teacher and department head atCamden’s Promise Middle School, which is a part of Camden’s Charter School Network. I know that nothing will ever be able to replace the […]

Chicagoland: Science, STEAM, and Sheer Awe

Rain collection stations for fully functioning aquaponic workstations, along withcamera equippedbird houses A hallway designed with RGBOYV for studying purposes, along with monitors that are reporting outdoor temperatures and scientific data The tour also included a new STEAM lab and was loaded with students talking about their daily experiences. In all, three amazing days this […]

How Might Learning with Technology Look Different If….


In recent posts I’ve written about the importance of vision and the need for leaders to anchor conversations around technology use in that vision. After the most recent post, Gary Stager shared an article he wrote titled Outside the Skinner Box: Can Education Technology Make a Course Correction? The article is a “must read” and […]

Are you asking these questions about #edtech?

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In a previous blog post, I suggested educators, particularly leaders, ask this question about technology use: How does the technology advance us toward our vision for learning? Keeping in mind that learner agency is a big part of that vision, I’ve been intrigued by a quote from Gary Stager: Technology is not neutral. It bestows […]

Engage Students with Digital BreakoutEDU

There is something magic that happens when school becomes something other than, “question-correct answer-repeat.” One strategy to break out of that pattern, engage students, and get them problem-solving is BreakoutEDU. Teachers can also create web-based breakoutsor Digital BreakoutEDU. What is BreakoutEDU? Based on escape rooms, BreakoutEDU, created by Mark Hammons and James Sanders, involves students […]

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