Hot Lunch Tray

Serving up steaming scoops of K12 edtech observation, thoughts, and opinions. With gravy.

How #EdTech Impacts Your Calendar

With the proliferation of #edtech products comes an unexpected squeeze, not on your wallet as much as on your schedule. You may want to consider the full cost of #edtech to your school or district at purchase or renewal. That… Continue Reading →

The Meeting that Never Happens…

…is often the gift of time to teachers…makes an attractive email – read now, reread later…allows more family time and reduces stress…does not makes your teachers resent professional meetings…does not require anyone to bring snacks..teachers can grade openly instead of… Continue Reading →

Blogging Buddies with #ETCoaches

I want to share this awesome resource for potential bloggers! My ISTE PLN, EdTech Coaches #ETCoaches is kicking off “Blogging Buddies.”   Instead of an event, such as a blogging challenge, this attempts to pre-connect bloggers in groups. Where a challenge might… Continue Reading →

5 Minutes Away from Disaster

Every teacher is five minutes away from disaster. All day long. However, good teachers fill those minutes with decisions which constantly reroute students and events away from disaster. No wonder teachers are so exhausted! Every teacher is 5 minutes away from… Continue Reading →

Something that wasn’t there before…an EdCamp

I hosted my first EdCamp last Saturday with some colleagues. It was outside my safety net of a district professional learning day. It was smaller. It was less structured. And it was incredible. By the end I was proud that… Continue Reading →

If you don’t pass The Test #BlogAMonth

I always felt bold when I said it to middle schoolers, “Do you know what happens if you don’t do well on The Test?” The fourth, fifth, sixth, or seventh graders would lean in and hold their collective breath …… Continue Reading →

Nothing Personal, Love Technology

Have you ever noticed how people take technology failures so personally? However, technology does exactly what is is told. So what are you telling it to do? And what makes you think this is personal? Do you often get results you… Continue Reading →

Pioneers turned Settlers

My classroom was like an old western movie. I often thought of myself as a “white hat” and there were times when I certainly went “cowboy” after some new technology, literature set, you name it I probably started a shoot-out over… Continue Reading →

EdTech Leadership Cycle

The EdTech Leadership cycle is complex. So much of what a school or district needs depends on where they are in the journey of converting Teacher Technology (Type I) to Student Technology (Type II). {Check out the difference between Type I… Continue Reading →

Does this PLC Cover Me?

The idea of a Professional Learning Community, a PLC, is awesome. I want to sit with other professionals and participate in critical conversations around student work, achievement, and my personal practice. But that doesn’t always happen. Maybe people are particularly open… Continue Reading →

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