How Community Support Drives Classroom Innovation

I’m excited to share this Guest Post Written by Jason Vest, an 8th grade Civics teacher at Hungary Creek Middle School in Henrico County, VA (a suburb of Richmond, VA). He has taught U.S. History, World History, been a Head … Continued

#FutureReady – Authentic Use of a MakerSpace

In my last post related to our #FutureReady Community Partnerships, I shared one of our opportunities for collaboration with Kutztown University.  As an extension of our previous #FutureReady Use of Space and Time series of posts (culminating in Final Form: A … Continued

Giving the Gift of ‘Time’ Through Authentic and Purposeful Innovation

  I’m honored and excited to share this guest post written by Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent of Schools for the Garnet Valley School District. Dr. Bertrando is entering his 27th year in public education. He began his career teaching 7th … Continued

How to Host Your First Twitter Chat

So a teacher from China, a Principal from Spain, a Headmaster from Praug, and an educational consultant from Texas walk into a bar…not quite sure what happened at the bar…however the 1 meeting that is more likely to happen than … Continued

Sometimes You Have to Go Slow to Go Fast

  To just simply say that change is a constant would be an understatement, and Education is no exception.  I can look back over the past 18 yearsI’ve been in the profession and rattle off a number of different initiatives that … Continued

​​Edit, Undo, Reflect

I’m excited to share this Guest Post Written by Becky McDowell in response to a discussion in our Innovative Teaching Academy #ITA17! Life-long learner and educator, Becky McDowell, grew up and landed her first teaching job in South Dakota – 8th … Continued

Put Simply, It’s About Purpose

This post started as an answer to the #ITA17 Week 7 Question: What strategies have you used (or plan on using) to implement technology with purpose?  Then just got away from me… When I first began using technology in the classroom … Continued

Seeing the Forest Through the Trees and Saying Thanks

Sometimes it is easy to get lost in the day to day of the work we do…the grind. For the past few years, Garnet Valley has been working towards becoming a Future Ready School District.  This means continuously looking at … Continued

Digital Notebooks and Digital Portfolios in the Secondary Classroom #ITA17

Through discussions onFacebook this past week, many of you asked about students creating digital notebooks and/or portfolios The short answer is Yes!  There are a ton of platforms for our students to begin to shift to digital creation and curation … Continued