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

Learning with Your Mind on Fire

Over the past few years at Garnet Valley, we have really made professional learning a priority (see Designing Teacher Centered Prof Learning 1 & 2). This past few months have really ramped up for our Elementary and Middle School English … Continued

Looking to Write-The Power & Timelessness of a Text

The Why- Revisiting a Text In preparation for a grad class focused on using technology to support writing & literacy across the content areas I am facilitating, I recently reread Mary Ehrenworth’s Looking to Write: Children Writing Through the Visual … Continued

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