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4. Individualized (The ‘I’ in CHOICE)*

Wherever teachers start, the process should honor it. If that teacher needs guidance on why using a Google add-on might be a better process in her classroom, we should help with that. If that teacher needs to know where to

3. Ongoing (The ‘O’ in CHOICE)*

There are times when a brain-dump professional development session or conference can be useful. But we usually need more. We need time to Apply, Practice, and Explore. I call it Going APE!  Educators need the time to take the best ideas

2. Honoring Professionals (The ‘H’ in CHOICE)*

These people know what they are doing. It’s why they were hired, and why they are still here. They probably know what they need next. If we approach every professional development opportunity while repeating those three sentences, it will go

1. Constant Progress (the ‘C’ in CHOICE)*

We’ve heard great descriptions of where educators are in their learning. Innovation and educational technology offer a wide range of descriptors: early-adopter, pioneer, settler, cutting-edge, bleeding-edge, guru, ninja, pirate. Or not tech-savvy, tech-averse, just-got-a-smartphone. Wherever an individual starts, forward movement


Thanks to my friends Tom Whitford and Kristin Daniels, I learned about and started using voxer. I didn’t get it at first, but it quickly grew on me. After FlipCon15, Kristin put a bunch of people who met into a

The Story Behind #FiresidePD

Kenny Bosch and I discussed this for a while, and Chuck Taft, Michael Matera, and Pamela Nosbusch were doing a version of it at the University School of Milwaukee with their staff. But after spending about 16 and 19 hours


“The throwable microphone for audience engagement.” I shared it recently at EdCamp Leader in Chicago, and presented with it at the Summer Spark Conference in Milwaukee. Everyone loved it and immediately started brainstorming about ideas on how they could use

“It’s Not That Scary”

As we continue forward well into the school year, I’m thinking back to a few weeks ago when I went with my family to the Little America Theme Park about an hour from our house. One of the attractions is

Benchmarks Should Be Benched*

As teachers who have been victims of standardized professional development, we say benchmarks should be benched. Here’s the problem (especially in the world of educational technology). When a school or district sets a standard, however well-meaning, they lose or alienate

We Should All Teach Kindergarten

The students who show up in my classroom are juniors and seniors in high school, and they’ve been told that these are the best years of their lives. But I bet if you asked them, most would say that Kindergarten