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A New Direction

I have this poster hanging in my office – I actually made alongside my Multimedia students a few years ago.  It reads “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams – Live the life you have imagined” ~Thoreau.   Well I never imagined that I would be announcing that I am leaving La Salle Catholic

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NCCE 2015 Technology Educator of the Year

At the #NCCE2015 conference I was surprised and honored to be selected as the NCCE 2015 Technology Educator of the Year.  I have been attending or presenting at the NCCE conference for over 15 years and am thrilled to be part of this organization.  I have seen it grown over the years to know include hands-on

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ADE Class of 2015 Application

I am applying for the Apple Distinguished Educator program for 2015.  There are many reasons why I want to be involved in this program.  Its not about the title or its exclusiveness. Now that we are completely immersed in our 1:1 environment at my school, I am looking for a professional community where I can

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Happy Thanksgiving


On days like this …

Senseless killing in Oregon and Connecticut this week has made my heart hurt.  A friend shared this prayer with me …   I have to admit, God, that sometimes it’s hard to even call your name. On days like this I can’t help but think that if you had been there, we wouldn’t be here—

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Daily Edventures 365-day Blog

I am honored to be included in Anthony Salcito‘s Daily Edventure’s 365-day look at global heroes in education blog.  Salcito is Microsoft’s Vice President – Worldwide Education.  Every day the blog features a different educator from around the globe. I used this opportunity to promote connected learning, the importance of certified school librarians and my

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Pepperdine OMET/MALT Alumni Conference – Day 2 & 3

I began the presentations on the 2nd day of the Pepperdine OMET/MALT Alumni Conference.  I shared how my own Cadre 9 Action Research impacted my teaching and my student’s experiences.  I also shared how I built a PLN through Google Teacher Academy, meeting edtech teachers & Teacher Librarians on Twitter, presenting at conferences, co-founding edcampPDX

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Google Apps California Summit

I am presenting at the Google Apps for Education California Summit this week – July 12 & 13 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara.  My presentation are: Winning ways to use Google Apps in your Library Got books? Promote Reading and YA Literature Using Google Apps   It was very interesting taking my Got

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ISTE 2012 – Got Books? poster session

  Reach your upper elementary or teen audience with creative ways that promote reading and Children’s / Young Adult literature using free or open-source technology tools Got Books? website

edcampPDX reflection

Yesterday we hosted our first annual edcampPDX at my school near Portland, Oregon.   After attending conferences and hearing about edcamp unconferences around the country I thought to myself, “We need to do this in Portland because we have a lot of talent here but not a very strong network”. I approached a few local Twitter

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There and back again

“There and back again” seems like an appropriate title of my journey to becoming a certified teacher librarian.  Even though I am a “fresh voice” in the land of Oregon school libraries, I am not a stranger.   My adventure began over 17 years ago when I was a third grade teacher at St. Clare Elementary

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Librarian humor

Thanks to Jessi for sharing!

Saying farewell ….

An open letter to my school community (with school names removed out of consideration): Dear friends, I write this to you with a heavy heart as I try to find the right words to express my feelings.  I have decided not to return to our school next year.  I have accepted a Librarian / Technology

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To meet the demands of a new age

Thanks to Angela Maiers and Dr. Scott McLeod for sharing this video made by Steven Hopper at Iowa State University To Meet the Demands of a New Age from Steven H on Vimeo.

Please vote for my mini-grant project

I am participating in a Microgrant program sponsored by Dell and an online community, called WeAreTeachers. The 10 recipients of this grant receive $200 to promote “digital learning” in their classroom, as well as a flip video camera.  Recipients are selected through an online voting process. SO — If you have a moment, I’d really

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