Embarking on a New Adventure

Embarking on a New Adventure

  When our head of school asked if I wanted to assume the responsibilities of our our retiring Registrar, I was very reluctant at first. The idea of tackling the massive puzzle of our complicated schedule as well as the never ending deluge of paperwork that comes with the position didn’t sound appealing. I didn’t think, flat out, that this would be something I would […]

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Is it time we move away from “Innovation Leads”?

Is it time we move away from “Innovation Leads”?

This is in response to one of George Curous’s recent posts where he argues that schools should reconsider the role of “Tech Lead”, or “Coordinator of Instructional Technology” in my own school. I understand his sentiment, especially when these roles have poorly articulated job descriptions and the educational technology experts and leaders are relegated to mundane tech help, fixing “…things in my classroom that use […]

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Adventures in Online Teaching Part 3: Slack

Adventures in Online Teaching Part 3: Slack

For this run of the Analyzing Data with Python course at Global Online Academy, I decided to move all course communication out of email and into Slack. There were a number of reasons for this, first and foremost being the domain was already set up by Instructional Designers at GOA; all I really needed to do was invite my students to the Python channel. The […]

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Hacking the Canvas Learning Mastery Gradebook

Hacking the Canvas Learning Mastery Gradebook

We’ve been moving to a “standards-based mindset” (props to Schimmer for a great book!) in our assessment and grading over the past couple of years and have begun collecting student performance data using a variety of methods. We’ve tried Active Grade (now a part of Haiku) and JumpRope, which are very full featured standards-based gradebooks, but without a full fledged institutional commitment – i.e., everyone […]

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Building an Augmented Reality Sandbox

Building an Augmented Reality Sandbox

  I was excited when our very own Dr. Jenny Arbuszewski was interested in building an Augmented Reality Sandbox. If you’re not familiar with one of these gems, take a look at the project home page, making sure to watch one of the embedded YouTube videos – because telling someone that you’re building a sandbox with a 3D camera that senses sand depth while a […]

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Adventures in Online Teaching Part 2: Creating Instructional Content

Adventures in Online Teaching Part 2: Creating Instructional Content

  I was a later than usual addition to the Global Online Academy faculty this past Spring, so thankfully, I had full access to the Python course that ran this past school year. For simplicity sake, and because we had a baby this Summer, I decided not to reinvent the wheel, keeping the same basic unit and topic structure while tweaking assignments and producing new […]

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Adventures in Online Teaching Part 1: Outcomes and Rubrics

Adventures in Online Teaching Part 1: Outcomes and Rubrics

This Spring I’ll be teaching Computer Programming 2: Analyzing Data with Python for Global Online Academy (GOA). This will be my first official foray into the world of online teaching, though I spend most of my days entrenched in the world of Instructure Canvas, albeit in a brick and mortar 1:1 environment. I’m excited about the opportunity and hope it will pan out as a […]

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OneNote Class Notebook: That friend who always promises sweet concert tickets but never comes through

OneNote Class Notebook: That friend who always promises sweet concert tickets but never comes through

We’ve embraced OneNote Class Notebook this year in several of our departments. Before talking about some of our challenges, let’s first break down how delicious Class Notebook really is when all systems are a go. Described by Microsoft as a way to Save time, organize, and collaborate: OneNote Class Notebooks have a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration […]

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Blogging

Hey have you guys heard about this thing called blogging?

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