I do not claim to be an educational rockstar. (Probably a good thing, because I would be trashing hotel rooms and demanding that the administrators take out the green M&Ms from the staff lounge candy bowl.) However, I enjoy sharing my story and my insights through books, blogs, videos, social media, workshops or keynote presentations. My desire is to engage in an authentic dialogue about meaningful learning for all students.
I contribute to the Cooperative Catalyst, Education Rethink (my main blog) and Stories from AZ blogs and I've written five books, including: Pencil Me In (an allegory for educational technology) and A Sustainable Start (a realistic look at the first year of teaching) along with a column for Kappan Magazine.
I am currently a sixth-grade ELL teacher in an urban, Title One School. I will be piloting a classroom with a blended one-to-one approach of Chromebooks, Kindle Fires and iPod Touches. Throughout my career, I have worked with students in doing community service, painting murals, and filming documentaries. I continue to pursue these on my journey toward a constructivist, personalized learning experience in my classroom.
Keynote for the SIGMS breakfast at ISTE in San Antonio on June 26, 2013.
I just finished a chapter on technology criticism in Nature of Technology, a textbook about educational technology. I'm hard at work on a mid-level novel Keeper of the Creatures. Look for a podcast series coming out soon as well.