Stop Motion Animation

Monday, March 19, 2018

The animation spark really ignited with Elmwood School’s art teacher, Bonnie Gaus.  Diving into Stop Motion head first, Mrs. Gaus and I collaborated in order to bring this…

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Why Edcamp?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

It was October when my colleague, Chris Basile, and I discussed the idea of bringing an edcamp experience to Elmwood School.  Although it would be mini, modified, and…

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Fueling Each Other With 21st Century Learning

Monday, April 3, 2017

In The Principal of Change post about Chapter 6 from The Innovator’s Mindset, George Couros asks this question: Would you rather be engaged or empowered as an educator?…

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Catching the Hype!

Friday, January 27, 2017

A powerhouse month when it comes to digital learning, students at Elmwood School have been catching the hype. Thrively “How do you SHINE?”  This is a question many…

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First Graders Take on Passion Based Projects About Earth

Friday, December 23, 2016

Room 12 at Center School participated in a science-based Genius Hour and I am fortunate to have joined them.  From learning about earth as a class to choosing a question…

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HHS Students Increase their Broadcasting Skills

Friday, May 13, 2016
Photo: Student Broadcasting Update

For most of the year, students in Mike McFarland’s sports broadcasting class have delivered live updates about the latest Hillers action to the high school via the public…

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BrainPOP’s Make-A-Map Opens Doors for Student Thinking

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Last fall, BrainPOP added a new concept mapping tool created by Ideaphora called Make-A-Map.  This incredible new feature allowed for my students to organize their thoughts as well…

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Supercharging Visual Stories with Slate

Friday, January 22, 2016
Image: Adobe Slate

Slate is a relatively new product from Adobe which simplifies the creation of digital stories in a visually appealing way. Slate is an simple-to-use tool for teachers and…

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Get Your “Front Row” Seat!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Many students at both Elmwood and Center Schools are diving into “Front Row,” an app as well as website giving students individualized practice and instruction with both math and…

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Taking the Art Critique Public

Friday, December 11, 2015
Photo: Art class in high school foyer.

A group of students stands in a semi-circle around a large, wall-mounted, LED monitor in the Hopkinton High School foyer. It is a class of art students  engaged in a class critique….

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