Author Archives: milobo

Chocolate milk and cornbread muffins

By | December 11, 2012

There’s nothing better than a pot of chili on a cold winter night. And there’s nothing better than a batch of hot cornbread muffins alongside. Those were my thoughts after I came home from a late night of meetings yesterday. The temperatures were hovering around 20°, I had ground meat and chili beans at the […]

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Got Game? The PBSKids STEM Challenge.

By | January 16, 2012

For the past 3 years, the New Media Consortium, along with CoSN and ISTE, has worked to identify trends in education and learning in their annual Horizon Report. This year, as in last year’s report, Game Based Learning has made the list of trends to be adopted in two to three years. Games, both digital and […]

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In memory

By | September 26, 2011

Every year for the past 17 years, somewhere in rural Arkansas and Louisiana, a school librarian has received a box of assorted children’s books from an anonymous donor with a bookplate attached to the inside cover of each book. The names on the bookplates are those who deserve to be remembered and honored, but who […]

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Goals are good. Actions are better.

By | August 22, 2011

As I’ve started each school year since I began teaching 20-ish years ago,1 I stopped and spent a little while reflecting on the year that came before and set goals for what I hoped to accomplish before the next May rolls around. These days, I’ve got the advantage of working on a great team with […]

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This poem

By | April 5, 2011

  This poem1 is pages long.   The words roll off the screen, and scroll beyond the heavens to your eyes, to your breath, to your thoughts, to your dreams. To your soul, to my soul, to my heart.   This poem is oceans deep.   Words never imagined exist side by side where they […]

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Learning is more than watching.

By | March 29, 2011

There’s been a lot of attention paid lately to the resources being provided by Salman Khan and the Khan Academy.1 Salman talks about the epiphany he had when remotely tutoring family members and how perhaps his videos could replace the lectures happening in classrooms across the country. As Salman says: “Our goal is to use […]

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Teachers are learners too.

By | March 22, 2011

I’m just digging in to Jim Knight’s newest book, Unmistakable Impact. Already I’m hooked. The book resonates with the gentle reminder that in order to change education for the better, we must work as partners from a place of mutual respect. Here’s a quote I want to remember and think on further as I think […]

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Help

By | March 17, 2011

In 2004, I came to understand what it feels like.1 The day after Hurricane Ivan was the worst. We knew it would be bad, but didn’t know what to expect. The drive home that usually took 30 minutes took us most of a day because many of the bridges and roads were washed away. We […]

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AlwaysOn 17: About time.

By | March 16, 2011

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It’s been a while since Katie and I have taken the time to podcast, so it seemed only appropriate to do an episode on Time. You can listen to the podcast in the iTunes Store or on our website. The episode got me to thinking a lot about my priorities and the concept of time. […]

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A message from your Instructional Technologist: I believe in you

By | March 9, 2011

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Lately, I’ve noticed that lots of questions I get from teachers start something like this: “I hate to bother you….” or “This is probably a stupid question1, but….” Said in a tone that implies that teachers shouldn’t have to ask. That by looking for someone to help, they’ve somehow shown an unacceptable weakness. That the […]

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