Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

For the past few months, well several months, I have not posted anything to my blog for lack of time.
You see, I have been searching for a new job.
I left my longtime employment in June 2015 with high hopes of securing an Assistant Principal position in a public school district. While I have been invited to several interviews, a majority of those positions were for teaching.
Unfortunately, I do not hold the correct teaching license to fill several of those positions, but I do have an Administrator License that is quite valid. I attended graduate level courses over 18 months to earn my Administrator License and I graduated December 2014!
While some might say that I should have kept my job as a teacher while I searched for an AP position, I feel that by not being employed, I have had more opportunities to interview.

So, the next blog posts will be interesting topics of interest and those associated with #edchat discussions. I find that when I participate in Twitter #edchat discussions on Tuesday evenings, my fingers can’t seem to type fast enough.

I also want to discuss college level teaching. And what today’s professors can do to make our students of today truly engaged!

I am also in the midst of creating several instructional videos about Google Apps for Education.

BUT…If you have an idea for a video lesson, drop me a line!

If you need a video created…I would be happy to create a video lesson for you to use.

I consider that true collaboration at its best.

So let me know your thoughts and ideas…and let’s get started!


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Have you ever been met with this error when downloading a PowerPoint from the internet, or trying to open a PowerPoint from an email or other source?


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Well here is how you fix it:

Download the PowerPoint and then click on the download drop down arrow and choose:  Show in Folder

Right click on the PowerPoint and choose Properties…

Click “Unblock” and then click Apply and OK.










Then double click on the PowerPoint and it will open.

You can watch this video too:

Social Media Survey and Analysis

One way an administrator can determine a school’s climate is by the use of surveys.  In Kowalski (2007) a school’s “culture is the least visible element of climate and thus the element most difficult to diagnose…teachers may not recognize that their instructional behavior and grading practices are influenced by school culture” (p.108).  Taken a step further and determining the personal practices of the school’s staff and teachers would best be served by the administration of a survey.

Recently, a Social Media Analysis survey was created and conducted with the teachers at my school to determine their personal use of social media.  Of the 22 teachers requested to take the survey, 81% or 18/22 responded. Analytics were easily generated as the survey was created with the use of Google Forms.  Responses were also generated that were not explained in the analytics in the form of a spreadsheet.  By using Google Forms, it was easy to gather the necessary information to determine respondent’s uses and ratios. Charts were created by utilizing the “summary of responses” offered in Google Forms.

Five questions were created to gauge the use of social media or to determine individual personal learning communities or PLNs.  The survey will be posted on 10/19.

Calculations revealed that for question number one: “1. Do you use social media in your personal life?”, that five or 27% out of the 18 respondents do not use social media at all, while 59% or the remaining 13 respondent’s use a variety of social media with an overwhelming use of YouTube.

When asked “2. Where do you get your news about school issues?” a majority stated televisions news stations, followed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and also the Internet.  But 3 responses included “other teachers/principal”, “professional associations and organizations”, followed by “other people”.

Question 3 required respondents to check all that apply when asked: “Whose knowledge and opinions do you trust?” which showed an overwhelming response indicating that family members were the most trusted, next to friends and coworkers.  Four respondents added: “school administration”, “known leaders and or authorities in given areas”, “professionals”, and “classmates”.

The fourth question asked how often the respondent viewed the school’s websites and social media. Nearly 50% answered “once a day” and one even answered “I never look at the school website or Edline”. While this survey promised anonymity, curiosity wants to determine which of the 18 teachers chose this “never”.  However, of those 50%, 22% use social media several times a day and indicate that it is an important aspect of their life.

The fifth and final question, the survey asked teachers if they have a PLN or Personal Learning Network.  Of all the respondents, 17 out of the 18 said “no”, with one elaborating on the use of Twitter as an outlet for additional learning.  More than likely, this is the first time the term PLN may have been used or discussed.  Therefore, future surveys should elaborate on the meaning and importance of PLNs for teachers and schools.

This survey determined that there is a real need for teachers to include social media within their daily lives and to welcome the use of social media as a learning tool.  With a majority of teachers stating that YouTube and Skype were one of the forms of using social media in their personal lives, then that experience would be a great tool for helping student comprehension.  By allowing students to learn from outside sources as a “guest speaker/lecturer” via the use of YouTube and Skype in the classroom, lessons would be enriched. As an elementary school, the use of Facebook in the classroom brings with it a myriad of issues, but if accepted and continuously monitored, it could be a great tool for enhancing the school’s current websites.

As an avenue for determining school culture, it is apparent that the teachers trust the personal opinion of coworkers, administration, and leaders within the school’s environment.  Armed with this knowledge, the administration has the perfect venue for disseminating communication practices of the school and bringing about evolution and or change within the school, among the staff, and with the students.

In order to determine and identify current areas of social media adaptation, the survey should have included a question that specifically targeted age and or the date of when adaptation of social media took place.  A future survey should ask when the respondent started using social media.  By doing so, analysis would allow a view into when digital adapters make a transition into the acceptance of the use of social media and the internet.  With the knowledge of how long a teacher has used social media personally, it would help administrators understand those who would be the perfect “designer, steward or teacher” that Kowalski (2007) states are the necessary links to change initiatives in improving climate and culture within a school (p. 117).




Kowalski, Theodore J., George J. Petersen, and Lance D. Fusarelli. Effective Communication for School Administrators: A Necessity in an Information Age. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2007. Print.


BAM Radio Network “Guest Educator”






Way back in November of 2013 and then in April of 2014,  I was asked to be a ‘guest’ on the BAM Radio Network discussing topics in Education and featured on both the #Edchat Radio Channel and the #Edtech Radio Channel of BAM!

You see, BAM Radio is a weekly podcaster that features different topics.  One of those topics is Education.  One of the BAM Radio channels is #edchat.  You can easily subscribe to the different channels and download the podcasts to iTunes.

It never occurred to me to write on my blog about being a guest on BAM.  (1. I didn’t want to boast and 2. I didn’t know if I was good enough).  But after months of thinking about this great opportunity, I decided to share them with you.



November 2013 #edchat Radio Topic:   Is Fear of Technology Still a Barrier to Collaboration?

You can click on the above link, or you can listen to it here:


I still feel that teachers are afraid to collaborate using technology, but hopefully, more and more teachers will see the benefit of using technology to collaborate.  How it can save time and allow for multiple edits, and multiple input.



April 2014 #edchat Radio Spot Professional Development: What’s Working, What Needs to Be Improved

You can click on the above link, or you can listen to it here:


Ironically, I am working on creating a series of Professional Development for the teachers at my school. I am hoping to document everything with surveys, photos, and possibly video.   I will keep you informed as to how it goes and what kind of reaction I get from the teachers.  Hopefully, we will all learn something from this.


The Educational Implications of the Tipping Point


As a teacher, I think anyone in the education field should read “The Tipping Point”. In fact, I think even those who have their hands in education, like parents and politicians should read it too.

Why? Because if you read it with education in mind, then those who created No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and Common Core, would understand that that these ideas/mandates do not really help the issue. That a one-size fits all kind of attitude does not work, but that these mandates should be treated as roll-outs or instituted into increments.

Because according to Gladwell, if it is done in stages or with a few strategically placed Connectors, Mavens, and Salesmen using the most “simplistic, obvious solution” that our education retention, (ending dropouts), growth (competing in the global world), and reach (3rd grade reading requirement), would have a much larger impact.

I think that if we could get our parents on board (Connectors) with the teachers (Mavens), that the administration (Salesmen) would have a larger impact on how we educate our children today.