CK Edtech Tidbits

Tips, Tricks, Tools and More


Meet Jennifer Dawson! Jen is the Boys Middle School Librarian and master of many additional trades and talents including coding, making, designing, and tinkering. Jen manages the BMS makerspace, which incorporates design thinking concepts into a creative tinker space using 3D printing, 3D Doodling, Little Bits, Google Cardboard, Makedo, Spheros, Carving, Legos, and anything else the boys come up with!

The Boys’ middle school has been buzzing with innovation and technology! By the holiday break, all 6th-8th grade boys will have designed their own 3D printing models. Jen says the 6th and 7th grade math classes are coding with Sphero Robots and are having a “ball” (no pun intended)

They are also having a lot of fun in our Makerspace! Boys from all three grades came to build R2D2 robots from scratch, using little bits which then traveled in the hallways. Jen tells me, "The boys are also looking forward to our Holiday Makerspace workshop where they can design and make gifts for their family and friends."

Would you or someone you know like to be featured in the next "Teacher Spotlight"? We would LOVE to hear from you! Please invite us to your next class to take a picture and get a quick synopsis of what you and your students are up to! Don't be humble! You are all doing great things in your classroom. It doesn't have to be a major project or a super fancy tech tool!


In this issue of CK Tech Tidbits: ISTE 2017 TAKEAWAYS

In this edition of "CK Tech Tidbits", I have been asked to share some of the fabulous things I learned from other teachers at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. If you attended ISTE (or any other teacher conference for that matter), please share your favorite conference takeaways by commenting at the end of this page! ISTE is the world's largest and most comprehensive ed tech conference. Typically teachers who present at ISTE are pushing the boundaries of education by harnessing the power of technology to advance learning and teaching. The ISTE conference is a great place to connect with other innovative educators and take your own skills to the next level.

Read below to find out what all the talk was about and let me know if you would like to learn more about anything mentioned!


Teachers are Wizards!

In her keynote speech Jennie Magiera, Chief Innovation Officer in Des Plaines, IL, encouraged us to give students more of a voice. She gave examples from her own childhood and others to illustrate the danger in seeing students as a “single story”. According to Magiera, “it’s a teacher’s job to amplify the untold story of our students’ potential.” Online video can be a powerful platform for giving students a platform and an audience for them to share their full stories.

Jennie Magiera's full keynote is not available online without ISTE membership access but here is a short clip from her keynote, one of the best keynotes I have heard in a long time.



Anyone who attended this year was bound to notice a lot of chatter about the following three topics:


Let Students Take the Lead!

On the heels of the latest ISTE standards with a focus on empowered learning, many schools are already taking steps to let students take the lead with technology. How can we provide opportunities like this for our students at Cranbrook? Read about one example where students experienced deeper learning as they "learned to fail, not failed to learn":


Empower your practice, spark professional learning goals with the ISTE Standards for Educators

The recently refreshed ISTE Standards for Educators are your road map to helping students become empowered learners. These standards will deepen your practice, promote collaboration with peers, challenge you to rethink traditional approaches and prepare students to drive their own learning.

Find out how the ISTE Standards for Educators are a lot like yoga in this cool poster

ISTE Standards for Teachers

Last year, I shared the new ISTE Standards for Students with you. Here is a video to remind you about what those 7 standards look and feel like for students:



Sunday, June 24th 2018 at 9am to Wednesday, June 27th 2018 at 12pm

McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, United States

Chicago, IL

You're pushing the boundaries of education by harnessing the power of technology to advance learning and teaching. Connect with other innovative educators and take your own skills to the next level by participating in the world's largest and most comprehensive ed tech meeting of the minds!



Here's one suggestion. Do you have any recommendations? If so, add a comment at the end of this page. Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play.


Need Support? Where do you go next?

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Jen & Jeremy

We are here to collaborate with you to discover and support the most effective instructional strategies that will have the biggest impact on your students' learning.

What can we do for you?

  • Attend collaborative team, grade level, or department meetings
  • Research and share digital lessons and tools to enhance your curriculum
  • Support the use of digital tools within your classroom by modeling the use for students and/or being an additional set of hands in the room to help your students.
  • Co-teach digital lessons with you
  • Assist with creating technology enhanced lessons and assessments

Schools' Tech Teaching and Learning Support Page EXT. 3563 or EXT. 3023


We encourage you to use the comments feature at the end of this page to respond to any of the tips, tricks, and tools mentioned in this newsletter. Maybe you and/or your students have had a personal experience with one of the topics (good or bad) or maybe you have an alternate suggestion of something that you find works better. We would love to hear from you!

Is there something you would like to see in an upcoming edition of CK Tech Tidbits? If so, please email us!