Posts Tagged "welcome"

Welcome to the Influence

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Mixes | 10 comments

And life barrels on like a runaway train/Where the passengers change/They don’t change anything Some of my favorite conversations with teachers revolve around some of the formative experiences they had that lead them to becoming the kind of teacher they are today. Sometimes these are experiences that answer the “Why did you become a teacher?” question. Those stories are interesting to me, but not as interesting as the nitty-gritty stories that demonstrate the growth stages a teacher would hit along the way. Sometimes these stories stretch back to childhood, and sometimes they happened in the relatively recent past. So to kick off the Influences strain...

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Welcome to the Product

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Mixes | 0 comments

My last polemic against simply sharing products all the time aside, there’s value in sharing the products that we create. Probably the most valuable reason for sharing our products is to get feedback on them. When putting that last post together, I think I got more of a response to the product of my chart itself than to the actual process detailed in the chart itself. This tells me that people like charts, which is certainly good to know as I fine-tune the product that is a blogpost. I’ll probably try to include more charts in future posts. Another important reason to share our products is genuine pride in them. That’s the case with something I had a...

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Welcome to the Process

Posted by on Jul 14, 2012 in Mixes | 6 comments

This is a message from your heart/Your most important body part/Taking blood and making art As stated in my first welcome message, and demonstrated by my post on making the ePub book, a big focus for me as I enter my second decade as a teacher is the process of creation.  We talk a lot with our students about the writing process, for example, but I think teachers as a whole seem very product-driven. We show others the final project/essay/etc that our students created, but we rarely take the time to share with each other the deliberate steps we take in planning out those projects. Let’s face it, it’s not enough for us to share the wonderful stuff our kids...

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Welcome to the Tools

Posted by on Jul 8, 2012 in Mixes | 2 comments

In a bit of fortuitous timing, given that I just started a blog about wanting to take a closer look at, among other things, the tools that help us create things, I was recently contacted by Daniel Scibienski for an interview on his new blog Teacher Uses This, which is exclusively about the tools teachers use to get things done. You can read the whole thing if you wish here, but below are the juicy parts that are more relevant to what I’ll be talking examining as this blog moves along: What hardware are you using? I’m pretty much exclusively Apple hardware these days, although I certainly didn’t intend to turn out that way. I was a pretty hardcore PC guy,...

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Welcome to the Remix

Posted by on Jun 23, 2012 in Mixes | 0 comments

Hello hello hello/Are you out there? All of my best ideas started out as somebody else’s ideas. I’m not the most super-creative amazing person on the planet, and that’s been an important realization for me in the past couple of years. While I’m not very good at creating something out of nothing, I’ve become pretty strong at creating connections between things that turn into something that at least looks creative. Hi, I’m Dan Callahan. You may know me from my work with Edcamps. You might also know me from my job as a K-5 Technology Specialist, or my previous one as a Special Educator. You might follow me on Twitter or were one of the...

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