10 Ways to Tap into Student Dreams #12DOD #StuVoice #Choose2Matter

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I can not even begin to imagine the number of dreams I have had over my lifetime. There are those times that I awaken from sleep and the dream feels so real and I can recall every detail. Then there are the dreams that just fade away with the darkness as the sun rises. There are times when I dream all night but remember none of them.

That's the thing about dreams, if we don't capture them, then we run the risk of the losing them. That's exactly why I started The 12 Days of Dreaming. I wanted to tap into the dreams of my colleagues. Now, #StuVoice, Choose2Matter, and Education Dreamer are pushing forward #12DOD: Student Edition. Since it was launched on January 21, 2013 I have had numerous questions about what we're looking for and what age does a person have to be to submit an idea.

I wanted to write this post to set the record straight, this project is for any student, any age, any nationality. If a student wants to write it by him or herself or collaborate with others.

Actually, it doesn't even have to be a traditional blog post. During the first #12DOD @okmbio wrote an amazing poem that was one of my personal favorites.

Here are some ways we can tap into students' dreams.

  1. Traditional Blog Post - Preferably 400 - 600 words 
  2. Poem - There are few things more captivating than a well written poem. 
  3. Song - Lets just try to keep it shorter than a Dave Matthews Band live performance. :)
  4. Speech - I have this image in my head of a student giving his/her stump-speech for better schools.
  5. Press Conference - Make it look like a Presidential press conference about your dream school. 
  6. Drama - Get a group and act out your dream school.
  7. News Report - If you already go to your dream school, then tell us about it and why it's your dream school!
  8. In Plain English Video - Those fun videos like this one about Twitter. 
  9. Art - Want to paint a picture of your dream school? Why not? Submit it!
  10. Wild Card - There are 1000s of creative ways you can share your dream! Just don't keep your dream to yourself!
We all have dreams and hopes for the future of this world. They deserved to be heard and they deserved to be pursued! 

There's no wrong way to share your dreams! 

All ideas can be submitted by filling out this form:


Photoprompts: 12DOD Student Edition

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It pays to be friends with the amazing @johntspencer. Not only is a great person and enjoyable to talk to but he's also a great resource. #StuVoice, #Choose2Matter, and Education Dreamer recently launched The 12 Days of Dreaming Student Edition. I reached out to John and asked if he had some photoprompts that would work for this project and he sent me these from @lukeneff and himself.

These are just ideas that students and teachers could use to get their creative juices going as they think about how they would reimagine schools.

Again, these are just possible starting points for students as they explore submitting an idea for the project. Thank you John and Luke for letting us use these for this blog post!

Dream on!


12 Days of Dreaming: Student Edition

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This past December I ran a series on Education Dreamer called The 12 Days of Dreaming. Over a course of three weeks I posted twelve different blogs by fourteen guest bloggers. Each blogger was an educator and he or she wrote about her dreams for education. Some covered broad topics such as assessment and the physical structure of the school. While others focused on their personal classroom or subject area. It was a great experience with great results.

Now it’s time to take the project to the next level. That’s why I’m excited to announce that Education Dreamer is teaming up with the people at Student Voice and Choose 2 Matter to bring to you The 12 Days of Dreaming: Student Edition!  This will be a collaborative effort to highlight the dreams of the students who enter our schools. 

We are looking for a minimum of 12 guest student bloggers. The series will run in February. At the end of the series the post, along with some special guest post, will be released in the iTunes bookstore. The books will be sold with all proceeds going to the Sandy Hook Scholorship Fun!  

If you are a student, or know of one, who would like to submit a blog post for this project, please submit your idea for a 400-600 word blog post by filling out this FORM by February 8. All you have to do is answer this question:

What are your dreams for education?

Thank you for taking the time to be a part of this project! We look forward to sharing your dreams with the world!

#YouMatter #DreamOn
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A Month of Learning

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One week into my new job and I am really enjoying myself. I know things won't always be perfect and I'm certainly still in the honeymoon phase. For the time being let me live in my fantasy world. In coming into a new town and a new position I decide the best thing I can do is make my first month here a month of learning. My focus so far has been on three things.

What do schools have?

What do they need/want? 

How can I help?

These three questions have given me some insight into the school that I've visited so far. It's been fun checking schools out, talking to principals, teachers, and students about learning. Each conversation I have had we've focused on learning over devices, teaching over technology, students over standards, and future over past. One principal looked at me and said, "Well you certainly have an ambitious agenda." I don't know any other kind of agenda to have.

It's an exciting time in our district and I'm glad to be a part of it. Follow along if you'd like on Twitter. I'm using #ClarkTechTour as I visit the schools in my districtWhat will I learn today?


6 Things to Look Forward to in 2013

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I'm back!! It feels like forever since I wrote a blog post. I ended 2012 with an interview with Arne Duncan and then The 12 Days of Dreaming Project. Both of them were a lot of fun and I appreciate all of the great feedback I've received. There is more to come with The 12 Days of Dreaming and I hope to be announcing that soon. #teaser

The end of 2012 was a crazy and exciting time for my family. I am now the Director of Technology for Greater Clark County Schools in Jeffersonville, IN. I am sure that I will be writing a lot about my experience leading a district in this position. Consequently my family and I moved two hours east to a new city.

Now that the second semester has started, we're all moved, I'm at my new job, and my kids are in their new school I plan on getting back in the habit of blogging. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning there will be a new blog on Education Dreamer. I will write most of them but I did enjoy having some guest bloggers and I hope to have some more in the future.

I just wanted to write this post to say that I'm glad to be getting into a new routine. I want to say a big THANK YOU to all of my Evansville friends, family, and coworkers. I was blessed to live in that great city for the last 7 and a half years. It was an amazing time and I learned so much during my time there.

As I move forward there are several things I am looking forward to the rest of this school year and throughout 2013. These are in no certain order.

  • Learning - Every time I have "moved up" in my career it has simply meant that I have had to become a better learning. I can not imagine what I'm about to learn this year.
  • Promoting - For me, there is nothing more fun than promoting the amazing works of teachers and students. 
  • Starting a 1:1 - One of the big task that I've been asked to do is to lead our district into a 1:1 initiative. It's going to be exciting! 
  • Failing - This ties into the learning because as much as I learn during my times of success, I often learn as much, if not more, from my failures. Plus if we are failing at some things then that means we are truly stretching ourselves. 
  • Introducing - I am going to have the great pleasure to introduce you to some amazing folks in my new district. Also, I'm going to get to introduce them to all of you. 
  • eLearning Conference - The Indiana Department of Ed has awarded us a grant to host a summer eLeraning conference. More to come on this in the future!
Needless to say, I am pumped! Thank you to all of you who have followed along in 2012! There is a lot of things to look forward to in 2013!

Dream on!