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About afichter

Husband, Father, and Educator. I am a Language Arts teacher and School Improvement Director for Pleasantville Community Schools in Iowa.

Simplify

Over the last few weeks there have been many great discussions stemming from the Iowa Education Summit and the School Administrators of Iowa Conference. Many of the discussions resonated with the educators and administrators of Iowa. The following are my … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Education Reform

Thanks to Twitter, I had the opportunity to read an excerpt from Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: An American Agenda for Education Reform.  The Iowa Department of Education Director, Jason Glass, tweeted  about the paper and was interested in hearing thoughts … Continue reading

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Google Forms in Education

Google Forms Though Google Docs has permeated through education over the last five years, Google Forms is still relatively new to most educators. Forms can be used by students, teachers, administrators, and other staff members.  Before giving examples of how educators can … Continue reading

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Criteria for Technology Tools

This week my school had a volunteer professional development session on Google Apps, Diigo, and other Web 2.0 applications. We had an interesting discussion about which tools administrators expected teachers to use, and what tools teachers were most comfortable with. … Continue reading

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The Technology Buffet Line and Samuel Jackson

Technology tools for the classroom are basically the food selection at an all-you-can-eat buffet line: there’s an endless selection and everything looks good. But all buffet goers are not created equal. You are most likely one of the following: The … Continue reading

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