• Determine a theme of a story, from details in the text, including how characters in a story  respond to challenges
  • Explain how a series of  scenes fit together to provide the overall structure of a particular story
  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

We have been studying the Arc of the Story aka Plot Diagram during part of our ELA learning. To help reinforce and cement the learning we have incorporated the use of Ozobots to trace the path of the story and react to certain parts such as the climax or rising action.

Here’s some video from our class as they work on this project; including their first day of exploring the coding of their Ozobots in conjunction with their story-maps.



Raison d’etre


Why do I do what I do?

My primary motivation is that I am always striving to find a better way, some might call that an innovative spirit. And once I have found a better way, I am no longer the same person, I am transformed and I must share that transformation with others. I somehow feel that I would be derelict in duty not to.

This is the whole reason why I read so many blogs, watch TED talks, listen to podcasts in a never-ending quest for better ways.This is the whole reason why I want to provide educational technology tools for my students, because they are all different, I can’t live with just giving them a hammer for everything. This is the reason for personalized learning, because all my learners are different, and I can’t live with simply one size fits all, that simply perpetuates inequity. This is the whole reason for giving my learners opportunities to create, discover, collaborate and communicate because they are all different and they need to network to discover the power of the many.

I once heard a story of a very proficient painter. He could not understand why he had to take any painting classes for his fine arts major. He was asked, “Have you ever asked an original question that you didn’t come up with yourself?” That is why it is so important that we collaborate and network, otherwise how do we prevent ourselves from potentially blocking our own ideas. Or perhaps our ideas may need augmenting or we didn’t look at a problem from a different perspective.

Do you share in these beliefs? Why or why not?


To paraphrase Maya Angelou, “If you know better,  than you must do better.”

The following quote sums up so many of my beliefs:

There is no substitute for a teacher who designs authentic, participatory, and relevant learning experiences for her unique population of students. The role of the teacher is to inspire learning and develop skills and mindsets of learners. A teacher, as designer and facilitator, should continually evolve with resources, experiences, and the support of a community. It is becoming increasingly clear that we don’t necessarily need to transform the role of teachers, rather create a culture that inspires and empowers teachers to innovate in the pursuit of providing optimal learning experiences for their students.” – Katie Martin, director of professional learning at the University of San Diego Mobile Technology Learning Center


#makerspaces Paper Circuit Projects

I’m so excited I just got this book, Paper Circuits for Makerspaces. And I just ordered some fantastic copper foil tape, bet you can guess why? also sells a kit to go along with the book.


And if you want you can make, DIY Conductive Ink

Disclaimer: I am not paid by either Amazon nor




I am a professional reader. Isn’t that great, yes, I get paid to read. Don’t you wish you had my job? But I’m gonna let you in on a little secret that perhaps you already knew but, hey, none of us know everything that’s why you got people like me out there writing, right?

I suppose there are two types of reading that I like to engage in; reading for pleasure and reading professionally. Now when I read for pleasure, here’s my preferred medium.

And when I read professionally, here’s my preferred medium.

Why the difference?






  • In a former life I was a bookstore manager, so there is something indescribably visceral about the actual holding of a book that you enjoy reading.
  • I have way too many books already so the more professional books I can get electronically the better since after all, I am a professional reader.
  • Often times the electronic version is less expensive, has hyperlinks, perhaps bonus materials, might be more easily updated.
  • I usually read professionally in my office at my desk. Helps the mindset and keeps me from napping.
  • But one of my most important reasons for reading professionally in the electronic way is that I can highlight, write notes, and make multiple bookmarks. My highlights and notes are then easy to copy/paste for whatever nefarious purpose I may have though actually it is always an educational purpose.






Try it, you’ll like it



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