Connecting Your Classroom in World Class Ways Even When at a Distance

Description: During distance learning, Vicki Davis not only helped her school go online for grades K3-12th without any missed instructional days but she created two “enrichment classes.” Her Artificial Intelligence Course had students interview top AI experts from around the world and engage with learning using Flipgrid and other tools. Not only did 93% of the students successfully complete course content, but students created a collaborative presentation to conclude the course. In this session, Vicki will share best practices for integrating the 4C's of Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking while teaching at a distance. She'll share best practices not only from this course but from the 30+ online collaborative classes she's worked with since 2006.

This is going to be an incredible event with many authors and speakers. I'm just one presentation in a much larger, free event. Join us and register – .

Date: July 22, 2020
Time: 05:00-06:00 p.m.
Event: Indiana Connected Educators Event: Connecting Your Classroom in World Class Ways Even When at a Distance
Topic: Connecting Your Classroom in World Class Ways Even When at a Distance
Sponsor: Indiana Connected Educators
Venue: Online and Free!
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.
rise in the morning - thanks for the light (1)

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.


These days since October 10 when Hurricane Michael hit have been a challenge. Not just because of roof problems or the lack of central heating and air. Pretty much everyone down here in South Georgia has troubles. And pretty much everyone else in the rest of the country is shocked to find out that piles of trees still line the roads, homes are still damaged, and people are struggling and will be for months to come.

While the news cycle makes most disasters seem like a week or so long, that isn't reality. Those impacted by disasters have long battles to fight and stresses that those not in the messes cannot comprehend.

And yet, even in the storm there is joy. Joy to teach. Joy to laugh. Joy to giggle over something with a friend.

I go in the teacher's lounge and people are bringing awesome snacks for Christmas. Kids are excited about their performances. Today, some of my students were literally squealing over their newfound ability to edit in Adobe Premiere on the Mac.

Perhaps I've not been willing to write so much because of the microscope. While to my friends around the world, many wouldn't know I had changed schools – people near me do. Sometimes it has felt as if every tweet or social media post was hyper-analyzed for meaning or reading things into it. So, perhaps I've been reticent to post or write much.

But my calling is to encourage — even when I'm struggling. Sometimes it does get to me when I get emails from people wanting a response within hours who perhaps don't know I teach much less don't know (or care) that my front yard looks like a construction site.

And other things in life could weigh me down. But in the end, for me, I serve an awesome God and these things shall also pass.

And along with these things… so will pass the time.

As I get older, I realize just how precious and sweet each day is in life and am eager to get the most out of each of them.

Nowadays, I get up and wash my face and brush my teeth and thank God for running water. I flip on the light in the den and thank God for electricity. Even tonight as I blog this, I'm not cold because Kip has a roaring fire in the den and I am warm.

Tomorrow is not always better than today. And yesterday is not always better than tomorrow. We cannot judge our days by our circumstances but rather, we should judge them by our joy amidst any circumstances.

For truly, life is short and the ability to find joy in the rollercoaster of life is a measure of the awesomeness of the ride.

Life is so short, so, dear friends, hold up your hands, feel the wind in your hair and decide that you're going to let out a big old “Yaaaaaahoooooo!” for a change, will you?

9 Ways to Inspire Student Inventors

Edutopia Blog Post by Vicki Davis
January 17, 2017

There’s an old saying that the things that change your life are the books you read, the places you go, and the people you meet. But I’d like to add a fourth: the challenges you face (and how you face them) will always change your life. If we want our students to respond to challenges with creativity and inventiveness, we must create the conditions in which innovation is not only possible but encouraged. You don’t help students learn to invent by giving worksheets or cookie-cutter assignments. In fact, these one-size-fits-all approaches may actually take up the time that could be used for such creativity.

Read the rest of this on Edutopia

We spend way too much time trying to be normal.

David Salyers, VP at Chic Fil A says,

“Normal can never be amazing.”

The truth is that normal is average. Normal is every day. It is truly not normal to be amazing.

So, from now on I want there to be nothing normal about my life or my classroom or my family or my friendships.

How about you? Who's in for awesome?

Let's stop being normal.

Hat tip to my former student, Carlton Brooks, for this jewel. 

“No written word

nor spoken plea

Can teach our youth

what they should be.

nor all the books

on all the shelves.

It's what the teachers

are themselves.”

John Wooden, most winning men's college basketball coach of all time

Remember Who We Are

We teach more with our lives than we ever could with our mouths. As teachers, we have a responsibility to not only live well but to teach well. For in living well, we do both.

The truth may set you free, but it will probably tick you off first.

When I share this at conferences, it gets tweeted a lot.

“You cannot depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus.”

Mark Twain

I have been looking at testing the transcription of a podcast. There are services out there that will do it, but I have concerns about accuracy. So, I'm doing it manually this first time to see if people like it (or not).

After some research, I found a service called oTranscribe that is pretty nifty. So, I made a quick tutorial.

What I love about this service is both the time stamps and how it links to the audio file. I can even have my daughter help me on it and share the file with her. When I'm done, I can export it to Google Docs! Awesome!