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Chris selected as K12OnlineConference keynote speaker Each year the K12OnlineConference provides tremendous professional development for free, and entirely online. This year, they have selected me as one of their keynote speakers. I am thrilled to have been chosen and look forward to participating in the conversation. Read the full post announcing all the keynote speakers here.

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Two quick links on Cognitive Load Theory I've been fielding lots of questions lately about Cognitive Load Theory. Here are two quick links that may be useful. First is an article talking about the practical implications of CLT on the design of learning. The second are some "recent" (as of 2003) developments regarding CLT. Happy reading! Update: I clarified the second...

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Practical advice on kids and Android app development After hearing about my students' success developing an Android app, I've gotten several emails asking for more details as to how I practically worked with my kids. Here are some pointers that I offered to the first person that emailed me, perhaps they are of some use to you. Please note that your mileage may vary. It's ok to not be...

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Publishing an App Inventor app to the Android Market As I mentioned earlier, my students and I published an Android app to the Android Market. See those links for more information on the background. This post is decidedly technical. First, once we finished the coding process, we packaged the app for to download to the computer. This is an option in App Inventor. This downloaded an .apk file....

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Designing and publishing an Android app with kids This post is designed to provide some context around how/why we decided to build this app. The more technical details of the code and how we published it will come in a future post. My students and I recently completed and published an Android app, and here's how we did it. First, the genesis for this goes back to a question I asked...

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Upstate Technology Conference Keynote

Category : Educational Technology

I am thrilled to have been invited to deliver the keynote address at the Upstate Technology Conference recently.

Embedded here please find the keynote address, in its entirety. Please understand this is my first keynote address, so that might explain my nervousness!

I want to thank Jeff McCoy, Tim Van Heule, Tim Cushman, Cathy Arnold, Kevin Merritt, Donna Goldsmith, and everyone who attended for your support.

A special thanks to MaryAnn Sansonetti and Cathy Nelson for their unwavering support in helping me so much over the years.

You can see the video on if you like, or click through and see it here.

With no further adieu…

Comments (10)

Your keynote address was a rockin good time! That’s why, even though I was fortunate enough to be there and see you deliver it, I am watching here again. Hope that the rest of the summer is a great one for you and your family.

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Hi Chris,

Appreciate the mention in your keynote, but just an FYI – I’m not a library god. I put my hair in a bun one strand at a time just like everyone else.

Great job and thanks for the mention.


Great stuff Chris – well done and a great delivery plus a fantastic presence (and the best impression of our friend Ewan) 🙂

Sorry I couldn’t watch it all but would love to see you in person one day…

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Great presentation! I enjoyed listening to all of the ways you integrate technology with your students. Do you think I could drop my daughter from PE to take Spanish? 🙂

See you around,


Chris – You, too, have a cool accent!

Thanks for posting this video. I appreciate the fact that you focused on the students’ needs. The need for them to want to come to class, to be motivated, for you to know them by name.

I’ll try to tune into Keynote #2 LIVE!

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