It’s been awhile since I’ve commented here in my personal blog because I switched Masters programs and the emphasis has been quite different. I have learned so much and also I feel I have so much to learn about the advancing technologies available in our world today.  I don’t want this to end, I don’t want to stop learning and exploring new opportunities.  I’ve met some amazing people in this program that are out in this world trying to make a difference to our students and fellow educators.  Where do I go from here, where can I make a difference to those in the trenches?

So I am going to start building more on this site to share now  some of the amazing tools that I have seen through my studies, my coursework and talking to fellow classmates.

The key to it all: don’t limit your learning, don’t stop and think you can’t because life is now and tomorrow comes but make it matter.


What is Disruptive innovation? Is it scary?

What really has struck a cord with me is hearing the word “disruptive” brings to mind something troublesome, unruly, disorderly and then attaching “innovation” which sparks new ideas, creation and rebirth sounds like a weird connection.  Putting the two words together is best described by “as an innovation that creates a new market and value network displacing previous market leaders”. How is that possible?

The example in the video below about spotting disruptive innovation in a corporate setting was very interesting in reference to the gaming systems.  I have two gaming sons and I tried to keep up learning each gaming system and played some games with the boys.  I even played Pokemon when it first came out!   Whenever I tried to explain the different gaming systems to friends that had no idea what they should purchase for their children, I would always say the wii has the family friendly version that allows for everyone to play and be interactive but if you are a true gamer looking for the best graphics you would want to purchase an XBox or Playstation systems.  As an adult that didn’t grow up with gaming systems other than the old school Atari, having to press A/B, YX, and the up down sticks was much too challenging.  Who can’t handle the wii remote to “swing a bat” versus the very cumbersome method using the Playstation remote? I never really thought about how that little remote was a disruptive innovation that brought more gaming systems into homes that might not have had those systems. What an excellent example of change and growth using a simple idea to answer a consumer’s needs.

How to Spot Disruptive Innovation

I love the examples and videos in our book, Blended; Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools.  This book was exciting to read because it supports what I’ve been doing for years as a homeschooler, allowing my children to learn at their pace, pushing them to learn through their own learning environments and allowing access to every tool to enrich their learning environment since we didn’t have school budgets to support that learning.  I’m only part way through the book and I wish I had unlimited time to watch every single video example of the use of “disruptive innovation” within schools, or blended learning.  The examples used in the book have been great visuals that put this whole idea of disruptive innovation into perspective both within education and beyond.

So Disruptive Innovation isn’t about causing “trouble” in the education field but finding easier, cheaper ways of allowing students to have a handle on their own learning experiences.  So why would you want to put a child that is very hands on learning into a “factory” setting education that requires that they sit attentively at their desk and “take tests”, read their textbook or fill out worksheets all day?

I think the biggest challenge will be to bring the changes needed into our education system.  Just last night I read that  there are over 2.04 million students being homeschooled and 310,000 students enrolled in full-time virtual schools.  If you don’t think the government is going to take notice and start enforcing new regulations and restrictions, perhaps you live in Utopia.  So I look forward to learning and applying my class project of disrupting the ways things have been done to bring back the passion of learning to our students and allowing them to have more control in their own education.



Brian D. Ray, “2.04 Million Homeschool Students in the United States in 2010,” National Home Education Research Institute, January 3, 2011 (

Harvard Business Review (2008, October 20). How to Spot Disruptive Innovation Opportunities.  Retrieved from

Horn, M. B., & Staker, H. (2014). Blended: Using disruptive innovation to improve schools. John Wiley & Sons.

Digital Portfolio Building Lessons

What I have learned in three months of graduate school?  That I have so much more to learn.  I have barely tapped the surface of everything that is available and I hope I never stop learning.  I began my learning journey by creating my own personal reflection video to share about my past, present, and future journey with technology.  I’m slowly learning what it means to be involved with technology in education and how much the world of technology has grown.  I have to remember that I shouldn’t be forcing technology into the classroom environment, but allowing technology to be present and available so the students develop their creativity in learning.

This year I am teaching a Spanish Course where I had the students use a digital tool for assessment and provide me feedback on the use of technology.  It was a fun and engaging exercise so I decided to do a second lesson where the students can work independently to do a book report with a comic book strip app.

Then we evaluated how much education is changing, what we think needs to change and how technology plays a role in those changes through our Learning Manifesto.

What I have learned is how important having a professional learning community or network of peers that can share what has worked, how to find new avenues of approaching desired goals and possible new digital tools. There are so many resources available and hopefully my site can be a resource to home schoolers and others that are approaching developing their digital portfolio for the first time or even just about learning what is available for educators.

These videos and resources are but a beginner’s first approaches and hopefully I will learn to tailor and refine each of these reflections, tools and manifestos to reflect the growth I hope to gain in my future coursework.