Author Archives: jjanczak

About jjanczak

A secondary social science teacher jumping into the world of education technology and trying to make classrooms centered around technology the rule, not the exception in the school systems.


First of all – sorry for missing the post last week.  I caught a bad case of whatever is going around and it was not a fun time.  My kids were also sick and I was doing my best to … Continue reading

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So I’ve been thinking a lot about goals this month.  Personal goals. Family goals. Professional goals.  I wanted to share a few professional ones here – to make them public and as a way to hold me accountable – because … Continue reading

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Welcome Back?

Wow – is been almost 3 years since a post here.  3 years of a lot of growth and change. Our family has grown by one more (a cute little energetic guy named Jackson) and I have grown into my … Continue reading

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Making the Jump From Proficient to Excellent – #ICE14 Presentation

This is our presentation from the Illinois Computing Educators conference on making the jump from “proficient” to “excellent” using technology. The workshop was very well attended and I had a blast presenting with some great colleagues.  Please offer your feedback … Continue reading

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5 Things I Learned at #NCSS13

So this was my first time at a NCSS conference, and I have not been to a Social Studies specific conferences since I presented with one of my favorite professors at Michigan State University, Dr. Timothy Little, at MCSS back … Continue reading

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Top 5 Things I Learned at ASCD13

I’m back (well, actually I am here because the conference was here in Chicago) from the ASCD 2013 Conference.  I attended sessions on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and learned so much my brain has entered a “learning coma” (similar to … Continue reading

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Giving Up Facebook For Lent

So I’ve been thinking long and hard about what to give up for Lent.  I could give up soda, snacks, or junk food but for a guy of my, um, “stature” giving up useless calories is a lot like asking … Continue reading

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