Patrick Donovan

Guest Blogger

Director of Technology, Ames Community School District

Ames, Iowa

Patrick Donovan is director of technology at Ames Community School District, Ames, Iowa. Patrick has been in education since 2004 and taught secondary science before moving into the role of a technology coach. He has presented at conferences across the Midwest and has presented multiple times at ISTE. He believes that technology should not be the focus of our learning but is the tool that we can use to get to the levels of teaching and learning that we desire. Patrick is part of the Friendly Disruption podcast and is an advocate for making learning accessible for all.

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Posted Nov. 21, 2019

Here’s Why You Should Be Podcasting in the Classroom

Six years ago, my school, Ames High School went one-to-one and handed every student a laptop. This was a major…

By Patrick Donovan

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Posted Dec. 5, 2019

We Were Making Progress on School Discipline Until Betsy DeVos Came Along

At the turn of the century, in 1999, I was graduating from high school, motivated to enter the teaching profession with a passion to reform…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Dec. 5, 2019

When Disney’s ‘Frozen II’ Represents Indigenous Peoples Better Than Elementary Schools, There’s a Problem

As I sat with my 7-year-old daughter and her friends in a movie theater for a showing of “Frozen II,” I was fascinated. No, it wasn’t…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted Dec. 3, 2019

Stop Arguing About ‘Equity’ and Focus on Student Outcomes

There’s a major force in the education world that has attempted to claim ownership over the term “equity.” From tweets questioning the value of literacy…

By Jasmine Lane

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