December 13, 2007

Who is this person?

Filed under: — Candace Hackett Shively @ 1:11 pm

TeachersFirst SMALL logoI am a 27 year teaching veteran and the Director of K-12 Initiatives for a non-profit learning and technologies company. I am in charge of, a free, ad-free teacher resource site celebrating over 16 years of continuous service to teachers and students around the world.

I am a teacher, first and always. Thus the title of my blog.

Candace Hackett Shively


  1. Just surfing the web for some good information. I hit GOLD in many ways!!!

    Comment by Kathy Ennis — July 13, 2008 @ 8:10 pm

  2. Candy, I voice from your past??? I miss you…I lost your home address and e-mail, but think of you often and all we shared. I learned SO MUCH from you! I retired this year and it does feel a little strange…but after 36 years I was ready. I miss the students SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much, but have been remodeling and traveling and starting to paint again. How are Kip and Erin and your grandchild? I searched the web to find you and found this awesome blog site. I hope you will respond so we can reconnect:) Shuey

    Comment by Suzanne A. Shuey "Shuey" — February 5, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

  3. I am writing you an email right now! Hooray for teachers who know where and how to look for what they want on the web.

    Comment by Candace Hackett Shively — February 6, 2009 @ 10:26 am

  4. ANother voice from the past. I found you after seeing your name on Scott McLeod’s blog. I didn’t know you had a blog. I’ll have to start following, now. If Scott says he likes your writing style then it MUST be good.

    Comment by Jim Gates — March 19, 2009 @ 5:15 pm

  5. Sorry I was so unresponsive in approving your comment, Jim –had a BIG event in our family this past weekend and actually stayed off my computer for nearly 96 hours straight. An odd experience, indeed. F2F people still rank #1.

    Comment by Candace Hackett Shively — March 24, 2009 @ 10:53 am

  6. I’m a second year teacher and I’m found a wealth of information on this blog. I’m still intimidated with navigating but getting more comfortable.

    I was wondering how many middle school technology teachers teach internet security. I think this extremely important for students to understand there is something such as cyberspace bullying.

    Comment by Terri Waterman — September 13, 2009 @ 8:06 pm

  7. New federal laws are requiring the teaching of Internet safety (including bullying) before grade 8, but there is no “hammer” to enforce this or verify that it is being done. My “network” shows that many schools are getting on board with this for the under-13 crowd before kids (theoretically) can “join” sites on their own. In my opinion, teaching and modeling safety is an ongoing process that starts at age 3-4 and never ends, even for adults. In school world — where curriculum is often once-and-done — the ongoing changes and exploding options of the web demand a more dynamic teaching approach. We need to be honest with kids and let them hear us thinking out loud as we “figure out” what a site is doing, what information it is collecting about us, etc. Of course, many of the sites with the worst potential dangers are blocked at school, so we teachers cannot model how to use them safely. Filtering and safety are a heavy, double-edged sword. And schools need to be sharing this process with families, as well. There are terrific resources on the web to help teach the “latest,” too!

    Comment by Candace Hackett Shively — November 12, 2009 @ 8:49 am

  8. Hi Candace

    Fantastic blog – a great read!

    I wanted to get in touch and let you know about a really exciting, free-to-school literacy website called Wordia (

    I imagine you are really busy, but it’s a really innovative new resource (using video & games-based learning) to support educators teaching subject vocabulary / literacy.

    I’d like to send you some information about our Literacy Ambassador Programme. (It’s totally free – and I’m contacting you, as we wish to ensure that it’s educator-led!).

    I hope that’s of interest.


    Community Manager

    Comment by Susan — December 8, 2011 @ 7:09 am

  9. Susan,
    TeachersFirst is already in the process of reviewing wordia. That review should be online soon.

    Comment by Candace Hackett Shively — December 12, 2011 @ 10:45 am

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