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The challenges of digital leadership

The challenges of digital leadership

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to this blog via e-mail or our RSS feed. We also are each on Twitter (see sidebar on right). Thanks for visiting!   I wrote an article for the National Association of Independent Schools on the…

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The best way to complain

The best way to complain

  A photo posted by Paul Octavious (@pauloctavious) onJan 3, 2015 at 5:47am PST The best way to complain is to make things – James Murphy Photo from Paul Octavious #makeitbetter [cross-posted at Dangerously Irrelevant]

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Guest Blog: Middle School ELA Educator, Cynthia Walsh, Newell-Fonda

Guest Blog: Middle School ELA Educator, Cynthia Walsh, Newell-Fonda

Mike Anderson and I were fortunate to support Mrs. Walsh in her quest to utilize the 3D printer in middle school language arts. We met in the summer to play with the 3D printer and to brainstorm and plan ELA connections. Mike also provides training…

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(Bradbury and Echo). So…I Hope This Enters the Financial Literacy Discussion.

(Bradbury and Echo). So…I Hope This Enters the Financial Literacy Discussion.

Recently, thanks to colleagues Mike Anderson and Scott McLeod, I read Marcus Wolhosen’s commentary in Amazon’s Weird Siri Like Speaker is Yet Another Way to Get You to Shop and Greg Krumparak’s argument in Let’s Call Amazon’s Echo What It Is. If you have not seen or heard…

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Trivia Crack Part Deux

Trivia Crack Part Deux

I love Erin for writing about the positive experiences involved in playing Trivia Crack. That’s why she’s my friend – she’s so positive. I 100% agree with her analysis. And don’t get me wrong, I love playing the game. But since I also had a Trivia…

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Trivia Crack Delivers a Reminder…

Trivia Crack Delivers a Reminder…

Please note: I am not advocating for use of the app-it just so happened the app reminded me of experiences I value. The experience I value-described in this post-is not multiple-choice testing, memorization for memorization’s sake…this is just something to think about. It spread. First,…

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What I want for my kids in 2015

What I want for my kids in 2015

My year doesn’t really revolve around the calendar year, but the school year. As such, I set my new goals in July and August instead of January. But in the spirit of the season, I wanted to share a few thoughts for 2015. When I…

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How brave will we be this year?

How brave will we be this year?

It’s a new year. And it takes 5 minutes to set up a blog, Twitter account, Facebook page, or Google+ community…  How brave will we be this year? Will we speak out against injustices? Will we champion reciprocal accountability from leaders and policymakers? Will we…

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Back to School from Winter Break…

Back to School from Winter Break…

1. Help students make a connection with a new a book by providing guidance and time to check out a book-virtual or physical-student choice. 2. Reflection. Ask students to reflect on the first half of the school year and share their hopes for the second…

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Strategy for Flipping a Lesson

Strategy for Flipping a Lesson

I have been fortunate to spend a lot of time looking at teachers’ lessons/tasks and instruction as well as student work.  While doing this I have found a few strategies that I have shared with teachers to help them “flip” their lessons/tasks and instruction from…

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An Alternative to a New Year’s Resolution

An Alternative to a New Year’s Resolution

As I think about 2014 coming to a close and a new year approaching, I reflect upon things that occurred during the passing year and often want to make improvements.  These reflections typically are found in various aspects of my life as a mom, wife,…

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Reflection after Friday’s Lunch and Learn with Alan November

Reflection after Friday’s Lunch and Learn with Alan November

Alan November, leader of November Learning, shared his passion for meaningful student learning experiences during Prairie Lakes AEA’s virtual Lunch and Learn. November, author of numerous books including Who Owns the Learning, discussed the importance of building a community by concentrating less on content and…

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Option B

Option B

Option A: students complete a paper (or electronic) worksheet of low-level knowledge and/or procedural skillsOption B: something else Option A: students read pages from a dry-as-toast textbook and then answer publisher-provided regurgitation questionsOption B: something else Option A: students sit quietly and take notes while…

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WWTSD? aka What Would Taylor Swift Do?

WWTSD? aka What Would Taylor Swift Do?

Yep. I’m going there. Oh Taylor, you had no idea you would take the education world by storm in addition to topping the charts, did you? Okay, “taking by storm” might be a bit much, but I am going to proudly announce right now that…

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Stuff.

Stuff.

Students might publish stuff with a lot of errors. Yup. Students might not want to do stuff with a class from another place. And? Students might not collaborate letting one person do all of the stuff. Uh-huh. Students might say/do stuff that is inappropriate. So? Unfortunately,…

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#MWGS Highlight: Caroline Haebig & Collaborative Reflection with Google Hangouts on Air

#MWGS Highlight: Caroline Haebig & Collaborative Reflection with Google Hangouts on Air

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Midwest Google Summit in Wisconsin, which was a great event. One of the things that I noticed was the amount of sessions on reflection. Student reflection and capturing student though process throughout a project or assignment…

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Stop. Start. Share. #mwgs

Stop. Start. Share. #mwgs

Mark Garrison, Director of Technology at White Bear Lake Schools, kicked off the Midwest Google Summit in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Garrison shared his inspirational story of adventure, technology, and commitment to improve continually with technology integration. Garrison organized his keynote with the following prompts: Stop,…

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Allegory(ish) of the Pen

Allegory(ish) of the Pen

When did the (pen) stop being named a tool and become exactly what (it) is… not a punishment or reward not a motivation or resource not a reason or cause not an avenue or bridge an intricate definition crafted and created by the one who…

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Don’t forget to vote!

Don’t forget to vote!

Pardon me while I hop off my #edtech podium for a second. The Social Studies teacher in me would like to make an appearance. As we approach election day this week, I see more and more posts and conversations complaining about campaign ads. I get…

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Thinking about Research: Guest Blog from Amanda Mefferd, Newell-Fonda

Thinking about Research: Guest Blog from Amanda Mefferd, Newell-Fonda

Amanda Mefferd, Newell-Fonda High School English teacher, shares her reflection as she ponders the research process… Students in my college composition class are currently writing a position research paper. After some grumbling, difficulty finding sources, and a few long discussions about finding a topic that…

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