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Sharing More of the Awesome

Sharing More of the Awesome

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!   Often what gets attention is not what is right with the world, but…

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A Square Peg in a Round Hole

A Square Peg in a Round Hole

Isn’t this the type of problem with which we should engage students?  YES!! I love this scene from Apollo 13 and not just because I’ve always had a thing for space exploration, whether human or Wookie.  However, when I view it now I recognize the richness…

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Why would students feel valued at school?

Why would students feel valued at school?

Without having seen the exact survey questions, here are some quick reactions I have to these data… Why on earth would students say they feel valued at school? In most schools, students are told what to do nearly every minute of every school day, are…

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Poetics, Apps Gone Free

Poetics, Apps Gone Free

I write poetry daily. In fact, several of my posts on this blog were written in poetic form. Thanks to @appsgonefree (this is both a website and app),  I recently added #poetics to the numerous avenues I choose to create. Daily, @appsgonefree delivers a list of iPhone…

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Guest Post – Dane Barner, How to Fix Education: Stop Eating Cheeseburgers

Guest Post – Dane Barner, How to Fix Education: Stop Eating Cheeseburgers

Guest post from Dane Barner (@mrbarnerwcms) cross posted from Around the Corner Thinking So, let’s talk about change. People say that education is always changing, but I say that it’s not. I say that we (thinking of the SAMR model) substitute one thing for another…

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Guest Post – Dane Barner, How to Fix Education: Education Reform (Part 2)

Guest Post – Dane Barner, How to Fix Education: Education Reform (Part 2)

Guest Post from Dane Barner (@mrbarnerwcms) cross posted from Around the Corner Thinking So, I posted How To Fix Education a few weeks ago. It was revolutionary (if you didn’t read that with the appropriate amount of sarcasm, please read it again with much more…

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A new resource for school administrators: Digital Leadership Daily

A new resource for school administrators: Digital Leadership Daily

As part of my never-ending quest to help school administrators with the complex transitions and transformations that accompany digital learning tools and environments, I am unveiling a new resource today… Digital Leadership Daily. One digital school leadership reading or resource per day, tweeted, texted to…

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Sharing the Awesome

Sharing the Awesome

Often what gets attention is not what is right with the world, but what is wrong. After Leslie Pralle Keehn and I attended our first Google Summit, we were inspired to capture stories of innovation and inspiration. In the spirit of that quest and the…

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Refusing to let children practice agriculture because it might weaken their hunting skills

Refusing to let children practice agriculture because it might weaken their hunting skills

Doug Johnson said: If at the end of the last ice age the natives of Minnesota had refused to let their children practice agriculture because it might weaken their hunting skills (although the animals were moving north and it was easier staying fed growing corn),…

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Guest Post – Dane Barner, How to Fix Education (Part 1)

Guest Post – Dane Barner, How to Fix Education (Part 1)

Guest post from Dane Barner (@mrbarnerwcms) cross posted from Around the Corner Thinking Education, this thing that I love and have devoted my life to, is broken. And, it’s broken badly. Our students are master manipulators of information. They are not learners. They consistently ask…

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Lose Weight Now! A Diet Plan for a Healthy Classroom

Lose Weight Now! A Diet Plan for a Healthy Classroom

So many times, especially in December and January, I find myself grabbing the remote to fast forward through the latest diet fad or workout program Judgment of my lack of workout ethic aside, go with me on this for a minute. These commercials, combined with…

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Leap Fearlessly

Leap Fearlessly

July of 2013, I presented for November Learning at Building Learning Communities Conference (#blc13). This was my third year presenting at the conference, and each year I appreciated seeing friends made including educator Sara Wilkie. Sara knew I was leaving the classroom to enter the instructional technology…

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The challenges of digital leadership

The challenges of digital leadership

I wrote an article for the National Association of Independent Schools on the challenges of digital leadership. Here are a few quotes to whet your appetite! Schools often purchase software, computer devices, and technology-based learning systems because they are effective marketing tools for recruitment, or…

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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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