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Digital Leadership Daily now has over 1,000 subscribers

Digital Leadership Daily now has over 1,000 subscribers

I’m pleased to note that Digital Leadership Daily is now reaching over 1,000 daily subscribers via its SMS, Facebook, and Twitter channels. Fifteen months ago I decided to send out one high-quality technology leadership resource per day through this new dissemination channel. I figured that…

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OER. Share: Feed Learning.

OER. Share: Feed Learning.

I hate when people don’t share recipes… The Seeker: I love this. Tell me, how did you make this? The Keeper: It is good. I know. The recipe works every time. The Seeker: Every time? Wow. So, how do you do it? Can I have…

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My keynote for the 2015 K12 Online Conference

My keynote for the 2015 K12 Online Conference

My keynote for the 2015 K12 Online Conference is now available. It’s long because within it I profile numerous examples of innovative schools. Here is the description for my session: Whenever any sort of change or innovation is discussed, the ‘Yes, but…’ objections are inevitable. However,…

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Are we turning off millenial employees?

Are we turning off millenial employees?

Jen LaMaster said: I’ve been reading this post … from EdTech Magazine about how millennials use technology. Not the usual “how to make a millennial happy” stuff… but data on their use of mobile technology to create, consume, and collect information. The article claims that…

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4Q: The quadruple win

4Q: The quadruple win

Four big questions to ask about a lesson, unit, or activity… Deeper learning. Did it allow students to go beyond factual recall and procedural regurgitation and be creative, collaborative, critical thinkers and problem-solvers? Did it really? [If not, why not? Our graduates need to be deeper…

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When will the bucket tip?

When will the bucket tip?

At our local pool they recently put in a new play area. There’s a large bucket with a stream of water pouring into it, and every 15 minutes or so it reaches the tipping point, where it will flip and drench all the screaming, playing…

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That’s not a given

That’s not a given

I loved hearing Will Richardson say at the Iowa Association of School Boards conference last November that ‘curriculum is a strategy.’ Because he’s right. Standards are a strategy. Bell schedules are a strategy. Bubble-sheet testing of low-level recall is a strategy. School calendars, grade levels, siloed…

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What if? ~ Transform Learning for Students

What if? ~ Transform Learning for Students

A month ago I was approached by a middle school principal who was interested in having a philosophical conversation with her staff about transformational ideas for changing teaching and learning.  She started with a few what ifs and asked me if I could find or…

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#Notanicebucket challenge but a #stoppretending challenge!

#Notanicebucket challenge but a #stoppretending challenge!

When it comes to education, we have to stop pretending… that semester/trimester tests are preparing students for college exams. that students’ homework is not complete and of poor quality because students are lazy or don’t understand the concept. that the best way for students to…

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Challenge: We Have to Stop Pretending

Challenge: We Have to Stop Pretending

Tagged by my dear friend, Shaelynn Farnsworth, who was tagged by Beth Still, who took Scott McLeod’s challenge, which asked educators to create a top 5 list of things to “Stop Pretending” (in education) I offer my response: 1. Choosing the one right answer equals understanding. 2….

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The Enemy of Excellence in Education

The Enemy of Excellence in Education

Back in January John O’Sullivan wrote a post called “The Enemy of Excellence in Youth Sports” – and I haven’t stopped thinking about it. The number of quotes I want to share from his post would be borderline plagiarism, so please, PLEASE, go read the post….

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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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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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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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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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Nobody likes to hear it

Nobody likes to hear it

Nobody likes to hear that they need to change. Nobody likes to be told that they’re not there yet. Nobody likes the unrelenting messages that we need to do things differently. And therein lies the challenge. Because we DO need to change, we DO need…

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Shoes Don’t Dunk a Ball

Shoes Don’t Dunk a Ball

If you haven’t seen the movie, Like Mike, watch this movie trailer.  As you see in the movie, Calvin got Air Jordan shoes to be able to play on a NBA team just like Michael Jordan. Now take this same idea and apply it to…

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Suppressing students’ creativity and inquiry

Suppressing students’ creativity and inquiry

Jeff Herzberg said: What are we doing that suppresses students’ natural creativity and inquiry? And what are we doing to try and stop those things? via https://twitter.com/mcleod/status/514074648531984384

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