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Fame Thanks to Facebook

Fame Thanks to Facebook

Ok, so I’m not going to be completely famous but I will be featured in a national aired commercial come January, meet and work with a celebrity and be picked up by a chauffeur (he/she will even have my name on a card!) at LAX tomorrow morning…this…

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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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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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Our technology messages are important

Our technology messages are important

When we take away technology access because of student behavior concerns, we send the message that digital devices and the Internet are optional, ‘nice to have’ components of schooling rather than core elements of modern-day learning and teaching. When we ban teachers from using social…

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Cutting off our nose to spite our face

Cutting off our nose to spite our face

NorthJersey.com just posted an article on how New Jersey school districts are creating very restrictive social media policies for their adult employees because of new legislative edicts. Here is the comment I just left there: I wonder if the districts’ policies for employees also include…

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Digital Citizenship: Good vs Evil

Digital Citizenship: Good vs Evil

  It was very important to me to post these screenshots side-by-side; two stories from the same day. The juxtaposition of good and evil illustrate just how truly important it is to teach our children the ins and outs of the tools so readily available at…

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Digital Citizenship from Spider-Man

Digital Citizenship from Spider-Man

“With great power comes great responsibility.” Predators. Identity theft. Misreported facts. Cyber-bullying. Poor decisions. Ruined reputations. Inappropriate photos. Denied job opportunities. For all the good that the internet brings, these are just a few of the dangers for people posting online. Once it’s out there, you…

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2013 Clarity Data Item 04: Filtering and blocking

2013 Clarity Data Item 04: Filtering and blocking

How often do school filters prevent access to websites needed for classes? According to the 1,100+ teachers that completed the Clarity surveys last spring, too often. In most of the participating districts, at least half of the teachers responded ‘Always‘ or ‘More than 50% of the…

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2013 Clarity Data Item 03: Digital Citizenship

2013 Clarity Data Item 03: Digital Citizenship

How much time each year do educators in the Prairie Lakes AEA region spend addressing digital citizenship issues with students? As the data below show, not much. And when they do, they’re more likely to address the ‘be safe, be careful, don’t do this’ lecturing aspects…

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