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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which schools are the true ‘miracles?’

Which schools are the true ‘miracles?’

Let’s imagine that we lived in an era in which change was occurring incredibly rapidly. An era in which our information landscape was undergoing drastic transformations into new, previously-unimaginable forms. An era in which our economic landscape was destroying rock-solid, stable livelihoods due to threats…

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Which vision are you selling?

Which vision are you selling?

Are you selling a vision of student empowerment? Of kids as autonomous, self-directed learners who are thinking deeply, collaborating to make societal contributions, and using digital technologies to do powerful, meaningful, and authentic work? Or are you selling a vision of recall and regurgitation? Of…

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Replication or empowerment?

Replication or empowerment?

We’ve got to decide if our vision for educational technology is around replication or empowerment. And if it’s about empowerment, then guess what? We’ve got to give up the things that we do that feed replication. We can’t hang on to all of those and…

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Visioning for desired awesomeness [ACTIVITY]

Visioning for desired awesomeness [ACTIVITY]

I asked 3 questions of the educators in charge of the upcoming 1:1 student computing initiative. They worked in small groups and used editable Google spreadsheets to record their responses… If our 1:1 initiative is wildly successful, what will we see? We tried to create…

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The magic formula for technology failure?

The magic formula for technology failure?

I’m cleaning out my home office and I found this note I hastily scrawled while traveling somewhere: Lack of vision + inadequate infrastructure + no training + poor implementation + insufficient ongoing support + refusal to change = tech success! Are you struggling with one…

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Whose School Is It Anyway? ~ Context #2

Whose School Is It Anyway? ~ Context #2

George Couros’ blog,  What if . . .?, inspired me to write my first post in this series of posts, Whose School Is It Anyway?, as George posed questions that he had pondered when thinking about great organizations and administration.  Since I just focused on one aspect…

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Thank you

Thank you

Dear Prairie Lakes principals and superintendents, Over the past six weeks, you’ve been getting to know our new tech integration team. We’ve made it a top priority to try and get into your buildings, meet you and your teachers on your turf, and start to…

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More of this, please

More of this, please

So far Paul Bogush’s class commercial (10:34) is my favorite education video that I’ve seen this year. I’m not sure which part I like better, the first two-thirds with upbeat pictures and videos or the last third with student quotes, some of which nearly bring me to…

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Do the right work

Do the right work

24 principals in a big room on Tuesday… Do we know what ‘the right work’ is? Can we identify it and label it? Can we tell the difference between ends and means? Between desired outcomes and strategies? PLCs, Common Core, RTI, concept-based instruction, PBIS, 1:1,…

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