EngageME: PLEASE! (Personalized Learning Experiences Accelerate Standards-based Education)

This blog post is cross posted on the Rodel Foundation Blog (http://www.rodelfoundationde.org/connect/blog). Personalized learning has certainly reached trending status in the education community.  The phrase is being used in many places with many different definitions. For instance, the U.S. Department…

Key Tools of the New Leader: Relationships and Respect

As our school year gets started, quite a bit of our time is focused on supporting the new school-based instructional technology specialists and media specialists in our district. It’s a tough job being “green” in any leadership role and especially…

What’s Your Story? Telling Beautifully Illustrated Stories with Your Photographs

I’m an amateur shutterbug. I’ve always love photography but the advent of the digital camera, I really became enamoured of the process.  I’ve spent years practicing at all the details of shooting with a digital single-lens reflex camera (DLSR).  I can…

Learning to TRUST with Responsible Use

(Cross-posted at Bold Visions and BYOT Network and cowritten by Jill Hobson, Director of Instructional Technology and Dr. Tim Clark, Coordinator of Instructional Technology – Forsyth County Schools)  When do you begin teaching responsible use? It should start at birth.…

Breaking Through the Digital Divide… A Little Bit At A Time

Recently Forsyth County Schools convened a task force to consider issues of equity in our Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program.  The task force has examined a variety of data including information on what types of devices are being brought…

Strategies for Taking Flight with BYOT

(cross posted at BYOT Network and Bold Visions and cowritten by Dr. Tim Clark, Instructional Technology Coordinator of Forsyth County Schools) The Partnership for 21st Century Skills identified 4 critical areas of learning for students that include creativity, critical thinking, communication and…

iRead iCreate iShare, A Reading Incentive Program

It has been a goal of mine for quite a while to create a modern version of the reading incentive program. The reading incentives that I’ve been aware of previously have all focused on students earning points towards tchotchkes. I…

Literacy for the “Now”: Digital Citizenship, Digital Footprint and Online Safety

Today’s post is really more of a resource guide and less of a post… Let’s begin by hearing from Karen Cator, Director of the USDOE Office of Educational Technology, as she talks about the importance of educating young people about…

What would you do?

Recent events of all sorts have had me thinking, “what would I do?” From the terrible, terrible tragedy in Connecticut to the seemingly impossible end of the world predictions, there have been quite a few events that have all had…

Creating the “Must Have” Media Center

One of the largest spaces in any school is the media center. Unfortunately this space hasn’t gotten much attention or thought as the way in which we learn has evolved over the past 150 years. In many cases the library…

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