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…

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…

Slowing Down Time

There is a technique in photography that is used to create those smooth wispy white effects on waterfalls and streams. This result is created through a combination of lighting and shutter speed – and very importantly a tripod.  Basically the photographer…

Boldly Going Where No One Has Gone Before (or Have They)?

I love this time of year.  There is an excitedment about starting again, starting fresh.  There is an opportunity to learn from prior experience and  yet forging a new path while letting go of things that didn’t go quite as…

Distilled Visions in a Sentence, or perhaps Poetry

Vision statements are a central theme for me.  Look at the name of my blog… Bold Visions.  I believe in the power of dreams to create opportunity for change and growth. And the aspiration must be revisited again and again…

Leaping into Transforming Instruction

For many years, I sought the right words to describe my vision for instructional technology. It’s not that I didn’t know what I wanted but being able to clearly and succinctly describe IT was a struggle. And a lesson that…

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