Technology Belongs in the Learning Process

Educators must be employ technology to its best advantage to enhance, extend and expand learning for students; to develop students’ curiosity, creativity and critical thinking skills. Otherwise the education is preparing students for 1986.

Nurturing The Culture of Learning

How is it that we’ve shaped school to make failure something shameful? Something to be avoided? As educators, the evaluation process certainly doesn’t support a model of failing forward or failing up.

Engaging Students Is More Than Sparkledust

I’m troubled by the use of the term student engagement. I’m troubled because the phrase has been so overused as to lose any real meaning in most cases. I’m concerned that in some cases it seems that engagement means being…

Opening the Floodgates? Making the Move from Acceptable Use to 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) We’ve written previously on our decision to implement a Responsible Use Procedure…

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…

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…

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