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.

Coaching for Learning

In my 20+ years in education, we’ve spent an awful lot of time focusing on “training teachers to use technology”. As if we just have them sit in a room long enough listening to step by step directions, it’ll transform their classrooms. My guess is that’s not going to work out if it hasn’t in the last 20 years! What I have found is that coaching is a much better way to lead transformational changes in teaching and learning with technology.

Creating a Culture of Innovation

Public Education could learn a lot from some businesses about innovation. My experience with public education was that there was a tendency to become complacent in believing that public education is an institution that can’t be dismantled. And as such the motivation and urgency to change seem less clear than my experience has been working in the corporate world.

Student Privacy – Four Key Actions for Educators

There’s been a groundswell of concern around student privacy over the past couple of years. For instance, InBloom was a lightening rod around the issue even if much of the criticisms of InBloom were inaccurate. The bottomline is that educators…

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…

Authentically Collaborating? Collaborating Authentically

Collaboration has been on my mind often in the last several weeks. What exactly is effective, authentic collaboration? I’m finding it harder to define it than I am to tell you what it isn’t. Authentic collaboration isn’t having students draw…

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…

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

This blog post is cross posted on the Rodel Foundation 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…

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