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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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