The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017


In December 2010, The Journal –“t he leading Technology based education publication for K-12 and higher education”– published an article with a 5-prong prediction for the following year. But, how does the 2010 vision for edTech match what’s actually happening today?

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TeachMeet Nashville 2010

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TeachMeets are unique conference experiences where everyone has an opportunity to share, learn and grow as professional educators. I will be part of a panel on Social Media in Education. Over the next 2 days I will participating in TeachMeet Nashville.

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Edublog 2010 Nominations

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Best Educational Technology Support Blog: The Pursuit Of Technology Integration Happiness - I have been following Michael''s blog now for a while and he has great stuff for teachers either just learning about technology integration or those that have been around for a while. Best Educational Webinar Series: The Reform Symposium - I was honored to give the closing keynote for this worldwide e-conference. He works tirelessly to promote all that is good in education.

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Tools to Help Become a Tech Savvy Educator

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at The Educator''s Royal Treatment. As I mentioned in a previous post I have been working on a educational technology presentation for principals in a NJ school district. Two great Nings to sign up for are The Educator''s PLN and Classroom 2.0.

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A PLN Quick Start Guide

A Principal's Reflections

The construction of a PLN enables educators to harness the power inherent in 21st Century technologies in order to create a professional growth tool that is accessible whenever, wherever. Educators can even create their own RSS feeds!

Top 10 Roadblocks to Change

A Principal's Reflections

Upon reflecting on my keynote, as well as other presentations given by Steve Anderson , Tom Whitby , and Sarah Brown Wessling , (2010 National Teacher of the Year) I have been able to identify common roadblocks to the change process. Dedicated educators make the time because it is their job!

My 2010 Edublogs Nominees Post


Wherein I start (and end) my campaign to get us SLPs and other Special Educators a bit more recognized in the edublogosphere. The Edublog Awards is an annual online "event" meant to recognize excellent use of social media in educational circles. Best educational podcast- GeekSLP , Barbara makes great vodcasts! Check out the 2009 nominees/winners , 2010 to follow!

Education is About Giving

A Principal's Reflections

In education our sole responsibility is giving to our students a sound foundation that will enable them to think critically, problem solve, and experience success in a variety of areas. This process has allowed us to focus on areas in education that we truly value.

Coolest Tools of 2010

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Collaborative Learning Space Wikispaces offers a free and simple educator platform with plenty of possibilities for engaging students in virtual work because it includes widgets for easy integration of user-friendly web 2.0 Time to reflect on some of the coolest tools. Diversions - A place to go for mentally stimulating diversions Keep your mind active and use it to master one of many timed quizzes on your favorite topic. An added challenge is in the spelling skills required.

The Opinion That Matters Most

A Principal's Reflections

Student voices are the most powerful tool that educators can use to change the learning cultures of schools. I can talk about the merits of educational technology all I want, but it is the opinions of my students that have the potential to empower other teachers to jump on board.

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My Quick List of iPad Apps

A Principal's Reflections

So after roughly 12 hours here is my quick list of some applications that I feel educational administrators and other educators should have on their device. The Weather Channel : Every educator should know what the weather is going to be like each day.

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We Have Got to do and Be Better

A Principal's Reflections

Geoffrey Canada hits on something that all schools and educators need to reflect upon and that is the need and desire to be better. Much to often educators reach a saturation point where doing what it takes to get by is the prime choice of many.

Field of Dreams

A Principal's Reflections

I also was unprepared for the amount of corn I would see virtually every minute of my journey through a state that really gets it from an educational standpoint. As I write this post I am sitting in the Des Moines airport waiting for my flight back to the East Coast.

Building Momentum

A Principal's Reflections

In the midst of interviewing candidates for an open vice principal position, calling prospective teachers, and going through mounds of paperwork I managed to make the time to video conference with administrators and educational stakeholders in Virginia, Iowa, New York, and Florida.

QR Huh? What The Heck Is A QR Code?

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QR Codes are popping up everywhere and are gaining in popularity in education. More Ideas For Education: I have been saving several websites as they come across on Twitter. There is tons of great information out there on QR codes in Education.

Failing to Fail

A Principal's Reflections

After reading a great blog post this morning entitled " The Wisdom to Learn From Failure " I quickly began to reflect on how the majority of educational systems are set up in a way where failure, or even the thought of it, is unacceptable.

What Does Classroom Innovation Look Like?

A Principal's Reflections

This little girl sums up my views in a simple, yet direct fashion: The role of an educator in the 21st Century relies on transformations in teaching and learning to meet the needs of students in today''s society. Innovation and 21st Century learning mean different things to different people.

Turning Dreams Into Reality

A Principal's Reflections

If systems of education want to see greater advances in achievement maybe they should make better attempts at turning student dreams into reality with resources that are readily available. digital media educational technology learners Opinion I''ll admit, I am a technology junkie.

Why a Blog?

A Principal's Reflections

As I reflect on my continuous evolution as an educational leader I am constantly amazed at how things have changed over the course of a year and a half. Fast forward to February of 2010. After nearly a year of using Twitter from an educational perspective I had begun to find and read blogs on a daily basis. I often marveled at the creative thought and passion that so many educators put into their writing. Each and every educator has something to share.

The Super Book Of Web Tools For Educators

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Beyond that you have some of the best in the business of education contributing sections as well, such as Patrick Larkin and George Couros , 2 of my favorite administrators giving us the administrators view of technology. Such an amazing list of educators. Super Book Of Web Tools For Educators. There is lots of great information on there on Web 2.0 and using technology in the classroom for teachers. Heck, just check out the name of this blog.

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EdTech Matters to Students

A Principal's Reflections

I feel fortunate that the administration and staff of New Milford High School is made up of people who care for their students and are committed to education. These new technologies have helped in so many areas of education.

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Why Not Invite TED Into Your Classroom?

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There are lots of things that TED can teach us in education and tons of ways we can use TED in the classroom. There is also a great collection of Education and student centered videos with discussion points and links for further information.

The Power of Reflection

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past couple of days I have been preparing a presentation for K-12 Principals entitled "Harnessing the Power of Educational Technology" (I''ll share more about this at a later time). Change in education tends to be evasive and not sustainable.

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From Within

A Principal's Reflections

As many professional educators I can come up with a variety of strategies to employ with the ultimate goal of improving and building upon these areas. Our brief conversation in the hallway centered on how proud I was to witness his growth this year as an educator.

You Can't Beat Free Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Probably the most significant is the Tri-State Educational Technology Conference (TSETC) that will be held at New Milford High School on Saturday October 2, 2010.

A Tweet For Your Thoughts

A Principal's Reflections

Yet, teachers can use these very same things to bring the interests of students back to the classroom, such as is the case in some classroom experiments with educational Twitter accounts. educational technology Opinion Twitter

Take Control of Your Public Relations

A Principal's Reflections

As Principal I was aware of these things, but I was pretty sure that the majority of the educational community was not.

Discovering Inspiration

A Principal's Reflections

These exceptional educators have shown me just how teachers can lead students and guide them in the right direction, in and out of the classroom. Last year I had the honor of sharing two guest posts written by New Milford High School Students.

Ideas to Increase Parent Communication in Schools

A Principal's Reflections

Educators must be experts in effective communication techniques, especially when it comes to parents. This is also a great way to convey to parents your philosophy on education, professional accomplishments, and vision for helping students succeed. Blogs are fantastic communication tools where parents can get a glimpse into your educational life.

Recognizing the Valedictorian in All

A Principal's Reflections

There is consistent talk around education circles about the relevance of grades as a reinforcer or indicator of academic excellence. It is not that hard or much to ask of educators to tell students consistently that they are doing a great job.

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Social Media in Education

A Principal's Reflections

My answers to Bill''s questions provide a snapshot of my social media in education journey. At a PTO meeting a parent basically told me that the educational information I was sending out on Twitter was great, but 6-7 tweets or more a day was way too much. After this meeting in late March of 2010, I created a Facebook page for New Milford High School. Initially, I felt, and was reminded by many, that I needed to be careful about using social media in an educational setting.

A New Endeavor (#TSETC)

A Principal's Reflections

So many exciting things have happened recently as a result of my own learning and growth in educational technology and leadership. I have been so inspired and motivated as of late that I guess it was just a matter of time before I would be presented with an opportunity to really share with local educators what I have been experiencing on a global scale. Forming partnerships are an extremely important aspect of educational leadership.

Opening Minds on Social Networking

A Principal's Reflections

The following interview took place after Education Week''s Leadership Forum "Unleashing Technology to Personalize Learning" on 10/5/10 in Washington D.C. Change Education Week Leadership Social Media In order to increase access and use I am now utilizing Facebook with students and parents in my District. There are so many people already using Facebook to interact with their friends and family. They’re always excited to find out that they can learn about our school at the same time.

Speak Up 2010


made on Wondersay - Animate text with style The Speak Up survey collects authentic feedback from students, families, and educators across the country. Our district is involved in the Speak Up 2010 survey. Data from prior surveys show students are primarily interested in: 1) social based learning; 2) un-tethered learning (anytime, anywhere, any device); and 3) digitally-rich learning environments. When given the question, "What is the ultimate digital textbook?",

Good vs Great Teachers: My Ravitch Response

A Principal's Reflections

As an educational leader I feel compelled to address this statement as I am tasked with hiring, observing, mentoring, evaluating, and supporting teachers on a daily basis. As Ravitch downplays the significance of educational technology and its evolving role in today''s landscape I see it as an essential resource utilized by good teachers on a daily basis. Change educational technology Opinion pedagogy teacher