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Books I read in April 2022

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Books I finished reading (or rereading) in April 2022… Equity-Centered Trauma-Informed Education , Alex Venet (education). K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches , Tyler Kepner (baseball). The Gathering Storm , Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson (fantasy).

Doing the same thing over and over again…

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Hechinger Report just published an article on how having teachers study student data doesn’t actually result in better student learning outcomes. Think about that for a minute. That finding is pretty counterintuitive, right?

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Slide – Organize around the opportunity to contribute

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“It’s ironic that a shift away from a focus on preparation (take Algebra 1 because you need it for Algebra 2, which you might need to go to college which you might need to get a job) to a focus on difference making is the best possible form of preparation for the innovation economy.

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Sad news out of Palm Coast, Florida

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Sad news out of Palm Coast, Florida… . Over 500 students at Flagler-Palm Coast High School protested the state’s anti-LGBTQ ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill yesterday by walking out of school for 20 minutes or so. The main organizer of the event was suspended ‘until further notice’ (which is illegal under U.S.

Transform Your Classroom with Apple

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

Apple empowers educators and students by design. In our webinar, we’ll explain how to make the best use of Apple devices in your classroom, and the tools and resources you need for success.

Why school might look a little different these days

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Below is a 15-minute video that I made for a school district’s families and community members. The first 3.5 minutes will sound familiar to those of you who’ve watched my TEDxDesMoines talk. After that, I branch into some new directions… Hope this is useful to you. Happy viewing!

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Front and center in our schools, right?

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So these are front and center in our schools, right? Not content, right? . Image credit: World Economic Forum, 2020. Related Posts. Top 50 P-12 Edublogs? – June 2008. Avoid magical thinking: ‘Design for online’ this fall. Photos! guest post]. The Death of Subjective Values.

2022 Play ball!

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If you didn’t know, I’m a huge baseball fan ( Go Twins! ). This year I’m particularly excited because I have not one but TWO fantasy baseball leagues. Woo hoo! The first season of BlogBall started way back in 2008. All educators, all ‘edubloggers’ (thus the league name).

Slide – Content Coverage 01

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Covering content and preparing students for life success are not the same thing. . Download this file. See also my other slides. Related Posts. Can’t we do better than the evolutionary filmstrip? SLIDE]. We’ve got no time, no time… [SLIDE].

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The best books I read in 2021

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I read some great (and not so great) books in 2021! Here are my top few (and why)… My top book for 2021 is Difference Making at the Heart of Learning , by Tom Vander Ark & Emily Liebtag.

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Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

Quick thoughts on vertical discussions

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A school leader in one of my Facebook groups asked if anyone had a discussion guide for the next time their teachers held vertical discussions across grade levels. Here was my response: I’ve done this with schools before.

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You can have a school that emphasizes control and compliance. Or you can have a school that emphasizes student voice, agency, and risk-taking. But you can’t have both. . Download this file. See also my other slides. Related Posts. 5 great slides about technology, learning, and change.

Podcast with Catlin Tucker

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When the always-marvelous Catlin Tucker invited me to be a guest on her podcast, The Balance, I accepted immediately. I think the world of Catlin’s work. My episode was released a few days ago.

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Some good questions to ask before hiring an outside helper

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School resources are always limited, whether they be time, money, attention, energy, or personnel. Before you hire an outside helper for your school(s), here are some questions you might ask… Are we bringing in this person to actually help us do something?

The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

Put your outside helpers to work

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This fall I started working with the Mattoon (Illinois) Community Schools. They are doing some really important transformational work for such a small district, including significant investments in.

Retrieval practice, CBE, and what we value regarding student learning

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A number of educators across the country are finding great value in ‘learning science’ books such as Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning. In Powerful Teaching , the authors focus on the potential of: Retrieval practice – “pulling information out of students’ heads (e.g.,

Books I read in March 2022

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Books I finished reading (or rereading) in March 2022… Changing the Subject: Twenty Years of Projects from High Tech High , Jean Kluver and Jeff Robin (education). Redesigning Educational Leadership Preparation for Equity , Michelle Young, Ann O’Doherty, & Kathleen Cunningham (education).

Instagram, adolescent girls, and the importance of evidence

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I’ve written on this blog before about irresponsible fearmongering when it comes to technology. It’s one thing to judiciously weigh the pros and cons when it comes to technology and our children. It’s a whole ‘nother to just throw claims out there that lack evidence.

Technology to Support and Empower Users With Disabilities

There is an increasing global focus on accessibility for students in school. When combined with a device management system such as Jamf Pro or Jamf School, the sky’s the limit. Learn how Apple and Jamf can support disabled users in your school.

Inquiry within spaces of control and compliance

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Here are a pair of tweets for ya. So true… Related Posts. Technological change is destined to be resisted by the teachers unions. School is tests and credits. Learning is ‘getting it.’ ’ The President is calling.

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Why most schools won’t ‘reinvent’ themselves after the pandemic

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A number of folks have been eagerly encouraging schools to ‘reinvent’ themselves after the pandemic. Here is a smattering of such articles: A time for disruptive innovation in education. COVID-19 as a catalyst for educational change.

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Podcast with Actionable Innovations

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I had the pleasure of talking with some folks from the Actionable Innovations community last week. Here are the show notes and the video is below. Thank you, Lucy and Don , for the invite! Happy viewing! Related Posts. Podcast – How to take our leadership and teaching to new levels.

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Superhero capes

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During the pandemic we donned our superhero capes and finally put computers and Internet access in the hands of our students. Then most of us took our capes off and gave kids digital worksheets. Related Posts. Education in a digital world [VIDEO].

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Maximize the Power of Multiple Technology Ecosystems

Schools invested in Google education tools or considering these services can achieve strong benefits by blending the best of Google services on Apple hardware, opening the door to a wealth of educational possibilities for students, teachers, and parents.

Books I read in January 2022

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Books I finished reading (or rereading) in January 2022… Escape Pod , Mur Lafferty & S.B. Divya (Eds.) (sci sci fi). Lord of Chaos , Robert Jordan (fantasy). A Crown of Swords , Robert Jordan (fantasy). The Bone Ships , RJ Barker (fantasy). A King’s Bargain , J. Rosell (fantasy).

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Books I read in February 2022

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Books I finished reading (or rereading) in February 2022… The World Becomes What We Teach , Zoe Weil (education). The Path of Daggers , Robert Jordan (fantasy). Winter’s Heart , Robert Jordan (fantasy). Crossroads of Twilight , Robert Jordan (fantasy). Santiago , Mike Resnick (sci fi).

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[ Sharing my ISTE Certification journey… ]. ISTE Certification has kept me busy!

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Leadership for Deeper Learning: Excerpt 04

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[To celebrate our upcoming book, Leadership for Deeper Learning , I am publishing an excerpt each day for a week before its release. We interviewed leaders at 30 different ‘deeper learning’ schools around the world in 2019 and 2020.

White Paper: Enabling digital creativity with Augmented Reality in K12 education

We have conducted 2 research projects on teaching with AR. This research has been conducted with the UiO and the UiS. The resulting white paper is an in-depth look at the state of creative learning through the use of 3D modeling and exploration in AR.

Leadership for Deeper Learning: Excerpt 06

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[To celebrate our upcoming book, Leadership for Deeper Learning , I am publishing an excerpt each day for a week before its release. We interviewed leaders at 30 different ‘deeper learning’ schools around the world in 2019 and 2020.

Pandemic-era control and compliance

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Student cameras are required to be on! We’ve installed monitoring software! We’ve banned backchannels or side channels! During the pandemic, the control / compliance focus of schools remains strong… Image credit: Netflix. No related posts.

3 big questions to ask after a visit from an outside helper

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I’ve been blogging about bringing in outside helpers… Some good questions to ask before hiring an outside helper. Put your outside helpers to work. Here are three big questions to ask AFTER a visit from an outside helper: Are we tangibly better as a result of their visit? [or

Leadership for Deeper Learning: Excerpt 03

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[To celebrate our upcoming book, Leadership for Deeper Learning , I am publishing an excerpt each day for a week before its release. We interviewed leaders at 30 different ‘deeper learning’ schools around the world in 2019 and 2020.

6 Tips for EdTech Evaluation by Adult Learning Institutions

Many continuing adult education institutions have turned to technology used by higher ed with the following benefits: elevates teaching and learning, scales to address changes in staffing, enrollment and budget, and protects student and institutional data.

Books I read in July 2021

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Books I finished reading (or rereading) in July 2021… Pedagogy of the Oppressed , Paulo Freire (education). Raven Black , Ann Cleeves (mystery). The Passenger , Lisa Lutz (thriller). Transformation , Carol Berg (fantasy). Revelation , Carol Berg (fantasy).

4 great questions about new teacher onboarding

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Here are 4 great questions from my principal licensure students about how we do new teacher onboarding in our schools and districts: Has no one asked new hires what could be done differently to make them feel more welcomed and comfortable?

The importance of social studies and information literacy

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As someone who grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburbs and whose parents worked for the federal government, today’s events have been… challenging.

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Coming soon to a book shop near you…

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2021 Trends in Online Student Demographics

BestColleges.com’s second annual report on online student demographics explores the characteristics of today’s online students and their insights on college decision-making and the online learning experience amid the challenges of COVID-19.