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Stop Celebrating Low-Level Learning

Tom Murray

In the spring of 2002, I was teaching 4th grade in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As a teacher in my second year, my classroom had a 1:1 student-to-device ratio. That’s right, in 2002, 17 years ago, we were 1:1. Palm Pilots. Yes, Palm Pilots. Remember those things?

Creating Future Ready Schools and Classrooms

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What is it that today’s modern learners need to thrive? How can schools and districts systemically create a vision of teaching and learning that’s personal, authentic, relevant, and harnesses the power of technology?

The Work You Do Has Power

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Blockbuster. Netflix.Toys ‘R’ Us. Amazon.Radio Shack. Amazon.Kmart. Amazon.Taxicab. LyftNewspapers. Facebook. Instagram. Snapchat. YouTube. On demand content.…and …and now Sears. Amazon. Advances in technology are disrupting almost every industry, and in almost every country.

Leadership Starts with You

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I’ve had the privilege of working for some amazing leaders over the years. Those leaders that had courage. Those leaders with an articulate vision. Those leaders who valued people first. Those leaders who helped foster cultures of risk-taking and innovation.

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Start with One Thing

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We all know the feeling… Being overwhelmed. Not knowing where to start.Being paralyzed by fear.Feeling like we’re juggling too many balls in the air. In the #LeadershipMinute video above, I connect with my good friend, Shannon Miller, who addresses this issue in which we can all relate.

How Does Your Community Know?

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Matt Miller joins Tom for this #LeadershipMinute. To see other #LeadershipMinutes, click here. Every day in your school and district, great things happen. How does your community know?

Overcoming Social Media Fears

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Recently, I had the opportunity to connect with Dr. Amy Fast at one of our Future Ready Institutes.

Are You In Your Own Way?

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I often wonder how many times it’s been me. The roadblock. The great idea diverter. The dream killer. The innovation crusher. How many times has it been my own lens that has gotten in the way? …and I never even realized it?

How Do You Maintain Balance?

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Jessica Cabeen joins Tom for this #LeadershipMinute. I’ll start by saying I feel like a complete hypocrite writing this blog post as balance in life is something with which I struggle. There. I said it. I struggle to maintain a proper balance in life.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

In the Presence of a Hero…and How it Challenged Me as an Educator

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This post is dedicated to my new friend, Scott. Thank you, Scott, for challenging me to be a better educator, and more importantly, a better person. Recently, I had an experience that I can’t stop thinking about.

Culture Building: One Day at a Time

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Traveling the country and working with school and district leaders over the past four years has significantly altered my lens. Spending fourteen years in the same district in Pennsylvania was an incredible blessing. I worked with so many dynamic, kid-loving people.

The Hidden Stories of Those Around Us

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Each one of us has a story. How much of your story do those around you know? Earlier this week, I boarded the 7:15a train to Washington, D.C. from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. As I do regularly, I found a seat, opened my laptop, turned up the volume in my headphones, and got connected so that I could do some work. Like I do many times each day, I took a moment and scanned my Twitter feed. While scrolling through, I came across The Hidden Story, a video shared by FranklinCovey Company.

300+ Digital Tools Crowdsourced by Educators #LT8Keys

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Simply put, educators are some of the most dynamic, creative, brilliant people on the planet. When we work alone, our effectiveness will be capped at our own potential. When we work together, our brilliance will only be capped by our own egos and pride.

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Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

The Waze of Great Leadership

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Being one who travels virtually every week, I often find myself in remote locations, driving to hotels I’ve never seen, in a town I’ve never been.

7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

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Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap (coined in D.C. as the “Homework Gap”) to support students, particularly those most in need. According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 5 million families do not have connectivity at home.

No. Your 3D Printer Does Not Make You Innovative.

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Few will disagree that over the past few years the notion of 3D printing in schools has gained incredible steam. It’s certainly one of the latest bandwagons.

How Do You Model Risk-Taking?

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I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was looking back through my notes as I sat next to her in a post-observation meeting, about to give feedback on the lesson from the day before. Two days earlier, I had run our faculty meeting. As a principal early in my career, so many of these meetings looked the same. They were one directional and primarily used to disseminate important information, complemented with the occasional team discussion.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Ensure Equity to Break Patterns of the Past

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Pedro Noguera (@PedroANoguera) joins Thomas C. Murray for this #FutureReady minute. Blog Equity future ready Pedro Noguera

6 Questions to Consider as You Start the School Year

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It was August of 2000. I was about to enter my very first year teaching fourth grade in Pennsylvania. At 21 years old and a new college degree in hand, I thought I had a clue as to what it would take to be a new teacher.

Designing Inclusive Learning Spaces

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“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” ” – Jonathan Swift Over the past few years, learning space redesign has become one of the trendiest topics in education. Yet, it’s imperative to remember that redesigning learning spaces is about how design impacts the brain and learning; NOT about being pretty for Pinterest.

Teaching the “Netflix Generation” #LT8keys

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“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” ” – John Dewey, 1915. The availability of content and the multitude of distribution platforms have grown exponentially in recent years.

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EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Changing the Way We Think About Technology in the Classroom #EdWriteNow

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This past July, after four straight weeks of travel, I’ll admit, I was tired. A few months earlier, I had been asked to join a team of ten authors on a project to benefit an amazing cause, The Will to Live Foundation ; an organization founded to support teen suicide prevention.

Getting to YES!

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Chris Craft (@crafty184) joins Tom for this #LeadershipMinute. Blog #LeadershipMinute Chris Craft

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Why EdTech Initiatives Fail (…and a support to help!)

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Over the past decade, as school district budgets have remained relatively stagnant, spending on educational technology has continued to accelerate.

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Getting Started with Design Thinking

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Juliani joins Tom for this #LeadershipMinute. Blog AJ Juliani Design Thinking Thomas C. Murray

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6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

8 New Books to Jump-Start Your Summer Learning

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It’s that time of year again. School leaders begin to make their plans for the summer months; from professional learning days to administrative PLCs. The best teachers begin counting up the time remaining to make a difference in the lives of their kids.

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Technology Is An Accelerant

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Tom shares some thoughts from a recent keynote in Kansas on the effective use of edtech for this #LeadershipMinute. Blog edtech future ready Technology

Placing Tasks Before Apps

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Monica Burns (@ClassTechTips) joins Tom for this #LeadershipMinute. Blog #LeadershipMinute @ClassTechTips Monica Burns Tasks Before Apps

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Leadership is ACTION.

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In this #LeadershipMinute, Tom talks about how leadership is defined by one’s actions. To see all of Tom’s #LeadershipMinutes, visit his YouTube Channel. Blog #LeadershipMinute Leadership Learning Transformed LT8keys School Leadership

LMS Comparison: What Learning Solution is the Best Fit for Your Business?

Explore this detailed guide to see how traditional Learning Management Systems compare to an advanced online learning platform, and find out which type of solution is best suited to meet your learning program needs.