May, 2011

21st vs. 20th Century Education

A Principal's Reflections

I came across this video that compares and contrasts pedagogical techniques, learning environments, student/teacher characteristics, and expectations associated with education during the past two centuries. What are your thoughts on the various points made in this video? How can we better meet the needs of learners and educators in the 21st Century? 21st Century Education educational leadership

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Building Your PLN-A Primer For Anyone

The Web20Classroom

At ASCD2011 I sat down with the good folks over at Follett and talked about a wide variety of topics surrounding technology, leadership and more. Here is the first part of the interview on Building A PLN. What do you think? What are some other important aspects of PLN building or just network building in general. What works for you?


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Governor Perry Is Wrong About Texas Teacher Layoffs & Public School Staffing Ratios


Official Photo of Texas Governor Rick Perry from about/ Yesterday, I listened to a radio interview Texas Governor Rick Perry did with KRLD 1080 AM radio in Dallas via Scott Braddock''s website. Today, I am writing to say he is wrong about the extent of educator layoffs in Texas and that he is also wrong about the staffing ratio of teachers to administrators in the school districts in our state.

Time to Toss Out Cell Phone Bans and SM Filters and Be True Technology Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

“It’s time to lift the cell phone bans, open the wireless for student personal devices, and stop filtering social technologies.” That seems to be the idea in a position statement released by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. NASSP in this statement includes recommendations to school leaders on what to do with mobile and social technologies. Here are those recommendations. And a bit of my own commentary of course).

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

Speech Buddies: Innovative Technology for Articulation


I''m continuing articulation week here on SpeechTechie, but again, I have to disclose more specifically that I have not worked with an articulation client in two years; my private practice work has been confined to language and social communication. However, since I am getting back in the game for the next school year, I am sure I will be having more to say about artic! The goal of this week is just to point out some resources I find interesting.

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Small Changes, Huge Results

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at the Huffington Post. Last week my school was fortunate to have the NJ School Boards Association (NJSBA) visit to produce a live event called Learn@Lunch: Technology as an Engagement Tool. You can view the archive of the event here. A little over two years ago something like this would have never happened at New Milford High School.

Next Vista For Learning

The Web20Classroom

Last week I talked a little bit about Common Craft and the In Plain English video series. (If If you missed it, check it out here.) So it seems I am hung up on videos because I have another great site that has tons of great videos to help you learn new concepts, present information in ways that might not be quite conventional and some that are just plain awesome. I consider Rushton Hurley one of the most forward thinking educators around.

YouTube's Google Search Stories Creation Tool


Update March 2013 - It appears the Google Search Stories Creation Tool has gone offline and is no longer being supported as of January 2013. Bummer! More information here. You know how you open up your Internet browser intending to accomplish something, then you click on a link that takes you on a slight rabbit trail and before you know it you are headed in a completely different direction? Well, that happened to me this morning.

What Do Servant School Leaders Do?

The 21st Century Principal

According to Ken Blanchard, what keeps people from becoming servant leaders is ego. Our ego gets in the way two ways, he says. The first way is false pride. When you start thinking more of yourself than you should, that’s when you start pushing and shoving for credit and thinking leadership is about you rather than those who are led.” It is impossible to serve others in the leadership role when all you’re concerned about is whether you’ll get the credit.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

Reflections on Edcamp Boston 2011


This past Saturday I attended Edcamp Boston, an "unconference" set in the wonderful Microsoft NERD center overlooking the Charles River in Cambridge. Edcamps take place all over the country and the model involves participants creating their own agenda across the day, with session leaders acting as facilitators rather than traditional "presenters." Another way to say this is that teachers themselves create their sessions based on what they want to learn for the day!

Twitter Style Book Review Lesson

The Daring Librarian

Sweet Tweets About Good Reads Here''s an idea for a fun tech-social-media infused creative writing lesson and one I''ll be sure to mention when I''m guest hosting the Twitter #EngChat event May 23rd at 7pm EST. The topic will be The Power of the Product and I''ll be hosting with amazing MHMS co-worker Elizabeth Singleton ( @emsingleton ).

Student Driven Schools

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Disha Dass and Jessica Milne, two New Milford High School students. They approached me with an idea and as a school we let them run with it. Nothing like this had ever been organized at NMHS. The end result of their unwavering commitment to make their peers aware of of an issue had a profound impact on the entire school community.

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Technology Training.In Pictures

The Web20Classroom

I love my job, but sometimes it can be frustrating trying to meet the needs of all the teachers and staff members in my district. I constantly look for ways to give teachers instruction that they can do on their own or in groups, together. These are not meant to replace the face-to-face training that I do or the other resources I create. They are merely there to provide that additional information some teachers/staff need. In the past I have blogged about TechEase.

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

Thoughts at the End of a Challenging Texas School Year


Photo by Flikr User redjar Used Under a Creative Commons License Today is the last day of school in my district. Usually, this day does not cause me too much pause or reflection because for the last four years since I''ve worked from the district technology department, it has signaled a transition from "school year busy" to "summer staff development and projects busy." I don''t usually breathe or acknowledge the end of school until the first round of summer staff development is done in June.

NC State Senate Budget Puts NC Education in "Race to the Bottom"

The 21st Century Principal

This week, the North Carolina Senate released its version of the state biannual budget, and Senate Leader Phil Berger seemed to take it as a "bragging point" that they had actually decided spend more on education than the NC House. He especially pointed out their effort to reduce class sizes for grades 1-3, but apparently, that measure seems to be a ruse to deflect attention to what the real damage to education his budget will do.

Guest Post by Diana Richardson: Interactive Art Site for Use with Adults


Diana Richardson, a graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions here in Boston, emailed me with this great site. I encouraged her to write about it as a guest post and she agreed to do so (thanks, Diana!). Diana brings the important perspective of working with adult clients that I don''t often write about here, because I don''t currently work with this population.

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Study Findings

Connecting 2 the World

As promised, here is the first draft of my study findings. I'd appreciate feedback. The traditional model of collaborative knowledge is based on the type of knowledge (moving from tangible to intangible, explicit to tacit) and the place of collaboration (moving from the individual to the group to the organization). The assumption is that knowledge within an organization is housed and can be captured for use.

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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.

Communicating and Connecting With Social Media (An Excerpt)

A Principal's Reflections

Here is a sneak peek at my new book co-authored by Bill Ferriter and Jason Ramsden. The book is entitled Communicating & Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals and will be available from Solution Tree on May 19, 2011 Using Twitter to Build Your School’s Brand The good news is that open-communication practices in a social media world don’t have to be intimidating.

New Posted Resources 05/17/2011

The Web20Classroom

Project Based Learning-Prezi tags: pbl prezi favorite Project Based Learning | BIE tags: pbl favorite Neotake: Your ebook search engine tags: ebooks favorite Developing a ''Tech Bill of Rights'' tags: digitalcitizenship favorite Teach With Your iPad tags: ipad favorite How Do You Measure the Effectiveness of Professional Development?

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Texas HB 400 - The Final Stand Thursday, May 12th


Well, today is it! It is the last day that HB 400, legislation which would make PERMANENT changes to Texas law in response to what should be a TEMPORARY budget crisis. Instead of addressing the real issues - including a structural deficit that has been well documented - legislators are attempting to remove class size caps,weaken the very few contract rights that Texas teachers have, and do away with the state minimum salary scale.

3 Principles for School Leaders Who Want to Foster Technologically Innovative Schools

The 21st Century Principal

According to the 2011 K-12 Horizon Report released this past week “cloud computing” and “mobiles” are the technologies likely to be adopted in the next 12 months by mainstream education. Our district began using both of these technologies during the past year. Last summer our district migrated to Google Apps for our staff.

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

Adventure Pack for Articulation


This week, I thought I should acknowledge the S in my title (should I have called this blog LanguageTechie?) and feature a few products that make good use of technology in articulation interventions! 2 Gals Speech Products'' software program (compatible with Mac and PC) Adventure Pack takes the drill-and-play approach to a new level that is sure to engage your students while they practice sounds.

Check Out EdReach

The Electric Educator

I am a contributor to a collaborative blog, , designed to encourage positive change in education. EdReach launched in January and it has grown considerably. You can read my post about the purpose of EdReach here. I contribute a bi-weekly post and am a contributor to the Google Educast show which you can download from the iTunes music store [iTunes link]. Today I contributed a post regarding the state of online education in the United States. I''d encouraged you to take a look at it.

Making Progress

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past 2 years I have worked collaboratively with my staff to cultivate a culture of learning that engages students, is meaningful/relevant, promotes critical thought/problem-solving, and is flexible in that risk-taking is encouraged in order to promote innovative practices. It has been a gradual transition and we are beginning to see shifts in instructional practices, staff members wanted to integrate technology, and students advocating more for the type of learning culture they prefer.

Questioning The Value Of RSS

The Web20Classroom

I have been a big advocate of RSS. I have written about it , even included it as part of my Essential Tools for Teachers and my Administrators Toolkit. Being able to track blogs and websites as they change is a real plus for someone who constantly wants to be connected. And up until a few weeks ago I used it religiously. I would get up in the morning and check Twitter and my Reader. But now I am at a crossroads. I have been questioning the value of the service all together.

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.

To Our Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day


"Flags In" at Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day 2008 Photo by Flikr User The U.S. Army Used Under a Creative Commons License Today is Memorial Day in the United States. Traditionally, it is a day when we take time to remember the men and women who have died in military service to our country. From 1776 through today, as citizens of the USA, you bravely answered your country''s call to serve.

3 Quick Reasons Why Administrators and Educators Need Twitter

The 21st Century Principal

The other day, someone asked me to explain to him why I thought it was so important for administrators specifically, and educators generally to become Twitter users. He had a Twitter account, but still did not see much use for it. He knew I used it regularly, so I really think he was looking for an argument. He really wanted to make sure I knew of his belief that "Twitter is a waste of time."

More on Better Hearing and Speech Month- Brain Injury Prevention


Another role that SLPs can take on during Better Hearing and Speech Month / May Month is in educating students on the importance of safety precautions when on a bike or on the road in order to prevent head injury. Here are a few resources that can help: BMW Education has a site that has been around quite awhile, and it has some great lessons and interactive drag-and-drop/click activities that reinforce concepts around safety.