May, 2011

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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?

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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

EdTechSandyK

'Official Photo of Texas Governor Rick Perry from governor.state.tx.us/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.

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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.

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Enhancing School Device Management for Improved Learning

Schools face increasing challenges as technology becomes integral to education. Efficient device management is essential for maximizing technology use and safeguarding investments. Our article discusses the importance of tracking devices, outlines current challenges, and suggests modern solutions that go beyond traditional methods like Excel. Learn how advanced tracking systems can streamline operations, improve maintenance, and offer real-time updates for better resource allocation.

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Speech Buddies: Innovative Technology for Articulation

SpeechTechie

'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!

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May 25 - Interview with Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

'Join me Wednesday, May 25th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Sir Ken Robinson about the extensively revised and updated version of his best-selling classic, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative. We''ll talk about why it is essential to promote creativity, what happens in schools to make us think we are not creative, and what schools and organizations can do to develop creativity and innovation in a deliberate and systematic way.

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Next Vista For Learning

The Web20Classroom

'Last week I talked a little bit about Common Craft and the In Plain English video series. (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.

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YouTube's Google Search Stories Creation Tool

EdTechSandyK

'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?

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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.

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Reflections on Edcamp Boston 2011

SpeechTechie

'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!

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Quickly Create Personalized Learning Experiences that Work

How can we actively engage learners 24/7, on their level and according to their interests, while respecting their learning styles? It’s not impossible. In this guide: Explore how to transform traditional, one-way videos into two-way interactive learning experiences Understand different types of artificial intelligence (AI), including - Generative vs.

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May 31 - Interview with James Bosco on Digital Media and Participatory Learning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

'Join me Tuesday, May 31st, for a live and interactive Future of Education webinar with James Bosco, Principle Investigator at the Consortium for School Networking ( CoSN ). For the past 3 years CoSN has been involved in a project which is called " Participatory Learning in Schools: Leadership and Policy." This project is funded by the John D. and Catherine T.

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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.

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Thoughts at the End of a Challenging Texas School Year

EdTechSandyK

'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.

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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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.

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

SpeechTechie

'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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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 ). This conversation will consist of viable, creative, meaningful, and daring products that demonstrate information mastery, go beyond the regular research repor

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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. Yes, I was the Principal at that time, but my perspective and philosophy as to what constituted a 21st Century learning environment was vastly differ

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Reimagining Chickering & Gamson's Principles Post-Pandemic: Technology's Central Role in Modern Edu

This white paper examines and proposes revisions to the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" introduced by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson in 1987 for today's technology-driven world.

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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? tags: PD Leadership favorite professionaldevelopment The Evolution of Classroom Technology - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com tags: technology education edtech fa

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

EdTechSandyK

'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.

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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. After providing training using Gmail and Google Docs for our staff last August, the staff at my two schools are more likely to share and collaborate using a Google document,

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Adventure Pack for Articulation

SpeechTechie

'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.

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Behind the Bell: The Underlying Impact of Tardiness in K-12 Schools

Managing a K-12 campus with constant pressure to meet performance metrics is challenging. And tardiness can significantly limit a school from reaching these goals. Learn more about why chronic lateness matters, and key strategies to address the following impacts: Data errors caused by manual processes Low attendance and graduation rates that affect a school’s reputation Classroom disruption, which leads to poor academic performance High staff attrition and “The Teacher Exodus” Unmet LCAP goals t

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May 10 - A Second Panel Discussion on Passion-based Education

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

'Join me Tuesday, May 10th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com panel discussion on passion-based education with Angela Maiers , Amy Sandvold , Lisa Nielsen , and George Couros. This is the same set of panelists (wahoo!) who discussed this topic with me at the closing session of the AZTEA virtual conference ten days ago, and you can watch the Elluminate recording of that session here.

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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.

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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.

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To Our Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day

EdTechSandyK

'"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.

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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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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.

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Hearing Loss Prevention Infographic

SpeechTechie

'May is Better Speech and Hearing Month here in the USA, and MayMonth in Canada ! It''s a good time to visit classrooms and conduct a lesson on hearing conservation (and if you have a graduate student, a great time for them to rack up a few of those elusive Aural Rehab hours). An infographic is an interesting way to present information, combining pictures, icons and text (and often display information according to text structures such as categorical lists, sequences and cause-effect relationship

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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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Egg Babies and Wedding Planning

A Principal's Reflections

'"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself" - John Dewey There are many views on the role of schools and teaching in general. Education is everything. How we teach, assess learning, and engage students is crucial to their success once they leave our buildings. Will our students apply what they have learned? Are we teaching meaningful lessons that reflect societal challenges?

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The Roses and Thorns of an LMS Strategy: How to Flourish with the Right LMS

Speaker: Amanda Davis, Chief Experience Officer and Liam O'Malley, VP of Association Solutions

The "new normal" is now a little less new, a little more normal. Does that mean your current LMS strategy is in need of a refresh? Is your organization or association leaning into the always-evolving eLearning environment to ensure you have the tools and content to remain relevant through all this change? There are many complex decision-making processes within your learning & development strategy and LMS lifecycle management, including: Selection.