July, 2010

Top 10 Roadblocks to Change

A Principal's Reflections

Yesterday I was granted an opportunity to deliver a keynote at the NYSCATE Leadership Summit in Troy, NY. The topic of my talk was, "Leadership in the Digital Age." During my talk I spoke about two paths that a leader could take, telling people what they want to hear, or taking them where they need to be. This theme served as a catalyst for my discussion on leading change in the 21st Century.

#LeadershipDay10-Some Questions To Ask.

The Web20Classroom

It is that time of year again. Scott McLeod over at Dangerously Irrelevant has challenged all Edu-Bloggers to write posts today on Leadership in Education. I took part in my first Leadership Day last year and it was a lot of fun both writing the post and reading all the other posts as well. I write a lot about leadership. In the past I have written about how if we ever want to achieve the change we desire in education we have to look at the top.


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Playing Games with Google Maps

The Electric Educator

Many of Google''s products have a "Labs" option that allows you to try out experimental features before they are released to the general public. Google Labs is highly volatile-- features are added and removed without warning. Most of Google''s products, Gmail, YouTube, Blogger, Docs, Maps, have a labs feature. Visiting labs can reveal some exciting new additions and give you a head start on tools and features that may become the default in the near future.

ASHA Session Accepted!


After a week down in Cape Cod with an unexpected lack of internet access (won''t be renting that house again), I''m back on the grid, but only for a few days as I am off to Europe. Really, I am not a jet-setter, but this summer it seems that way! I was excited to learn that my submission to the ASHA Convention in Philly this November was accepted! I will be presenting a 1-hour seminar, Links to Language: Leveraging the Interactive Web in Your Interventions , on Friday 11/19 from 11:00-12:00.

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.

Back to School Food for Thought (AKA Anytime Resources for Tech Integration and Your Digital Footprint)


I don''t know when the new school year or term starts for you, but in our little corner of the planet known as Texas , most public K-12 schools start up in late August. The closer that start date gets, the more we educators start thinking of plans and goals for the new year. Over the past couple of weeks, several links have come my way via Twitter which I think would be valuable for educators to visit as the summer begins to wind down and preparation for the new school year gears up.

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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. It was in March of 2009 that I decided to give this thing Twitter a try. At the time I was skeptical about whether my time was going to be well spent posting updates in 140 characters and whether or not people would actually care or be interested in what I was doing.

I Wonder If This Social Media Thing Will Ever Catch On?

The Web20Classroom

Last weekend I finished up a week of speaking and leading professional development by attending NTCamp in Philadelphia.The purpose was to try and give new teachers a jump start on their year by talking about issues that they might face in their first years and to give them ideas on how to make it and stay in the profession. There were sessions about assessment, technology, professional development and others. There was a great group of new teachers there and they all have bright futures ahead.

How to Find your Web Persona

The Electric Educator

I discovered an interesting and provocative tool from MIT researcher Aaron Zinman , which was shared by fellow ed. tech blogger Lisa Thumann. The tool is called " Personas " and is designed to "show how the internet sees you," mistakes, inaccuracies, and all. It couldn''t be much simpler. Type your full name in the box and Personas will scour the web for references to you and attempt to place the results into broad categories such as books, education, family, art, etc.

Continuing with FIVES


So we get that the F in FIVES, the criteria I have suggested to evaluate good tech resources for use in therapy, is for "free or almost free." No discussion needed. In my next few posts for ADVANCE , I will be discussing the other letters, though. Click on over and check out the I. Thanks to [link] for the image. curriculum connections interactives

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).

Current Real-Life Examples for Discussing Copyright Ethics


I promise I am not trying to turn into a copyright guru as a couple of my more recent posts might imply, but within the space of a couple of hours this morning two different real-life situations came to my attention which put human skin on the copyright debate. These two stories make more concrete the fact that copyright protects property, but it also protects people behind the property with feelings and creative abilities and incomes to earn.

The line between beginner and expert and all that other grey area

Connecting 2 the World

One of the reasons I haven't written as much on my blog is that my son was preparing to take his driving test (for the second time). An editorial in Parade magazine says it all about how stressful this is.

Good vs Great Teachers: My Ravitch Response

A Principal's Reflections

Earlier today I read an article published in the Washington Post by Diane Ravitch entitled " Ravitch on Teachers and Her Critics ". For the most part I agree with her views on No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and in many other areas. However, I was very taken aback by this statement that she made referencing 21st Century Skills, " And, to the extent that it is about pushing more technology into the schools, it is pointless, as technology will never take the place of good teachers."

Thoughts On School Leaders And Technology Integration.

The Web20Classroom

Earlier this week I had the honor of delivering a Keynote Address for the NYSCATE Summer Leadership Summit in Albany, New York. Others involved in the conference were Tom Whitby and Eric Sheninger , both of which gave awesome talks, and the National Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling from Iowa. I got to meet lots of great people and have some pretty awesome conversations. My keynote centered around technology integration and school leaders.

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.

Immersion vs. Convenience

The Electric Educator

I recently read an interesting blog post by Clayton M. Christenson, author of Disrupting Class , who quoted Sarah Lacey of Tech Crunch who was discussing some of the perceived drawbacks of online learning: “It’s easy to say that online education can never capture the full experience of being in a classroom, the one-on-one chats with the teacher, the face-to-face bonding with classmates, the simplicity of raising your hand when you have a question.

Happy 4th! And Canada Day.


We all have trouble describing what fireworks do, and are limited to comments like: "OOOOOOOOOOOOOh" or "I like how that one did the squiggly thingie" The Firework Display Designer from i-Board Interactive (I have no idea why it is under the category of Religious Education) gives us (and our students, of course) a way to simply customize and describe a fireworks display to celebrate the holiday.

Meeting and Encouraging Teacher Learners Where They Are (Or, Hands off the Mouse!)


When you work with adult learners, especially adult learners who are teachers, it’s easy to forget that even though they are adults, they are also our students. And like any student, we have to meet them where they are and encourage them to move forward in their learning without frustrating them, judging them, making them feel guilty, or enabling them.

Help with my new blog format

Connecting 2 the World

As you can see, I decided to change my blog a bit, use a new template, update the blog list, include my tags. It looks great on the design page, but I can't get the design page to match up how it looks on the web. I'm trying to figure out how to make the blog page smaller, but so far haven't figured out how to do so. So if any of you can give me help on this, I'd appreciate it.

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.

My Quick List of iPad Apps

A Principal's Reflections

Yesterday after receiving my iPad I quickly reached out to my PLN for some suggestions on which apps to download. The key for me is that I will be using this device at work in concert with my administrative team during administrative walk-throughs, observations, and to take notes during meetings (I am sure some other uses will come up as I get more acclimated with the iPad).

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The Value Of Getting Away From It All.

The Web20Classroom

Last week I was on vacation. Before I left I vowed to my wife and my family I would completely unplug. After my wife picked herself off the floor because she was laughing so much she said I couldn''t do it. Even on Twitter, there were bets going around that I would "show up" at some point and send a tweet. I vacationed on the North Carolina Outer Banks, some of the most beautiful country around.

Branding the Classroom: Start with "Why"

The Electric Educator

Millions of dollars are invested by commercial companies to create brands that customers follow. The advantages and goals of branding include: Encourage loyalty Create community Communicate values Apple, Starbucks, and the New York Yankees are examples of brands which have engendered amazing loyalty, engagement and support. This year I am creating a brand for my 9th grade biology classroom. I was inspired to do this by my colleague Karen Bosch who branded her 5th grade classroom as " ififth."

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to the Mindwing blog to see my post about using Character Mapping to build social thinking skills with your groups of students. According to the FTC guidelines, I will disclose with each of these cross-posts (and in other references to Mindwing products) that I have a contractual relationship with Mindwing as a guest writer. In no other instances am I compensated to review or endorse products or technology resources (i.e. websites). social thinking story grammar

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!

iNudge -- Everyone Can Create Music Just for Fun

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iNudge , a basic online music synthesizer, looks like it would be a lot of fun for kids and kids-at-heart to try! You can combine 8 different patterns to create music, including frogster, avatar, and rhode bass.

Sweet Search 2Day & School TV Studios

The Daring Librarian

Learning Something Every Day! Mark Moran of Finding Dulcinea told me in Denver about this AWEsome new site that Sweet Search created and was launching for schools but it wasn''t ready yet for me to tell you, dear reader.until NOW! As someone who helps to run a TV Studio every day in their school this site is going to be a lifesaver! Our MHTV studio uses news sources on our MHTV Wiki like Britannica''s StudentNews.net to create our national news stories.

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More iPad Apps

A Principal's Reflections

In my last post I wrote about some iPad apps that I thought were must adds for administrators and educators alike. Since then I have received some great suggestions from my PLN and had the chance to check out other apps that I have found a use for as a High School Principal.

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What Makes A Personal Learning Network Valuable To You?

The Web20Classroom

I get that question all the time. Really the meaning is, well, personal. My PLN is different from anyone else''s, however, we all have similarities is why we have one and why it is important to us. Recently at #ISTE10 a video was shot, interview several members of my PLN as to why they have one, how they use theirs, and more specifically, how Twitter has helped build that PLN. This is a video I will definitely be using in upcoming trainings and talks. Check it out.

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.

New Toy: iPod Touch

The Electric Educator

On Wednesday my wife and I will be celebrating our third wedding anniversary. I received an early anniversary gift from my wonderful wife, an iPod touch to replace the iPod nano that I recently lost. I''ve spent the last few days enjoying my new gadget. Unlike my Nano, the Touch is capable of much more than just playing music. I''m interested in testing the touch for use in the classroom.

Summer Schedule!


I hope all of you are enjoying your summer. As I write, Boston and pretty much all of the Northeast are in the midst of a heatwave. Not a fan, but I guess you have to expect this in July! Summer can be a time to reflect, or just relax into a deserving doze. Your choice. I''ll still be here as part of your PLN, but posting somewhat less frequently, as I am headed on a few vacation trips (one to Europe!).

Final Reflections From Denver And #ISTE10

The Web20Classroom

I came home from Denver and ISTE10 on Thursday afternoon and I really needed this long to decompress and reflect on my experiences. This was my first time to the conference and I knew it was going to be amazing before I even got there. As I mentioned in my last post I got to head out to Colorado a few days early to spend some time with people I only knew from Twitter. Before we go to Estes Park we were sitting in a restaurant and I casually asked Beth Still honestly how big this conference was.