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."

#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.

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.

Branding the Classroom: Start with "Why"

The Electric Educator

Millions of dollars are invested by commercial companies to create brands that customers follow.

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.

A Laptop for All Teachers

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

A laptop for all teachers is certainly a cool tool. In our school district we have adopted a technology plan and declared our committment to 21st Century Learning. In order to provide every teacher with a cost-efficient laptop, we made the switch from Mac to PC.

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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.

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

The Web20Classroom

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.

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.

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.

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.

Are Forums obsolete?

Connecting 2 the World

Tony Karrer posted a query for suggestions of how a financial institution can replicate an online forum which they had previously been successful in creating. This was my comment: Part of the problem in financial institutions today (as opposed to two years ago) is that they are under the scrutiny of regulators. I have been an employee in an atmosphere of high government regulation (I was an internal auditor) and learned never to put anything in writing that I was not absolutely sure of.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Happy 4th! And Canada Day.


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.

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.

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.

The Old Spice Guy, Heated Librarians, & Fresno

The Daring Librarian

This short response from a Fresno Library Tweet the @oldspice guy seems to have made all the librarians go WILD this week - some even saying he should be the keynote for the next ALA or AASL conference. Hmmm I think they got Almost TOO excited.

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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.

EdTech at School

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

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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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!

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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.

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.