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Technology Transforms Teachers Into Master Chefs of the Classroom

“Technology Transforms Teachers Into Master Chefs of the Classroom”  by Jean Tower was originally published on Getting Smart. A teacher is like a chef of the classroom, creating recipes for learning, devising experiences for students the way an expert chef composes a dining experience. A skillful teacher processes an almost constant stream of micro-decisions, juggling […]

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Expert Insight

Adam Bellow, David Warlick, Jon Bergmann, Kevin Corbett, and Jon Samuelson, each have an opportunity to answer the same questions in this post, Ed Tech Insights 5 Questions for 5 Thought Leaders. The various perspectives help to present a broader view about the current state of digital learning. Here are the questions posed: In your […]

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The Standard you Walk Past is the Standard you Accept

A few years ago, the Australian army weathered a scandal involving degrading and humiliating women in the army. The Chief of the Australian Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, was unwaveringly committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment where every member was respected and honored. (You can see his 3 minute speech about this here.) […]

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ISTE2014

The annual ISTE conference is always packed full of sessions, meetings with vendors on the exhibit floor, networking, crowds, and, almost always, heat and humidity. This year’s conference in Atlanta had plenty of all of the above and surpassed expectations in several categories, including humidity. I always have my own take-away theme from every ISTE […]

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Net Neutrality

I was happy to read that CoSN issued a statement about net neutrality:   CoSN Responds to FCC Net Neutrality Vote Washington, DC (May 15, 2014) – CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) new net neutrality proceeding: “As the voice for […]

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iPads, Chromebooks, and Choice

When selecting which computing device to use myself, I think first and foremost about the task I have to accomplish. I start with the end in mind. This works fine for me, since I have multiple devices and therefore, the luxury of choice. I have a desktop computer, a laptop, and an iPad. But it […]

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10 Reasons to Conduct a Technology Audit Rerun

At the recent Tech Forum a couple of colleagues were asking me if I thought outside audits were of any value. Since then I have been thinking about just how valuable they are, so I thought it would be a good time to rerun this post. Reason 1: To assess your progress against goals and […]

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Mundane Details

I was following along on the #1to1techat last night and a colleague from Maine, Andrew Wallace (@andrewwallace) tweeted the above. I laughed, because I had had a day of being up to my elbows in details. Some days we get to spend time in the long view, on the balcony, mindful of the bigger picture. […]

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Google Classroom

  From Google on May 6, 2014 “Classroom is a new, free tool coming to Google Apps for Education that helps teachers easily and quickly create and organize assignments, provide feedback, and communicate with their classes. This video highlights the experiences of some of the teachers and students who gave us feedback to help develop […]

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Fans Boo Cardboard Cano

In a recent Tonight Show episode, Jimmy Fallon had a staffer ask people on the street if they wanted to boo second baseman Robinson Cano, returning to the Yankees after a brief stint with the mariners. A photo of Cano covered a large freestanding cardboard sign, and fans did not know that Cano was actually […]

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