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NaNoWriMo

Have you heard about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month? With NaNoWriMo encouragement and support, thousands of people around the world will be endeavoring to write a complete novel this November. The goal for these writers is to produce a novel of 50,000 words or more in just 30 days. Just 12 days to go, writers […]

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Raising the Erate Cap

In the second phase of the moderinization of erate, Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the FCC, is expected to propose an increase in the annual cap on spending. It is being reported that he will request raising the cap by 1.5 billion dollars to 3.9 billion. These details come from a spokesperson at the FCC. I […]

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Takeaways from Today’s Reading

The 5 Recent Google Drive Updates Teachers Should Know About LINK It is so great that Google is constantly evolving and improving their GAFE product.   Crash Course on You Tube – VERY COOL LINK It would be a great curriculum idea to have students create a 2-3 minute “crash course” in something.   Explain […]

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What Matters Most

“Sounds simple enough, right? The tricky part is actually defining what matters.” – Rob Hatch   I subscribe to Rob Hatch’s newsletter, aimed primarily at entrepreneurs, but still often take away nuggets that apply to my work in education. Today’s email urges owners to plan for success by defining it explicitly and measuring what will […]

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Role of the Instructional Technology Specialist

In Maggie Hos-McGrane’s blog, Tech Transformation, she has a post from 2013 delineating the roles of the Instructional Technology Specialist. I recommend you read the post in its entirety – her descriptions of the roles are drawn from many years of experience and her accumulated wisdom. 2013 List of Competencies Collaborate, Find and share resources, […]

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Plan Versus Strategy

In this slidedeck (by Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg with Alan Eagle) the authors describe Google’s philosophy – how Google works. It is an engaging presentation and they share a few tenets, some of which are immediately transferable to the education environment. What really resonated with me is the idea of having a foundational strategy […]

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ABC – Always Build Capacity

Remember that scene in Glengarry Glen Ross (a 1992 film written by David Mamet) when Alec Baldwin’s character, Blake, berates the other sales people? He flips over a blackboard which has two sets of letters on it: ABC, and AIDA, and says, “A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing! Always be closing!” I have an […]

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Be More Dog

The video below is pretty funny –  guaranteed to make you smile. But rather than accept it as an amusing 1 minute and 11 seconds, really think about it and you know you could create a philosophy from it – Be More Dog!   “Why be so cat? Why not be a bit more dog?” […]

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Flash Mob Tech Support

Last month, after the first couple of weeks of school, the technology department noticed that we had lots of requests from one particular building. So, rather than send one technician and have him work his way down the list little by little, the network administrator proposed having the whole team work at that one school […]

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Feed the Dragon you Build

As you make decisions about technology devices, software, apps, and infrastructure, keep in mind that you have to support it after you build it, so choose wisely.   For example, if you decide to have a couple of thousand iPads in carts, make sure you plan for managing them, thinking about iTunes accounts, mobile device […]

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