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Map Tracking Visitors

Clustrmaps is a widget that tracks visitors to a web site and presents the data in a geographic format. It’s great fun to see where visitors to your blog are located, and it has been fun to see the growing number of readers. Recently, though, clustrmaps had a server failure and I had to re-register […]

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Involve Students in PD

Students make a great addition to your professional development efforts. In one of our schools the Instructional Technology Specialist has had students attend professional development. They sit with a teacher and help coach them through some of the technology ins and outs. Check out this awesome video from Young Writers Project. Every teacher who attends […]

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Striking a Balance

As education technology leaders, one of our goals is to position technology such that it supports both the “authorized” work of schools, as well as the emergent. Authorized is meant to include current communication systems, software and tools that are accepted and have widespread use in the organization. Emergent technologies are those that we are […]

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The Best Instructional Technology Specialists Say ‘Yes!’

Instructional technology specialists/coaches play an important role in schools today. We ask a great deal of them. To be proficient they have to coach, model, collaborate and co-teach. They act as catalysts for change, leading, communicating and promoting best practices. They support teachers with professional development, resources and opportunities to grow their own professional learning […]

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Power Stance

Not only is our body language communicating things about ourselves to others, but it can influence how we feel about ourselves. Amy Cuddy, in her 2012 TED talk, explains that taking just a couple of minutes striking a “power pose” when you aren’t feeling all that confident, can help boost your confidence, and can change […]

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The F Word – Fear

Schools have a bit of a lull from now until we return after Thanksgiving. During this period I will be reposting blog posts from the past. I will pick posts that I think are still relevant or entertain in some way. Enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving break! Why is it that so many educators have yet […]

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Strategic or Tactical

Schools have a bit of a lull from now until we return after Thanksgiving. During this period I will be reposting blog posts from the past. I will pick posts that I think are still relevant or entertain in some way. Enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving break!   Do you spend more time visioning and planning […]

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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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