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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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Culture Whups Strategy

A colleague was looking for advice from a group of school technology leaders. He described a situation where schools A, B, and C in his district were adopting technology and embracing initiatives at a reasonable pace. There were some leaders and some stragglers and lots of people in the middle moving along. Not perfect, but […]

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Fool or Jerk – who do you want to work with?

In this article, Fool vs. Jerk: Whom Would You Hire?, the authors explain that the decision is complicated. People would like it if their work partners were both competent and likeable, but if they had to choose? The answer is not simple. They studied four organizations as they examined the question. EXCERPT: These two criteria—competence […]

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Why Student-Owned Devices?

I favor students being able to bring their own computing devices to school, should they (and their parents) elect to do so. I actually think that in a very few years it will be the more common way for students to have devices at school. As BYOT (or BYOD) becomes more popular, what are the […]

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Incoming Kindergartners

School starts this week, in my district and most districts in Massachusetts. As I look forward to the new school year I think about our youngest students and the life we are preparing them for. Our incoming kindergartners will graduate from high school in 2027. They will graduate college in 2031. They will retire in […]

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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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