From the monthly archives:

March 2011

Teens Don’t Heart Email

Email Use Plummets Among Teens Email use dropped 59 percent among users aged 12-17, as well as 8 percent overall, according to ComScore’s 2010 Digital Year in Review. Users between 18-54 are also using email less, though among those 55 and older, email actually saw an upswing. The article goes on to say that young […]

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Overcoming Application Overload

In an article at CIO Insight this week, Overcoming Application Overload, author Dennis McCafferty asks us if we need to revise our policies on keeping software applications. He says that too many companies are keeping applications that are obsolete and no longer return value. The article suggests that tech departments have to retire those applications […]

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iPod Touch Grant

I worked yesterday with 3 teachers writing a grant to the local education foundation. We are hoping to have some iPod Touches funded. The grant project is focused on reading fluency.  What impressed me most about the meeting were two things. O N E – Everybody contributed to the process. It was very collaborative with […]

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New Spaces for Learning

I am looking forward to the Annual Regional Conference of CEFPI, on April 28-30, 2011, at the Omni Parker House in Boston. The event title is: 21st Century Skills: 21st Century Learning Environments. Annamaria Schrimpf and I are presenting a breakout session, New Spaces for Learning. Our session description (below) promises to pack lots of […]

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One-to-One Initiatives in Spite of Tight Budgets

At a time when most school districts across the commonwealth and around the country are feeling the pinch and being asked to tighten their belts, some schools here in Massachusetts are still moving forward with exciting technology plans and purchases. In a recent Boston Globe article both Burlington and Beverly High Schools are mentioned because […]

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Be the Buffalo

Be the buffalo. Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee nation, once told me how the cow runs away from the storm while the buffalo charges directly toward it – and gets through it quicker. Whenever I’m confronted with a tough challenge, I do not prolong the torment. I become the buffalo. […]

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What keeps superintendents up at night?

I attended a Crystal Ball Session, What keeps superintendents up at night? The answers of Chip Kimball especially resonated with me, but all superintendents were passionate, credible, and obviously struggling with envisioning a path to a new future. The session was moderated by Lillian Kellogg, CoSN Board Member. Panelists: Jack Dale, Superintendent, Fairfax Co. Public […]

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Leadership for Mobile Learning Initiative Launch

I attended the session, Leadership for Mobile Learning Initiative Launch. Description: Today’s rapidly expanding mobile market has more than 4 billion subscribers utilizing wireless technologies to communicate and collaborate. Implications are numerous for the education sector, and school leaders must be informed about the trends and potential of mobiles to transform teaching and learning. CoSN […]

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A Few Words from CoSN Conference

It is difficult to find time to blog while at the CoSN conference. There is so much to do and learn and there are so many peers from around the world to talk to and share ideas with. So, here are a few notes (most were tweets) from CoSN conference March 15, masquerading as a […]

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Which 21st Century Skills?

I want our students to have opportunities to become expert at “21st century skills” but have yet to be successful in getting a widespread conversation about what the term 21st century skills means to us, in our schools. Several different organizations have developed frameworks defining the term, but the frameworks are not all the same. […]

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