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21st century skills

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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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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What is stopping us?

This question, from Scott McLeod‘s blog post, is filled with stats, but the question goes beyond the numbers and pierces the status quo. The Question: “7 billion people on the planet; 5 billion cell phones. 2 billion people on the Internet. 500 million people on Facebook. 200 million on Twitter. 85 million on LinkedIn. 5 […]

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21 Things That Will Become Obsolete in Education by 2020

This article, 21 Things That Will Become Obsolete in Education by 2020, by Shelley Blake-Plock, asks us to envision schools without desks, homework, paper, High School Algebra I, and computers (as we know them). Many in our field (that intersection of education and technology) will nod and cheer as they read. I wonder, though, how […]

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Build a PD Initiative on Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha Pecha Kucha (pronounce: pechachka) is a presentation format that limits the presenter to 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, making the entire presentation 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Some of the key characteristics of a Pecha Kucha are that they are: Concise Brief Focused Very Visual Pecha Kucha enforces a discipline. It requires […]

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Looking Forward

I was talking to one of my colleagues (another Technology Director in Massachusetts) recently about the different levels of support for technology initiatives we have encountered over the years, especially in terms of support from the superintendent. She is working with a new superintendent who has taken a pretty strong stance on implementing technology, 21st […]

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Education Nation

NBC is hosting an interactive summit on the state of education in America – Education Nation. The summit was September 27th and 28th, and more events are happening all week. The web site says, “During the entire week of September 26th, NBC News will highlight education stories as well as broadcast live from the Plaza.” […]

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Keyboarding

I have had some interesting conversations recently about keyboarding (touch typing, really) and the shape that keyboarding instruction and expectations takes in various schools and at different grade levels. I work in a school district in Massachusetts. Did you know that the Massachusetts state standards for students include a keyboarding expectation? "G6-8: 1.5 Demonstrate keyboarding […]

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