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Pecha Kucha Breakout Session

Annamaria Schrimpf and I presented at the MassCUE M.A.S.S. Conference on Wednesday. Our topic was using the presentation format of Pecha Kucha to keep professional development on the agenda. Pecha Kuchas take less than 7 minutes to deliver (20 slides – 20 seconds per slide), so it can fit into grade level meetings, department meetings, […]

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Teachers, Rate Your Technology Competency

Edutopia has a self-assessment posted on their web site. The intro says, “Tech Savvy Teaching – How do You Rank?” I encourage you to go to Edutopia and take the quiz. The value isn’t just in reflecting on your own practice and the fun of seeing where you land on their continuum from Beginner to […]

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Is Technology Considered a Critical Element in your School District?

Is anyone else experiencing a direct conflict between budgeting and technology expectations? The Boston Globe has a front page story today, Schools bracing for deep cutbacks. It talks about cutting “into the marrow of the classroom,” cuts in recent years having been supplies, texts and infrastructure, and this round of reductions being more personnel-based. Against […]

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10 Reasons to Conduct a Technology Audit

Reason 1: To assess your progress against goals and objectives set forth in your technology plan Reason 2: To assess your technology program against national and state standards Reason 3: To raise awareness about the successes and challenges of technology in the schools among all constituencies – school boards, superintendents, technology directors, principals, teachers, students, […]

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Planning Professional Development

E.W. Dijkstra, the Dutch computer scientist, once said that, “Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.” If one takes this line of thinking and applies it to computers in education, one can assert that the use of computers in education is not about the computers; it is about education. More […]

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The Change Process

People trying to quit smoking have been found by researchers to move through certain predictable phases as they change their behavior. The basic change model was developed by the psychologists James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente (see The Five Stages of Change at FiveStagesOfChange.htm). Others have generalized these phases to other types of behavioral changes. […]

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Distributed Leadership for Educational Technology

I have been working with a group of educators on a position paper about leadership for technology. Our paper is based on the premise that leadership for technology must be distributed among many roles, each having an important part in leading the charge. It will outline the leadership responsibilities for the Department of Elementary and […]

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A reasonable professional development strategy is one that begins with a CRAWL – a task that provides easy entry into the topic or concept being taught. Participants should very quickly reap the benefits of some early successes. This follows how well designed video games work – it is easy to enter the game and players […]

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MassCUE & M.A.S.S. 2009 Technology Conference

MassCUE & M.A.S.S. 2009 Technology Conference Pre-conference: October 27 : : Conference October 28 & 29 Tackling 21st Century Learning T he school year hasn’t even ended and I am already looking forward to the Fall 2009 Technology Conference (October 27, 28 & 29). There is a lot NEW and EXCITING about the conference this […]

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I n our school district, we have been engaging in conversations around homework. Many questions have been raised. What is the purpose of homework? Are assignments differentiated? Is there a consistent framework or guidelines that are discernible by parents and students? Many times during the conversations, I thought about how technology can help the homework […]

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