December 2010 Archives

This is the time of year that causes people to reflect on the accomplishments they have achieved, the difficulties they have overcome, and the areas for growth both personally and, perhaps, professionally. Therefore, we thought it would be appropriate to reflect on the blogs we submitted for 2010 and look at where we were, where we are, and where we may be going in the education organization.


Cross-posted at Eduthing. In the past few weeks, I have been asked to peer review a few papers from the International Journal of Science and Technology Education Research. After doing some poking around, I found out that this is part of Academic Journals, an open access journal publisher who charges about $550 to publish an article. This is on the heels of me completing a few surveys for  Project SOAP, a two-year study of open access publishing (see results here) where I realized many of the questions got at how much I would be willing to pay to publish an...


This came across my Facebook news feed today and I just have to share it here. Broadcasting students at Magnolia High School near Houston, Texas put together this amazing video to Katy Perry's song "Firework." The song itself is a very positive and uplifting song -- and I love how these students present such a powerful message to other students in this video. I think this is also very timely -- this video could fit right in with some other recent "it gets better" messages. I think it is also important to recognize the administrators and teachers who allowed this ...


Cross-posted at Eduthing This is my favorite compliment of all times.....and it happened twice! Here's the scoop... #1 - Justin Bathon (co-blogger of Eduthing and lead-blogger of Edjurist) and Scott McLeod (Dangerously Irrelevant) walked into the Provost's office at the University of Kentucky a few months ago to request support for an innovative school technology leadership program. After we gave our pitch, he looked at us and said "you guys are dangerous." Of course we got the support. #2 - Justin and I were presenting at the Innovation Summit held in Lexington, KY last week. We talked about the ...


The word passion is thrown around in education so much that we need to "rescue " the concept as education leaders. Let's set aside for a bit the research studies and strategies, and think carefully about the habits, attitudes, and behaviors of passion-driven learners and passion-driven teams. Considering questions like: * What is passion...really? * How do you define passion? * How could/does passion change the game? * How does passion present itself in your work? life? organization? * What does it mean for you? our students? your teachers? parents? community? * Can passion be "taught"? * How is passion different than engagement? * What conditions are ...


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