One of my favorite speakers and authors is Daniel Pink. He's a trend-spotter. He's a lifelong learner and dedicated researcher. His book, Free Agent Nation was easily five years ahead of its time -- and it's only seven years old. A Whole New Mind is still opening up brains stuck on yesterday's way. Johnny Bunko, the anime career guide, is ground-breaking work. And now, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. This video could be one I show more than any other this year: Two questions that can change your life from Daniel Pink on Vimeo. What motivates us --...


Should High School Students Take College Courses? The short answer to this question is "probably," but the programs that support high school students taking college courses generally have features that support student success. If those features are in place, students benefit.


" For public education to benefit from the rapidly evolving development of information and communication technology, leaders at every level-school, district, and state-must not only supervise, but provide informed, creative, and ultimately transformative leadership for systemic change." -From the National Educational Technology Plan There are several elements involved in transformative and systemic change. First, there is the content of the change message; second, is the condition of the audience who will be receiving the message; and third, is the the condition of the person who will be delivering the message and leading the change. For the purpose of today's post, let's ...


I have tried harder in the past years to journal and do more reflecting, but it still seems to end up where I do most of my reflecting at the end of the calendar year and around my birthday. So, here we are at the end of the calendar year and a new beginning just around the corner. I can't help but think about how the school year is going and reflect on if we are making the progress I had hoped for at the start of the school year. I had blogged a few months back about wanting to ...


In our last blog, we wrote about relationships that develop in schools. We discussed how the familial bond between people may stifle the growth of a staff due the stagnancy it can foster. However, in this holiday season, the other side of the family in schools needs to be heard.


In the daily rhythms of the classroom, there is a thin line between a routine and a rut. The very best teachers have mastered the art of daily routines: those practices and systems that frame all good instruction. Like dancers, the routines provide a foundation-- a consistent flow-- so that improvisation, expertly timed, can flourish; so that creative energy can be reserved for the more nuanced moves. There can be more artistry and risk taking. When the daily routine is mastered-- it becomes invisible. Like good magic. The organizational structure, the daily tasks, the consistent action, the behaviors that kids ...


Cross posted on Creative Tension I would love to hear more about how school leaders are using today's tools as modelers in a digital-age learning culture. As a school leader, where do you stand on the following? On Blogging Are you blogging on your school's website? If so, who is your audience and what types of topics do you cover? Do you allow for comments? Any interesting stories regarding problems or issues that you faced that you care to share? Are you blogging for personal or professional growth? If so, do you have certain rules or guidelines that you follow? ...


Educators, whether they are active in the blogosphere or not, are saying great things about all the rich professional development content and interactive experience available through this year's K12 Online Conference  -- and it is free. The conference is truly a gift. Given annually by volunteer organizers of this teacher-inspired event, who are, by-the-by, evangelists.  There are dozens of presentations, a NING community, a blog and a wiki. As the event slogan says, it's "the conference that never ends" -- and you can tailor your virtual "attendance" to your own schedule. It's underway right now. If you can't enjoy the...


Reading a brief history of computers in education was an interesting walk down memory lane. I remember mainframes, punch cards and learning fortran in college. I remember our first family computer, a Commodore 64, and I remember getting Acer computers in my classroom in 1996. What caught my attention however, was a pattern I noticed in the movement from big universities installing mainframe computers to high schools and elementary schools starting computer labs and now the work being done to put laptops or netbooks in the hands of students. Clearly educational institutions have recognized the need to provide students with ...


The Texas Legislature has agreed to allow individual districts to decide whether to continue requiring credits of health, PE, and computer applications for graduation. The issue of whether or not computer literacy should be a requirement to graduate from high school raises interesting issues. One argument for the elimination of the requirement is that today's students are so immersed in technology - starting in kindergarten - that by the time they take a basic computer class in high school the content is already mastered. Is there a problem assuming students will learn everything they need to know simply by progressing ...


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