What happens on a daily basis in the classrooms of a school committed to 21st century learning? What would you expect to see? Students in most every room busy with computers or handheld electronics? All too often I think that many people equate the equipment like interactive white boards, and new state of the art computers with a good technology program. Don’t get me wrong having good equipment is always nice but it is just the window dressing. Likewise visiting classrooms and seeing students busy on computers can be equally deceptive. The heart of a quality program is much ...


I blogged earlier this week about the potential for collaborative technologies to have a significant impact on the way we deliver professional development in our schools. The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that we are right on the precipice of some really powerful transformations in the ways that schools have traditionally handled staff development. The PD Spiral Think about professional development and you'll often think of what I've heard described as "drive by staff development." We've all been there. We talk about something (or we bring in a highly-paid consultant to talk about something), we spend ...


Dear Mr. Secretary, Congratulations on your appointment as President Obama's Secretary of Education. Thank you for sending the message that you want to address and fix elements of NCLB rather than scrap the entire piece of legislation.  While I am not as supportive as some, I do agree that NCLB started a meaningful revolution that has pushed the evolution of our educational system forward. Thank you also for expressing the fact that you want to rename the legislation.  I cannot recall any other legislative title that has been so misleading in its use (if not original intention).  As a principal...


I have been in the field of education for more than a few years. And, there's a resounding sense of change that has begun to happen beyond the constant talk about the need for change and then the multiple voices calling out to "come this way" only to find that "this way" wasn't the solution. To state the problem succinctly: public education has failed to teach everyone. To state three of the most pertinent issues surrounding this statement: 1) many teachers (far too many) want to teach the way they have always taught (which is primarily the sit and get ...


I have to admit that I watch the reality show called “Supernanny”. If you arent’t familiar with the show the concept is pretty simple: the Supernanny (a family coach)) is invited into a family by parents that are being driven nuts by their children. I began watching the program as a guilty pleasure; but soon I realized that it was an excellent tutorial on good leadership consulting “Say again?” Let me give a simple example. Three pre-adolescents kids are running wild, throwing toys and fighting with each other. Mom is doing her best to maintain order; but ...


Three years ago I dove head first into the Web 2.0 pool. I passionately embraced blogging, wikis, podcasting, digital storytelling, RSS, social bookmarking, social networking, and so on. This has been one of my main areas of professional development, and I have written short-term and long-term professional goals for myself in this area of education. Furthermore, I have been working very hard to teach these tools to teachers, and I have made it clear that they need to incorporate these technologies into their instruction. We have dedicated many hours of faculty meeting time to discuss the importance of embedding ...


As technology continues to revolutionize communication (everywhere but schools of course), a proliferation of tools are becoming available. Some older applications like blogging are still slow to catch on and are very underutilized by administrators. In my book "The School Administrator's Guide to Blogging: A New Way to Connect with your Community," I outline many ways blogging could help administrators as well as the drawbacks. Yet everyday new technologies and new applications of old technologies keep emerging. Some districts use email and cell phone texting for emergency notifications now. As old hat as that sounds, many schools still do not ...


[Download this file: png ppt pptx] Imagine that, day after day, all you have to eat and drink are bread and water. When that’s all that you’ve ever had, it tastes good. Even wonderful, sometimes. Imagine that on one special day someone gives you a little taste of honey. Maybe a small smear on your piece of bread. From then on, of course, your normal diet never tastes as good again. So what? Well, I think that increasingly our schools will have to recognize that… Our kids have tasted the honey. When our kids go home, they get ...


When we usually talk about teachers and their technology skills we usually separate them into two categories: technology averse or technology savvy. However I believe that there is a third category that is gaining traction. This new category I am calling tech-welcoming. These teachers are the teachers that need extra help to really understand the technology and to get it infused into their pedagogy and curriculum. However, they are trying. They really try to understand the technology and they are willing to try it out and make it part of their instruction. Especially with the tough economic times we are ...


Here it is. I've become completely and utterly consumed by my new job as superintendent of schools. The entire rest of the world is passing me by. I meant to turn on the TV to watch the inauguration, I really did. I thought about buying a few magazines that showed pictures and reported on it, but remembered the pile of educational journals and newspapers waiting for me to read. I know the Steelers are playing in the Super Bowl this weekend, but only because my mom and dad are lunatic Steeler fans (I'm from Pittsburgh) and every email from my ...


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