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February 18, 2012

Distracted

By Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag I fully admit that I'm distracted. There are few moments I find myself not wanting to roam around Twitter, hangout on Google+, flip through Zite or Google Reader, tap on some apps, or poke around various social learning networks. With social media and my mobile devices...

January 13, 2012

Google or Apple: I Don't Want to Choose

By Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag Apple is set to make an "education announcement" on January 19th and I'm frustrated. I'm frustrated that this announcement surely won't be how Google and Apple are putting aside their differences in the best interest of education. Nope. It is said to be about textbook...

December 27, 2011

YouTube for Schools - A Leadership Embarrassment

Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag The launch of YouTube for Schools is well documented by now and has brought with it considerable excitement. While I should be happy about this opportunity for schools, teachers (check out YouTube Teachers), and students that are in a position to at least have the hand sha...

December 04, 2011

Devices, Devices, Devices

By Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag Discussions and debates continue about what technology device is best for students in a one to one computing environment. iPads. Chromebooks. Netbooks. Windows-Based Laptops. Macbooks. Recently, this discussion took off on Twitter and great minds weighed-in. While I a...

October 16, 2011

Wrong Focus: Teacher-Centered Classrooms and Technology

By Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag There is a buzz around me these days about how EdTech is failing to live up to its promise fueled primarily by the In Classrooms of Future, Stagnant Scores. What is surprising to most when they share this piece with me or ask me my opinion about the failures of EdTec...

August 10, 2011

Bringing it All Together: Community, Shifts, Roles, and Tools

By Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag One of things I try to avoid when looking at technology in the classroom is the one-shot, one project approach. I've seen some great projects no doubt. At the same time, these isolated uses of technologies do little to promote sustained transformation of the environment...

June 28, 2011

A Leadership Mistake

by Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag How many teachers have you seen teach in your school? I've seen every teacher teach during my building walks and instructional walks. I've visited a good percentage of classrooms and teachers. However, I've not sat in the classroom of each teacher and immersed myself i...

June 24, 2011

What Pottermore Points Us Towards

by Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag J.K. Rowling's announcement of Pottermore points us towards a new context for literacy, a context where the book and therefore our habits of reading are evolving through the affordance of digital tools and digital texts. Watching this video introduction by Rowling herse...

May 14, 2011

Complacency: A Leadership Imperative

by Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag The Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines complacency as "self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies." More importantly, it is a critical blind spot for leaders that left unchecked can easily tumble organizations into ...

May 09, 2011

The Real Change Agents

Ryan Bretag | @ryanbretag Over the past six months, I've asked the following question to numerous teachers, administrators, and librarians in Texas, Illinois, New York, Wisconsin, and Florida: "How many of you are having ongoing conversations with students about school - a genuine conversations ab...

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