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August 03, 2012

What Is a Connected Educator?

Some educators have internet-phobia. Even worse, some have computer-phobias. After all, clouds disappear, networks go down and files get lost. The internet isn't as secure as the filing cabinet in the classroom and there is less of a chance of a hacker breaking into a manila folder or a briefcase. H...

July 15, 2012

Does the Internet Filter Our Choices?

Beware of information junk food. Every morning I get up and check Facebook to see what my friends have been up to; then I skip over to Twitter and catch up on some educational reading. While that is happening I'm listening to the local news on the television in the other room. It's a lot of noise c...

May 20, 2012

The Benefits of Distance Learning

Today's guest blog is written by Christopher Reddy, an outstanding teacher in the Averill Park Central School District in Averill Park, NY. As educators, we see the current financial issues facing schools not only as an obstacle for ourselves, but more so as a potential hurdle for our students to ...

April 12, 2012

Virtual Conferences and PLC'S

"As school leaders, we must recognize that no matter what programs we introduce or seek to strengthen, our most important work is to improve the people in our schools." Todd Whitaker In the old days if teachers and administrators wanted professional development, they would have to take a day from ...

February 20, 2012

When the Internet Goes Down: Banning Technology

A few weeks ago I grabbed my trusty notebook off my desk and walked into a classroom to do a teacher observation. As I sat at the back table to get a better view of what was going on around me, I watched the teacher prepare to use her Smartboard. Unfortunately, the internet went down and she was no...

December 15, 2011

Can Educators Be Innovative When They Lack 21st Century Resources?

As some teachers try to find ways to educate 25 to 27 students in their classrooms, other teachers are trying to figure out how to manage 40 students in their classrooms. As some schools purchase IPads for their staff, other poorer schools are scrambling to make sure their teachers have paper, pen...

December 04, 2011

How Twitter is Changing Professional Development for Educators

"I naively assumed that Twitter was a place for people to narcissistically blab their every move, and after reading "Why Educators Should Join Twitter," my mind was changed and I joined. My life is changed! I finally feel like I have others whose lives revolve around education the way mine does". Ja...

October 21, 2011

What Are We Teaching The Social Network Generation?

As I walk around the school building getting to know my students, I love to hear their stories about what they did after school or hear their plans for the upcoming weekend. From first glance, they are much like we were when we were young. They want to hang with their friends and have fun with the...

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