Do you get anxious if you are away from Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, email, or some game-based app for a short period of time? If so, you may be suffering from Infomania which is defined by the Oxford dictionary as "the compulsive desire to check or accumulate news and information, typically via mobile phone or computer."
The Open Education Resources movement provides an opportunity to put the power back in the hands of teachers and students. We need schools who support staff members in becoming creators who not only collaborate with colleagues across classrooms but also across local, state, and national boundaries.
With a group of model schools committed to the Office of Ed Tech's #GoOpen Initiative, there is no doubt that more schools and districts will begin using Open Education Resources.
As we start a new year, I wanted to a highlight my three favorite books from 2015. They are great books for educators and can be used to foster conversations in school communities about what is most important in regards to the success of our students.
School district leaders have the ability to control their education narrative by using social media tools. By avoiding social media, the narrative will be controlled by others, some who may be critics with a different agenda.
For me, there is still nothing better than participating in an hour Twitter chat. Dedicating some time to show staff where they can connect with colleagues from around the globe who have similar interests is well worth the time.
A short time ago, I was fortunate attend a local one-to-one summit at Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton, Mass. The school principal and his team shared some very concrete steps to success that are useful for any school looking to add more technological resources to support teaching and learning.
I am attending the EdTeachTeacher iPad Summit Boston for the next two days and the opening keynote this morning was from Guy Kawasaki who offered his Top 10 List for Innovation. As I listened to the list, I was reflecting on how these 10 items connect to what we do in education. Hopefully many of these will resonate with you as well.
Cañon City Superintendent of Schools George Welsh spoke openly about this issue to help inform communities across the country regarding the issue of texting. It is not a question of whether it is happening in school communities, it is a question of how much it is happening in school communities.
We talk a lot about blended learning opportunities in my district, asking ourselves whether we are offering the most beneficial learning opportunities for both staff and students. We're looking to provide quality online learning resources to students when they are outside of our classrooms, as well as to develop our own digital resources.