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February 06, 2017

CentennialX: A Summer Program that Ruined School for Our Students

The problem, we believe, is well documented: students trained to memorize content, following strict guidelines, ticking off rubrics, working in isolation, staying clean with sleeves buttoned down, all with little encouragement or opportunity to think outside the proverbial box. Next stop is the workforce or university, where expectations of collaboration, innovation, and problem-solving are paramount for success.

November 14, 2016

Inexperience Can Be An Asset For Students

Build skills even if you do not know what you want to do with them. Skills are universal. Don't focus on specific knowledge.

September 24, 2016

Three Keys To Gaining Traction With #GoOpen This Year

The #GoOpen District Launch Packet provides a comprehensive outline for schools and districts to organize their efforts to infuse their curriculum with openly-licensed educational resources.

June 04, 2016

Experience Can Be A Detriment In Supporting Student Innovation

As we head into summer, I hope that educators everywhere will spend some time thinking about minor or major changes they can make in their schools and classrooms to encourage students to develop their ability to create new solutions to old problems.

June 02, 2016

The Power of Letting Students Solve Problems in School

We created an adapted K-12 design thinking cycle that's perfect for students of any age, level, and subject area.

May 03, 2016

Let Students Veer From the Old Path

Be cautious about holding onto outdated traditions with white knuckles because we are comfortable with them. Encourage students to take a risk and try new things.

February 01, 2016

Dealing With Educon Withdrawal

While it is no comparison to being at the conference in person, I followed the #Educon hashtag on Twitter over the weekend and I've shared my five biggest takeaways in Storify.

January 22, 2016

Don't Underestimate the Power of OER

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.

November 17, 2015

10 Tips For Innovation From Guy Kawasaki

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.

October 30, 2015

An Interview With George Couros About "The Innovator's Mindset"

One of the hottest new education books is "The Innovator's Mindset" by my friend George Couros, a highly-sought-after teaching, learning, and leadership consultant. I spoke with George recently about his book.

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