1to1Schools tops 700

1to1Schools tops 700

Yesterday CASTLE’s 1to1 Schools blog topped 700 subscribers. Woo hoo! Remember that CASTLE has a growing family of blogs related to educational leadership issues. In addition to 1to1 Schools, our other blogs are: There are lots of good things happening on these blogs. For example, SchoolFinance101 has been on an absolute tear lately regarding Race To The Top and other policy issues. Educational Games Research just reviewed Do I Have a Right?, a serious game intended to help American students learn their Constitutional rights. Virtual School Meanderings is reviewing virtual schooling apps for the iPad. Edjurist recently compiled a list of...

Milestones: 4th birthday and 19,000 subscribers

Milestones: 4th birthday and 19,000 subscribers

Four years ago today I made my very first post here, noting that: [When it comes to P-12 technology, we] can (and do) pour ungodly sums of money into teacher training, student programs, and infrastructure – these are all good. However, we will see few tangible, sustainable benefits in most places until they have leaders who know how to effectively implement, build upon, and sustain those initiatives. We need more effective technology leaders. We need them in formal leadership positions like principal and superintendent rather than informal, often powerless positions like media specialist or technology coordinator. We need them now....

Leadership Day 2010 – The final list!

Leadership Day 2010 – The final list!

Well, after sorting through all of the Leadership Day 2010 posts, tracking down incorrect URLs, deleting a few nonexistent items, and reviewing some attempts to recycle old posts, I believe that I have the definitive list of 114 total posts. You can see the updated Google spreadsheet or read through the roughly categorized list of posts below (Twitter IDs are in parentheses where available). UPDATE: See also Leadership Day 2010 – Some highlights A big, big thanks to everyone who participated this year. There’s LOTS of good stuff here, as usual. Happy reading! Leadership & Vision Blake Skidmore (@blakeskid). Pick Up...

Leadership Day 2010 – Some highlights

Leadership Day 2010 – Some highlights

On Monday I published the final list of Leadership Day 2010 posts. Today I’m going to highlight a few that, for one reason or another, particularly resonated with me. This is by no means a ‘best of’ list but rather an attempt to capture a few things that struck me as I read through each post. With one exception, the highlights below are in the same order as the list from Monday. Again, a big thank you to everyone who participated this year. Happy reading! My favorite Leadership Day post this year Rob Jacobs (@eduinnovation). What Do You Think You “Hired” Your Technology To...

It’s the first day of school (2010) – Have you made any real progress since last year?

It’s the first day of school (2010) – Have you made any real progress since last year?

It’s the first day of school here in Ames, Iowa. In past years, I’ve posted the following checklist, wondering if schools have made any improvement since the previous fall. This year you have two ways to participate… Download this checklist in Excel. Enter the name of your school organization and fill in your ratings (editable areas are in yellow). Click on the Chart tab at the bottom, then print. Disseminate broadly! Participate in the 2-minute online survey. Fill in your ratings and click on the Submit button. See the aggregated results and compare them to 2008 (125 responses). Feel free to use...

Slide – Bypassing teachers

Slide – Bypassing teachers

Upcoming travel and events December 3-5 – International School of Amsterdam, The Netherlands February 3 – Virginia Is for Learners Innovation Network, TBD, VA February 25-26 – Missouri Educational Technology Leaders CTO Clinic, TBD, MO March 10-13 – Central & Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary June 8-9 – Roanoke County Public Schools, Roanoke, VA August 4-5 – International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership Annual Conference, Aurora, CO How can I be of support to you?Get in touch! ?> CategoriesCategoriesSelect Category21st Century Skills  (178)4 Shifts Protocol  (11)5 Questions  (4)Activities  (5)Assessment  (97)Assistive and Accessible  (6)Blogging  (313)CASTLE  (72)Communication  (148)Contests  (9)DABA  (23)Edublogger research  (10)Gaming  (33)Guest Bloggers  (161)Higher Education  (73)International  (55)Interviews  (60)Law, Policy, and Ethics  (394)Leadership and Vision  (871)Leadership...

Heavy textbooks

Heavy textbooks

August 21, 2010 by Scott McLeod 7 Comments   Hmmm… What’s in there that’s not available in at least a dozen places on the Web for free?

Guest bloggers wanted: Reconciling standards- and data-driven accountability with 21st century skills

Guest bloggers wanted: Reconciling standards- and data-driven accountability with 21st century skills

[UPDATE: I had enough interest for two people per day for the week of September 20. All the slots are full now. Thanks. I’m looking forward to the week!] I’m looking for 5 to 7 volunteers to guest blog on the topic of Reconciling standards- and data-driven accountability with the ‘21st century skills’ movement. Posts could pertain to curriculum, instruction, assessment, leadership, policy, professional development, or any other relevant issue. If you’re interested in writing a thoughtful, reflective piece of approximately 5 to 8 paragraphs on this topic, would you drop me a note? This would be for the week of September 20 to 26....

My Google Chrome extensions (August 2010)

My Google Chrome extensions (August 2010)

I’m a huge fan of Google Chrome; every other browser seems poky and/or unstable in comparison. If you haven’t used it, I highly recommend you try it. You may never go back to your old browser! I thought I’d share my current extensions (click on images for larger versions). I’m particularly fond of Shareaholic, Last Pass, RSS Subscription Extension, Unburner, and Send using Gmail. If you’re using Chrome, what other extensions should I try?

Not so irrelevant 020

Not so irrelevant 020

Upcoming travel and events December 3-5 – International School of Amsterdam, The Netherlands February 3 – Virginia Is for Learners Innovation Network, TBD, VA February 25-26 – Missouri Educational Technology Leaders CTO Clinic, TBD, MO March 10-13 – Central & Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary June 8-9 – Roanoke County Public Schools, Roanoke, VA August 4-5 – International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership Annual Conference, Aurora, CO How can I be of support to you?Get in touch! ?> CategoriesCategoriesSelect Category21st Century Skills  (178)4 Shifts Protocol  (11)5 Questions  (4)Activities  (5)Assessment  (97)Assistive and Accessible  (6)Blogging  (313)CASTLE  (72)Communication  (148)Contests  (9)DABA  (23)Edublogger research  (10)Gaming  (33)Guest Bloggers  (161)Higher Education  (73)International  (55)Interviews  (60)Law, Policy, and Ethics  (394)Leadership and Vision  (871)Leadership...

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