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3 minutes: Redesigning lessons with trudacot [VIDEO]

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...

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Time to get back at it…

Folks say that when you haven’t been blogging for a while, you shouldn’t explain or apologize, you should just get back at it. So I’ll do just that, beginning tomorrow. I could make lots of excuses related to our move from Iowa to Colorado: a new home, a new community, new schools, a new job,...

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The importance of common, shared understandings

The importance of common, shared understandings

I had the chance recently to work with an awesome teacher-led school here in Colorado. Because the school already is pretty amazing, we spent most of our day and a half together fine tuning a few aspects of its work. One of the core values of this school – stated front and center in its...

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Take a stand for Net Neutrality

Take a stand for Net Neutrality

Scott, I just created a website tonight to try to get students involved. The goal is to get students to document load times for websites they use at school. I want them to realize they have some say in this matter and that they can hold the FCC and Congress accountable. To start, I’m just...

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10 tech tools that will make you a super teacher!

10 tech tools that will make you a super teacher!

Just kidding. Because there are no tech tools that will make us super teachers. Pencils didn’t make us super teachers. Textbooks didn’t make us super teachers. Chalkboards and whiteboards and overhead projectors didn’t make us super teachers. VCR and LaserDisc and DVD players didn’t make us super teachers. Why should we expect computers and apps...

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Unpacking our educators’ belief systems

Unpacking our educators’ belief systems

Recently I shared some stories of youth using technology in amazing, empowered ways with a group of educators. One of them asked me: So you believe that students should be on computers all the time in school? I was taken aback for a second. It’s an enormous leap from ‘technology can empower students in interesting...

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Is the purpose of school really low-level content and procedures?

Is the purpose of school really low-level content and procedures?

In The Genius Myth, Michael Meade said: If each person has natural gifts and innate talents, then the true nature of education must involve the awakening, inviting, and blessing of the inner genius and unique life spirit of each young person. [Kindle location 371] In You, Your Child, and School, Sir Ken Robinson and Lou...

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Sir Ken Robinson: A Brief In Memoriam [guest post]

Amidst the chaos of 2020 we lost a true leader in education in late August just as schools were trying to reopen. In the event that you might have missed it, I wanted to circle back and offer a brief tribute. Like most of you that knew Sir Ken Robinson’s impact on education, I first...

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