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How long has it been since you were really bothered?

Ray Bradbury perhaps said it best: “We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?” Rethinking learning and teaching is being bothered by something important and real. Ryan Bretag via http://www.ryanbretag.com/blog/?p=2981

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Our inability to change our ‘business models’ may be the death of us

Saul Kaplan emphasizes in his new book, The Business Model Innovation Factory, that every day more organizations are finding that their ‘business models’ have run dry. This is challenging and stressful for leaders and employees since, as the book trailer below notes, most have been immersed in only one type of business model for their...

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Are you going fast enough? [SLIDE]

Are you going fast enough? [SLIDE]

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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Focusing on superintendents: 5 technology leadership articles from AASA

Focusing on superintendents: 5 technology leadership articles from AASA

Kicking off what I hope is an awesome, seemingly-endless month of resources for school leaders and the programs that prepare them, today I thought I’d share 5 technology leadership articles from AASA’s School Administrator magazine. All 5 focus on superintendents and feature either my thinking or my research. Blocking the future (May 2008). Superintendents may...

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99 slides to get you started

99 slides to get you started

I’m collecting what I feel are the best slides from the Great Quotes About Learning and Change Flickr pool. Here are 99 to get you started. I guarantee there’s at least one that will make your day! I’m still working through the 1,800+ slides in the pool. Plus there are other sources for me to...

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Techno- and edu-babble

This video is making the rounds. It seems like you ought to understand it, but it’s complete gibberish. Watch a minute or two… How often do we techno-enthusiasts sound like this when we proselytize to less tech-savvy educators? See also the educational jargon generator (“unleash synergistic infrastructures,” “engineer innovative convergence”). Spot on…

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1,133 educational leaders to kickstart your Twitter feed

1,133 educational leaders to kickstart your Twitter feed

Got an administrator in your school or district who’s interested in Twitter but doesn’t know whom to follow? Interested in connecting online with more administrators yourself? Get started with these 1,133 educational leaders on Twitter! [UPDATE: Now up to over 2,000 leaders!] I’ll keep adding to this collection. Special thanks to Patrick Larkin, George Couros, Lyn...

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Connected Educator Month launches today

Connected Educator Month launches today

August 2012 is officially Connected Educator Month here in the U.S. Today is the first of the month and there are a variety of launch events occurring, including multiple keynotes, webinars, online chats, and panel discussions. My session today is titled Connected Education and Peer Professional Development. The people who are way smarter than me who...

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Calling all bloggers! – Leadership Day 2012

Calling all bloggers! – Leadership Day 2012

August is Connected Educator Month and Wednesday is the 6th anniversary of my blog. I can think of no better way to celebrate both than to host Leadership Day 2012! To paraphrase what I said five years ago: Many of our school leaders (principals, superintendents, central office administrators) need help when it comes to digital technologies. A...

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26 Internet safety talking points

26 Internet safety talking points

[UPDATE: A PDF version of these talking points is now available.] For Leadership Day 2012, I thought I would gather in one place many of the talking points that I use with principals and superintendents about Internet safety… Even though they may use fancy terms and know more than you do about their domain, you never would...