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We need to start thinking more creatively about texting (and other technologies) [VIDEO]

April 30, 2012 by Scott McLeod If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s Nancy Lublin’s 5-minute TED talk on texting that saves lives. It reminds me that we need to start thinking more creatively about texting, Facebook, and other technologies for which so many adults are uncertain… Happy viewing!

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Are educators courageous enough to be social media renegades?

the entire scene just reeks of regression. That’s why the future of education will take a brand of forward-thinking educator (teachers / principals etc.) with enough deft and savvy to advocate for technology use in the classroom and enough courage (for lack of a more appropriate word) to wrinkle [districts’] social media guidelines and them...

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My thoughts on a proposed social media policy for school employees (Part 2)

My thoughts on a proposed social media policy for school employees (Part 2)

[In Part 1 of this conversation, I asked for others’ input and received numerous online comments plus some additional emails. In this post I offer my own thoughts. Warning: Long post ahead.] Dear Iowa superintendent and school board members, As founding director of the nation’s only university center focused on P-12 technology leadership issues, I...

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I think I’m going to be on NPR’s All Things Considered today

May 14, 2012 by Scott McLeod 0 Comments I think I’m going to be on NPR’s All Things Considered today as part of its All Tech Considered segment. I was interviewed last week about the New York City Schools’ new social media policy for employees. Regular readers know that I’ve written about this in the...

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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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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...

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The way we should be thinking about Internet filtering

The way we should be thinking about Internet filtering

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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Are you ready to rethink your acceptable use policies?

Are you ready to rethink your acceptable use policies?

Are you ready to rethink your acceptable use policies (AUPs)? If so, here are some resources for you: Let me know what you think (and what you might add to the resource lists). I’m always on the search for student and/or employee AUPs that focus more on empowered use rather than hammering on safety/security concerns....

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Nullifying the Web [SLIDE]

Nullifying the Web [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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