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The primary motivation of education policymaking

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 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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Two quotes on ‘value-added’ measures of teacher quality

TweetShareSharePinClipPocketIf you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to this blog via e-mail or my RSS feed. I also am on Twitter. Thanks for visiting!Here are two quotes from Diane Ravitch’s blog regarding ‘value-added’ measures of teacher quality. The second one would make me laugh if it weren’t also so sadly true… The crux...

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What not to say to a teacher [VIDEO]

Uh huh! Hear those things so often. Good thing most teachers don’t go into education to become rich or famous! The reality: this is the first summer I have had off in the last 18 yrs of teaching, as I have mostly worked in at-risk/residential programs, and we had summer school for our residential students....

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Teacher ‘accountability’ [VIDEO]

May 24, 2013 by Scott McLeod 8 Comments I don’t get to attend the meetings between educators and policymakers when they talk about teacher ‘accountability,’ but this is how I envision the conversation often plays out… Happy viewing! (with captions!)