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Some Iowa students weigh in on what classes they need for 21st century jobs

Some Iowa students weigh in on what classes they need for 21st century jobs

The students shall lead the way. The drawing is similar to the responses I get from high school, elementary students, and some college students who take a course I teach in strategic and creational thinking when I ask the question: “Who are your heroes and why are they your heroes?” Have done this with hundreds...

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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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The longer you pretend

The longer you pretend

Shelley Owen commented yesterday that a teacher said to her that “[technology] is not in our contract.” Wow. It’s one thing to say as an educator, “I understand I need to do this but I need more help and/or support.” It’s another to say, “That’s not part of my job.” I don’t know the specifics of the...

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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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Where new learning models will thrive

There is incredible diversity within our higher-education system. I have personally witnessed a class taught by a full professor to two (2!) undergraduates at a wealthy liberal-arts college and read senior theses produced in close collaboration with full-time research faculty that would put most graduate work to shame. Online higher education can’t touch that. But...

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The goal of classroom management

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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5 great slides about technology, learning, and change

5 great slides about technology, learning, and change

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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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...