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You’re Not That Important

“I am the number one determinate for student success” @PrincipalKafele is on fire @cedarhillisd w/the keynote address — orlando riddick (@opriddick1) July 30, 2015 I don’t know the full context of this statement so this isn’t a personal attack in any way but rather a concern about an attitude that reveals 2 huge issues […]

When all students bring home is a piece of paper

Matt Caduff said (about a summer maker camp): When all I bring home is a piece of paper and I picked B instead of C, I don’t have a lot to talk about with my parents and because I picked C and the answer was B I don’t want to talk about it... [...]

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Report: Florida man high on flakka has sex with tree and calls himself Thor | Miami Herald Miami Herald “The officer used a Taser, but Crowder, who pulled the electric probes from his body, then punched the officer and tried to stab the cop with his badge, according to the report. “ tags: florida weekly… Read More

Notice the emphasis on ‘feeding them content’

Christine Willig, President of McGraw-Hill Education, said: There’s a difference between educational technology – a single video, a single interactive, a single app – and learning science, in which we’re investing in the small pieces of data that show us where a child is at in their learning trajectory, feeding them content in a way [...]

7 questions after Governor Branstad’s school funding veto

A few folks know that I was one of the three finalists to be the next Director of the Iowa Department of Education. It was an interesting process (e.g., just two 30-minute interviews is apparently all that it takes) but I did feel that I was able to present my best self. I discussed how [...]

5 minutes about transforming schools

Bob Greenberg has been videoing some amazing thinkers for his Brainwaves YouTube channel. People like Mitch Resnick, Alan Kay, Jerome Bruner, Nicholas Negroponte, Noam Chomsky, and Eric Mazur. I’m not exactly sure why Bob asked me too but I got to spend a few minutes with him at the recent ISTE conference in Philadelphia and of course was [...]

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

If Jurassic Park Were In Different Geological Eras – YouTube tags: dinosaur video humor weekly Disney Parks Ban Selfie Sticks “Disneyland and Walt Disney World have officially banned selfie sticks inside the parks. In a statement to the press, a Disney spokesperson cited safety concerns as one of the reasons for the ban. “ tags:… Read More

Growing a Digital Data Archive @evernote @googledrive #eportfolios #iplza15 #edtech

Hard to believe, but last summer, a colleague asked me to craft a proposal for a "digital data archive," exploring the various options. I did but then promptly forgot about it when the school decided to not pursue it. In chatting with a friend at iPadpalooza 15, I remembered that I had done this and had not shared it. Show More Summary

#iplza15 You Matter! MiniKeynotes @cordym @ipadwells @techrabbi @msmagiera @gcouros @reshanrichards @hookertech #qfat

What a neat idea! At iPadPalooza 15, there is a string of mini-keynotes to kick off Day 2 of the conference. Listen to the Audio of MiniKeynotes Announcement: Join #etdrive, a Texas wide conversation focused on 3 strands using "push to learn" technology, VoxerChats. Show More Summary

Innovation, 3D roller coasters, and questioning the status quo

Below are my notes from Day 1 of our Northwest Iowa TICL conference… Session schedule Session resources #ticl2015 Tony Vincent, Learning In Hand, @tonyvincent Question the Status Quo Entrepreneurs are curious, creative, and fearless about experimentation – Hal Gregersen Showing us a series of ‘life hacks’ to help us think outside the box What does innovation [...]

Faster Faster NMC Notes

I’m doing Faster Nyan Cat!1 Build! Build! tomorrow at NMC so... I’d better get moving on linking all this madness into some sort of coherent story with examples. So take a deep breath and... go look at another webpage. This is going to be long. Consider it something between… Read More

I am a Human (mostly)

Hopefully this video will introduce me to you and demonstrate my commitment to networked learning and a few of the many benefits I’ve seen as a result. It also shows my long-term commitment to these entwined tools and practices. If, for some reason,1 you want to investigate any of the sites referenced more deeply they’re… Read More

Gamifying Classrooms

The idea of using game based ideas in the learning environment or gamification continues to gain momentum with teachers…but more importantly with students. Let’s not mistake “using games in the learning environment” with “gamifying the learning”. They are two different approaches to using technology within the classroom. Gamification is using …

Transitioning from What to Why #iPad #Chromebook #edtech #simonsinek

"No matter how visionary or how brilliant, a great idea or a great product," shares Simon Sinek in his book, Start with Why, "isn't worth much if no one buys it." Assuming Sinek is right, it probably shouldn't come as a surprise to instructional technologists that this is why they are often ignored. Show More Summary

The Web Provides – All Tab URLs to HTML

I gave a quick talk to University Seminar on General Education this morning. As is my want, I did it live from the browser with many, many tabs open. At the end of the presentation I was asked if I could give those tabs to the other humans in attendance. I could have gone the… Read More

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