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Same Old, Same Old

"What do you mean technology in schools won't work?" I was having a discussion with a college professor 12 years ago one summer day. His cynicism, for that's what I perceived it as, marred his leadership and humor. For him, the research clearly showed that technology integration was a failed strategy. Show More Summary

Built for Schools: How efficacious are digital textbooks?

Yes, that is an important question. Many school organizations are moving to digital textbooks, but the question remains, how efficacious are digital textbooks? Source: More Summary

Digital Textbooks and eBooks in Schools

Thanks to the Texas School Business journal for highlighting a San Antonio area school district in their September, 2014 cover article. The article (page 12), written by Shelley Seale (@shelleyseale), spotlights a picture of Jeff Johnson...Show More Summary

Selecting a Virtual Private Network (VPN) Provider - #PrivateInternetAccess @buyvpnservice

Private Internet Access - It works and great price! As my daughter went off to college, she remarked that she'd have free WiFi in her apartment. "Really?" I asked. "Is it encrypted?" "No," she replied. "Does it need to be?" Data theft occurs at several different levels online. Show More Summary

Lee County Board Member, Mary Fischer, Wants to Change Her Vote at 8:30 AM Tuesday Morning

Clip from may be a thing of the past.Lee County School Board member Mary Fischer said Friday afternoon that she changed her mind about the benefits of opting out, calling for the board to rescind the motion atShow More Summary

Free Tutorials for MS Office, OpenOffice and GoogleDocs #inpictures

As technology changes at an astounding rate, and given how many people are making how-to tutorials in video and print, making how-to tutorials has fallen by the wayside. Why bother making a tutorial for teachers if you can just findShow More Summary

Sharing Ideas with Freshmen Students via @postachio @evernote #PostachioEd

Image Source: In response to my education-focused series--featuring over 13 articles--on the use of Evernote and, Professor Michael Flowers writes the following: The posting describing this process is very helpful to me. Show More Summary

Make Your Own Book Study eBook! @evernote @postachio #PostachioEd

Earlier this week, a colleague in Texas asked, Does anyone have suggestions for a book study that includes tech integration, instructional practices and is research based? The study is geared for teachers and administrators. Image Source:...Show More Summary

A Baker's Dozen of Education Tips Using @evernote and @postachio #PostachioEd @arguhlin

Over the last 2-3 weeks, I've shared a variety of articles focusing on the use of Evernote and in education to impact teaching, learning and leading. Although the series has come to an end, in this blog entry, you'll find a recap of 16 relevant blog entries. Show More Summary

Study Group Organization via @Evernote & @Postachio via @arguhlin

By Aida Guhlin (@arguhlin), A Geographer's Musings How do study groups work? No, really. Does one person do all the work of reading the material and then breaking it down for their study buddies? Does the group break up the materialShow More Summary

Picture ePortfolios with @Evernote and @Postachio

“Margarita,” asks Ms. Nuñez, third grade bilingual teacher, “cual de estos te gustaría compartir con el mundo hoy? What work would you like to share with the world today?” Margarita smiles and holds up her Día de Los Muertos poster. Ms. Show More Summary

A Better Way: Preparing Feedback for Student Work (Updated)

Note: This continues my series on Evernote and to impact teaching, learning and leading. If you decide to get an Evernote Premium account, I hope you use this referral link. My daughter hunched over her spiral notebook, words flowing, one letter at a time, from the BIC ballpoint pen she clasped tensely in her hand. Show More Summary

KIPP Must Get "Municipal Solid Waste Development Permit" Before Opening New School

In 2013 KIPP San Antonio bought a former sewing factory that was located on solid waste disposal site as the venue for its next San Antonio corporate reform school. KIPP paid the company that owned the toxic site over $3 million in money that was funneled through a holding company in Delaware. Show More Summary

Another Prospective Teacher Bites the Dust

Yesterday I was in a truck stop outside Albany, buying important supplies like the Oreo cookies my daughter demanded to make the last leg of our trip home. The young woman behind the counter started talking about how long the hours were at that particular job. Show More Summary

Citizen Jack's compendium of teacher reviews of Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy Empire

"They don't tolerate what we tolerate," she said several times. What is it HSA doesn't tolerate? According to my co-worker: disruptive children and parents who don't play an active role in their child's education. — Brian Jones "Jack,"...Show More Summary

4 things I learned about using education technology from a blues harp

Look. I’m not the sort of person who likes to blow his own trumpet, but one thing I do know is that I play a mean blues harmonica. I know that is because musicians keep telling me, and who am I to argue with experts? I also get asked...Show More Summary

I Wish Richard Kahlenberg Could Be Right, But . . .

In the August 30 NYTimes, Richard Kahlenberg and Halley Potter offer us a pipe dream of a high performing charter school world, one with diverse student populations and unionized faculty, where pedagogical innovation and shared governance are realities of everyday life. Show More Summary

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Super Punch “From Luc Besson’s AMA, regarding writing The Fifth Element: At 16, i wrote 200 pages and threw them in the garbage because it was bad. I then wrote 200 more which also finished in the garbage. Then I wrote 400 pages that i kept, waited for 15 years, and wrote a first draft. […]

Earth tears open a fissure in Mexico

The planet Earth continued her campaign against the human race this week, shifting the method from sinkholes to a mile-wide rip across a Mexican state. It's a giant fissure in the Northern Mexican desert, 3,300 feet long and up to.....

Can a $1 million global teacher competition (backed by Bill Clinton) boost the profession?

There’s no question that many teachers feel demoralized amid a punitive school “reform” movement and that their profession could use a boost, but is a $1 million global competition for a single “exceptional” teacher really the way to go about doing that? The $1 million Varkey GEMS Foundation Global Teacher Prize contest is underway, with Oct. […]

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