Changes Are Coming Quickly

When I moved back to southern New Jersey to be closer to family, I knew that it was a possibility that I would not be in a school for a little while. Unfortunately, that turned out to be a whole year. For the last year, my time has been split. I have been . . . → Read More: Changes Are Coming Quickly

What’s the Point?

For the last few years, I have been a staunch proponent for the integration of technology into the curriculum, although not with some specific conditions. Recently, I have read several concerns from politicians in different countries about “throwing money at” education. While I choose to look at money spent on education as . . . → Read More: What’s the Point?

Update on Techniques for Effective Technology Integration

Over the summer, I wrote the first 5 chapters of a hopeful book, tentatively titled Techniques for Effective Technology Integration (Catchy, right?). I turned it into a manuscript proposal and sent it to some educational publishers after some advice and encouragement from some educational writers I know. The help I received from . . . → Read More: Update on Techniques for Effective Technology Integration

Thoughts on 1:1

I just read a post by Patrick Larkin on his school’s journey to becoming a 1:1 school. In this particular instance, his school will be utilizing iPads; every teacher and student will have one.

Ira Socol, as he is so skilled in doing, points out in the comments one of the inherent . . . → Read More: Thoughts on 1:1

Architecture of Learning Give Away

My friend Kevin Washburn just published his excellent book, Architecture of Learning, for the Kindle (I thought it was excellent even before we were friends). The book focuses on designing instruction around how the brain actually learns.

In the joint interest of helping other educators to grow and to celebrate the debut . . . → Read More: Architecture of Learning Give Away

Promoting Reflection

Today at Educon, I led a conversation titled “Promoting Reflection.” I really wanted to stay true to the spirit of Educon and make this a conversation/workshop, not a lecture. I tried to take on the role of the facilitator and tried to make sure that I talked less than the group as . . . → Read More: Promoting Reflection

Nook Color as an Android Tablet

[Warning: Technical Post Ahead]

A few days ago, I picked up a Nook Color e-reader. I like e-readers, but I did not buy it because I wanted an e-reader. I wanted a tablet; unfortunately, I wanted to spend less than $300. I think that $200-300 is a great price range for . . . → Read More: Nook Color as an Android Tablet

Invite Someone to TeachMeet NJ

I drafted this letter to send to schools to invite people out to TeachMeet NJ. If someone wants to improve as an educator, I cannot think of a better gift to give than an invitation to this free event. The connections and learning are invaluable resources that can have an immediate . . . → Read More: Invite Someone to TeachMeet NJ

The Urgent and the Important

A few years ago, my wife and I were attending a church in TN. The pastor, Landon Meadow, gave a speech on the idea of the urgent vs. the important. It is one of the few sermons from that time period that really stuck with me from that year. The gist is . . . → Read More: The Urgent and the Important

Social Sig: an End and a Beginning

About a year ago, I started the website http://socialsigfor.me. I built a website to create an attractive email signature and blog widget that can visually display someone’s social networks. This was something that I did not see as readily available. This resonated with a fair amount of people, but not enough to . . . → Read More: Social Sig: an End and a Beginning