Change & Innovation

I’m thrilled Howard Chan was able to take time to write a post for this blog. Howard is a technology coordinator for a KIPP charter school in California. He is also @socratech on Twitter where he founded the #EduIt discussion to help dialogue between the educational and informational technology departments. Howard has . . . → Read More: Change and Innovation

Technology Infusion - How I See It

Chris Franze, who also goes by @franze98 on Twitter, has graciously agreed to write the third post in our Diffusion of Innovations series. The first post was written by a teacher and the second by a principal; it is only fitting that the third comes from a technology director. Chris is one . . . → Read More: Technology Infusion – How I See It

Be the Change

In my short tenure as an educator, I had become somewhat jaded about administrators. Through networking on Twitter, I have come across some truly inspiring administrators. George Couros is one such administrator who constantly tries to improve himself and help . . . → Read More: Be the Change

Are You a Tech Teacher or an Education Reformer?

I am honored to have Will Chamberlain be the first guest author in this series on practical ways to implement change in your school. Will is a valued member of my PLN. I look for his insight on a wide-range of topics, particularly with blogging with elementary students.

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Diffusion of Innovations

I recently wrote a guest post for Tony Baldasaro’s Transleadership blog on educational reform. I really like the idea of getting several in-depths opinions from people I respect and admire. I would like to start a series as well. One topic that has been on my mind lately: specifically, how do you . . . → Read More: Diffusion of Innovations

Educational Leadership: A Teacher’s Perspective

This post was originally written for Tony Baldasaro’s Educational Leadership series, which will be published on his blog.

When I first heard about Tony Baldasaro’s blog series on educational leadership, I was very interested to say the least. I saw a lot of familiar names as well. Will Richardson is a highly . . . → Read More: Educational Leadership: A Teacher’s Perspective

Increase Communication in Your Classroom

Introduction

One of the best predictors of student achievement in a class is the communication skills of the teacher. It is well-documented that in the course of a day, a teacher plays a myriad of roles from guide, counselor, facilitator, actor, administrator, manager, etc… All of these diverse but connected rolls require . . . → Read More: Increase Communication in Your Classroom

Thoughts on Grouping Students

I just read a blog post by Jane Goodwin titled “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus.” Never mind the Latin title which I believe roughly translates to “Never tickle a sleeping dragon.” Her post is on the educational advantages of running a school like Hogwarts, the school in Harry Potter. While I agree with . . . → Read More: Thoughts on Grouping Students

How Google's Strategy for the Real-Time Web and Social Network Will Effect Education

I am a school librarian, not a Silicon Valley analyst. I endeavor in this post to give a logical, unbiased view of Google’s strategy in both the real-time web, primarily through Google Docs and Wave, and social networking, primarily through Google Buzz, to determine the viability of the tools for my students. . . . → Read More: How Google’s Strategy for the Real-Time Web and Social Network Will Effect Education

What Are School Improvements Plans Really Good For?

While the title to this post may sound incendiary in nature, it is not intended to be so. This is half-exploratory and half-venting. As a first year school, all of the teachers are on schools improvement plan (SIPS) committees. I was, despite my loathing of how data is used in TN most . . . → Read More: What Are School Improvements Plans Really Good For?