Thinking Outside the Box v2.0

Is your organization innovative? Certainly, innovation is contextual, and what represents innovative thought and practice for one organization might not necessarily be innovative for another.  Becoming more innovative means becoming intimately aware of the importance of your organizational culture and the context it creates for thinking in new ways. It’s my belief that creating a […]

Path v2.0: My New Opportunity

Almost two years ago I wrote a post about leaving education after a 27 year career to pursue a passion around design and learning spaces. My opportunities working with The Third Teacher+ have been everything I thought they would be and more.  In the past two years, I’ve grown tremendously as a professional, had the […]

Education as Container

As a profession, and as an experience, K-12 education in the U.S. is containerized. There are containers that delineate roles:  administrators, teachers, staff, students, and parents.  And that’s just a start. There are containers that represent experiences:  classrooms, instruction, assessment, curriculum, bell schedule, the school year, and professional development. It’s even possible to represent a […]

Not So Fast…

I just had the opportunity to present at the GAFE Southern Summit in Atlanta over past weekend.  One of my sessions introduced participants to the process of design thinking.  While it is a challenge to “do” design thinking in an hour, I had a great group and it was a lot of fun. I’ve been […]

Learning @ the Speed of Technology

I’ll be traveling from the Midwest Google Summit to Illinois State University on Tuesday, November 5th to do the keynote for the T21Con Conference and the ISU College of Education.  I’ll be speaking about educational technology to a large group of students who are studying to be teachers, about what makes sense, what does effective use […]

Crossing Wisconsin

I’ll be keynoting the Midwest Google Summit in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin this upcoming Monday and doing several presentations.  It’s always my pleasure to return to central Wisconsin where I went to college as I had a great experience at UW-Stevens Point. The keynote takes me into new territory, and is a reflection of my new work […]

Are You Designing for Mobile?

Worldwide, more people have access to smartphones than toilets… When you design learning experiences that include technology, do you design with mobile technology in mind?  I’m talking about all types of tools that comprise a mobile ecology:  laptops, tablets and smartphones. If you are a 1:1 school, or a BYOD school, are you intentional about […]

Words Matter | Googleable

Googleable. Definition:   being able to find information about something by using the search engine Google. For example, and from the video:  When was Custer’s last stand? That’s a Googleable question.  Questions that are “googleable” can be answered by simply doing a Google search.   Ask a question, the student types it into Google and […]

Think Bigger

How big do you think? What constraints limit your practice and how you think about education and learning?  Do you consciously try to reduce or remove those barriers and boundaries by being a learner? And when you look at new things, new opportunities, what do you wonder about?  What’s your first question when you see […]

Path

Everyone reading this has been there. Sometimes you recognize the point in time when your life changes.   Those moments are filled with light, the pathway illuminated by the choice that lies ahead.  Sometimes those moments are not appreciated for years, when the subtle change that changed everything was brought visible by age and wisdom, and at […]