The Moment of An Idea

Sometimes an idea can make perfect sense and it’s recognized as the way. Everyone jumps on board. The person that came up with the idea is admired and congratulated. Sometimes an idea just doesn’t resonate and it gets pushed to the side, destined to fade away and to be forgotten. Not valuing an idea whose […]

Reinventing the Wheel?

I saw a tweet the other day that suggested educators shouldn’t “reinvent the wheel” and that there was much to learn from what others were doing. “Don’t reinvent the wheel.”  Everyone knows what that means.  It’s already out there, others are doing it, and it works, so why should anyone invest time in recreating or rethinking […]

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 […]

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 […]

The New Computer Lab

Walk into any school and you’ll see them. A room filled with desktops and monitors arranged in rows…the computer lab.  Everyone reading this knows the story:  As a teacher, you decide you need some computers, you sign-up for the lab, take your kids there and they start computing.  Such a model has been in place […]

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 […]

Cutting Edge

I’ve been interested in how the conditions for innovation can be created in organizations for a long time, especially in those that are not very innovative. So, I’ve been intrigued by the writing of John Hagel and John Seely Brown and their thoughts on the importance of “edges” and how edges can transform what they […]

Teacher as Learner: I’ve Got Questions

Your school makes a major move, a large scale disruption away from normal. How will teachers get ready for this?  What’s the conversation surrounding that change sound like? You hear things like:  When will training occur?  Who will be doing the training?  Will I get paid for attending the training?  Is training mandatory? How much […]

Are Your Students Ready?

One of the first questions asked when a school goes 1:1 is about how they will prepare teachers for the big change about to happen. I’m wondering if the better question would be about preparing their students. How comfortable are your students with the way in which learning now occurs in your school? Do they […]