Education as Container

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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 […]

The Culture of a Learning Experience

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If you were asked to identify the most important elements of your school’s culture, what would they be?  I’m talking about the things that make your school your school, the things you are most proud of. Take a minute and write down your top three. Your answer is important.  Perhaps you wrote about how students […]

Your Climate Your Culture

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The climate and the culture of your school are not the same thing. The culture of a school is represented by its shared beliefs, it’s ceremonies, its nuances, the traditions, and the things that make the school unique.  School culture takes a great deal of time to create.  It doesn’t happen overnight.  It happens over years. The […]

Words Matter | Report Card

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Written at Educon, January 27, 2013 Report Card. Definition:  An object for communicating performance, typically from school to parent, based on five letters of the alphabet.  Traditionally delivered by mail and then intercepted by crafty and wiley students. For me, the report card joins the rank of those things I consider to be legacy elements […]