Many schools have been using student blogs to give students an authentic platform to share their learning with a global audience. Some schools use Blogger, EduBlogs or some blogging feature of an LMS. These tend to provide the structure and control that schools want, but are so locked-down and walled-off from the rest of students’ social media identity that they really have zero chance of being valued by students.
Leadership: indicatives vs imperatives
“One of the greatest flaws in style-based leadership theories is the assumption that one might somehow acquire and apply only the strengths of each particular style, that one might become a composite of stylistic virtues”
Why does everyone want to be a leader?
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made president should on no account be allowed to do the job.
– Douglas Adams
Google Forms with iBooks Author
iBooks Author is an awesome tool for teachers. I was recently sitting with a few ADEs who are math teachers. While they really like the idea of iBooks Author, they are concerned about a few things. One problem is that the Review Widget doesn’t do anything with the data, so it doesn’t work well as tool for assessing students.
Typing: iPad vs Computer
Most adults can’t imagine typing anything more than a few words at a time on a virtual keyboard, but with practice, is it really any worse than a traditional keyboard?
1:1 Elementary iPads – Reflecting on the First Months
Everyone knew that the transition from 1:2 laptops to 1:1 iPads would be messy. As the person most obviously responsible for the change, it has been an interesting tactical tightrope to walk: enthusiastically promote the transformative power of the iPads while keeping expectations low as everyone adapts to new opportunities and limitations. Over the summer, I had lots of time …
Stop Safari Reloading on Back Gesture
The Inconsistency Like countless others (1,2,3), I’ve been frustrated by recent versions of Sarai on OS X Lion and Mountain Lion. It’s great to have mouse-gestures built in to the OS, but why on earth would a “back swipe” be processed by Safari differently than a back button press or key shortcut? Those of you with blazing internet speeds may …
iOS App Management
A principal from a neighboring school recently asked for our thoughts on iOS app management, so I have written down some of what we are learning and some of the things we feel are important to consider. We, along with most other schools, are still unsure about what is the best way forward, so we still have more questions than …
iPads vs Document Cameras
I sure am glad for competition. We the customers almost always benefit. Where else can that be more true than for educational technology hardware. You know, the stuff: clunky, overpriced, and just plain ugly; The “breakthrough” product to help dyslexic students that now sits in the cupboard because even if someone wanted to use it, they can’t because the special …
#BeyondConferences – a model for multi-school collaboration
The idea is that traditional conferences are big and people’s goals varied. For those of us looking to do the difficult work of dramatically re-imagining an ICT program or writing curriculum, we need a much smaller group that can meet several times in the year. These people must come from schools with similar challenges and similar goals.
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