The Role of the Feds in Local Public Schools

Turmoil certainly exists within our federal government, no matter where you sit on the politics. From an unorthodox President to a House and Senate who have difficulty working together (save the latest budget agreement), there’s little consistency or predictability for those of us watching from the sidelines. Through the years, the Feds have had relatively…

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My Top 10 Mac Apps for 2017

It’s the time of year for “Top 10 Lists” and as a productivity geek I recognize that the Mac, the iPad, and the iPhone really have the best software to enable busy educators to simply get things done. I’ll begin with this post in the macOS realm: Evernote I’ve been a fan and user of…

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If We Can’t Be Happy, Be Joyful

  It was a tough weekend for my wife and I, although a lot tougher for others.  On Saturday morning, we attended the funeral of a 23 year old man, a son of a friend who had been sick for 6 years with brain cancer. Then a few hours later, we attended the funeral of…

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Screen Time and Families

    One of my early influences in educational technology is Will Richardson who was the first prominent educator to write about the use of digital tech in classrooms. In a recent blog post, Will talked about the very early days of the Internet for the general public, going back to 1996. I began experimenting…

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Teaching Gratefulness and Compassion

  Routine took a vacation last week. I experienced a “Snow-Day” thanks to an unusual wind/rain storm that hit the Northeast with a few inches of rain and winds as high as 50 mph. We had to cancel school due to impassable roads and we joined the scores of other schools  in New Hampshire with…

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8 Collaboration Tools for Educators

  Educators have a need to collaborate, especially when they work in different locations. My Assistant Principal Amy and I are responsible for two school buildings and we are still experimenting with different collaborative technology options for ourselves. Here are some options if you have the same need: Google Products Many schools are G Suite…

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Unpacking ISTE Standards for Students

ISTE has been championing standards for many years in the midst of an educational standards world that is now emphasizing process over memorization. Tech standards emphasize process by nature and the good news is that ISTE is beginning to unpack their standards and giving resources to educators in order to deliver them in an instructionally…

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