Adult Digital Distraction

  Recently our school district sponsored the showing of Screenagers, a film designed to highlight the perils of our teen’s overuse of digital devices. It is a compelling film, balancing the positive potential of digital media with the dangers that overuse can play in impressionable teenagers. As a Principal, I occasionally deal with students who…

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Using Omnifocus…but Be Careful Who’s Lurking

    OmniFocus’s iPhone interface   In an era of high expectations for all educators, having a handle on productivity is becoming increasingly critical. Balancing home and work responsibilities, managing emails, delegating tasks, planning projects, and not forgetting minutiae is immensely challenging.   Mostly out of necessity, I became a student of productivity. The job…

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4 Ways to Help Find Time to Blog

  Lately, I’ve been feeling guilty about not blogging as frequently as I should. Ironically, school administrator and keynote speaker George Couros, one of our field’s best known educational bloggers, wrote his post Isolation is now a choice educators make as part of his personal blog, “The Principal of Change”.  In this piece, he featured a…

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My 4 C’s for a 4 Hour Delay

My NHASCD colleagues and I are chillin’ at the Manchester, NH Airport waiting for a flight to Dulles (in D.C.) and the ASCD Leader to Leader Conference. More on the conference later…when I actually arrive. In the meantime, what are some ways we can “enjoy” (endure?) the four hour delay, which may become even longer…

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Keeping Balanced in the New Year

The difficulty in keeping one’s life in balance is related in large part to the type of life we lead in America. Industriousness is rewarded in our society and at times busyness can become an addiction. Yet, balance is not reached by simply paring down our activity, it’s selecting those activities that sustain our spirit…

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In Defense of Email

I googled “too much email” recently and received over 17,000 hits; I know that this is not an original topic. Being a productivity geek of sorts, I have enjoyed reading many pundits write about how to solve the problem. The creator of the term inbox zero, Merlin Mann, is a disciple of David Allen’s GTD philosophy…

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Wikis: Solid “Old” Technology

One of the early tools of Web 2.0 was the Wiki. This was before Google Docs, Twitter, and the term Web 2.0 came into vogue. Ward Cunningham was the first developer in 1995 and into the early 2000s businesses started using them as interactive sites for their employees. Schools found their use before long and…

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Going Paperless

Thanks to a Twitter conversation between myself, and the Pams, @pammoran and @pamelamcleod, I’m thinking about the value of going paperless in my job and perhaps in other areas of my life. I have only just begun in this cause and while the environmental aspect of a paperless life is laudable, the organizational piece is…

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Technology Without Influence

A week or so ago, I received my invitation to Google Wave and today I had a chance to play with it a bit before the heavy New England winds knocked out our power for a few hours. While its utilitarian nature remains to be discovered completely, it’s clear that this new device may combine…

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