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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8 Simple Hints for Twitter Chats

Have you noticed the rise in commercials with a Twitter focus?  Recent advertisements by Honda (full disclosure, I own one) is an irritating play on the hashtag element of Twitter. It’s unfortunate as hashtags are a clever device to differentiate tweets and categorize them into particular categories. For instance, if I want to read tweets…

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Connected Educators

The USDOE has deemed August “Connected Educator Month” and there are a variety of activities, especially webinars, which will hopefully inspire educators to explore the joy of connectivity. Here’s an email I just sent out to my staff: Hi everyone, The USDOE has deemed August “Connected Educator Month”. As part of this, there are some…

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The Digital Conference

I remember the first ASCD conference I attended many years ago (well, not sure when that was really) and my typical workshop procedure was to find a seat in the middle of the room near the front. I would pull out a mechanical pencil and a legal pad and I would use only the front…

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ITEC Conference

I am honored to be asked to present my workshop Embracing Web 2.0 for the Administrator as part of the Iowa Technology Education Connection 2010 Conference in Coralville, Iowa. No, I do not have to take time away from my school and travel to the Midwest, my former stomping grounds. (I lived in St. Louis, Missouri…

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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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Should we take Twitter seriously?

This week I was asked to be the guest Principal on a grant driven program sponsored in part by the New Hampshire Department of Education and Technology Director Cathy Higgins. She and I decided to utilize Twitter as our avenue for members of this cohort so that they would have a chance to pick my…

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Opening Up the Web 2.0 Potential

I shared some of the wonders of Web 2.0 to my staff yesterday. As I expected, I endured some good natured ribbing as most of the sixty or so members of the Harold Martin staff know all too well how much I love technology. As I shared in a previous post, it’s crucial that we…

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