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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The Couch Effect of Handheld Media

I have been blessed to have many opportunities to learn from colleagues throughout the country. Last week I concluded the latest meeting of the standing committee of Principals for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). In the midst of numerous assessments impacting our schools, NAEP is one of the oldest and most respected, having…

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From Old School To Bold School

A slide straight from Will Richardson’s  NHASCD workshop on  April 4, 2014 The ease of rhyme in Will Richardson’s workshop title (old to bold) doesn’t diminish the difficulty of Will’s challenge for all of us in education. In 2014, we are faced with pressures from many directions creating enormous inertia against doing the right thing….

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How Long Will We Teach Cursive Handwriting?

  Schools are often in a reactive mode to societal changes in technology, popular customs, and politics. We adjust our policies and curriculum based on this changing tide. For example, I am asked regularly about the potential demise of cursive handwriting instruction in my school. This issue was highlighted recently in the trial of George…

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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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Sure, Apple Changes the World-So Do You

 Want to work for Apple? Here’s the letter you’ll get on your first day: There’s work and there’s your life’s work. The kind of work that has your fingerprints all over it. The kind of work that you’d never compromise on. That you’d sacrifice a weekend for. You can do that kind of work at…

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Every 60 seconds…

Change comes to America schools slowly, and more as an afterthought. Our classrooms look and feel much like they did at the turn of the century and our instruction has remained largely teacher directed. We still embrace the traditional A-B-C-D-F grading system, our assessments still ask for mostly low level factual information, and thanks to…

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Quick Podcasting Using AudioBoo

In my never ending quest to find new ways to communicate to the public, I stumbled upon Audioboo about a year ago. It’s a very simple audio podcasting service which, like most new apps these days, has a social media element to it as well. I began using it to record the “Harold Martin Minute” last year and…

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Tech Thoughts on Christmas Eve

Random posts like this are easy to write. I’m not sure my high school English teacher would approve of the bullet format but… The iPad is becoming an enormous tool for me. Tonight, I’ll lead the band at my church using the iPad as my only tool for reading music. In fact, many members of…

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