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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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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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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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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Thoughts as the School Year Begins

I’m not a big fan of “potpourri” blog entries, but I’m hoping that a few random thoughts will magically coalesce into a complete theme. While it will certainly add to the weekend activities, the district has debuted a new web site using WordPress which will help the district’s Principals add content easily. We are trading some…

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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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Educational Resolutions for 2009

Thanks to the inspiration of Ian McCoog and others, I have three Administrator/Educator New Year’s Resolutions: 1. Know thy student. My colleague Steve Chamberlin, Principal of Hopkinton, NH high school, used this phrase as a theme for his teachers a number of years ago. How hard do I work to at least know the names of each…

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Meeting the “So What?” Test

In my Curriculum and Instruction course for mostly seniors in education at New England College, I have coined a phrase (likely borrowed from Grant Wiggins and/or Jay McTighe) which is used to test any part of the instructional planning process. Does your favorite lesson relate to the goals of your unit? Did you develop a…

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