April
07
2015

Professional Learning that Connects and Empowers Teachers

As educators, our core business is learning. We fulfill a multitude of additional roles that are also extremely important, yet, at its essence, education is about learning and our schools and school districts must be learning-focused organizations. Of course, when we talk about learning as our core...

June
25
2014

This One’s for You, Grandpa!

I can remember bouncing on your lap when I was about three. I remember the silly gifts you’d give, your incredible sense of humor, your amazing model of how to be a father and grandfather, and how to this day, I consider you the most brilliant man I’ve ever known. I remember your hugs and kisses; yo...

June
07
2014

5 Key Takeaways from #edcampusa

The energy at the end of the day was infectious.  To hear Emily Davis from the US Department of Education speak with such passion about what had occurred at the DOE that day was both encouraging and inspiring.  In lieu of the traditional edcamp smackdown to wrap up the day, 100 educators from around...

December
05
2013

Five “Can’t Miss” Twitter Chats

Each week educators from around the world engage in meaningful conversations on Twitter. Twitter chats have connected educators globally and transformed the way many view professional development. Currently, there are over 200 of these chats, which range in topic, participants, and purpose.  An up-t...

November
07
2013

A Quick Start Guide to Participating in Twitter Chats

This past week, I had the privilege of introducing US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, as a guest moderator for #edtechchat, an educational Twitter chat that I founded with four members of my personal learning network (PLN).  Over the course of 60 minutes, almost 2,000 people from around the wor...

October
18
2013

Professional Development: Let’s Work Together

It was sitting at a breakfast meeting three years ago with a colleague in a neighboring school district and my close friend, Rich Kiker (@rkiker) that it hit me. Rich and I were discussing needs in our home districts, plans moving forward, effective aspects of our professional development, and how t...

September
19
2013

Digital Leadership for School Leaders

Year after year, hundreds of millions of dollars are funneled into technology initiatives and resources in school districts throughout the country. From hardware and software, to infrastructure and one-to-one devices, money is flowing into programs and tools for schools like never before, but are th...

March
29
2013

Years Gone By: Relevant Learning Ties Remain

This post is co-authored by Tom Murray and Kristen Swanson. Dear Tom, Back in the days of giant desktop computers and Microsoft Publisher, you were my teacher. You showed me how to create digital learning spaces for my students, and you guided me as I started to think about the ways that technology...

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