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How moonshot thinking transformed a school

How moonshot thinking transformed a school

02/23/2017

Topics: 1:1, Education leadership, Essential Conditions

When Fanny Passeport became the schoolwide tech integrator at Mercedes Benz International School in India, she might as well have been aiming for a moon landing.

There was no one in charge of ed tech. Teachers were happy hanging out in their comfort zone. Her task: Shepherd a…

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What full-scale change looks like  and how to get there

What full-scale change looks like and how to get there

01/01/2017

Topics: 1:1, BYOD, Standards

It was a searing message from its own students that awakened a transformation using technology in one Alaskan school district.

“A few years ago,” says Superintendent Mary Wegner of the Sitka School District, “high school students approached the school board and said they…

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5 steps to get started with ISTE' 's new student standards

5 steps to get started with ISTE's new student standards

10/21/2016

Topics: 1:1, Digital Citizenship, Gamification, professional learning, Standards

The 2016 ISTE Standards for Students offer exciting opportunities for the future of education and the changing landscape of student learning. Standard 1: Empowered Learner encapsulates the importance of…

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5 ways to crowdsource ideas for choosing the right technology

5 ways to crowdsource ideas for choosing the right technology

10/14/2016

Topics: 1:1, Tools

In the spring of 2015, our school district passed a bond that included over $5 million for a student mobile device initiative. For the previous 4½ years, we’d been a 1:1 K-12 district with iPads as our device of choice. With the passing of the bond, we had an opportunity not only to…

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8 new apps to test drive in your classroom

8 new apps to test drive in your classroom

08/17/2015

Topics: 1:1, BYOD, Mobile learning, Tools

Kids tend to embrace apps, and thanks to initiatives and grants that bring mobile devices into the classroom, there are plenty of opportunities to use these mini-programs to amplify learning.

For educators, however, the challenge is finding apps that go beyond the cool factor to…

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Should we limit kids' ' screen time? No

Should we limit kids' screen time? No

07/21/2015

Topics: 1:1, BYOD, Digital Citizenship, Mobile learning, Online learning, Parent engagement

I'm a mom of two and an educator. And I have to admit something right here, right now: I get bored easily when playing with my kids.

I try to engage with the little ponies, the fairies and the Tonka trucks, and for a while, it all works out. Give me 20 minutes and I am super…

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Should we limit kids' ' screen time? Yes

Should we limit kids' screen time? Yes

07/21/2015

Topics: 1:1, Digital Citizenship, Mobile learning, Online learning, Parent engagement

We should limit children’s screen time but do so in a thoughtful, rather than reactive, way. The "right" amount of screen time can fall anywhere on a spectrum, depending on a number of factors, including the purpose and use of technology as well as the child's ability to use it in a mindful and…

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To Apple or to Google, that is the question

To Apple or to Google, that is the question

06/30/2015

Topics: 1:1, ISTE Conference & Expo

We’ve all heard the adage about comparing apples to oranges, but what about comparing Apple to Google? That’s the debate taking place among ed tech educators, their IT colleagues and proponents of various ed tech platforms and devices. It hinges on a single question: Does a school have to…

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Support your 1:1 program with a student tech team

Support your 1:1 program with a student tech team

04/21/2015

Topics: 1:1, BYOD, Education leadership, Mobile learning

Leaders who understand the landscape of our digital world know that they must involve a school’s most important stakeholders in their 1:1 planning and decision-making process. That stakeholder group is students. From determining the right device to recommending applications, leaders must listen…

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8 ways to establish shared vision

8 ways to establish shared vision

04/17/2015

Topics: 1:1, Learning spaces, Standards

When someone is dubbed a visionary, we tend to attribute it to bleeding-edge thinking or a knack for big ideas. Truth be told, visionaries share a number of characteristics such as openness, imagination, persistence and…

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