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21st century skills: What has been accomplished, why should we care?

21st century skills: What has been accomplished, why should we care?

07/14/2015

Topics: Digital Citizenship, Education leadership

We live in a hyper-connected society where most opportunities are just a click away. Social relationships and job markets have suffered a profound transformation because of technology ubiquity, but what has happened within our schools? Are students prepared to face a labor market that values…

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Leading change: Teacher leaders are catalysts for education transformation

Leading change: Teacher leaders are catalysts for education transformation

07/14/2015

Topics: Education leadership, Standards

It was a brutally cold winter for Sara Luckert and the students in her middle school English classes in Henrico, Virginia. For the second year in a row, 10 days of instruction were blown away by freezing winds and buried in snowdrifts.

“Ten days that we do not get back,” says…

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Video highlights from ISTE 2015!

Video highlights from ISTE 2015!

07/08/2015

Topics: Education leadership, ISTE Conference & Expo, professional learning

Over the past decade, a lot has happened in the world of ed tech. As technological advances and their impact on our world continue to accelerate, the true potential of digital age tools for transforming education has become a hot topic.

As the premier ed tech conference in the…

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Hotly contested: Should coding be mandatory?

Hotly contested: Should coding be mandatory?

06/30/2015

Topics: Coding & robotics, Curriculum, Education leadership, ISTE Conference & Expo

Schools in industrialized countries across the globe are having a debate: Should teaching coding and computer science be a mandatory part of curriculum? That discussion took place on a smaller scale at ISTE 2015, where four experts weighed in during a modified Oxford-style debate session titled…

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Is your school Future Ready?

Is your school Future Ready?

06/29/2015

Topics: Advocacy, Education leadership, Essential Conditions, ISTE Conference & Expo, professional learning

Simply signing the Future Ready pledge doesn’t mean you’ve become a paragon of digital learning. It does mean that you have committed to this direction. That was the message Richard Culatta, director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology, delivered during a…

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How to fail successfully

How to fail successfully

06/28/2015

Topics: Education leadership, ISTE Conference & Expo

The more educators hear about what other people have tried and failed and would change next time, the faster education moves forward. That’s the new norm in teaching: We try something, and if it doesn’t work, we try something else.

Which was easy for…

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Is it time to give up on computers in schools?

Is it time to give up on computers in schools?

06/15/2015

Topics: Assessment, Education leadership, ISTE Conference & Expo

Yes, I know that asking this question in 2015 sounds preposterous, borderline Luddite. Sure, there are many terrific examples of 1:1 programs in K-12 schools across the country (You can even read lots of them at Scholastic Administrator…

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Overcoming the barriers to innovation

Overcoming the barriers to innovation

06/05/2015

Topics: Education leadership

In today’s flurry of technological advancement, the only way to keep up is to innovate. But as forward-thinking education leaders quickly learn, the path to change is littered with roadblocks.

While the specific barriers to tech integration may be unique to each…

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4 strategies for guiding people through change

4 strategies for guiding people through change

05/29/2015

Topics: Education leadership, ISTE Conference & Expo

Convincing others to accept and share your vision while providing the tools to self-navigate the process of change can be daunting. But take a moment to consider the following: People already know how to change. They do it every day. They encounter a detour on the road to work and have to take a…

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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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