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On to MassCUE

On to MassCUE

It has been one heck of a roller coaster start to the school year. Lots of new tech to deploy, PD to develop not to mention new state standards to integrate and the likely hood of licensing changes.  It is a lot to take in. But October is here and things tend to get into a rhythm and it is time to connect with others and indulge in some personal learning.  I look forward to attending MassCUE our stated premier…

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Remembering The Team Who Taught Me So Much

Remembering The Team Who Taught Me So Much

Once upon a time in a land far away I met an incredible group of people. We created, collaborated and learned together. Our time together changed me forever. From 2007 to 2011 I was part of a very effective and productive team, we met and worked virtually. At first only through text and later voice as technology and tools improved. We worked in a digital platform, created digital products and laid the groundwork to foster a growing community of learners….

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The Power in Connections

The Power in Connections

After Hurricane Sandy effected the northeast I headed down to NJ to lend my folks a hand.  The main highway I would normally take was closed in many spots so I had to drive north, across Massachusetts and then south.  On my way I passed convoy after convoy of tree service, fuel tankers and power line crews from Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.  Some had banners hanging off the sides of the trucks. “NJ here we come.” “NY you are…

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Supporting Complex Change

Supporting Complex Change

Integrating technology, project based learning, personalized instruction, etc all require a change in a teacher’s pedagogical practice.  That is a pretty complex change as there is nothing simple about people, teaching and learning.  The teachers I support are my ‘students’. I need to know what is not working or missing to help them achieve success as they continually fine tune and perfect their craft.  Over the years I have used Knoster’s thoughts on managing complex change. There are various versions…

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BLC 2013 Conference Notes

BLC 2013 Conference Notes

I had an opportunity to attend BLC 2013 in Boston for a day.  I always learn something while I am there, either in a session or conversations in the hall.  Below is a summary of the notes I have from the event. Thursday Keynote Dr Weinberg  Title of talk “Why hasn’t technology changed education?” Dr.Weinberg contents that is has not changed education but it has changed learning.  What goes through my mind, then education and learning are not connected. The…

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Removing Digital Clutter

Removing Digital Clutter

I took some time the last week to organizing my digital life, really clean it up. It can get a bit unruly and combersome.  I gather information from twitter, plurk, google+ and my rss feeds in my reader.  I post occasionally in them as well.  I feel disconnected, disorganized and distracted.   I spent time looking for one tool that would let me collect  and share from a single place. But nothing seems to do it all.  I thought about…

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The Meet-Up

The Meet-Up

Social Media has enhanced my conference experiences and learning. It seems pretty clear that would be the case.  Before social media I attended lots of educational conferences and even some fun conventions (Star Trek and Comic). I  attended as an individual, read the program after arrival and tried my best to make the most of it.  I left with a bag of notes and a few contacts; but those connections tended to fade away as snail mail and later e-mail were the only means…

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