Monday, February 27, 2012

Under "Normal" Circumstances?

Here, Pew Research Center does a quirky overview of the "new normal," which includes increased accessibility at home, increased use of mobile devices, and increased use of social networking by all demographics. This all leads to the 8 "realities."
After clicking through this slideshow, what strikes you as concerning or inspirational? What "hits home" when reflecting upon our systems that teach kids, or that help them transition through stages of their lives? Is our blueprint agile enough? Do our information policies scale up to new medias? How do our attitudes and our skill-sets allow us to understand these revolutionary shifts?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

AASA 2012

I am honored to have the unique opportunity this year to present for my colleagues at AASA's National Conference on Education. My presentation is on administrative compression in small, rural schools (PPT below). Check the current schedule of events for my most up-to-date time and location for the presentation if interested. You can follow the Twitter discussion for the national conference with the hashtag, #nce12.
The Part-Time Superintendent-WASDA/WASB
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I am also exceedingly honored to be an eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awardee for 2012. With company like William Skilling (@SuptSkilling) and Daniel Frazier (@DanielLFrazier), the award is certainly a humbling privilege, as it is a honor to serve the kids, teachers, and families of Wisconsin.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Place of Our Own (Guest Post)

The following post was written by David Bell (@dtbell22) regarding a recent day of internal professional development. It was the single best day of teacher development that I have ever experienced, anywhere in my career. The peer-to-peer collaborative instruction resulted in high ownership. The boots-on-the-ground knowledge of actual tool implementation made for high interest. The embedded nature of the sessions substantially decreased distance between the act of development and the place where the new learning would be executed. Finally, hands-on, action-oriented sessions made for a great opportunity to play, experiment, problem-solve, and learn. I've never been prouder of the staff. 

On Friday, January 27th our faculty participated in an educational technology workshop. The exciting part is that we did not have to visit another school or have an expert guest speaker flown in. Teachers participated in 21 different learning sessions led by their colleagues. It was an opportunity for our staff to showcase the educational tools being implemented in their classrooms and to model how these technologies enhance instruction. The benefit to a professional development activity of this nature is that our teachers now have access to a local network of experts. I am confident that all teachers learned more applications that will strengthen their instruction.

Sessions included:
A few pictures from the event:

Mrs. Sanders presenting on iPad Basics
Mrs. Lundeen leading a session on the Smart Pen and Websites
Mr. Woodhouse and Mr. in App Evaluation for District Guidelines
Mr. Bakke helping us set up Diigo accounts for research
Using iPods for testing accommodations with Mr. Hundt
This blog is crossposted here

Monday, February 6, 2012

My Digital Dictionary

Over the last three years, I've had the need to express particular ideas and thoughts that have not yet been captured by existing verbiage. Accordingly, I've taken it upon myself to coin the following new words:

Reader Fatigue: The cognitive exhaustion that is a result of continual flow of great information from a Google Reader. Synonyms: Mental Overload.

Digital Hording: The compulsive behavior (mostly by teachers) to save every bit of any file, program, or application on a home directory-no matter what the significance of the file.

Tweet Groupie: The sycophantic flatter who engages others on twitter for the purpose of self promotion as opposed to participating in and contributing to a digitally-oriented professional learning community. Self disclosure: I began my digital journey this way out of naivete.

Blog Crush: A high admiration and idolization of a colleague's blog, including the ideas expressed, connections made, and subsequent transformation triggered.

Post Prudence: The realization that comes once the colleagues you admire the most now follow you and your blog. Example: Once you know that @mcleod follows your twitter feed, you can't say stupid crap anymore.

Follower Balance: The idea that in a digitally-oriented professional learning community, you should be as interested in what others have to say as what you have to say. Hence, there should be somewhat of a balance between who follows you and whom you follow. Antonym: Tweet vanity.

Tab Collecting: The act of collecting tabs within your browser as a way of remembering that you want to tweet or blog about it later in the day.

4 O'Clock Push: The rush of tweets that appears from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. as a result of twitter users not wanting their bosses to know that they've been surfing the net while on the job. Note: Twitter users will collect tabs during the course of the day and then push them out after the formal end of the work day.

Tweet Noise: Random, unrelated, or hollow posts that are sprinkled into our personalized twitter feed. Used in sentence: Once I got past the tweet noise this morning, I found three wonderful blog posts that I bookmarked, and one that I commented on. 

5 a.m. Twitter Clutch: The unusual mixture of British twitterers that are just about to go to bed and the North American twitterers that have gotten up early, all of whom to converse and share insights on twitter.

One-Upman Twittery: The practice of outdoing others in one's digitally-oriented professional learning community by responding to a colleague's post with a parallel story about oneself with even more elaborate outcomes.

Have you ever experienced any of these? Do you have any terms that you have coined to describe situations or experiences you frequently encounter?