Encouraging Ownership

Jul 16

Encouraging Ownership

After every course I teach I receive an evaluation from my students. Typically 80% or higher provide with highly positive feedback. 10% are indifferent and 10% are less than satisfied. Most of the dissatisfaction revolves around lack of structure and and timelines. This is partly my personal flaws and partly student preference and partly a communication failure. I...

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It’s Not Really PD

Jul 22

It’s Not Really PD

“In a nutshell, connected learning is learning that is socially connected, interest-driven, and oriented towards educational and economic opportunity. Connected learning is when you’re pursuing knowledge and expertise around something you care deeply about, and you’re supported by friends and institutions who share and recognize this common passion or...

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The Stupidest Creative Act

Jun 29

The Stupidest Creative Act

I was honored to be chosen to give an ignite talk during the opening session at this year’s ISTE conference in San Antonio. A few random thoughts: These are hard to do I tried to submit slides that contained video and transitions but that wasn’t allowed I’d love to see more of these sessions I think smaller ideas are better and more interesting...

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Great Stories of IT

Apr 08

Great Stories of IT

  Weird title I know. Next week I’m speaking to a mix of educators and IT people essentially about how the boxes and wires folks can and should work together with the teaching and learning folks. The dominant narrative seems to be that often these two groups don’t get along all that well, mostly from teachers wanting to innovative feeling confined...

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Random Thoughts on #Learning2

Oct 15

Random Thoughts on #Learning2

As I prepare to finish the final 6 hours of my 36 hour return from Beijing, I figured I'd drop a brain dump of reflections for this week's Learning 2.012 conference in Beijing. In or particular order or significance, here we go: The Format: The organizers have been tweaking their format since it's inception in 2007. They're constantly looking for the...

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What ways has leadership empowered you to become a better teacher?

Jul 12

What ways has leadership empowered you to become a better teacher?

By Scott McLeod: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcleod/6684760745/     At the end of the month I'll be giving a talk at the State of Now 140 conference. It will be a 10 minute talk loosely based on this blog post. I'll be exploring the nature and value of teachers sharing online and the power of transparent, open learning. I also want to look at the...

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