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The Principal of Change – Stories of learning and leading

The Principal of Change – Stories of learning and leading
For ISTE 2014 in Atlanta, I will be presenting on the “Myths of Technology and Learning”. As I am really thinking about what I will be sharing at the conference, I wanted to write a series of blog posts that will help myself and others “rethink” some of these statements or arguments that you hear in relation to technology in school. I will be writing a series of blog posts on different myths, and will be posting them on this page. I hope to generate discussion on these topics to further my own learning in this area and appreciate any comments you have on each idea shared. As kids, we were continuously told “don’t talk to strangers”, and this generation has been told the same thing. Times have changed and we have to really rethink this notion.

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 8 Strategies To Get Your Principal to Say Yes To Anything So, your PLN is raving about a new product or program that has made teaching and learning better than ever and you want to bring this to your classroom too. Since you work for a school though, it’s not 100% up to you. You need buy in and support from your principal to allow you to move forward. That’s not always easy, unless you know the following secrets to success shared by former @NYCSchools Principal Jason Levy (@Levy_Jason), who now advises principals and superintendents on how to develop a compelling vision and strategies to succeed with educational technology. Teaching and Learning News provide by Expert Educational Consultants In this episode, Alan speaks with Ewan McIntosh, Founder of NoTosh, out of Edinburgh, Scotland. The two begin with a discussion about Ewan’s work with design thinking for developing a new learning ecology within an International Baccalaureate school in Barcelona, Spain. This leads in to a conversation about the emotional process teachers go through in relinquishing some of their established control within the classroom. Finally, they discuss the role of school leaders and the key shifts they must make in order to jump into the design thinking process within their schools.

Rachelle Dene Poth I have been teaching there for 18 years. I am also the Spanish Club Sponsor, the Foreign Language Department Chair and a Member of the Technology Committee. I enjoy finding new ways to use technology with my students and my purpose is to provide a variety of experiences for them that are more than just learning the language of Spanish. I want to help prepare them for the future and be able to use a variety of tools in their high school and future careers. I have had the opportunity to take students to PETE&C and PAECT to participate in student technology showcases. I attended the Duquesne University School of Law and studied in their evening program while teaching full time.

Teaching Resources and Lesson Plans from the Federal Government FREE Features These features originally appeared on the features blog. The features highlight resources and ideas related to holidays, awareness months, anniversaries and seasonal topics. January February March Partnering with Your Principal When you’re a school librarian, there are a few people in your building that you need to ally with immediately. First, befriend the bookkeeper who will make spending your limited budget stress-free. Keep the custodians on your side so they’ll still be smiling after your classes make 3-D cloud models with cotton balls and a lot of glue.

Video: Watch Richard Byrne (@RMByrne) on @TeacherCast LIVE from #ISTE2014 - Educational Blogs, Podcasts, App Reviews and more On Saturday June 28, TeacherCast welcomed Free Tech for Teachers founder, Richard Byrne, onto TeacherCast LIVE at ISTE2014. About the author Jeffrey Bradbury, the creator of and TeacherCast University is a highly respected educational consultant. He has presented at ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) as well as other nationally recognized conferences, and was one of the founding organizers of edcampNJ. Blue Egg 3 I created this bulletin board last year based on one I had seen on Pinterest. In my opinion, it was the BEST bulletin board I have ever had in my class! Why you ask? We (both the students and I) referenced it all year as we endeavored to “Change Our Mindsets”! Having the growth mindset language “in our faces” really helped us to internalize the LANGUAGE!

Chris Lehmann: Practical Theory [This year marked the first graduating class of our second campus – SLA@Beeber. I was honored and thrilled to be asked to be the keynote speaker. It’s been such an incredible experience to watch this group of students and families and educators build this school into something wonderful, and I was so excited to share the day with them. — Chris] To the Science Leadership Academy @ Beeber inaugural class – the Class of 2017 – congratulations! I cannot begin to tell you how much it means to me to be standing in front of you today. What you all have done – what you all have accomplished these past four years – will stand as a tribute to your willingness to build, to take risks, to go on a journey together – for years and years to come.

How To Save Time Teaching With Technology How To Save Time Teaching With Technology Technology is great–when it works. While using technology for learning is easy, mastering it–using it to save time, reduce busy work, and ultimately increase student understanding–is another matter entirely. Lost passwords, blocked YouTube channels, and 200 unread emails in your inbox can really put a dent in your enthusiasm for consistently using technology. So below we’ve started a list–and it’s just a start–to identify problems and solutions for teaching with technology. Please Call The Cops 'Cause You're Killing Your Students! - Edwords Blog Cognitive Overload. Unfortunately, we do that a lot. We often overwhelm students with information when we present it to them. What's worse, we teach them to do the same to others when they present. We are killing them. Well...

What Amazing Principals Do and You Can Too image from icanread I used to think I would end my days as an administrator, now I laugh at the notion. Nothing against administrators, but being a teacher has proven to me that I have no dreams of being a principal anymore. So I cannot pretend to write this post as a letter to a future me, instead, I hope it will serve as a small homage to the amazing principals I know and as a guide to those just starting out. Dear principal, I offer you a wish list of do’s, some hopes and dreams, some things I have seen amazing principals do, from this single teacher to you. Do be accountable.

Teacher in a Strange Land By Nancy Flanagan January 1, 2015 at 5:37 PM Even though a child may indeed be reveling in and absorbing the wonders of a rich travel experience, or a deeply rewarding family visit, back home in the classroom, they're...behind. And school time is sacred. Or not. By Nancy Flanagan December 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM There are reviewers (both formal and casual) who judge a book entirely by one aspect: Does the author agree with me? Personal Professional Learning Redefines Thinking, Teaching, and Learning Guest post: Susan Zanti, M.Ed. Secondary Instructional Coach, Loudoun County Public Schools, VA Education and the way we teach have changed. There is no doubt about it. Are teachers keeping pace with the changes? Is professional learning known historically as professional development (PD), meeting teachers’ needs?