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College Celebration Day 0

College Celebration Day

Far too many of our young our lost before they even begin to think about secondary education. We must, as a nation, encourage students, especially students of color, to attend college. These efforts must start early. That is why I was so proud to be involved in the College Celebration Day at Southern Connecticut State…
Taking the Digital Out for Digital Learning Day 0

Taking the Digital Out for Digital Learning Day

You see it in their faces first. Borderline Walking Dead extras staring blankly at a screen overcome by a mixture of exhaustion and frustration. They came to learn about digital teaching and learning. They wanted to use the latest digital texts and tools enhance their pedagogical goals. Yet they are lost. Tumbling in a world…
Education: There isn’t an app for that 0

Education: There isn’t an app for that

After a life imposed hiatus I have returned to my Twitter account. It truly is my best tool for professional development, but it was a recent tweet of mine that drew a lot of attention and retweets that made me rethink my conclusions about digital teaching and learning: There is no one app for education.…
Analytics won the Election and other Hard Truths 1

Analytics won the Election and other Hard Truths

I joke with the few family and friends I have in the analytics business and call them a bunch of "click counters." Yet analytics as a field is shaping our lives in ways we simply do not know. Most recently Barack Obama can thank his analytics team for a second term. It was a a…
A Space is Place to Begin: #MNLI Day 4 Reflection 1

A Space is Place to Begin: #MNLI Day 4 Reflection

I had a conversation with Polly today that the majority of work we are seeing during design studio involves teachers creating a Wikispaces for their classroom. This was not intentional. We used Wikispaces to organize or conference. Maybe providing the model lead to many teachers using this as their platform for connected learning. I like…
Striking the Balance: #MNLI2 Day 2 Reflection 0

Striking the Balance: #MNLI2 Day 2 Reflection

Its Tuesday (or it least it was when I was supposed to write this post) and we are moving into the hard work at the Microsoft NERD Center. Teachers worked to  shape their final products, attended a wonderful keynote by Polly Parker, and got to pick digital text and tool sessions. I am left with…
#HackJam: #MNLI12 Day 3 Reflection 1

#HackJam: #MNLI12 Day 3 Reflection

On day 3 of the Massachusetts New Literacies Institute I hosted a #hackjam. We all fought some torrential rain and found a restaurant with wifi. It was spotty so we couldn't develop too may remixes but still participants were amazed about x-ray goggles. Basically a #hackjam is a self-organized event to show some of the great Mozilla tools such as x-ray…
First Reflection on MNLI12 0

First Reflection on MNLI12

globe.  Each day I am going to try and share my basic take aways: The learning matters not the tool Our focus on the last two years has not been on technology. We define the issue as a tech issue and not a text issue. For us the goal is to get teachers to ask…
21st Century Equity 0

21st Century Equity

It has happened already, and it is only going to get worse. When it comes to using digital texts and tools for meaningful, purposeful, and connected learning students born whiter and wealthier  are afforded more opportunities than their peers. This disparity will become another reaffirming gap in the quality of education between the have and have nots.…