CLMOOC as Metaphor

For the first time since I entered kindergarten, I am officially unaffiliated with any educational institution. I’m no longer a student, teacher, supervisor, teacher educator, parent, volunteer, or whatever other role you can think of. My lack of official affiliation may be why I dove into CLMOOC 2016 with such gusto. Not that I produced many artifacts that crossed modes or mixed others’ work, but I thought […]

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Of Insights & Supernovas

Some days, I think I am a very slow learner. Today is one such day. Today is also a day when a whole lot of things I’ve been thinking about have collided in a supernova of insight. In a recent blog post, I mentioned the idea (of a scholar/writer whose name eludes me) that teachers need to become public intellectuals. I’ve been thinking about what […]

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In Which an Educon Newbie Reflects

One-Liners & Pithy Questions I Took Away from Sunday Sessions From Daren Kuropatwa & Dean Shareski’s session, “What’s Wrong with this Picture”: Comment on a YouTube video: “I don’t care if this video wasn’t true. It made me happy.” From Dean Shareski & Alec Couros’ session, “The Ethical Obligation to Teach, Learn, & Share Globally”: If there is no sharing, there is no education. Giving […]

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From Boardroom to Classroom: More Collaboration Buzz

I wouldn’t presume to cross into the world of business & finance  and start telling them how to get their act together. While I mostly don’t value the influx of business perspectives into education,  certain ideas make great metaphors for educators to think about. Evan Rosen’s piece in the February 5 Business Week online edition is one example. Rosen writes about the power of collaboration […]

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New Year’s Revolutions

Isn’t that the purpose of resolutions– to spark change? And not just any change. No, in our heart of hearts, we yearn, secretly, for the impossible. My husband, just back from the gym, reported it was crowded beyond belief. “It’s all the New Year’s resolution-ers,” I told him. “Give it five or six weeks and the place will be back to normal.” Too often the […]

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What Can Educators Learn?

A couple of days ago, I retweeted a link to “Developing a 2010 Social Media Strategy,” an entry in Venessa Miemis’ blog Emergent by Design. : A Twitter buddy of mine, @GLAnderson, was kind enough to click thru to the post and respond to me. OK, Gary, here’s my attempt. I’ve been fascinated by the business world’s response to social media. By many accounts, so […]

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Inciting disruption

I heard from a colleague yesterday who’s coordinating business sponsors, other digital learning specialists, and in-house tech coordinators to “disrupt” a  school district’s practices by using digital tools. “Disrupt” is the operative term; I’m not exactly sure what this entails in her situation. What’s interesting to me is her comment that Disrupting Class [1. Christensen, C., Horn, M., Johnson, C. (2008). Disrupting Class: How Disruptive […]

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There has to be a better way

I have a fabulous bunch of students this semester. They’re really smart, nice, and seem to like listening and talking to each other. And not one of them has been to school in a time when courses didn’t culminate in a high-stakes, standardized test. Let me say that again. My students have never been to school in a time where courses didn’t culminate in high-stakes, […]

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