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OER Summit: Sneak Preview

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

For those of you who are members of Admin 2.0 and stumble across my blog, here is a "scoop":  the Leadership 3.0 Symposium is going to include a special OER Summit. In the morning, you can attend "OER 101."  In the afternoon, take a "Deep Dive" into OER.  You can register for either the morning or afternoon—or both at a reduced rate.  More information will follow shortly!

The OER Summit is generously…

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Mobile Technologies for Learning: Done!

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 12:56am 0 Comments

The Mobile Technologies for Learning mind map is finally done—or at least as "done" as anything ever is these days.  It looks at planning and implementation issues, apps, devices, uses, and sample policies.  There are lots of great resources, many contributed by TICAL cadre members, and a succinct and scintillating overview by yours truly.

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When technology fails us

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

I love technology, but sometimes it can be so frustrating!  I spent hours creating some beautiful charts and graphs in a PowerPoint presentation to share at the TICAL Advisory meeting today.  I uploaded the file ahead of time to Adobe Connect.  My turn on the agenda came and I launched my presentation, all set to proudly show my creation.  Instead of pride I got chagrin.  None of the graphs showed up.  I shared a series of slides blank but for a title at the top, adding a verbal description…

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Mobile Technologies and Learning

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 5:33pm 0 Comments

Months ago, TICAL cadre members and I started putting together a mind map about mobile technologies and learning.  As happens with many projects, we got a lot accomplished at first but, before we were done, the project stalled as our attentions were pulled elsewhere.

Finally, we've got some momentum going again.  I've been working on it most of the day and, while there are some finishing touches yet to be made, it's nearly finished—or as finished as anything ever is these days. …

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Developing World Class Learners

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 12:55pm 0 Comments

ISTE's Special Interest Group for Administrators (SIGAdmin) sponsors an annual book study,  This year, the group selected World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students, by Dr. Yong Zhao.  After we'd finished reading and discussing the book, Dr. Zhao was kind enough to join us for a live question and answer session. 

Here's a sampling of questions posed to Dr. Zhao:

  • Are there any tests, current or future, that have any validity in improving…
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