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Project RED II Launch at Intel Visionary Conference

What an event!! The Project RED II launch in Washington DC at Intel’s Visionary Conference was exciting and inspiring! We had the opportunity to highlight our research findings and introduce our next version plans – bringing those findings to life in selected, qualifying sites.

We personally recognize and thank Paige Johnson, Intel, for providing this launch venue which was spectacular. Liz Crawford, HP-our other major sponsor, was front and center to provide support and leadership in the conversation. Mick Adkisson, of sponsor-SMART Technologies, actually spent his birthday with us to celebrate the launch and share his expertise. Thanks also to sponsor, Pearson, and representative Kathy Hurley.

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Finding Our Internal Compass - When Technology Overwhelms

Most of my colleagues and friends will say that technology has dramatically increased their productivity, and often, effectiveness in the personal and work spaces. Those same individuals carry 3 or 4 technology tools with them at all times. It is quite an accomplishment to be able to interchangeably use technologies for the tasks they are best suited. That ability didn’t just fall from the sky. It took time, experiences, research, trial and error to figure this stuff out and determine how best to utilize each tool.

Friend or foe of technologies, these tools are here to stay and they continue to morph at a rapid pace..which can be overwhelming when trying to keep pace. Even though technologies facilitate efficiencies they also create vast options which one must navigate.

David Allen, in a New York Times article, March 18, 2012, says that to assuredly navigate these pathways we have to develop a “structure for capturing, clarifying and organizing all the forces that assail us; and ensure time and space for thinking, reflecting and decision-making.” He says that most of us try to use our traditional, internal mechanisms to plod through the technology induced environment. Those skills that well served us in early tech days, today cause us to be “unclear, distracted, disorganized thinkers” which leads to “frustration, stress and undermined self-confidence”.

While Allen’s article speaks to work place employees, his framework is worthy of educators’ paying attention. In the education ecosystem, not only is technology integration on the uptick, so are public and national expectations, community expectations and, most importantly, the imperative to increase student achievement. On parallel paths, educators are expected to perform, deliver the goods and stay current with research, best practices and tech integrations. That’s a tall order.

Allen recommends five action steps each can take to bring control, focus and order to our personal and professional lives.

  1. To garner greater focus and control, write down everything that has captured our attention – in work and personal lives. He calls this ‘emptying the attic’ of our heads.
  2. Clarify the importance of each item to our lives. Define what results are desired aligned with needed actions. This puts each item in context of the bigger picture of life and guides us to what next steps need to be. ACTION!
  3. Create reminders for each action needing to be taken. Put this inventory in a convenient, noticed place.
  4. Make it a practice to regularly review, reflect and modify the commitments to keep it updated. Different items will emerge as more important than others with each review which will help shift focus and behaviors and decisions.
  5. Position our resources and attention appropriate to the above.

Many of us take action in response to the loudest, most present factors of our lives. The goal is to be able to make conscious, smart choices that emerge from the above 5 steps….Proaction vs reaction increases our productivity!

Schools Have Changed - It's A Work in Progress

Divine Child High 1964 Demerit SystemClick For a Closer Look

This is the demerit system my high school publicized to our parents circa 1964. Of course, I’d love to get my hands on their current disciplinary overview to compare and contrast. But when I read this I was immediately struck at how contrary to current belief, practice and research these expectations are! This is smack dab, in my face, a fundamental reason why the school transformations we seek are so difficult to bring around.

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A National Leader: The Digital Textbook

Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in the The Digital Textbook Collaborative. The collaborative group’s aim was to step up the development of digital resources and enhance the quality and saturation of digital learning in the K-12 space. The collaborative was organized by the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Education and amplifies the FCC’s National Broadband Plan and the Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan.

The group was made up of major hardware, software, publishing, mobile/telcom, & education groups-industry stakeholders, school officials and nonprofit leaders. It was a heady experience to participate with these key engagers of the ed tech industry to discuss, provide current and future visions, and strategies to drive schools’ abilities to effectively decide and plan for education technologies.

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