Increasing Relevance in Learning

I was a participant in the 2018 Massachusetts Superintendent Executive Institute (@massupt ,#MASSUPTEI18) and one of the Keynote sessions focused relevance relating to teaching and learning. The keynote speaker, Scott McLeod (@mcleod ), dove deep into the topic talking about a “relevance gap” in today’s schools and asked us to reflect on our own work and practices.... Continue Reading →

Moving from Consumption to Creation

The morning Keynote from Scott McLeod @mcleod at the @massupt (#MASSUPTEI18) talked about making learning relevant and used a phrase “Moving from Consumption to Creation” . He also challenged us to write a thoughtful tweet and that is where I started and it morphed into this post.  Unfortunately, my excitement and passion for this topic had... Continue Reading →

Creating Impactful PD

For the third summer in a row I will facilitate educator volunteer EdTech PD for Milford. For this post I wanted to organize thought to run effective PD for educators to process my own thinking and be more mindful of the planning and facilitation of sessions.  Educators are giving up their own time to come... Continue Reading →

Next 365: Goal Setting

Yesterday I wrote a blog on reflection and was thrilled, and humbled, at the feedback I received. THANK YOU.  One common piece of feedback was, “once we reflect what are some steps to create goals for next school year.”  I enjoy getting this type of feedback or having these discussions because that is how I... Continue Reading →

Reflection

Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful. Margaret J. Wheatley My morning started with a quick check of Twitter and always enjoy seeing the #Hacklearningdaily questions and they get me thinking.  Today Sylvia Ellison‏ @SylviaEllison asked “How do you and/or will you measure the success... Continue Reading →

Instructional Technology Coaching

By Dr. Matthew X. Joseph and Erin Fisher MEd Too often schools launch new technology without a plan for supporting and coaching teachers through the process of using new technology effectively in their classrooms.  One key to launching and supporting the marriage of EdTech and curriculum is increasing the opportunity to support teachers and help... Continue Reading →

Hope is Not a Strategy

I was thrilled to be asked by Craig Martin @CraigCMartin12 to be a part of Perkins School Genius Week.  When I started to think about sessions it was right after hearing Staff Sgt Roberts Powerful, emotional, and inspirational message during our Memorial Day program saying “Don’t ever give up on your dream. It is up... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on STEM

Thursday mornings (or evenings if you are in Australia) is a time for the best STEM chat (in my opinion) on Twitter -  #primarySTEMchat. Rachael Lehr (@rachaellehr) a science & digital tech. teacher from Perth, Western Australia is one of the co-host. As a former school leader who transitioned into a district digital learning leader... Continue Reading →

Digital Tattoo

This weekend I participated in a Twitter chat #satchat with the theme of digital citizenship. One of my posts shared how I look at a digital footprint - I actually look at it as a digital tattoo. That post in three days became the largest re-tweet or liked tweet that I have ever had on... Continue Reading →

Be the best FOR the world

As we wrap up Teacher Appreciation week I had time to reflect on what appreciation, empathy, and doing right by others is all about. This time also gave me a chance to ensure I am doing that.  Over that past 11 months I have had a chance to see two speakers live and watch a... Continue Reading →

Smart Risk Taking

To put a close on the Boston Tech and Learning Leader Event I wanted to take time to reflect on the learning, the opportunities, the connections made, the reconnection with EdTech Leaders, the fun with friends, and the risks taken (# poetry_slam). The poetry slam made me think of the Henry David Thoreau quote I... Continue Reading →

Interviewing For a Teaching Job

The market is flooded and the openings are limited in education but there are thousands of graduates looking to get into the teaching profession. There are a thousand more who went back to school to be a teacher and now trying to get your foot in the door and "get my own classroom" I visited... Continue Reading →

Toasting EdTech and Curriculum

As I get ready for my panel on EdTech Leadership and my first EdTech Poetry Slam (yes – you read that right) at Tech and Learning Live Boston, coming up on April 27, I started thinking about Carl Hooker’s keynote about the marriage of Curriculum and Technology. How fun would that wedding be? If I were... Continue Reading →

Increasing Student Voice at #BPLC18

Had a great morning of learning at the Blended & Personalized Learning Conference in Providence Sat. 4/7 (#BPLC18).  Sessions I found myself in the most focused on increasing student voice in learning. Today’s learners are experiential learners who learn by discovery rather than being “told.” They like to interact with content to explore and draw... Continue Reading →

EdTech Lens: ASCD’s #Empower18 Conference Report

More than 7,500 educators from around the globe gathered in Boston to participate in ASCD's #Empower18 conference. From the opening welcome reception to the final moments, the keynotes, sessions, and conversations were free-flowing and high level. As Ink International Founder Manny Scott said in his keynote “be learners for your students.” Attendees attended Learning Labs... Continue Reading →

How to Orchestrate a Digital Transformation

Milford Public Schools in Massachusetts became tech-savvy in roughly 18 months — and your school district can, too. *Originally Posted on EdTech K-12 Blog - click here to view Talk about a big change in culture: A short two years ago, Milford Public Schools in Massachusetts had no network to speak of and even fewer computers available... Continue Reading →

Strategies to Plan a District Digital Learning Day

Co Written with Erin Fisher, MEd (@MrsErinFisher) the tech integration specialist at East Bridgewater (MA) Public Schools. When teachers are sharing student successes using digital learning—on Twitter, by email to stakeholders, or directly at events—there will be increased support for such a full-day professional development opportunity. Facilitating technology-focused professional development days takes strategic planning, follow-through, and... Continue Reading →

Maximize your #Empower18 Experience

Ready, set, …… we are off at #EMPOWER18! Started off Friday by hitt’n Dunkies and saw this guy there. I knew these 4 days were going to be “Wicked Awesome”. Whatever your pre-event goals were or expectations for @ASCD - I hope you MAXIMIZE them during your time in Boston. I arrived in Boston Friday... Continue Reading →

Pre ASCD preview Part 2

 My materials are ready for my learning table, ticket printed, parking pass on my phone, and phone/computer chargers packed. I was excited and proud to attend #Empower18.  Part of getting everything ready was to make sure I had the content and visuals for my time at the learning tables.  My Boston College study (that I... Continue Reading →

ASCD Teaser: School Culture

I am very excited and honored to share my work, thoughts, and research on the Influence of School Culture on the Job Satisfaction of Novice Teachers at ASCD in one week. EMPOWER18 has so many ways for educators to make connections and own their own learning. I will be part of the learning tables/poster sessions where... Continue Reading →

Strategies to become an effective teacher

Today I had an opportunity to come back to my alma mater Springfield College and talk with a few education classes.  The discussion focused around “ways I think you can become a truly effective teacher”.  I had an hour between sessions and wanted to share some of the strategies and discussion here on my blog.... Continue Reading →

Vision: First Step in Leadership

In my experience as a building principal and district leader, I believe one must start with a clear vision and sense of purpose as he develops a collaborative community. Effective leaders can vividly describe their vision of the future and can paint a clear picture of that destination to others. They build teams and define... Continue Reading →

Digital Learning or just “Learning”

Happy digital learning day. With digital learning in my title I want to contribute on #DLDay.  However, I think my contribution could be to remove the word “Digital”. When I hear digital learning I often think “why are we saying “digital”.  Digital learning is LEARNING with the tools that match students’ needs. I see all... Continue Reading →

Educational Leadership Terms

Strategy, action, vision, plans - OH MY.  When entering educational leadership (or even being in it) - you may feel you are walking down the yellow brick road of leadership terms. However, knowing and identifying the main areas and a path to efficiently focus on what matters will help you develop a "real" culture of success... Continue Reading →

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