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Do You Teach at Hogwarts?

This afternoon ABC Family Channel is showing a marathon of all of the Harry Potter movies as part of their 25 Days of Christmas.  As I have been watching these movies in between doing Saturday afternoon chores, I’m reminded of the first time I read each of these books and sat in a theater comparing […]

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What the Heck is Electronic Mail?

Today is Earth Day, celebrated April 22. It’s a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year. This date is Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Autumn in the Southern […]

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War on Wisdom

[youtube:”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lA-zdh_bQBo”] Take a moment to watch Barry Schwartz: The real crisis? We stopped being wise.  Using the examples of the current financial crisis and education Barry describes how rules and incentives undermine wisdom.  Here a few of my favorite quotes to get you intrigued. “Rules and incentives may make things better in the short run […]

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Choose the Classroom of the Future

Since starting my new job one of my projects has been working on the redesign of one of our high schools.  This high school is over a century old and is receiving modernization bond money.  While modernizing the facilities, the school is also refocusing its curriculum and instructional goals to meet the needs of 21st […]

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Gettin’ Fresh for 2009

As you may have noticed, its been a while since I posted. That’s because I pretty much unplugged for the two week Winter Vacation. Well, I unplugged everything except Facebook – its just too addicting. Since December 19th I haven’t checked email or Google Reader and paid minimal attention to Twitter.  It was wonderful! I […]

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The Unasked Question

Have you ever asked your students why they think they’re attending school?  Try it.  You’ll get some interesting answers.  Yesterday I posed this question to one of my classes, curious what their responses might be.  I found my students had great scripted answers, such as “to get an education” or “to make my parents proud.”  […]

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Discover a Secret that’s Killing Children

Watch CBS Videos Online Tonight there was a fascinating piece on 60 Minutes about electronic waste that is exported from the United States to China.  The Electronic Waste documents how America’s best green intentions are actually creating ecological disasters in rural, impoverished communities in China.  If you are a consumer of electronic goods (so that […]

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What Affects Your Students Ability to Learn?

Tonight on the way home, as I sat in traffic and reflected on the day, I had a simple yet profound epiphany about students and 1:1 computing. Before I share it with you, let me give a little background.  My current school is a 1:1 Macbook environment.  All of the students have their own computers […]

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Millennials Declare Independence

[youtube:”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vknHKTy1MLY”] Tonight through a Facebook item post by high school friend in Utah I stumbled across one of the most powerful Millennial videos I have ever seen. Generation WE – the Movement Begins chronicles many of the problems facing the Millennial generation and challenges us to join Project F.R.E.E, an Apollo space program sized endeavor […]

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Shaving Pounds & Toning Up in 30 Days

This evening I noticed a post by Collete at Edtech VISION about Steve Dembo’s 30 Days to Being a Better Blogger challenge.  I have to admit I am intrigued.  Steve’s using tips and tricks from Problogger’s 31 Days to Building a Better Blog reworked for edtech blogs.  Over the past few months Problogger has become […]

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