The Mad Dog and the Quest for the Onesy (GTA SEA)

Welcome to the Google Teacher Academy Well, it is official, I am here in Manila at the Google Teacher Academy. 53 applicants from around the world are meeting at the Asian Institute of Management. I got in the night before at rush hour and in the middle of a torrential downpour – there was knee-high water in the streets. The airport was great, but getting to the hotel – normally a 15-20 minute drive – took almost 2 hours. Since we are a bit isolated on Jeju, I tried to just take in the city on the way. When the driver said we were getting close, I spotted a nice Thai place...

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Evernote: Workflows for Education

 There seems to be a lot of confusion out there about how to best use Evernote in a Classroom. Lots of people talk about how to be productive with Evernote, but few Power-Users are Teachers/Educators. There have been some great posts around the Evernote For-Schools Discussion boards, and some wonderful posts by Bec Spink in Australia, but what it comes down to for me and my Teachers is finding a way to make Evernote Easy and Ubiquitous. Imagine this: Creating a calendar event, which creates an Evernote note, which becomes a blog post you can share with students and assign to them for...

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BYOC Research: First Edition

As I continue to work through the BYOC Model, and the idea that we should “flip” the roles of students and teachers in BYOD, I am still constantly trying to find research and best practice for BYOD/BYOT in an educational setting. Since the BYOC model that I propose is based upon the architecture and methods of BYOD, it has to be valid for a traditional BYOD implementation and current trends in BYOD. I like to think of BYOC as the natural evolution of BYOD to be more person centered, rather than device centered. That was a lot of words to say: Lets look at the world of BYOD....

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The Technology Directors Guide to Leadership: Post 1

As I continue to grow in my own understanding of the Role of a Technology Director, I increasingly turn to those books and resources (from organizations that I trust) about the topic. This Quarter, I have decided to examine The Technology Director’s Guide to Leadership by Don Hall. This reading is in the middle of several other books including: City of Bones, The Best Students in the World, and Reality is Broken. Hopefully I do not stray too much as I read this book. Don Hall is a Technology Director! He works primarily with large districts and has been a leadership scholar for many...

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Get your code on! Growing with TreeHouse

Okay, so I have been an avid “Coder” since 2009. I started, as most people do, with a basic WYSIWYG editor (iWeb) and used the system until I maxed out its functionality. At the time I was teaching at Harrison High School and I use my website to store all of my curriculum and materials. As my curriculum started to grow, I grew in my ability to program. That growth had me transition to WordPress, where I have been dabbling ever since. WordPress is great, if you know how to program. So, with all of these “Coding Courses” out there, where should you go to learn? I have...

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