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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The Merits of Curriculum

As it turns out, I am in the process of working with and developing curriculum as part of my Johns Hopkins program. In my course, we have spent the last month critiquing the four aspects of curriculum (written, taught, assessed, and hidden) to determine if the goals of a specific curriculum align with our hopes for that specific curriculum. In the middle of doing these readings and assignments, I came across two resources that are making me rethink our process and goals. 1) Below is a talk that was given by Sir Ken Robinson at the AERO Conference (Alternative Education Research Organization)...

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Post 1: Out of Our Minds… (part 1)

For the past few years, I have considered Sir Ken Robinson my professional hero. I still remember the first time I saw his TED talk (the 2005 version): It just so happened that I was in a training about classroom differentiation and the need to engage students creative passions, which is an issue that he continues to provide his expertise on. This past week, I had the privilege of seeing Sir Ken in person at the keynote for ISTE 2012. I really enjoyed his portion of the Keynote, Sir Ken is an excellent speaker! The only problem with the keynote was that he was part of a panel and did not...

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Entering the Stratosphe

Well, it is official, I am here at ISTE 2012 in sunny San Diego. The official convene slogan is: Expanding Horizons, but that really translates into “mind blowing shit.” On my first day at the conference I was lucky enough to be invited to the annual Leadership Symposium. In true conference form, my horizons were blown. The keynote facilitator of the symposium was author and educational leader, Michael Fullan. In his opening remarks, Michael explained to educators from 22 countries his idea and research behind the “stratosphere.” The Stratosphere is a new term that...

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Stratosphere (talks)

As I continued through the cloud of Technology, Pedagogy, and Content (TPACK) at ISTE 2012 I was continually drawn to the work of Michael Fullan. By entering the Stratosphere, we can embrace all of the TPACK needs, in a way that is easy to understand and implement. While at ISTE, I had the chance to talk to Michael on several occasions. To top that off, I just finished reading his book Stratosphere. One of the first topics the Michael brings up, is the term Simplexity. This term describes a situation where the pieces of the puzzle are relatively simple, but what becomes complicated is...

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