Empowered Use Policy from Scott McLeod

I have long struggled with the existence of lengthy, prohibitive Acceptable Use Policies which serve only to provide the illusion of CYA for schools/teachers while having a chilling effect on teaching and learning with the tools we are putting into teacher and student hands. In my own work with a 1:1 laptop program I have been ableContinue reading “Empowered Use Policy from Scott McLeod”

25 Tips for Successful Online Course Facilitation

Originally posted on Learning Snippets:
Teaching in the online environment is quite different from teaching in the classroom and as such has a number of unique characteristics and limitations. The following guide (based on my experience as an online facilitator and learner) is designed to help you before, during and after an online teaching event.…

Why Apple’s new Device Enrollment Program is a game changer for IT | CITEworld

In their “iPads: Fad or Fixture?”session at ECIS 2013 Joshua Cobb and Marty Twarogowski of Graland Country Day School (Denver, CO, USA) highlighted the importance of centralized management of a 1:1 iPad program. (They also emphasized the importance of extensive PD opportunities in advance of their successful program. I’ll have more to say about that in aContinue reading “Why Apple’s new Device Enrollment Program is a game changer for IT | CITEworld”

What Makes a Change Agent? – Edudemic

2014 is going to be an interesting: a new position (or two) in my school, membership on the ECIS IT committee, and lots to learn, too. This terrific article by Shane Haggerty contains a short list ideas that I will strive to keep in mind as I move ahead in 2014. Fresh Perspective: Be theContinue reading “What Makes a Change Agent? – Edudemic”

My first Android app

I have been toying with App Inventor off and on since it was first opened on the Google website and was very excited to hear that the project was being open-sourced and moved to MIT’s Center for Mobile Learning. It is still in limited, beta release there and I am now able access this toolContinue reading “My first Android app”

A Monday grab-bag of community cleverness | Raspberry Pi

This is what a creative community does: Takes a great idea and builds on it…and what better way to extend the “please be creative with this thing” message that by encasing it in Lego bricks! The model shown here (including an amazing logo) is a case for a Raspberry Pi. The link below will takeContinue reading “A Monday grab-bag of community cleverness | Raspberry Pi”

#DadLife: I wonder…

I love a good rhetorical question (“Why can’t every day be my birthday?” or “Is there no one who can save us from Super Villain X’s evil machinations?”). The whole point of a rhetorical question however is that the question is either unanswerable or the answer is self-evident (“Uh, it’s just not physically possible to haveContinue reading “#DadLife: I wonder…”

“8 Big Ideas” from Gary Stager

As I write my new course for next school year (“MakeIT: A workshop for young makers”) I am looking for excellent resources to guide my own thoughts about student creativity and learning. Gary Stager, who was a keynote speaker at the school’s laptop conference, continues to provide me with highly nutritious food-for-thought. This list of ideas (writtenContinue reading ““8 Big Ideas” from Gary Stager”