Agreeing with the fact that schools do not kill creativity. I see creativity enablers all that time! I also like the practice of taking 5-10 education leaders and working with them to make changes in the education landscape.

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What if the cake is a lie? to use the joke in Portal. I looked at a Twitter analytic and put in various names that appear on the ‘top’ educator lists. Let me qualify that by saying, the ones who actually have a Twitter account. Many don’t, despite their commentary on the power of social media and connectedness, a platform they use to criticise and lament the state of education. It is clear from this little query that almost all of those who Tweet have less than 5% return conversations with the mortals.

As was pointed out to me, the good thing about being a Thought Leader is that you don’t need to exhibit much activity to qualify – @iusher (UK). So why do we pay these people any attention. Few actually teach, even less help anyone outside their immediate job requirement or without fee. What makes them rank so…

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So true: “many students already have devices in their pockets and backpacks and just need to know how to use them in new ways to facilitate their learning experiences.

BYOT Network

This is Day 1 of a series of posts this week to provide strategies for the first week of school in a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) classroom.  In order to begin this series, I made three assumptions:

  • The principal supports BYOT (see 5 Leadership Strategies for Implementing BYOT).
  • Some background communication has occurred with parents and community members to achieve support for BYOT in the school.
  • The school has some type of wireless infrastructure and access for supporting BYOT or permits students to bring their own data plans.

Scenario: The students are entering the classroom, and some of them are bringing devices to school.  They have already visited the class during Open House, and learned about becoming a BYOT school, and the reality is that, as Jill Hobson, Director of Instructional Technology for Forsyth County Schools, has stated, “You’re already BYOT, but you won’t admit it.” …

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