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Closing Gaps

Closing Gaps

The folks at The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning and I had a brief back-and-forth on Twitter last week. Since then, the exchange has been rolling around in my brain energizing synapses and growing my dendrites. Uhmm ... sounds painful when put that way. It wasn't! Here's the exchange. The Challenge What my brain hasn't been able to let go of is this. Quite a bit has been written about how to start moving schools toward blended and personalized learning. I've actually got one of the newest on my desk at the moment - Pathways to Personalization by Shawn…
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I Can…

I Can…

Confession time. I am currently supposed to be reading an epic amount of voter/candidate information material as part of my research for November 6th. I'm not. (But, lest anyone worry, I absolutely will!) Instead, I'm thinking about a set of connections that I made today after a really thought-provoking Twitter chat.  First, a bit of context. I've had a bit of a mentally tough week. You know the kind. Nothing major has gone wrong, but there are prickles of discontent everywhere and a sort of heavy feeling that you are punching water.  The reasons for all of this are, of…
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ISTE: Tuesday, June 26, 2918

ISTE: Tuesday, June 26, 2918

Gearing up for ISTE, Day 2!. I have recharged my mind and my devices and I'm ready for another day of crazy goodness. As an added bonus, I get to meet face-to-face with some pretty awesome people who I usually only "see" via webcam. So much of ISTE is about making connections and reconnecting ... and finding caffeine! See you!
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Who Do You Follow?

Who Do You Follow?

Have you ever been just rolling along thinking, "I've got this! This is awesome!" only to have a simple comment suddenly cause you to see a pattern? Man, it can hit like a ton of bricks (and then sort of consume your thoughts for a while). You can't stop seeing it. It's just now in clear focus. This happened to me recently. So, of course, a post. I've been on social media for a long time now. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn have been launch pads for connecting me with folks over the years. For the most part, engaging via…
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Potty PD: Issue 1

Potty PD: Issue 1

I don't know if I should post this to the team or not, but I just read Potty PD and didn't have my phone. I have to go back in and capture one of the QR codes. I wanted you to know. (Leaves my desk giggling.) Potty PD: Issue 1, all laminated and pretty, was quietly posted today. When I talked about the idea to some of our leaders, there was distinct skepticism and a little bit of gross-out. A couple of folks wondered how many folks take their phones to the restroom with them .... which lead to a…
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Avast, me hearties!

Avast, me hearties!

Exploring is a great metaphor for my personal learning process. I tend to meander through tangles of raw materials and find my way into rich treasure. While I don't consider myself a gamer, I know that my learning and teaching have always held many of the mechanics of "game" and play. Explore Like a Pirate (Michael Matera) had me nodding and cheering for what could be/should be. Tara M. Martin had me learning SnapChat from my teen son. It became a bit of a love fest! But Wait! There's More! As it so happens, I dove into Explore at the same…
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100 Things

100 Things

In the last couple of years, I have taken to staring all interviews with, "Tell me something about yourself that I won't see or read in your resume." More often than not, that question leads to some really rich conversations that I would not get to have if I stuck with a more traditional opening question. It also makes the process way more personal and fun! So, in the interest of doing what I ask of others. Here are 100 things that you probably won't find on my resume, but they make me uniquely me! I believe that if I…
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