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Digital Learning Day is a national campaign that celebrates teachers and shines a spotlight on successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms across the country. The inaugural Digital Learning Day boasted tens of thousands of teachers representing nearly 2 million students.

The second annual Digital Learning Day is gaining momentum with ongoing activities, ideas, and collaboration opportunities leading up to February 6, 2013. Join the wave of education champions who seek to engage students, celebrate and empower teachers, and create a healthy learning environment, personalized for every child. Participation is free and easy.

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Join Steve Hargadon  Tuesday, January 29th, for a live and interactive conversation with Gary Obermeyer about the work and philosophy of W. Edwards Deming (see the Wikipedia article on Deming for a good overview).

Deming, who is widely credited with helping to dramatically alter the economy of Japan in the 1950’s, and argued articulately and with data against the “tyranny of the prevailing style of management” in business, government, and education. His system theory debunked numerical goals, performance-based pay, and the shallow and short-term thinking of “managing by results.

Deming was particularly incensed with the destruction of schools, the ranking of students and teachers, and the inappropriate attribution of problems to those working in the system instead of to the system itself and to the lack of real leadership. “The worker is not the problem. The problem is at the top! Management!”

That’s a message we don’t hear enough today. Deming was no fly-by-night rabble-rouser, but a highly respected thinker with an incredible arsenal of successful results. So Gary and I will talk about in particular about the difficulties that more thoughtful ideas (truths?) have competing for attention in our “results”-driven education culture today, and what conclusions those who have studied Deming and his ideas might have about education change. We’ll also look at Gary’s work on virtual communities, and discuss how putting the decision-making about learning as close as possible to the learners can lead to self-organizing schools.

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Steve Hargadon

Date: Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording and an audio mp3 recording will be available at here and at after the show.
Mightybell:  A Mightybell space with interview resources and conversation is at

Gary Obermeyer established Learning Options, in 1986, with a vision of networking innovative educators as a means to transform schools – from a system of factory-style schools to a system of self-organizing schools.

For more than 25 years he has focused his professional energies on networking school-centered change initiatives that engage practitioners in designing, implementing, and learning from their innovative efforts.

The story of how and why he has devoted my career to school transformation is rooted in his own experience as a student in a one-room school (no kidding), as a classroom teacher, and as an elected leader in the National Education Association.

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    Carl Hooker’s Hooked on Innovation blog has been nominated for the Best Administrator Blog from 2012.

His article today 10 Ed Tech Predictions Sure to Go Wrong in 2013…..

“I decided to attempt my own top ten prediction list, only these are predictions I’m pretty sure won’t happen. Besides, I think I have a better chance of success when I go with failures, so here goes:”

Check out Carl’s predictions, I think he may be onto something, CLICK HERE…

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Occasionally, we have to toot our own horns and as educators we are pretty about doing it.  So here is my toot, I have had about 10 of these teachers/administrators in class when they were undergraduates at Fort Hays State University or Kansas State University.  I also had the honor of doing the professional development in Inman shortly after their iPad program began. So, I feel close to these teachers and this school and very proud to watch their success.  It really is

If you are thinking about a 1:1 technology program, Inman is the place to go visit or talk with about HOW to make it work.  To begin, watch this series of short videos (all under 5 minutes).  It will show you how this iPad 1:1 program  has succeeded from all points of view.  Also check out their website where they share what is going on, have discussion and help each other.

I also think it is important to mention the fact that the Superintendent, Kevin Case, is intimately involved.  In fact, I would say he knows as much about the iPad as the kids do.  He became the “principal teacher.”  He models what he expects, in other words, he does not expect his teachers to do anything he does not know how to do himself.  So he is not the kind of administrator that locks himself in his office and does whatever administrators do in their office.  He is out there in the trenches with the kids and teachers.


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You can’t go anywhere online without a password these days. You certainly can’t play many games without one.

Want to access Xbox Live through your PC? You’ll need a password. Logging onto the PlayStation Store? Cough it up. Playing any online games? You know what to do.

The problem, though, is that most of us just aren’t very password-creative. Hackers delight in posting usernames and passwords online when they raid a database. To prove the point — and to help us all make better password decisions — SplashData compiles an annual list of the most common (and therefore, the worst) passwords from those listings.

See the full story and the list, CLICK HERE

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This evening my (Wesley Fryer, Moving at the Speed of Creativity)  7th grade daughter worked on an assignment for one of her classes: Copying verbatim an entire chapter of her textbook. This is not acceptable.












I’m emailing the teacher to meet with him, to discuss this and some other issues, and I’ll meet with him face-to-face (I’m sure) in the next two weeks. I’ll also likely share this concern in writing with the school administration. I really like this teacher, who taught my son last year. The class my daughter is taking with him is a new course for him to teach this year, and I know there are some challenging circumstances surrounding it. (He learned just before school started he’d be teaching this course.)

No matter what the circumstances, however, simply making students copy entire chapters of their textbook (re-writing them in their own handwriting) is a terrible assignment and shouldn’t be acceptable at ANY school.

Our transition to Common Core State Standards as well as changes in textbooks at several grades are laying bare some BIG problems we have in our classrooms with basic instruction, lesson design, pedagogy, assessments, and assignments for students. Many teachers consider the textbook to be their curriculum. That is not the case and shouldn’t be the case, but for many teachers it is. That’s why in some cases, when the textbook changes or is no longer available, teachers freak out. “What am I going to teach?” “I don’t know what to do now that we don’t have a textbook!” These are common refrains in many Oklahoma classrooms today. In the situation I’m depicting with the image in this post, the teacher and students DO have a textbook, but unfortunately it is (apparently) the exclusive academic focus.

In Yukon Public Schools, where I’m working again this semester (on a contract) as an “Innovative Instructional Coach,” principals and teachers are studying Robert Marzano’s book, “The Art and Science of Teaching.” I’ve started the book but haven’t finished, so I can’t share a complete review of it, but I do like the focus on essential questions and lesson objectives. This is a fundamental starting point for classroom lessons. Saying “Our objective is Chapter 2 in our textbook” doesn’t cut it.

We have important and challenging work to do in our schools to improve the quality of instruction and provide engaging learning opportunities for our students. We have lots of work to do both in pre-service teacher education as well as in-service teacher ed. I deeply regret that as voters, we’ve allowed our elected representatives to focus teacher, student, parent, and administrator attention on unproven and (in many cases) destructive educational policies like high-stakes accountability. Please take a few minutes to read Diane Ravitch‘s February 2012 post on, “Do politicians know anything at all about schools and education? Anything?” Unfortunately most don’t.

The fact that recent and current educational reforms (sadly continued under President Obama’s “Hope for Change” administration) aren’t productive does NOT mean the status quo in education is good or acceptable, however. We DO need to improve, and as professional educators who do our research we CAN ascertain the strategies and changes we need in our classrooms. The most basic ingredient we need in each classroom is a GREAT teacher who is a LEARNER and is continually working to improve. I’m betting that’s the case with Sarah’s teacher who had her copy a textbook chapter for homework tonight. The resources available to him to teach this class and teach it well are very limited, I’m sure, but hopefully we can figure out some ways to make the situation better together.

Telling students to “copy chapter 5″ for tonight’s homework is as bad as saying, “page 20, 1 through 21, odd” and pretending like we’ve taught. Neither assignment by itself constitutes “teaching” or providing an educative experience for students. Hopefully the schools where you teach and work, and/or where your children or grandchildren attend, aren’t facing challenges like the ones I’ve described here. More than likely, however, they are… at least to some extent.

Testing isn’t teaching. Making students copy entire chapters out of their textbook as “a regular weekday assignment” isn’t acceptable teaching, either.


Kudos’s to Wesley!!

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If you have not seen or used  SIMPLE TRANSFER (iOS) it does what most of us have been frustrated with and want.  You can move video from a computer to photos in the iPad,  for use with iMovie, or just to have.  You can do the reverse too. Any video in iPhoto on the iPad can be moved to the computer.

It’s free and its easy!  The for fee moves multiple files but I use the free.

Thanks Cyndy Everest for sharing.  It is $1.99 but I like it.  Just tried moving a few things and it seems to work very well.  So if you have been having this issue, this ust might be your solution!!

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This video is an exploration of the definition of literacy: more specifically, of what it means to be a literate person in the 21st Century. Both producers are reflective practitioners who have strong literacy backgrounds. As practising teachers they have a vested interest in this subject. The producers realize that new media in a technological world is shaping the lives of youth and that as a result, redefining the literacy skills that will be necessary for youth to be able to function successfully in the world they are growing up in. The latter implies, by necessity, that the how, what and why of teaching literacy must also change. As a result of having the supposed static, print-centric notion of literacy upturned, the producers became interested in finding out if other educators at their worksites were experiencing this shift and in exploring how these educators were grappling with the notion of what it means to be a literate person and the corresponding implications in terms of their own teaching practise. Were they indeed rethinking what it means to be literate in an information and communication technological world, or upholding the traditional print-centric, paper and pencil viewpoint?

What Does it Mean to be Literate in the 21st Century? is an important and relevant issue that invites dialogue from all practising educators who work with youth. The world is changing and schools are required to make those changes necessary to help youth become fully competent, critical, and thoughtful citizens in the world they live in.


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I read a statistic once that said that WordPress powers over 22% of all new websites, worldwide. Wow. That’s a staggering amount of data, and yet the platform that many bloggers know and love is still going strong after years in the business. I’ve been using it on my personal site for years, and we use it here at AppStorm, too. It’s about as solid as you can get.

Problem is, the WordPress app for the iPad has historically not been very good, turning off quite a few users. But now, we have Poster, ($3.99)an app that promises to make the process of writing and publishing blog posts to your WordPress site much easier. Does it hold up, or is it just another flash in the pan?

The article on AppStorm has good tutorial information to get you started.

Check out the full story on App Storm, CLICK HERE

I have created an account and this is my first post from Poster.  I kinda like it so far.  I like that I can add something saved in my clipboard or from Dropbox, now if they just would add Evernote, I would be really a happy camper.  But so far I like!!

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Join Steve Hargadon, Tuesday, September 4th, for a live and interactive webinar with Ron Wolk, to discuss his book Wasting Minds: Why Our Education System Is Failing and What We Can Do About It.

Currently Chairman at Big Picture Learning, and the founder and former editor of Education Week, Teacher Magazine, and Quality Counts, “Wolk draws on three decades spent in the school reform trenches to question the common assumptions about the U.S. education system. Instead of calling for more reform efforts, Wolk makes the case for a new schooling strategy where students break free of the failing assembly line approach to learning and receive the individualized instruction they deserve.”

Wolk “insists that the dominant reform efforts have not closed the student achievement gap, reduced the ‘scandalous’ dropout rate, or even improved schools. Wolk asserts that simply introducing new practices and reforms to the existing education system will not work—the system is broken beyond repair.” (Quotes from the ASCD press release).
Date: Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording and a portable .mp3 audio recording will be available after the show at
Mightybell Discussion and Resource Space:

Ron’s autobiography:  “In September 1981, I started Education Week. Since then I’ve spent virtually every waking moment reading about, thinking about, and writing about education.

“Over the years, I visited hundreds of schools—some so bad they made me weep, and some so good they made me weep. I attended countless meetings, often with the brightest people in the field, and I learned from them. And, from the editor’s seat at Education Week and Teacher Magazine, I had a ringside view of the education reform movement in its first 20 years.

“For most of my professional life I’ve had one foot in journalism and one in education. I spent the 1960s at the Johns Hopkins University, first as editor of the Johns Hopkins Magazine, then as assistant to President Milton S. Eisenhower.

“I also served as vice president of Brown University from 1969 to 1978 where I was responsible for external affairs and institutional advancement.

“Both of those jobs were so gratifying and rewarding that I came to believe with John Masefield that ‘There is no earthly place more splendid than a university.’

“Between my stints at Johns and Brown, I served on two national commissions; The Carnegie Commission on the Future of Higher Education under the leadership of Clark Kerr, the former and brilliant President of the University of California; and then National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, established by President Lyndon Johnson in the wake of the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy. Milton Eisenhower led that effort and he summoned me from California for one of the most interesting assignments of my life.

“I left Brown in 1978 to take over the presidency of Editorial Projects in Education. My predecessor and dear friend, Corbin Gwaltney, hired me for the Johns Hopkins Magazine job and taught me a great deal about creative journalism.

“As chairman of the board of EPE during the 1960’s, I worked closely with Corbin and helped create and launch the Chronicle of Higher Education.

“After nearly 20 years at EPE/Education Week, I retired and moved to Rhode Island, fully intending to leave education reform behind. But that was not to be.

“As the new century was beginning, I succeeded Ted Sizer as chair of Big Picture Learning in Providence, which was led by Dennis Littky and Elliot Washor—two of the most innovative and daring men I’ve ever worked with. Under contract with the state, the duo designed and launched the Metropolitan Career and Technical Academy, a one-of-a-kind high school that became the model for some 70 schools established by Big Picture in the U.S. and abroad. Tom Vander Ark of the Gates Foundation dubbed the Met his ‘favorite high school’ in the country and Gates made multimillion contributions to Big Picture’s work.

“When I took over from Ted Sizer, I had already become disillusioned with the school reform movement and deeply pessimistic about the future of public education. Working with Big Picture and the Met, I saw that imagination and hard work could help the neediest kids educate themselves, and I began to hope again that we can create public schools that work.

“The old cliché is that pessimists see the glass half empty and optimists see the glass half full. I am neither. Regarding public education, I am an idealist: I see the glass as it is and can’t accept the fact that it is not full.”

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Moleskine designs high quality pens, notebooks, and accessory.I have a small notebook and have to admit love.  But they are a little pricey.  Every time I pass a rack, I am so tempted.  Anyway, Moleskine has teamed up with Evernote.  I love Evernote, it is my new addiction.  My goodness it is helping me get organized and keep track of things and it is all in one spot and on all my devices, laptop, iPad, iPhone, etc.  Same stuff everywhere.

One of the things the app does is let you photograph your paper notes and add them to Evernote, which is very cool, especially when you consider the OCR abilities of Evernote.

But, this new notebook improves that feature. The pages of the notebook are covered in a pattern of dots which are designed so that the app can use them to correct for the distortion from by the camera.

Amazing!!! And that’s not all, each notebook has special stickers. After you upload a page of notes, the app recognizes the stickers and associates them with one of your predefined tags. So if you haven’t been tagging everything in Evernote (like me), it is time to start.

The new notebook is priced at $30 is scheduled to ship in early October. But the price includes a free trial to Evernote Premium. There is a code in the back good for 3 free months of service . The Premium Evernote account is $40 a year normally, this will give you more upload capacity, more sharing options, access to note history, faster image recognition, top priority support, offline notebooks, PIN lock, and much more.  I actually pay for the Premium account and find it worth every penny.

I have already placed my pre-order for $24.95.

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Several small education-technology companies are beginning to make inroads into U.S. classrooms, as teachers become more tech-savvy and technology becomes more seamlessly integrated into the curriculum. Education always has been considered a tough market to break into, according to this article, but companies such as Top Hat Monocle, Echo360 and MentorMob are experiencing success by bypassing bureaucratic red tape and marketing directly to teachers.

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Predictions that electronic textbooks would push traditional books to the back shelf on college campuses have so far proved overly optimistic.

But Brian Lindshield remains a big believer.

The assistant professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University has developed an online teaching product that relies on flexbook technology. That’s “flex” as in “flexibility.”

Designed primarily to be read online, Lindshield’s flexbook includes plenty of visuals, with links to videos, animations, current events and other relevant materials that can be found on the Web. As such, it suits many learning styles.

But perhaps the best part is that Lindshield’s book is free……

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