Physical Orientation Predicts Team Performance

(This is the more detailed and slightly more preachy version of this missive. For the relatively more concise and less preachy version, click here). Assertions: Small teams that orient themselves in physical shapes conducive to communication will outperform teams that do not. This law of Team Orientation is best learned through doing, and not fromContinue reading “Physical Orientation Predicts Team Performance”

Online Education is Not the Disruption

I recently returned from the first ever Online Education Symposium for Independent Schools (OESES) conference in Southern California. Overall a pretty good conference, and on a topic that all schools need to be looking at seriously as they plan for the future. While I am interested in the topic of online education, and I thinkContinue reading “Online Education is Not the Disruption”

Socrates Was Wrong

(Originally posted on the Cooperative Catalyst) Socrates was wrong? I don’t believe that necessarily, but read on and you’ll see why I wrote it (on top of shooting for a subject line controversial enough to increase the open rate of my post šŸ™‚ I attended a workshop this summer at theĀ Right Question InstituteĀ in Boston. WeContinue reading “Socrates Was Wrong”

Technology and the Future of Education

Why has it been so hard to ‘get technology in the classroom” for the last 40 years? Because it’s a round peg in a square hole. Technology is of a different world, where information is free-flowing and flat and wide, liquid networks prevail; where inquiry can always find fuel and sustenance at the moment ofContinue reading “Technology and the Future of Education”

EdTech Policy – Drinking the Kool-aid?

Every student should have an iPad with textbooks in iBook form! Oh, really….? (See more on iPads and eTexts in this blog in:Ā Apple iBooks for eTextBooks- getting there? In Michael Hiltzik’s recent piece in the L.A. Times, Who really benefits from putting high-tech gadgets in classrooms?, an important question is raised (the Times answers thisContinue reading “EdTech Policy – Drinking the Kool-aid?”

Schools and Change – Do We Adapt or Do We React?

A recent post by Clay Shirky – Institutions, Confidence, and the News Crisis – got me thinking about schools as institutions, and how they handle change. Here’s a quote form the post: “The ability of institutions to adapt slowly while preserving continuity of mission and process is exactly what lets them last longer than aContinue reading “Schools and Change – Do We Adapt or Do We React?”

21st Century Skills for Teachers

Teacher skills in 50 words or less. Ā Go….! Here’s my stab at it: “Every teacher should be able to articulate how their lessons engage higher order learning, how they offer the opportunity for development of critical skills, how learning outcomes offer related evidence, and how assessment is used to provide formative feedback in both areas.”Continue reading “21st Century Skills for Teachers”

Role of Technology in Education

As most of us know, literacy is not just about reading any more. The printed book was a giant leap forward in our ability to distribute information, but we are now in the fairly early stages of another information revolution – one that requires the definition of literacy to be expanded. In today’s world, weContinue reading “Role of Technology in Education”

ISTE 2010 – Day 2 Takeaways

Also known as Alan November day. Here are nuggets from two great sessions with Alan: Alan November Empathy: The 21st-Century Skill blog /Ā  podcasts Globalize the curriculum Develop contacts with teachers and children around the world Overseas students work harder than their teachers. How do we do that here? CEO of largest bank inContinue reading “ISTE 2010 – Day 2 Takeaways”

ISTE 2010 – Leadership Bootcamp

This was the first year of the leadership bootcamp at ISTE, with help from TIE Colorado. Not the best use of everyone’s time, but not a bad first year. Chris Lehmann’s (blog) lunch address was worth the day in itself. Most of the sessions in the three tracks were focused on professional learning networks, orContinue reading “ISTE 2010 – Leadership Bootcamp”