Educational Leadership or Followership?

In my ongoing attempt to develop a routine for writing down what I’m thinking about and doing, I have decided to try to write more regularly about some of the interesting ideas and topics that I am frequently reading. For my first installment I want to share my thoughts on the article Educational Leadership or Followership? by Read more

Reblogged from Buzzfeed: Welcome To The Net Neutrality Nightmare Scenario

Does the federal court decision on net neutrality have an application to schools? Absolutely. The following article on Buzzfeed provides a nice primer on the issues, verdict, and possible repercussions. If the internet is the equalizer of access to knowledge and resources, creating a system that further monetizes the system only stands to disenfranchise the Read more

Finding the reason to blog…

As with most blogs, I created this site with the intention that it would become a place for me to share my thoughts, ideas, and problems. The reality, however, is that it has gone largely unused since its creation (see this article for how common this is). I can’t describe exactly why this is the Read more

Practical Educational Philosophy

Around December of last year I was approached about doing some consulting work in tech leadership with a local school district. I was excited about the opportunity and immediately began putting together a plan. I thought my first exercise for the group was absolutely brilliant. So brilliant in fact, I couldn’t understand why no one Read more

The building tension of education

I had the opportunity to be part of a statewide STEM meeting recently in which one of the presenters discussed a school project on potential and kinetic energy. The lesson involved students building toy cars that were propelled forward by the energy released from a rubber band. The point of all of this was to Read more

http://www.freakonomics.com/2011/09/30/new-freakonomics-radio-podcast-the-upside-of-quitting/
The problem with quitting…

On my drive to work this morning I caught a replay of a past Freakonomics podcast entitled “The Upside of Quitting.” I had actually heard this episode before and was on the brink of switching to another podcast when something clicked in my brain. The main point of the episode is that there is always Read more

Evernote for Doc Students

I have been a user of Evernote for quite a while for nearly all aspects of my life. The one area, however, where I have struggled to find a structured place for it has been with my doctoral studies. I have traditionally used the it to clip interesting articles and even draft papers and discussions, Read more

The Gamification of Teaching

I have, for the most part, managed to stay out of the growing conversation around game-based learning. Aside from reading “A New Culture of Learning” by John Seely Brown and Douglas Thomas, I know little to nothing about the subject in general. I am one of those few individuals that managed to grow up in Read more

those who are high achievers gravitate to and/or are placed in academic courses, while low achievers gravitate to and/or are placed in CTE courses

A Sputnik Moment for CTE?

Indiana career and technical educators have recently found themselves at the center of a growing conversation. As one of the few issues that Governor Mike Pence and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz openly agree upon, CTE’s role in the state’s ed reform dialogue could quickly elevate. At the same time, CTE is garnering Read more

Coding as a 21st Century Skill?

I’ve seen an increase recently in the call for students to be taught coding in school. ReadWrite.com has actually gone so far as to call coding the “Core Skill of the 21st Century.” While I wouldn’t go quite that far, I am starting to be convinced that it should be incorporated with the larger framework Read more

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