Welcome to the TCEA inaugural podcast. My name is Miguel Guhlin, and I just had to share something that happened recently with you. If you haven’t had the opportunity to control a drone in flight, then you’ve been missing out. When my son and I flew a drone, using the free TickleApp on an iPhone to program its movement, you could feel the excitement. There’s nothing so exciting as seeing your programming come alive in the movements of a drone.
Looking for a way to galvanize classroom writers with digital notebooks? 86% of the reading we do in life is non-fiction. Why not combine proven ways to help student writers engage in content curation and writing? (read more)
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As educators, we’re all about the data. But collecting that information can sometimes be difficult. If you’re an Office 365 user, then we have a great new way for you to collect survey data using Excel Online. (read more)
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Problem: I work at a school where YouTube is blocked. Anyone know how to embed a non-YouTube video (or HTML) in Slides?
I don’t know of any way to embed a non-Youtube video in Slides.
- Take a picture of the video hosted in Google Drive (which shouldn’t be blocked since it’s GoogleApps and you have unlimited storage), then paste the image on the slide
- Link the image to the view screen, then you can
- Click on it during the presentation. Be aware of the note to get it to autoplay.
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Like a one-person pit crew, secretaries and support staff make the difference between success and failure for the school leaders they serve. The more the support staff know, the better they can ensure success for all. In this blog entry, find five digital organizational tips to help your admin. (read more)
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iPads are creation engines for K-12 and adult learners. The problem is “How do you get all those creations off your iPad and some place others can access it?” This blog entry explores free apps and strategies that can make sharing easy. Also featured is GoogleDocs ePub maker. (read more)
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|If you aren’t taking advantage of green screen to add depth to project-based learning in your classroom, then you will want to read this primer on how to get started. In this entry, we take the direct route to inexpensive green screen tools and offer real examples from classrooms. (read more)|
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|Google’s announcement that the Google Play Store with its Android apps will be available to some models of Chromebooks may be a game changer for education.|
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If you’re like me, your phone may be the best camera you have. In this blog entry, we’ll quickly explore some tools and the special effects that are possible on your device…Creating and sharing fabulous photos may best be achieved by following a simple three-step process.
Step 1 – Take Fabulous Photos
Step 2 – Explore Great iPhoneography Examples
Step 3 – Edit and Share Your Photos
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In their moving tribute to rigor and relevance, esteemed colleagues Eric Scheninger and Weston Kieschnick ask, “Are we using technology in our classroom merely to say we’re using technology in our classroom? Or are we using it to advance learning goals and arm our students with technology skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century?” These are definitely worthwhile questions. I’m just not sure that rigor, relevance have anything to do with arming our children with technology skills to thrive in the present century.
In their EdTech Magazine blog entry they push back against the “slapdash technology use” that plagues many schools, putting out a call for “strategic implementation.” The problem is, they decide to use rigor and relevance as their tool. Why rigor and relevance? Weston and Eric state that the Rigor and Relevance Framework is…
…a robust tool that guides, vets, monitors and personalizes technology implementation, provides a better alternative. It is a simple, dynamic tool to examine curriculum, instruction and assessment…using two dimensions — critical thinking (rigor) and application (relevance)….
You know, this reminds me of my exploration of rigor and relevance years ago…and effort in arranging words on a chart that make for talking points but little else of value, certainly not “strategic implementation. Let’s take a quick trip down Memory Lane…
At this point, however, I’m not convinced (what, you missed that?!?) that quadrant learning is anything more than just another way of framing the conversation. And while framing the conversation may be valuable for pundits, it doesn’t get to the real goal of strategic implementation. The question that needs to be asked is, What IS strategic implementation? Here is one possible definition:
- Strategic implementation is critical to…success, addressing the who, where, when, and how of reaching the desired goals and objectives. It focuses on the entire organization. Implementation occurs after environmental scans, SWOT analyses, and identifying strategic issues and goals. Source
Notice that strategic implementation gets to the nitty-gritty of implementation. In fact, for a strategy to be successful, Scott Edinger suggests the 3Cs—Clarify, Communicate, and Cascade. It is the last that is the toughest in schools (if not everywhere). Here’s what cascade means:
…if you want your strategy implemented well, you need to cascade it throughout the organization and get to the practical and tactical components of people’s jobs every day.
Let’s read that again–The practical and tactical components of people’s jobs every day. How does Eric and Weston’s use of Rigor and Relevance accomplish that? As Edinger says in his piece, strategy plays well with the leadership, but it’s the practical/tactical details that must carry the day, day in and day out. Make no mistake—strategic implementation can’t be done from behind the keynote speaker’s podium, anymore than feeding the hungry can be done behind the pulpit. If you want strategic implementation, you’ll have to step out there and get it done…one person at a time, one life at a time, one device, one learner at a time.
Since I’m now contributing to a WordPress blog on a regular basis, one of the annoying aspects of WordPress includes a terrible way of handling links, as shown in the picture below. It takes 3 clicks to get things done.
As a result, I’ve started looking for an alternative blog entry composer, another way of writing and submitting to WordPress.
I have to click on the “open link in a new tab” box. What a pain!
One of the solutions I stumbled upon, almost immediately, is the Open Live Writer, a Windows program for the new Windows 10 machine that I’m carrying around these days (OneNote IS the killer app).
Open Live Writer looks like a free open source version of Windows Live Writer (which you can still get but hasn’t kept up with the times), and works surprisingly well (Microsoft and Windows are surprising almost every day with how wonderful they are).
As you can see from the image above, one of Open Live Writer advantages over Windows Live Writer is that it supports WordPress and Google’s Blogger (my favorite blogging tool!). The former has worked quite well.
Mac user? https://www.getblogo.com/
“When do you find time to blog?” Yes, the question frequently comes up. Often, I blog in the wee hours of the morning, in the evenings, or binge-blog during the weekend and schedule postings during the week (delayed gratification and all that). These days, though, I blog during the day, at work. Would you believe I wrote 4-5 blog entries just yesterday? I’m almost back to my early blogging years output (7-8 per day)! What fun! I’m grateful that my colleagues have noticed.
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Normally, I’d be wearing a suit and tie but today was casual dress.
The Kick-It Award comes with high praise from my esteemed colleagues at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA). As the first recipient of the Kick-It Award (eat your heart out, Chuck N), I earn the award for…yes, doing what I love, writing, which in today’s parlance is, blogging.
Update: You may want to read this blog entry offering Five Ways for Leaders to Say “Well-Done!”
The award means a lot, not just because it was home-made by Dr. Bruce Ellis (although that does speak to his puissant skills as a “TCEA Maker“) but rather because recognition from your work colleagues is always esteemed.
Thank you for making me feel welcome and for letting me do what I love. In the meantime, why don’t you check out some of my TCEA blog entries? Tweet, RT, and Facebook them…not for money, but to ensure all read the gospel of edtech.
“How can I make my webinars, which are usually 30 to 60 minutes long, more interactive?” I asked myself after being a talking head in my last webinar. Facilitating webinars at TCEA on a regular basis, I definitely want to know better approaches for engaging the audience, enabling them to move from being just listeners to active participants. With that imperative motivating me, I stopped for a moment and asked some colleagues, “How do you make your webinars more interactive?”
While digging through an app on my phone, I ran across a paragraph that prompted a few questions worth pondering, no matter what role you are called to serve in an organization. And, drafting those questions immediately made me think of the term, servant leadership.
If you’re not familiar with servant leadership, here’s a quick review:
“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types.
The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?” (Source)
When you walk into new position, you have to ask yourself, are you willing to serve? Here’s another way of looking at the servant-leader:
He is willing to do the unpopular jobs, the jobs he might think are beneath him, the jobs that no-one else sees, that are left when everyone else has gone home. That is leadership, whether you are labeled a leader or not. (Source: BibleGateway app)
Here’s an idea. Make an online form–Google Form or Excel Online–and have your team respond to the questions…then see how they differ from each other.
- What are the unpopular jobs in your organization?
- What are the jobs others think are beneath them?
- What are the jobs that need doing that no one wants to do?
- How do you seek out new jobs like the ones alluded to in the preceding questions?
In this balanced piece on ePortfolio solutions, Google or Microsoft, I explore my biases :