Showing posts with label Changes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Changes. Show all posts

Monday, October 5, 2009

School Administrators Never Saw It Coming

Earlier this morning while reading Wes Fryer's blog, I was prompted to watch a video of a Clay Shirky presentation. One of the "related videos" generated by YouTube led me to watch this video of Clay Shirky talking about hierarchy and leadership. In the middle segment of the video, Shirky shares the story of a student protest organized entirely on Myspace and with text messaging. The point of video is demonstrate how social media is changing the hierarchy of leadership. These changes are real. Teachers and school administrators need to adapt to the changes if they are to be successful educators and school leaders in the future.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Social Networks Help People Spread Change

Sacha Chua has once again created an awesome slide presentation. Her latest creation is called Smarter Work: Why Social Networks Matter. This presentation is targeted toward businesses, but the ideas definitely apply to the education sector too. The presentation speaks to the difficulty of being an early adopter (or as Beth Still would say, a Change Agent) and how social networks can help spread change.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Making the Case for Change

One of the many education blogs in my RSS reader is Jose Picardo's Box of Tricks. Today, I found an excellent video that Jose recently created titled I Teach, Therefore You Learn... or Do You? The video makes a good case for embracing changes in teaching methods through the use of technology. One of the points Jose make that I can see myself using when talking to those reluctant to change is; we don't ask students to read hand-written documents, yet we still ask them to produce much of their work that way. I encourage you to watch the video and check out Jose Ricardo's Box of Tricks for more ideas about using technology in the classroom.

The video is embedded below.

I teach, therefore you learn... or do you? from José Picardo on Vimeo.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Turn and Face the Strange Changes

If you're a regular reader or subscriber to this blog you probably noticed a change this weekend. Thanks to some help from Amanda at Blogger Buster and Harold Shaw I altered the layout to accommodate three columns.

Having three columns makes the main text column a little smaller, but it does allow for more overall content to be "above the fold." I was beginning to feel like there was a lot of good information and resources being buried below the fold because the list of free resources had grown so long. Some people have asked why I don't use edu blogs or word press. The answer is simple, there are 400+ blog posts and 150+ resource links that I was afraid of losing or having to move manually. I am a practicing educator so blogging is a hobby, not a full time job. Moving 550+ items manually would be an multi day affair that I was not ready to undertake.

I am looking for feedback and comment on the new look. Do you like it? Do you hate it? What could I do to make this blog a better resource for teachers? Finally, thank you to everyone that has subscribed to the blog, reads the blog, and makes this blog fun for me to write. I genuinely appreciate every comment, email, link, track-back, and bookmark .