Find Your Perfect MDM Partner – Resources for Mobile Device Management

Find Your Perfect MDM Partner – Resources for Mobile Device Management

MDM Resources for the presentation “The Dating Game: Find Your Perfect MDM Partner” This panel for TCEA and ISTE will feature veteran technology directors and MDM coordinators on the topic of Mobile Device Management in K-12 education. Each panelist uses a different vendor, uses MDM for varying degrees of complexity and scale, has different back ground experience, and is working in small to large schools.     Apple Education Deployment Guide “By following these four…

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Stopping to Take a Moment…

Stopping to Take a Moment…

Some days are tough. It’s important to be able step outside of oneself at any given moment to reflect on the impact that we may be making on those around us. At the end of the day, it’s the relationships in our lives, with our family, colleagues, friends, and students that matter.  

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K-12 Schools Need to Start Thinking About Creating Brand NameRecognition for the Future

K-12 Schools Need to Start Thinking About Creating Brand NameRecognition for the Future

K-12 Schools Need to Start Thinking About Creating Brand Name Recognition for the Future   Recent summaries predicting changes in education have emphasised the need for schools, mostly higher ed, to market and develop brand name recognition to keep recruiting students. In light of how Texas seems to be going, this seems prudent for K-12 as well if they are to maintain current student ADA funding. This article is two years old, but I think…

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Preconceived Stereotypes in Professional Development Training

Preconceived Stereotypes in Professional Development Training

Preconceived Stereotypes in Professional Development Training   With all the discussion in the media lately about prejudice, racism and bias, I thought it might be good to reflect on my own biases and preconceived notions when training others. The longer I work with groups of people the easier it is to develop preconceived notions. For technology training it’s not so much about race or gender as it is age. I’ve always assumed that if you…

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Took Time off to be a Dad!

Took Time off to be a Dad!

Took Time off to be a Dad! I took a little time off from blogging recently to enjoy my youngest daughter’s senior year in high school. (Go #Classof2015 ) It’s really nice sometimes to stop and smell the roses. I have two children who for the grace of God take more after their mother than they do their father. If you have never experienced your child’s senior year, it is a very busy time filled…

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STAAR-A On-Line Testing Wasn’t as Bad as I Had Feared

STAAR-A On-Line Testing Wasn’t as Bad as I Had Feared

STAAR-A On-Line Testing I’ve been away from posting EdTech tips on this teacher blog for a few weeks while we helped prepare our school district for this most recent wave of on-line STAAR-A testing. Initial fears were pretty high. The tutorials and documentation offered by TEA (Texas) were actually pretty good, but very time consuming for the average teacher to read up and study. I suspect quite a bit of it was skipped. Also, we…

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The Importance of Patience

The Importance of Patience

The Importance of Patience Working on servers this week, a humbling and frustrating experience, reminded me of the importance of patience when working with people. I found myself in a similar position as many of my teachers when learning to integrate technology in their classes in a meaningful way. I spent 3 days with systems engineers and my account manager at JAMF Software working on preparing for our middle school iPad roll out. Initially everything…

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#EdTech PD Must Be Shaped by Data

#EdTech PD Must Be Shaped by Data

  Shaped by Data Teacher professional development, like anything these days, has been shown to be more effective if it is based on data. Data driven goals and objectives can form the subject or basis of PD and help make that connection between professional practice and student need. In Texas, I particularly like the work of Ervin Knezek and the Lead4ward team in this area. What they have done is to help school districts by developing templates…

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Effective #EdTech Teacher Professional Development Must Be Intensive, On-going, and Long Term

Effective #EdTech Teacher Professional Development Must Be Intensive, On-going, and Long Term

Effective Teacher Professional Development Must Be Intensive, On-going, and Long Term Amen! The one thing that seems to be constant in education, is that nothing seems to be constant in education. Veteran teachers know that if they wait long enough, the current district or campus initiative du jour will pass and they can get back to doing what ever they did before. What we as administrators often forget is that the greater the degree of change that…

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Connected to Classroom Practice, Pedagogy, and Content

Connected to Classroom Practice, Pedagogy, and Content

  Connected to Classroom Practice, Pedagogy, and Content This seems self evident, but I’ve attended many PD sessions and have heard feedback from colleagues who attended tech trainings that were not explicitly targeted to their classroom practice, pedagogy and content. The TPACK framework is a good visual model of how the areas of technology, pedagogy, and content area knowledge intersect to form tech rich classroom practice. Many effective trainings will fall into intersections of any…

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