At this time of year I love reading everyone’s wrap up of the previous year. Highlight, lowlight, best of. I am not usually one to write that sort of thing, and if you look back over my year of blogging I haven’t been one to write much at all.…
Every month we have a fantastic chat on twitter using the #geniushour hashtag. Incredible educators from around the globe join in and in traditional Q1, A1 format we discuss a hot topic that has to do with Genius Hour. October's chat was "To what extent do you help students during Genius Hour?"
Some really great points were brought up that I just had to go back and reread the archive.…
It’s now easy to set access restrictions to your #GoogleForms with #FormLimiter. You can set restrictions by the number of entries submitted, or by a date and time that you select.
Click here for easy instructions on how to add and use FormLimiter to your Google Forms.…
After observing many educational leaders and education systems, it’s clear that the following must be present and ubiquitous in a school and district before they can thrive and continue to move forward:
- Clearly articulated, concise vision and mission
- Development of the vision and mission is based on research, reflection, and representative of all stakeholder voices
- Vision and mission drives decision-making at all levels
- Systems thinking and decision-making is the key to effectiveness and change
- Leadership hold themselves and others accountable for upholding the vision and mission
- Proactively tell your story – focus on the “why” of the organization
- Leadership needs to honor and live the “why” and expect and support this of all others in the system
- Recognize others for their impact – big or small – on the system
- Culture and relationships are critical – but not at the expense of the vision and mission
- Leadership and the organization need to be transparent and authentic
- Stay focused on what’s right and the “why” of the organization during the difficult times
- When change is necessary, do it – but in a proactive, not reactive mode
- Progress monitoring, reflecting, and responding are key to change and growth
- Complacency and the status quo have no place in the organization
- “Disrespect the impossible” Jamie Casap, Global Education Evangelist at Google
Take each one of these principles, honestly and authentically reflect on your environment (classroom, school, and/or district), determine strengths and growth areas, and develop a plan of action, that includes progress monitoring and reflection points.…
Some recent links from my Pinboard. Mostly related to open resources.
Since WordPress 3.9 the TinyMCE editor now automatically cleans out all but the semantic HTML from Word (or Rich text copied from elsewhere), meaning any fonts, styles, etc. You preserve headings, blockquotes, lists, links, bold, italic.
This means WordPress handles text pasted from word a lot better that the current WordPress 2.9.2 does
Even though, like Alan, I don't think writing everything in word is a great idea lots of folks do exactly that.…
One aspect of my job as a high school counsellor is to help my students reflect on what they may want to do after high school. I personally remember feeling very apprehensive as a student about which jobs were out there and how people actually found their careers.…