Showing posts from October, 2012

Classroom Learning Activity Rubric

A few of us have been hacking away at an existing rubric that attempts to capture what one should see when they walk into the classroom. Every rubric reveals a bit of our biases and I'm wondering what you would add or take-away from such a rubric like the one below. Earlier this week, it was presented to curriculum staff and affected teachers, their opinions solicited, etc.
Disclaimer 11/6/2012: Although you can see the links to an "original" version of the rubric in the paragraph below, please know that we've made some modifications. *I* do not claim sole credit for this work and at best would yield credit to those who provided the original outline.  You can see the Classroom Learning Activity Rubric here and if it looks mysteriously like a rubric you saw somewhere, it probably has had that familiar bit stolen (thanks to Kim Cofino and team!), made to look like it wasn't stolen, then shared among thieves.

Some of the modifications I've made include jettis…

AVID Conference Notes

A few years ago, I attended AVID Training...these are my notes. I doubt the audio links or others will work.

AVID Conference Notes

This week, I'm attending the AVID Conference in Austin, Tx. Although the NECC is taking place in Philadelphia, I'm excited about finally learning all about AVID, and especially Socratic Seminar. To that end, I posted some entries in the work blog about my experiences at the AVID Conference. Want to see photos, listen to audio and view video clips? Click on the links to each day below. However, for my own blog, I've only included the narrative for each day in this blog: AVID Conference Intro (Sunday) AVID Conference Day 1 (Monday) AVID Conference Day 2 (Tuesday) AVID Conference 2005 Update: Day 1
AVID Conference Day 1 (Monday)
The following are Miguel Guhlin’s notes on AVID Conference 2005 that took place in Austin, Tx  during the week of June 26th. Participants from all around my district attended. These notes, photos, and video clips are provided f…

MyNotes: Leading for Learning (Chapter 7)

Note: This continues my exploration of Philip Schlechty's book, Leading for Learning. These are my notes on Chapter 7.


Teachers are workers whose primary responsibility is ensuring that students meet standards set by outside customers.Learning is not the explanation, cause, or rationale for school behavior or for decisions made in school. Students are not motivated by learning; they are motivated by characteristics of the tasks that call on them to learn. It is the quality of the work teachers provide for students, along with the quality of support teachers provide to students in the conduct of that work, that should be the bottom-line concern. Teachers do not cause students to learn; teachers design tasks that they assume will call on students to learn, guide them to sources of instruction so that they can learn what they need to learn, and lead them to the successful completion of the work assigned.Profound learning affects and shapes habits and worldviews; it is learning…

Podcast 25 - YouCanBookMe with Marguerite Lowak @mlowak #google20

Listen to Marguerite Lowak on YouCanBook.Me

Welcome to Podcast 25 - YouCanBook.Me with Marguerite Lowak recorded at the Google20 Apps Summit held on Saturday October 27, 2012. I regret that I was unable to stay for the entire presentation, so you'll hear most of the audio right up until the end. The session facilitator was Marguerite Lowak, pictured below, and she gave a detailed walkthrough of this fascinating scheduling tool that integrates with Google Calendar.

Here's what it looks like:

YouCanBook.Me describes itself in the following way:
YouCanBook.Me is a one stop solution to all your booking and scheduling needs. Seamlessly integrating with your Google calendar, it simplifies the booking process for any business -- reducing phone calls and eliminating duplication. It even provides email and text message reminders for both you and your clients.
Just a few clicks is all it takes to create a bespoke booking calendar that is simple to manage and easy for your clients to use. …

Podcast 24 - Exploring Linux on the Desktop for K-12 #google20 #googleapps

Podcast 24 - Bill Long on Linux on the K-12 Desktop

"What can we do to save money?" This is the beginning of the story, a story of an anti-Linux user making the transition to free, open source in K-12 public schools. I suppose what is amazing part of this story is that Bill enjoyed the support of his superintendent in Harper ISD, which is unusual. Most superintendents would probably have wanted to push a more traditional operating system--with all the licensing fees that come with it--rather than jump into a free open source solution. Still, Bill did just that with his superintendent's support. The discussion came about as a result of the GoogleApps for Education Area 20 Summit.

Linux on the Desktop makes all the more sense now, especially for school districts that are GoogleApps for Education...after all, when all your productivity apps are in the cloud, why should you spend lots of money on proprietary desktop operating systems (e.g. mac, Windows)?

I must confess that I…

Podcast 23 - #Google20 Student Panel @drrios

"Create engaging work so that the kids can be successful," shared Dr. Roland Rios in his intro to the panel. What a delight it was to moderate a panel of talented students from Fort Sam Houston ISD's Cole High School at the Google 20 Area Summit earlier today (10/27/2012)! I'm grateful that Dr. Roland Rios (shown below) thought enough of me to allow me to ask a few questions he'd prepared in advance (smile), and interact with such vivacious, enthusiastic young adults.

The twitter stream, IMHO, captured many of the fabulous insights these students shared but if you missed that, then you're in for a real treat as you listen to them respond to some straightforward questions. Some of their best responses came when I opened up the floor to the audience, and those folks shared their questions!
Here are the questions--with some minor modifications and follow-ups excluded--I asked the students, and you'll want to listen to the podcast for their responses, as well…