Showing posts from July, 2013

Sharing Conference Presentation Topics #tcea #techforum

Earlier today, TCEA 2014 Conference organizers emailed approvals for conference sessions. Shockingly, I found a few happy emails in my inbox. What a great opportunity to share ideas with others!

Over the last few years, I've taken a break from facilitating conference sessions...switching jobs, family concerns have slowed me down a bit (a good thing). However, I'm delighted to have the opportunity to share ideas that engage me. The long hiatus has given me the opportunity to gain distance and find my happy thought again. As such, how wonderful to share.

November, 2013

My TechForum 2013 Session Proposals
A colleague was kind enough to ask me to submit presentations to this November 7, 2013 event. I still remember when I told Judy Salpeter (organizer), "Hey, do you mind if I step back a bit to focus on work?" She was kind enough to let me off the hook. Who knew that when you stepped off the merry-go-round, YEARS would go by?!?
Topic #1: The Definitive App Smasher's Guid…

Leadership CPR for Relationships and Meetings

"Why don't you two speak to each other about this? When you're ready to rejoin the group, let me know." Oh, how naive I was. That was my response to two warring team members. I lacked the skills and strategies to deal with inappropriate remarks during meetings, but aside from calling upon professionals to toe the imaginary line of "professionalism," I wasn't sure what to do. Later, i attempted to apply Susan Scott's Fierce Conversations, quoted below, unsuccessfully.
Each of us must discard the notion that we respond differently depending on whom we're with and that our work and home conversations are really quite different. Source:Susan Scott, Fierce Conversations Wow, that's pretty insightful. It's a valuable lesson that frees you. Are you consistent in different situations? If so, you experience peace because you're not managing multiple personas...not unlike saying, "This is how I am on Facebook and Pinterest vs. Twitter and …

Exploring the Confrontation Model

For fun, I decided to give Susan Scott's Fierce ConversationsThe Confrontation Modelanother look and try for the purposes of this blog entry. The Confrontation Model is meant to accomplish the following: ...confront tough issues with courage, compassion, and skill. Learning is provoked and relationships are enriched.One of the challenges in any large district--or small one--is ensuring communications that get things done actually happen. It's easy to have a meeting or conversation where everyone agrees that things are going well, then wham, everyone wonders why things have gone to heck in a handbasket. Susan's Model is meant to have those conversations that resolve issues and keep us all moving forward. Confronting tough issues is a fact of life, which M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Travelled, as "life is difficult." Susan shares the model in this way: Opening Statement: Write your opening statement and practice saying it out loud, in sixty seconds or less. …

Where Have the Good People Gone?

Earlier today, my daughter--who has two educator parents, one grandparent--left this comment on the video abovevia Facebook:
But that's the point. Her job would have been gone. She never would have had the opportunity to get her job back. With a good point - she's a teacher, and needs to hold herself to a higher standard. But he gets to run for mayor. Just as many children and adults even would look up to him. Yet, we don't hold our politicians to the same standards as our teachers? Come on.She then pointed out the following:
At the absolute least, the internet is not a "private" playground, yet many people treat it as such. While I don't think that we should be dictating the moral behavior of teachers (since it is an arbitrary issue) I do think that it is the responsibility of teachers to represent the concept of a good digital citizen, to help students learn how to act online in a way that will hopefully not negatively affect their future.If they choose to a…

Hashtag Publishing Made Simple @flipboard @brickflow

Two fun tools make it easy to republish content that has a hashtag. I've spent a lot more time considering the power of hashtags given that I've unsubscribed from thousands of folks and instead decided to follow hashtags that reflects content I'm interested. Two tools include Flipboard and Brickflow, both just getting their feet wet.
Considering how much content is out there floating around in hashtags waiting to be picked up, it's only a matter of time we're able to better shape the flow of hashtag publications.

Idea #1 - Hashtags to Flip Content into a Flipbard Magazine
Anyone else playing around with Flipboard's ezine maker? Absolutely fun. You can drop any content that you're viewing via Twitter, G+, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. right into a publishable ezine that can be viewed on Android, iOS devices, as well as on the web. 

Here's the web version of one of mine,
Around the Corner:
Another fun thing to consider is how c…

Managing Your Virtual Presence #encryption #privacy (Updated)

Update: has been shut down by the owner. How would I adjust my diagram? Hmm...
My Fellow Users,
I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on--the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.  What’s going to happen now? We’ve already started preparing the paperwork needed to continue to fight for the Constitution in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. A favorable decision would allow me resurrect …

Avoid a Sucker's Choice: Handwriting OR Tech #iPad #writing

Reading this recently tweeted article, Is It Time to Stop Teaching Handwriting in Schools?, on handwriting and how it's taught less in schools because technology skills are more necessary to our burgeoning future...aww, give us a break!
George Couros, the principal of innovative teaching for Parkland School Division in Edmonton, thinks the days of formally teaching handwriting are coming to an end. He says if video and computer skills are what children now engage in, then that’s what educators need to focus on.“Technology and literacy are continuously developing … and I think we need to really focus on what we do in school to help kids connect with the world,” he told CTV’s Canada AM this week.
Many parents might lament their children’s lack of ability to craft a handwritten thank-you card, or to make out the handwriting on an old family recipe, but Couros says communication is simply evolving, not disappearing.“Sending a handwritten note is a nice thing and a nice element to have …