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MyNotes - Digital Leadership 8: Professional Growth and Development

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Note: Over the next few weeks, I'll be reading Eric Scheninger's book, Digital Leadership. Eric was kind enough to send me a copy and I'll be sharing my notes and thoughts as I work my way through it. I'm honored that Eric sent me a print copy to read and share my thoughts on. Comments in square brackets are mine, the rest is the author's.


Howdy...I skipped Chapter 7 on Branding in this series...you may want to buy the book to get access to some of the neat ideas about how to establish a brand for your school. If you'd like to find out what the rest of the book has to say, I encourage you to buy it! It's a must-read for school leaders!

My Notes


It is essential for principals and school leaders to develop professional learning networks both within and beyond their local organizations.A connected leader is still supported by traditional networks but now has the ability to tap into other professional learning resources using digital tools."It's hard to d…

MyNotes - Digital Leadership 6: Public Relations

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Note: Over the next few weeks, I'll be reading Eric Scheninger's book, Digital Leadership. Eric was kind enough to send me a copy and I'll be sharing my notes and thoughts as I work my way through it. I'm honored that Eric sent me a print copy to read and share my thoughts on. Comments in square brackets are mine, the rest is the author's.
My Notes

A new system of learning that is differentiated and that connects to student passions and strengths must be made a reality. Teaching and learning need to transform to something yet undefined. [or is it defined already but not well-distributed?]Digital Leadership is about building the capacity to create a solid foundation for positive public relations using social media that complements communication efforts.It empowers leaders to become the storytellers-in-chief and creates a constant flow of information that highlights and focuses on schoolwide success and positive culture.Social media allow leaders to create  unique comm…

#iPad Blogging with #Evernote via Postach.io and EverClip

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Almost an eternity ago, I gave up blogging through Evernote on my iPad. In spite of Postach.io's claims that you could easily blog content on Evernote--and you can if you do it just so--I found it to be a disagreeable experience. The reason why is that if you clipped something from the web, it would not render properly in Postach.io blog via Evernote...more Evernote's fault than Postach.io. Fortunately, new apps emerge and make things possible.


One simple goal was to find content through various ezines, such as Flipboard, Zite, casual web browsing, Facebook, etc. and then put those into Evernote, which in turn, would allow me to publish an RSS feed for a notebook. This process worked for me because it allowed me to grab the content I really wanted, usually an excerpt from an article (not the whole thing) and then it would auto-publish via RSS to a Twitter stream via IFTTT.com, as shown below:


The process worked until Evernote removed the RSS feature from its notebooks. Still, …

MyNotes- Digital Leadership 5: Communication

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Note: Over the next few weeks, I'll be reading Eric Scheninger's book, Digital Leadership. Eric was kind enough to send me a copy and I'll be sharing my notes and thoughts as I work my way through it. I'm honored that Eric sent me a print copy to read and share my thoughts on. Comments in square brackets are mine, the rest is the author's.

My Notes

Digital leaderships demands that we reach our stakeholders through the use of tools and social spaces...it calls for a hybrid construct of communication techniques that blends the traditional methods mentioned with the systematic use of social media tools to create a dynamic, two-way system that will increase engagement with all stakeholders.Four key principles that lay a foundation for communicating effectively with parents:transparencyhonestyaccessibilityflexibilityStrategies:Make your professional email/twitter accounts available.Create your own web site and include contact information, your availability to meet with or…

Drowning in LMS Solutions: #Moodle

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Ever feel overwhelmed by the number of awesome solutions available for facilitating online and/or blended learning with students and staff? Well, you're not alone! That's why edcamps are great when they allow practitioners to share what and how they are using technology to enhance teaching and learning in K-12 and adult learning environments.


This past week, I had the chance to attend edcampsa, hosted by NorthEast ISD's Churchhill High School and organized by Dr.Roland Rios (TCEA Area 20 Director). Below, you can see the cafeteria (ah, will we ever escape uncomfortable seating in a cafeteria? Fortunately, we weren't there for long!) full of folks...there were a lot more, all staring with rapt attention at the schedule on the big screen.

East Central ISD team members--Marguerite Lowak, Jennifer Smith and Helen Zenner--played an important role in converting the post its being put on the wall grid into digital format.



One of the sessions focused on Moodle. As a veteran Mo…

MyNotes: Digital Leadership 4: Leading with Technology

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Note: Over the next few weeks, I'll be reading Eric Scheninger's book, Digital Leadership. Eric was kind enough to send me a copy and I'll be sharing my notes and thoughts as I work my way through it. I'm honored that Eric sent me a print copy to read and share my thoughts on. Comments in square brackets are mine, the rest is the author's.
MyNotes - Chapter 4: Leading with Technology
"Leading in a culture of changes means creating a culture (not just a structure) of change..." it means producing the capacity to seek, critically access, and selectively incorporate new ideas and practices--all the time, inside the organization as well as outside it."-Michael Fullan as citedThere is no room for isolation. Failure to comprehend the role and expectations of each team member, from the leader down to the lowest-ranking soldier, increases the risk of failure.Britten's motto is "Leading out loud" - use social networking and blogging to model both …

#Free Course - Building Digital Literacy I: Blogging

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Thanks to Shelley Blake-Pollock, I am aware of the following opportunity for Texas Educators to earn CPE credits via free online course.

Wanted to share a great opportunity for Texas educators to earn CPE credits. We've just launched the first in what will be a series of online courses and workshops for Texas educators on our new http://sanderling.io professional development platform. By successfully completing "Building Digital Literacy I: Blogging", educators will earn 2 Texas CPE credits. This workshop is completely free for participants. Sign up, sign in, and earn credit — anywhere, anytime, from any device. Go to https://sanderling.io/courses/building-digital-literacy and sign up for free today. And please share this opportunity with other Texas educators! We're looking forward to learning with all of you on Sanderling. 



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#Free #Moodle Book Giveaway: Moodle Course Design Basics

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Colleague Diana Benner announced the following on her blog, Indistinguishable from Magic:

Better hurry, or I might beat you to the punch!



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SuperOldster @diben

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In my youth, an oldster said to me, "Miguel, you're moving too fast for me! How do you keep up with all this stuff?" As I step over the threshold of middle age, which was unimaginable back in my 20s, I realize now the price of quick movement for the educators whom I exhorted to stay after-school.

The first clue I had was when I came home one day and sat on the couch...and didn't wake up until midnight. The second clue was when I woke up one morning and realized that the best part of my day was over. But the clincher was when I started a morning cup of coffee to get me going (I'd never drunk coffee in my life) in the morning, and another in the evening to keep me moving until 9:00PM.

Fortunately, I encounter my younger self when I go online, running across projects and works I created some time ago. How did I ever have the energy to do that? It's for these reasons that I'm grateful when a colleague like Diana Benner, 2014 TCEA Technology Administrator of t…

MyNotes - Tech Implementation Study for Superintendents

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The following notes come from the June 2014 School Administrator magazine which feature an abstract of a 2013 doctoral study by Dr. Sharon M. Biggs. You can find it on page 39 of School Administrator. The full doctoral study can be found online.


Some quick reflections:

I very much enjoyed Dr. Biggs' literature review, and the points made about first-order and second-order change. As a Technology Director, first-order changes (technical in nature) appear the easiest place to show growth quickly. Second-order changes (changing teacher attitudes about blending technology into instruction) are the hard part.Some of the important findings or conclusions included these,which I wholeheartedly agree with and I would encourage technology directors to apply to themselves, not just their superintendents (or help the super to "get it"):Provide leadership based on technology plans.Conduct frequent needs assessments to ensure currency and sustainabilityDevelop committees of stakeholders…

Setting an Iceberg on Fire - Digital Leadership

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Reflecting on Eric Scheninger's Digital Leadership notes I've been sharing over the last 2 weeks, one reader wrote in and shared this perspective:
I'm pretty close to despair about fostering positive, substantive change in my district.  I kind of feel like I'm trying to set fire to an iceberg using a cigarette lighter.  Haven't given up quite yet, but close. Wow, isn't that a catchy comparison? Imagining that school districts are like frozen icebergs and change agents trying to bring about change is like trying to set fire with a puny cigarette lighter!

The analogy makes me think of the popular book, Our Iceberg is Melting (read my notes on that book). The reader who wrote in also shared that they might take the following action:
I need to get the Digital Leadership book & read it.  I may also give it to administrators at my admin conference in August. Be warned, school districts! If someone gives you a copy of Eric Scheninger's book, Digital Leadership