Showing posts from October, 2018

Meet the @TripleEFrame work #edtech @

A long-time proponent of educational frameworks, I learned about a new one. It's not every day that an educational framework is born. If you're not sure what I mean, check out popular frameworks like these:
Levels of Teaching Innovation (LoTI)H.E.A.T. T.P.A.C.K. Some folks often include SAMR, but it is only worth mentioning as a framework to NOT use. It lacks any foundation in research, serving more as an anecdotal tool. No teacher or educator should allow others to use SAMR to assess them. The lack of validity and reliability studies make SAMR-based assessments criminal. Don't think so? Ask how yourself how many teachers have found themselves terminated. All due to the remarks of crackpot consultants.

A friend and colleague, Dr. Lucretia Fraga (@lucretiafraga), encouraged me to take a look at the Triple E Framework. When she mentioned Dr. Liz Kolb's name, I couldn't help but smile. Dr. Kolb had been kind enough to ask me to teach a webinar or two years ago. I con…

PBS KLRN Offers #Free Professional Learning 10/24/18

This email arrived in my inbox earlier this week...

Are you a 1st through 3rd grade teacher? We invite you to join us for a 2 hour workshop as we explore resources available through the PBS KIDS program Cyberchase, and the redesigned PBS LearningMedia platform. We will celebrate all that you do as we work to promote interest in STEM education. Walk away with free resources and new ideas.
Light meal will be provided. Wednesday, October 24 5:30pm - 7:30pm KLRN Public Television Studio | 501 Broadway  I regret I won't get a chance to participate, but I hope that if you do, you'll share a link to your notes or audio in the comments for this blog post.

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Discarded Toy? Facebook

As any parent knows, your children will play with a few toys at first, then when a new toy arrives or as time goes by, the toy is forgotten. This happened often with our first child. Worse, the new fancy toy (e.g. electric piano) would be set aside for a simpler one (e.g. pots and pans). After awhile, we learned to stop buying toys and take more of a wait-n-see attitude with our second child.

Consider the facts:
51% of U.S. teens ages 13 to 17 say they use Facebook, notably lower than the shares who use YouTube, Instagram or Snapchat An entire industry or two or three have built up chasing selling to children, or now, selling our children's data. What's the solution?

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Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome

Some time ago, I ran across a website that inspired me. It encouraged me to explore the micro:bit a bit more. One way of exploring the concept was to adapt other workshop materials for the micro:bit that I saw online. And, wow, there is an unbelievable amount of content on micro:bit online.

The site linked above is one I just ran across today. It has tons of awesome content. I did end up co-creating a workshop outline with colleague, Peggy Reimers (@preimers), for a free Microsoft-funded workshop on Physical Computing. What was cool is that a Computer Information Systems student who was walking by--this workshop was hosted at a university--came in and sat in on the workshop. He shared how he'd never encountered micro:bit before and was fascinated by block coding. I remember thinking, "Wow, he could have taught the whole class," but it was all new to him.

I write about this workshop in one of my upcoming blog entries, but since all the content is curated ("or stolen,…

Fire Kindling

A few years ago, I noticed that my energy level dipped. Ok, it slumped. I found myself unable to crawl up to the second floor of the house, much less crank out a blog entry. It drove me crazy. I figured I'd reached that age when you realize, it's time to hang up your guns and go tend a garden.

I would try to exercise but I felt so weary, exhausted that I'd lay down on the couch. After two and a half years of that, I finally went to see a doctor. My new doctor told me what the problem was. Vitamin D deficiency. I immediately started taking Vitamin D and threw in some multi-vitamins, fish oils, and B12 complex. In no time, my energy level was back. I felt freakin' heroic. My vim and vigor came back and I felt myself start to get my fire back. And, it's only been a few months.

But then, I couldn't help it. I asked myself, why had I waited so long to go see a doctor? The answer was simple...I didn't know anything was wrong, and it never occurred to me to check…

October Dreams: Chromebook LTE or Surface Go

Samsung just announced an LTE version of the Chromebook Plus V2...a semi-pro-tier Chromebook that will launch on November 2nd for $599.99 — which is $100 more than the base Wi-Fi version — at, Best Buy, and Verizon. The Chromebook Plus V2 LTE...includes a 12.2-inch full HD display with 300nit max brightness, a decent Intel Celeron 3965Y processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB of solid-state storage, and a 39Wh battery. Source: The Verge  An LTE Chromebook. Wow, but the price. Ugh.

If I'm going to spend that much money, I'd rather put it down for the beautiful Surface Go tablet + keyboard. Let me go look at my Cart again. If any of my family are reading this, well, it would be great for my October birthday are the specs again.

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Gone To Texas: Flipgrid

Isn't it amazing? The Team Flipgrid folks are coming to Texas next week. I'm going to detail their info in the blog post below. If I mention certain FREE TEXAS CONFERENCES, I'm not necessarily offering an endorsement. After all, it's just information. @edtechtinker is doing plenty of sharing (stop it, my twitter inbox can't handle it all!).

Bluebonnets, BBQ, ranches, The Alamo, sweet tea, live music, Dr. Pepper, the State Fair, and 100s of inspiring educators and students?! Yeehaw! The Lone Star #FipgridBusTour is on the horizon! This October, we’re saddling up for a series of #StudentVoice Rallies, Brain Zing PD Sessions, and - of course - Flipgrid fun all across the state of Texas! There’s plenty of room in this state for the four, five, hundreds of us: join us on Twitter with the hashtag #FlipgridBusTour and, if you’re in the Texas area, let’s meet up in person! Check out our route and RSVP for the Dallas/Fort Worth Educator meetup, Texas State Fair shenanigans…

Restricting Google Sites Access

How would you respond to this request?
Does anyone have a way to password protect a Google Site page? Our music teacher wants to share music, but respect copyright laws. I would recommend Classroom, but she has 700 students, so that would be tedious...she wants the site to be open, but 1 page to be protected. Some of the responses I saw to this question, which appeared on Facebook, included the following:
lock the whole Sites website downuse Google ClassroomPut sheet music in a Google Drive folder, then share it using Remind One approach I did NOT see but that would be fun to try is Google Forms.

Here's how I imagine it might work:

Step 1 - Setup a front page or Google Sites page.

Step 2 - Create a Form following the instructions online here (image below is taken from that site):

Step 3 - Put the link to the sheet music in the second part of the Google Form.

Why wouldn't that work?

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Bypassing Your Resident Technology Control Freak

As I was poking around on my Facebook account, this popped onto my screen:
Hey all! I was coming here for some advice. We are not a 1:1 district. We have BYOD an devices for check out. We have teachers who want to use Forms & QR codes for checkouts when leaving the classroom. They are wanting to track students. So they scan the QR code. Log in with their credentials. State where they are headed. Submit. The problem here is there is no way for them to log off. So the next student who uses the device and scans the QR is logged in as the previous student. We were going to not have them sign in and just type their ID#. The bad thing is that they could use their friends ID# if they didn’t want their number being tracked.

Any advice?  As inoffensive as this request for assistance is, my first reaction was, "How come we're using technology to track visits to the restroom and such? Isn't that just a waste of technology?" I mean, if you've spent $300 (a Chromebook, iP…

New Rules for CTOs: Trumping Leadership

“History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, 'What is history, but a fable agreed upon?”

― Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code History is a fable we all agree upon. Hmm. As a tech director, you see that when you take over and everyone blames the previous CTO for all the problems. Alas, there is no mercy in it. "Bless her heart, she was great but she screwed things up royally." In the end, our history of the past is revised by who is left, who comes in.

You ever wonder if there are some new rules coming as a result of changes in presidential leadership? Instead of cool calm and collected leadership style we all appreciate, a different style is emerging that cares little for old approaches.What happens when new leadership styles modeled in "real life" find their way into the microcosm of …

School Hopping - Good for Anyone?

"Hey, Tom," I said, "How have you been?"

I ran into the principal in the foyer of the technology building, his smile catching me like a deer in the headlights. I'm not good with putting names to face, which apparently is a bad thing, so it took me a second to recognize him as a principal.

From there, we started the positive, yet uncomfortable journey of exploring how he's coping with the transfer from one school to the next. He'd been a fantastic principal (or so I thought) at one campus but then ended up being moved to another campus. The reason? He was going to improve the new campus.

I'm not sure what research says about moving principals from campus to campus, but I know it irritated the heck out of me. Do you know how much time and effort the Instructional Tech team had put into cultivating relationships, only to see the school go into a tailspin when they moved the veteran principal?

When I read the following excerpt over at Linking and Think…

Welcome Back to School! Did you Secure Your Firearm?

Every time there is a deplorable, heinous mass shooting, we see a variety of perspectives trotted out about gun control. In the past, I've made every effort to keep my mouth shut about these controversial topics. Recently, I noticed the following news article, Texas to Loosen Gun Laws. Here are my biases and thoughts, which will continue to evolve over time.

Inventorying My Biases Before I share my opinion, allow me to inventory my biases. Here are some of the things I am and/or believe. I am open to changing the beliefs but other things, not so much obviously. The purpose of this blog is to allow me to trot out some ideas then see where ideas go wrong (or right). I do not claim infallibility.

Ok, here goes:

I am a Hispanic. I enjoy dual citizenship in the Republic of Panama and the United States. I was born in the Republic of Panama, raised from age 10 in the United States.My ethnic heritage includes half Swedish, half Panamanian.I believe in Jesus as THE Christ and confess He is …