No teacher left behind

I’ve often written that Twitter has been an invaluable professional learning tool for me. We have at our fingertips as Will Richardson says the ability to connect with two billion teachers and that presents unlimited opportunities for collaborative learning. Educators like George Couros and Gary Stager also reflect that it isn’t the tool per se but how teachers use the … More No teacher left behind

Understanding discipline

I observed something interesting recently regarding a question I tweeted.  To provide some context, I read a blog post called the ‘Myth of Motivation‘.  The post contained a quote by Fred Bucy, former president of Texas Instruments who made this point: What is effective in motivating people at one point in their careers will not be … More Understanding discipline

The next big thing

I think many people over forty have a problem with technology and the older you are the more technology seems difficult to understand. We always seem to be playing catch up as the NBT ( next big thing) hits the market. New and converging technologies appear and we often feel powerless in the face of … More The next big thing

The change gap

Last week I attended a “learning and leading conversations” workshop at Ravenswood School for Girls with Canadian educator George Couros. George and his brother Alec have developed a significant professional learning network on Twitter and it was good to see the physical and virtual connections converging.  The more this happens, the greater the drive for principals … More The change gap

A sign of the time

Thomas L Friedman, author and columnist for the New York Times was in Sydney last week for a ‘dialogue on global trends’.  He has co-authored a  book  That Used to Be Us to be published soon. In it, he identifies four major challenges for the US, which I believe are also applicable to Australia. These are adjusting to … More A sign of the time

Twitter value

There’s a good article in the June edition of Harvard Business Review on the ‘Six Ways to Find Value in Twitter’s Noise.’ Although written for marketers, I thought how, with a few edits, these rules are just as relevant to educators.  My edits in blue. 1. Learn about the competitive landscape What are fellow educators/thinkers … More Twitter value