The Daily Find: March 5, 2010

Demetri Orlando

Participation=Engagement on School Sites

One of the sessions I attended at the NAIS conference which I didn’t blog about until now was “Building School Websites Around Participation” which was presented by Proctor School and Travis Warren of Whipple Hill. I was happily surprised by this one because I’d come across Proctor’s site in a different context last month and was really impressed with how engaging it is. The premise of their site, and of the presentation is…MORE

Bill Fitzgerald

Deadweight

In education, as in music, there is an Education Industry that has differing goals and interests of the people upon whom they depend for their continued existence. While the goals of the education industry do not need to diverge from the actual needs of students and teachers, in practice the needs of the education industry require that organizations spend money that has little or nothing to do with student performance…MORE

Seth Battis

A Fairly Usable Framework for Fair Use

As teachers, we are perennially swap the hat that we wear: lecturer, confidante, counselor, coach, security officer, parent. With the ability publish work instantaneously to the entire globe with a single click comes a fresh and daunting hat: copyright lawyer. The Gordian Knot of copyright law raises…MORE

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The Daily Find: March 4, 2010

NAIS CONFERENCE REPORTERS

Bridget Janicki
Catherine O’Neill Grace

COMMUNITY BLOGGERS

Jonathan Martin

Jamie Baker

SBS Middle School

  • And so the NAIS Annual Conference 2010 is winding down. Normally, when I attend big conferences with thousands of educators, I grow sad and wistful as I contemplate leaving behind the stunning energy and synergy that is created at such gatherings. Intriguingly, I feel more so this year even though I am not on site – partially because people did such a good job of sharing the…More

Paige Lennig

Lorrie Jackson

Matt Scully

  • Scaffolding Love with Romeo and Juliet: Take one part Vygotsky, two parts Dan Pink’s Drive and mix gently. Fold in Shirky, Richardson, Ted McCain – you can substitute Ian Jukes if you don’t have any McCain. Wrap mixture firmly around your curriculum. I prefer some Shakespeare especially Romeo and Juliet. Sprinkle a liberal amount patience and exploratory spirit on top. Serve warm to Middle Schoolers. Be prepared this is a messy meal best eaten with…MORE

The Daily Find: March 3, 2010

COMMUNITY BLOGGERS

The Future of Teaching- Extending our Imaginations

Jenni Swanson Voorhees

Thursday at NAIS ended with a stimulating panel discussion focused on students in the digital age and how they learn. Four “thought leaders” gathered to present their perspective on how children learn: Megan Smith V.P. at Google, Milton Chen of the George Lucas Foundation, Wanda Martinez president of the New Tech Network, and Shelley Goldman, professor of ed. at Stanford University. The panel was ably moderated by Wanda Holland Greene, head of the Hamlin School…More

Enhancing Learning with Digital Practices (scroll down)

Jenni Swanson Voorhees

Whenever I am asked to speak about what we do in Technology classes, I always say we try to engage students in authentic work that is enhanced by the technology. The listeners always nod approval, but I doubt they have a clue what I’m talking about. On Wednesday I got to hear students articulate how having access to digital tools has enhanced their learning as they engage in a challenging, yet innovative high school curriculum…More

False Profits: Expertise and Educational Computing (2001)

Gary Stager

Terms like school reform, change, child-centered education, professional development and authentic assessment have become meaningless in an educational climate favoring systems, buildings, ideology and processes over children. Lingo-slinging administrators, politicians eager for the quick fix and educators too beaten down and overwhelmed to take a breath and reflect upon their best practices, have irrevocably devalued the currency of such terms. Textbooks, curriculum software and high-stakes tests deprive students of experience with primary sources…More

Hyperthreading vs. Multitasking

Demetri Orlando

Recent research seems to validate that humans can only focus on one thing at a time. This comes up in response to the assertion that “digital natives” learn differently and by doing many things at once (e.g. studying while instant-messaging, texting, and listening to music.)…More

1:1 Laptop Programs as Part of “Embedded Design

Jim Heynderickx

Pat Basset forwarded a link to ISED-L about the research article about 1:1 programs:… It’s an interesting article on several levels.  It addresses criticism of 1:1 laptop program, but it also defines laptops as cognitive tools that should be part of larger whole school change initiatives in pedagogy and curriculum.  This is something I’ve advocated for many years….More

Comprehensive Learning Spaces

Jim Heynderickx

I wasn’t able to fly to San Francisco this week to attend the annual NAIS conference, but I’m still doing my best to follow the blog posts from Demetri and others about the events.  I’ve been impressed by the ideas and quotes from the sessions so far…More

Checking Out the New Classmate

Tami Brass

Late this afternoon I was checking Twitter and found a stream about the new ClassmatePC Convertible.  Confession time…  I knew this was coming for a while and saw rough specs and such before Christmas.  Had to keep my mouth shut until now…More

The Daily Find: March 2, 2010 (NAIS)

Here is another issue of The Daily Find. This focuses on conversations surrounding ideas from the recent NAIS Conference. 

NAIS Conference Daily Planet Reporters

Copy Posted by the Conference Reporters

Bridget Janicki

Catherine O’Neill Grace

 

CONFERENCE BLOGGERS

Gordon Rode 

  • NAIS Annual Conference- Last Part
  • My Space + FaceBook= MyFace

Demetri Orlando

  • Thanks NAIS!
  • Read Jason’s Live Blog from Tony Wagner’s “ Change Leadership” at NAIS

 

TWITTER

Twitter Update: There have been over 900 tweets posted to the #naisac10 hash tag since the start of the conference and that number keeps on growing. These tweets can be read simply by doing a search in Twitter on #naisac10.

COMMUNITY BLOGGERS

Jamie Baker

  • A New Age of Learning
  • NAIS: Be Like Google
  • NAIS: Tina Seelig on Innovation (see video below)
  • NAIS: Irshad Manji on Speaking the Truth
  • NAIS: Tony Wagner on Teaching Today’s Students
  • New Code That Matters: The Life Code/Genomics
  • 12 Tips on Teaching Boys

Jonathan Martin

Michael Ebeling

  • Adapting, Surviving and Thriving: A Context for Embracing Change

Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School

  • It’s Almost Like Being There: Thoughts from the NAIS Conference

Sarah Hanawald

  • At 35,000 Feet

OTHER

The Daily Find:NAIS Feb. 26a

NAIS Conference Daily Planet Reporters

Copy Posted by the Conference Reporters

Bridget Janicki

Catherine O’Neill Grace

CONFERENCE BLOGGERS

Ruth Huyler Glass

  • A Little Help from My Friends
  • Superheroes Among Us

Tony Fetherston

  • The End
  • Why I Love San Francisco
  • Confession Time
  • Another Busy Morning
  • Highlight from Day 1

Gordon Rode

  • Unleashing the Super Powers Within Part 3

Demetri Orlando

  • Random NAIS Moments
  • Tapping Into the NAIS Hive

COMMUNITY BLOGGERS

Jamie Baker

  • New Code That Matters: The Life Code/Genomics
  • 12 Tips on Teaching Boys

Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School-

  • It’s Almost Like Being There

LIVE BLOG TRANSCRIPTS

Chris Bigenho

  • The Educator’s Field Guide to Unleashing the Innovators Within

Jason Ramsdon

http://www.jasonramsden.com/home/index.php/liveblogs

  • Tony Wagner: Change Leadership
  • Summit: Building Schools for the Digital Age
  • Arianna Huffington; On Being Fearless
  • Thought Leaders Summit; Building Schools for a Digital Age
  • Google: 9 Principles of Innovation

The Daily Find: Feb. 25b

This is the late edition of The Daily Find.

CONFERENCE BLOGGERS

Ruth Huyler Glass

NAIS Buffet: Looking at the NAIS conference program is a bit like confronting an all-you-can-eat buffet of expensive and expansive proportions: beautiful and appetizing, but a clear reminder that there is only one me, and I can’t possibly even taste everything. Do I fill up on the main entrees or nibble my way through side courses? Today I chose a sampling of both and come away pleasantly full, happy to share some tidbits…MORE

Tony Fetherston

Busy Day: I’m doing exactly what I said I wouldn’t. This afternoon I’ve found myself sampling several different workshops during each time slots. I like to think that this enables me to cover the breadth of the conference by touching on many really interesting and very diverse topics. Others might call it a lack of focus. Both are…MORE. Three more offerings from Tony reflecting on today at http://tonystakenais2010.blogspot.com/

Gordon Rode

Opening Session: Considering what we all have been through in the last year, and the disquieting news that another year like it is at hand, this was exactly what the doctor ordered; A PEP RALLY! There was Pat Bassett (PatMan) talking to Captain Independent (animated) on the screen about…MORE. Additional posts from today as shared by Gordon Rode

Demetri Orlando

Kids Perform-NAIS Kick-Off: This morning’s keynote session began with a musical performance by students from Marin Country Day School. This was the highlight for me. Normally I don’t like the half-hearted attempts at having kids on stage at an event like this, but this performance was from the heart.

NAIS Prez. Bassett: Signs of the Apocalpyse? he following is a report from the NAIS President’s Breakfast and Annual Meeting. Marcia Sprewitt opens with a pledge to focus upon sustainability, and to make no apologies for doing so, for our schools, and for NAIS itself.   And on that basis, she speaks of the controversy with ISM regarding financial aid processing and the competition between…MORE

Sitting in the front row may have helped, because I saw how into it they were. A few of them took vocal solos that were awesome…MORE

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TWITTER

Twitter Update: As of 5:20 Feb. 25, 2010, there have been over 644 tweets posted to the #naisac10 hash tag. These tweets can be read simply by doing a search in Twitter on #naisac10.

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COMMUNITY BLOGGERS

Jonathan Martin

NAIS Thought Leaders: Dig. Age Schools: You have to forgive me: I tend to gush when I get excited.  And I have to apologize: I could not write all that I wanted to write, because of struggles powering my laptop– this facility is deeply lacking in outlets. This was a really, really excellent presentation; I believe it may be perhaps the Best ever in my experience at NAIS…MORE

Jamie Baker

Arianna Huffington at NAIS: Arianna Huffington, cofounder and editor of the Huffington Post, was the first keynote speaker at the NAIS Annual Conference this morning.  Hearing and see her address the gathered school leaders was a real treat.  Her topic was Fearless Leadership, a critical mindset and skill for school leaders to activate at this moment in our cultural and economic milieu…MORE

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LIVE BLOG TRANSCRIPTS

Chris Bigenho

  • The Educator’s Field Guide to Unleashing the Innovators Within

Jason Ramsdon

http://www.jasonramsden.com/home/index.php/liveblogs

  • Arianna Huffington; On Being Fearless
  • Thought Leaders Summit; Building Schools for a Digital Age

CONFERENCE BLOGGERS

Ruth Huyler Glass

NAIS Buffet: Looking at the NAIS conference program is a bit like confronting an all-you-can-eat buffet of expensive and expansive proportions: beautiful and appetizing, but a clear reminder that there is only one me, and I can’t possibly even taste everything. Do I fill up on the main entrees or nibble my way through side courses? Today I chose a sampling of both and come away pleasantly full, happy to share some tidbits…MORE

Tony Fetherston

Busy Day: I’m doing exactly what I said I wouldn’t. This afternoon I’ve found myself sampling several different workshops during each time slots. I like to think that this enables me to cover the breadth of the conference by touching on many really interesting and very diverse topics. Others might call it a lack of focus. Both are…MORE. Three more offerings from Tony reflecting on today at http://tonystakenais2010.blogspot.com/

Gordon Rode

Opening Session: Considering what we all have been through in the last year, and the disquieting news that another year like it is at hand, this was exactly what the doctor ordered; A PEP RALLY! There was Pat Bassett (PatMan) talking to Captain Independent (animated) on the screen about…MORE. Additional posts from today as shared by Gordon Rode


Demetri Orlando

Kids Perform-NAIS Kick-Off: This morning’s keynote session began with a musical performance by students from Marin Country Day School. This was the highlight for me. Normally I don’t like the half-hearted attempts at having kids on stage at an event like this, but this performance was from the heart.

NAIS Prez. Bassett: Signs of the Apocalpyse? he following is a report from the NAIS President’s Breakfast and Annual Meeting. Marcia Sprewitt opens with a pledge to focus upon sustainability, and to make no apologies for doing so, for our schools, and for NAIS itself.   And on that basis, she speaks of the controversy with ISM regarding financial aid processing and the competition between…MORE

Sitting in the front row may have helped, because I saw how into it they were. A few of them took vocal solos that were awesome…MORE

TWITTER

Twitter Update: As of 5:20 Feb. 25, 2010, there have been over 644 tweets posted to the #naisac10 hash tag. These tweets can be read simply by doing a search in Twitter on #naisac10.

COMMUNITY BLOGGERS

Jonathan Martin

NAIS Thought Leaders: Dig. Age Schools: You have to forgive me: I tend to gush when I get excited.  And I have to apologize: I could not write all that I wanted to write, because of struggles powering my laptop– this facility is deeply lacking in outlets. This was a really, really excellent presentation; I believe it may be perhaps the Best ever in my experience at NAIS…MORE

Jamie Baker

Arianna Huffington at NAIS: Arianna Huffington, cofounder and editor of the Huffington Post, was the first keynote speaker at the NAIS Annual Conference this morning.  Hearing and see her address the gathered school leaders was a real treat.  Her topic was Fearless Leadership, a critical mindset and skill for school leaders to activate at this moment in our cultural and economic milieu…MORE

LIVE BLOG TRANSCRIPTS

Chris Bigenho

· The Educator’s Field Guide to Unleashing the Innovators Within

Jason Ramsdon

http://www.jasonramsden.com/home/index.php/liveblogs

· Arianna Huffington; On Being Fearless

· Thought Leaders Summit; Building Schools for a Digital Age

The Daily Find: Feb. 25, 2010- Conference Day 1

NAIS CONFERENCE BLOGGERS: LIVE FROM SAN FRANCISCO

Demetri Orlando

Writing for an Audience Not in Stone: “For many years I’ve been touting how technology can make students’ writing process more authentic because putting writing onto a website provides an audience beyond the teacher. Before computers (i.e. my high school experience) students would write a paper, the teacher would read and grade it, then return it to the student, who would shortly deposit it in the trash can [this was also before recycling.] With the web, writing can be published and revised online. It can be published in “walled…MORE

Ruth Huyler Glass

Getting There: It starts long before reaching NAIS, this process of being a part of the annual conference. First, there’s the online registration for conference and accommodations, both of which are easy enough and somewhat in the distance. Next come the round of emails with colleagues from around the country: Are you attending? Can we get together? Sure, let’s meet up in the lobby…. Forgetting how big the lobby has become and how many colleagues, known and unknown, are in the process of assembling.…MORE

Tony Featherston

Making a Plan: Technically, I’m not sure if I’m really blogging since I’m on a plane from Charlotte to San Francisco – in case you wondering, yes, that’s the scenic route from Buffalo. Anyway, because I’m being held captive by US Airways, I figured it was a perfect opportunity to check out the conference program. Every year I seem to forget just how many…MORE

Tony Featherston

Connecting: The conference officially kicks off tomorrow morning, but it already seems that every independent school administrator in the world has descended on San Francisco. It’s been fun to catch up with old friends and make new ones. We’re all talking about enrollment, tight budgets, and difficult decisions, yet there seems to be more optimism than last year. And those of us from the northeast were talking about the restorative power of a…MORE

Gordon Rode

The Headmasters Scoop: Why do I find myself always picking up the trash on the ground that others have stepped over?  Why have the students and/or teachers stepped over it?  Didn’t they see it?  Are they too preoccupied?  Why do I see it and always perform the Headmaster Scoop? MORE

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OTHER COMMUNITY BLOGGERS: LIVE & VIRUAL FROM SAN FRANCISCO

Jason Ramsdon: A Live Blog Transcript from 3-hour session

Be Like Google: As the economy began to slow, Google continued to post positive quarterly earnings. The New York Times headline in 2008 declared, “Google defies economy.” Maybe the truth is that Google defines the economy and leaders have much to learn about acting “Googley.” The workshop explored Google’s Nine Notions of Innovation and how to apply them to your school environment…MORE

Peter Gow

Treating Teachers Like Grown-ups: “It’ll take me a while to collect all my thoughts on the “Leading Toward A Sustainable Future” workshop this afternoon at the NAIS 2010 Annual Conference. I led off with some collective wisdom on school leadership that I amassed for the “Alive & Well” online advisory, then Pat Bassett spoke in detail on financial modeling and how schools need to prepare to face “The New Normal” of limited resources. The interactive part for the good-sized audience (about 63 for a session originally planned for 40) was a panel presentation featuring school heads Vance Wilson of St. Albans (DC), Merry Sorrells of St. Paul’s Episcopal School (LA), and Katherine Dinh of Prospect Sierra (CA). Paul Miller of NAIS moderated, and I filled a seat at the far end…MORE

Jonathan Martin

Excellent CWRA Info. Session at NAIS: True 21st– This was a great session, and my kudos and appreciation to the presenters:  CWRA (College and Work Readiness Assessment) is a powerful tool for educational reform, and an important vehicle for bringing problem-based learning into our classrooms.  It isn’t just a measurement device, I increasingly realize, but a tool that stirs the entire…MORE

Vinnie Vrotny

Finding time to Play: While not at NAIS this year, Vinnie has been following the tweets and found his latest post to be a match with some of the discussion from the first day sessions. He write: “Yesterday, in my post about the lessons learned from the production of the Funky Snowman, I raised questions about how we can introduce “play” into the curriculum. I have been thinking about the last time that I felt that I was able to immerse myself within my own productivity. This occurred nearly two weeks ago on during a faculty work-day, when I was able to work on my own time free of the 45 minutes segments that a normal day brings. Also kicking around my mind are the ideas that I have gotten from reading the new Daniel Pink book, Drive. In this book…”MORE

Sarah Hanawald

Irshad Manji Friday, 6pm Eastern:-Courage in a Time of Corruption: The New York Times calls Irshad Manji “Osama bin Laden’s worst nightmare.” Oprah Winfrey gave her the first annual Chutzpah Award for “audacity, nerve, boldness, and conviction.” Manji, director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University, accepts both as compliments. The project develops young leaders who will challenge conformity and champion creativity, including…MORE

Daoist56

NAIS: Wednesday: Coming to this conference must be getting me fired up. In response to Chris Bigenho’s blog about helping students become self-regulated learners, I had this to say:…MORE