Category: EdTech

Long time — many changes!

Hi, All Wow– no posts since February 2014!  Much has changed, including my job title.  I’m not the Director of Operations at the American School in London, and I work on both daily operations and long-term facilities projects and development.  I’ve been working on a campus development project since 2010 that includes a new art […]

Friday October 30th, 2015 in EdTech | Comments Off on Long time — many changes!

Updates from London

Hi, All Quick update– my wife is gradually recovering from her injury and making progress at a specialist recovery center. It’s about 30 miles away, so now I’m a very careful London motorcyclist who commutes out of town three days a week. We’ll be moving to a new place in July, which hopefully will be […]

Tuesday February 4th, 2014 in EdTech | 1 Comment »

Director of Technology

Just a note– my operations role at ASL is growing as more projects come online. I’ve been performing a dual role of Operations and Technology for several years through a master planning and building permit process. As of 2014-15, I’ll be shifting to a full-time Director of Operations role, meaning that the Director of Technology […]

Saturday September 21st, 2013 in EdTech | Comments Off on Director of Technology

A Difficult Path

Just an update– sorry that I’ve had no time to post for several months. Back in April on spring break, my wife had a serious accident. She is recovering gradually, and I’ve spent many hours at hospitals just to be with her. She has shown some good improvement in the past three weeks, and I […]

Saturday September 21st, 2013 in EdTech | Comments Off on A Difficult Path

Can Curriculum Mapping be done in a Learning Management System?

Last week, I had an hour-long meeting with our K12 curriculum director and curriculum mapping expert. In essence, we stared at our learning management system (LMS) side-by-side with our curriculum mapping system and asked ourselves the following questions: 1) How much of the structure and content of LMS already overlaps with curriculum mapping, and vice […]

Sunday March 24th, 2013 in EdTech | Comments Off on Can Curriculum Mapping be done in a Learning Management System?

Minecraft as Education Tool

Minecraft was noted as a possibly strong, open-ended educational tool by one of the featured speakers at NAIS last week, and I will note that both my son and daughter are and have been fans of it (especially watching videos of other’s creations or gameplay).  This is a fun video about educational options:  

Thursday March 7th, 2013 in EdTech | Comments Off on Minecraft as Education Tool

Just do it– learn to code

I agree with this video– I have fond memories of learning to code BASIC on a PET computer as a sophomore in HS (saving my work on cassette tapes).

Tuesday March 5th, 2013 in EdTech | Comments Off on Just do it– learn to code

Notes from the NAIS Annual Conference 2013

The following are my notes from two keynotes of the NAIS Annual Conference 2013. Jim Collins Good is the enemy of great The hallmark of mediocrity is chronic inconsistency. Innovation should be empirically validated. In the Arctic, Scott used motorised sleds and ponies, which both failed in the freezing cold. Amundsen used dogs, which were […]

Saturday March 2nd, 2013 in EdTech | Comments Off on Notes from the NAIS Annual Conference 2013

Innovative Learning Spaces: 12 Takeaway Points

I really enjoyed doing the “Innovative Learning Spaces” speed innovation session at the NAIS Annual Conference yesterday. I had a good turn out for all three 15 minute session. Here are the 12 Takeway Points I shared: 1. New construction isn’t necessary 2. Peripheral computer lab design is the new norm 3. STEM and STEAM […]

Friday March 1st, 2013 in EdTech | Comments Off on Innovative Learning Spaces: 12 Takeaway Points

Out of the Box: Innovative Learning Spaces (NAIS 2013)

I have the honour to offer a “speed innovation” session at the NAIS Annual Conference today at 1:30 p.m. The topic is “Out of the box: Innovative Learning Spaces” and I plan to adapt some of the materials I used at my 2012 ISTE presentation on the topic of innovative learning spaces and the role […]

Thursday February 28th, 2013 in EdTech | 1 Comment »

Google Glass….

Just for the record, I don’t want to think about these in a school environment yet…

Thursday February 21st, 2013 in EdTech | Comments Off on Google Glass….

Acer C7 Chromebook– An interesting option

About a year ago we ordered one of the early Chromebooks to evaluate. We rather liked the concept of having a browser-based, inexpensive laptop that worked well with Google Apps, but the model we had was flawed in that purely having a browser interface on the screen was confusing, and swapping between tabs to write […]

Monday February 18th, 2013 in EdTech | Comments Off on Acer C7 Chromebook– An interesting option

The construction of small traditions

I enjoyed attending a “fathers only” presentation by Michael Thompson at our school this week. He addressed about 60 fathers in the room (not bad at a 7:30 a.m. start) with the concept that it is very easy for a father to feel “disqualified” from being needed or actively involved in the raising of children.  […]

Sunday February 10th, 2013 in EdTech | Comments Off on The construction of small traditions

The emotions of going digital

This thought-provoking post by Susan Lucile Davis has been out awhile, but I found myself referring to it again this week: http://gettingsmart.com/blog/2012/10/fear-mourning-age-digital-education/ The feelings of fear and mourning associated with digital learning she refers to are becoming less common, but we still witness them.  There is a “coming of age” sequence in middle and high […]

Saturday February 9th, 2013 in EdTech | Comments Off on The emotions of going digital

Windows 8 Pro Tablet/Laptops

                    I recently had the chance to trial a Samsung Ativ Smart PC for about two weeks.  Of all of the new Windows 8 Pro tablet/laptops I’ve seen so far (including the Lenovo Yoga 13), I believe I liked the form factor of this model the […]

Wednesday February 6th, 2013 in EdTech | Comments Off on Windows 8 Pro Tablet/Laptops
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