My qualifying exams are due in about a month so things are starting to feel quite real in this quest for a Ph. D. I ran across this video shared at Vinny Cho’s blog and found it super helpful for mapping out my next 35 days of writing.
If you aren’t already, follow Vinny Cho. He’s a super smart guy who does a lot of research in how school leaders use social media.
This is an excellent resource if you need an overview of what is happening with laws and regulations regarding student data privacy. Technology and data use are quickly increasing within schools, and most state laws do not adequately address student privacy issues in a digital environment. According to this compendium and many other sources, you will begin to see a lot more attention and action with regard to student data privacy regs. In the year 2015 alone, there were over 180 bills introduced within state legislatures to deal with student data issues.
Screenshot from the web page of the Center for Democracy and Technology
I’ve been quiet in this space for a while. Time to start thinking and writing again. This work from Ze Frank is my go to when I feel stuck and tentative. There is some NSFW language here, so be careful about the ears around you if you listen. Thanks to my cool Twitter uncle, John Pederson, for the intro to the world of Ze Frank.
Lip dub videos from schools are nothing new, but you’ll have a whole new appreciation if you do one yourself for your school. I am fortunate to work with fantastic teachers, supportive families, and amazing students. I’m sure you can say the same for your school community, so feel free to brag about it.
This slide is from my presentation on school culture that I facilitated at the IntegratED conference in Portland, OR in February 2015. My presentation had dozens of slides, but this quote seemed to strike a nerve with many of the attendees and those following along on Twitter. This comes from the book School Culture Rewired: How to Define, Assess, and Transform It by Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker. It is a terrific read that is full of useful organizational research and theory, in addition to practical steps on how to make sure your school culture is a healthy place for students, staff, and parents.
I was happy to join Katrina Stevens, Andrew Marcinek, Adina Sullivan, and Shawn Hinger for chat about getting tech devices into the hands of students and teachers. I like the format that the USDOE Ed Tech crew is using for these conversations. It isn’t a panel of experts laying out a complicated plan for tech use. It’s a conversation among practicing professionals about their experience with what works and what doesn’t.