Classroom 2.0 Book – Another Great Free Resource from Classroom 2.0!

The Classroom 2.0 Book went live yesterday and I am proud to have a chapter (“Setting the Stage for 1:1”) in this free e-book that was created as part of Classroom 2.0’s 5th Anniversary Project (You can check it out below).  As of now, 16 chapters have been uploaded and more are to follow in the days ahead.

A few of the chapters currently available include the following topics:

Curation for Professional Learning – by Kristen Swanson
Keeping Students Engaged in a 1:1 Environment – Ann Michaelsen
TPACK – Technology, Pedagogy and Content Knowledge – by Steven Anderson
The Flipped Classroom Model – By Jackie Gerstein
Digital Writers Workshop – By Erin Klein

Thanks to Steve Hargadon, Richard Byrne, and Chris Dawson for their efforts in pulling this project together!

Patrick Larkin – Setting the Stage for 1:1 – The School That Launched 1,000 iPads

What Would A "Mockumentary" on Schools Look Like?

There was a little bit of conversation on Twitter a few weeks back when this video was first aired by The Onion.  It is amazing to think at how quickly the video store industry became obsolete. While technology continues to change the way we do so many things outside of schools, what practices inside our schools could be the subject of this type of “mockumentary?” 
As we continue to rethink what learning can look like in this day and age, it is so important to ask ourselves what practices we see in schools that will be (or should be) considered outdated? 

My First Post On My New Blog – Let The Learning Continue

It seems like yesterday that I was introduced as the new Principal at BHS, but the reality of it is that five years have passed.  I have been doing a lot of reflecting on what has transpired over the last five years (both personally and professionally).

While five years seems like a very small amount of time, it is quite significant when I look at it with  the lens of a parent. (I have photos to prove it.)
My kids who were 1, 6, and 9 are now 6, 11, and 14. Even scarier is the fact that my oldest will be entering high school next year.

My Three Kids In 2007 
My Three Kids Now

Finishing my thoughts on my own kids is where my personal and professional thinking starts to collide. While five years is a short time for me at this point, it is a huge amount of time for my children (or anyone else’s). The growth I have seen physically, emotionally, and intellectually has been amazing to witness. With this thought in mind, I am clearer than ever that we cannot afford to have this valuable time be wasted on meaningless activities. What my kids (and everyone else’s) needs is different than what was needed in the past and it is more important than ever that we change the way we define learning in our schools.

Having said this, I am very excited to continue the discussions on learning in my new role as the Assistant Superintendent for Learning.  It is such a great time to be an educator and I couldn’t be happier about the fact that I am continuing my career in Burlington.  I feel blessed to have found such a wonderfully supportive community to work in.   This is such a positive place to work as an educator thanks to the support that the town gives its schools and the wonderful students and staff that occupy our classrooms each day.  It is refreshing to be involved in daily discussions surrounding how we can improve learning environments for students and not sin our wheels with distracting discussions that take our focus away from students and learning.

So I am excited to continue my blogging at this new space, which I will use as a space to chronicle my own learning journey and also share the wonderful learning that is taking place throughout our school district. 
Here we go…