Category Archives: School district

Middle schoolers and their digital literacy

Last PTA meeting of the school year last night and a vigorous discussion about social media, its use and (particularly) misuse by middle schoolers, and multiple ideas on helping these young people and their parents better understand the issues around … Continue reading

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More tech, please!

Let me see if I can connect three separate little moments over the past week, related to tech and the organizational life of a middle schooler. I think, when they are pulled together, they give me something to say. First, … Continue reading

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Cybercivility: An Open Letter from MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr

An important letter from Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools superintendent Josh Starr, that I thought I’d put up on the blog, since it’s not just an issue for MCPS parents but for all. You can also read it here. Dear … Continue reading

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Too fast with tech in the classroom?

I got this great email from a great friend, whose daughter is in 5th grade. Here goes: Her “school, and her 5th grade teacher in particular, are really big on ‘preparing kids for the new globally networked society’ – blah, … Continue reading

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Music instruction at school and its impact on learning

I go into many schools over the course of a year, many of which are in urban settings and serve at risk students, and if, during the time that I’m visiting, there is music playing somewhere in the building, I … Continue reading

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Opportunities for American Indian Education

My recent article for ASCD. You can also see it here. With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, states and districts have worked to determine the alignment of their current curriculum and instructional materials to the standards, but … Continue reading

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