Chromebooks in Band Class

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As I start my second full year working with Auburn School District educators in what they call their Auburn Teacher Leadership Academy 2.0 (ATLA), it’s aways great to hear that long-term professional development really works. For context, I meet with the ATLA group 5 times throughout the school year. Each training builds upon the one before giving […]

Changing the T&L Culture of a District – SXSWedu

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I’m excited to be partnering with Becky Berg, Superintendent of Marysville School District #25 (MSD25) and Scott Beebe, MSD25’s, Chief Technology Officer, as we are submitting a case study proposal to South by Southwest EDU conference (SXSWedu). I have wrote occasionally here about the work the Eduro Learning team and I are doing in partnership with Marysville as […]

School Work needs to be meaningful research shows

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A new survey released from ADP looks at what millennials (age 18-35) and right behind them “Generation Z” (for lack of a better name at the moment), want from their job and employers. Quartz had a nice write up of the research and I was drawn to this both in the report and in the […]

A Year in Review 15-16

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Selfie with students after Keynote

I haven’t made much time to blog this semester…..OK….this year. But what a year it has been! I am currently writing this sitting at Rialto Beach on the coast of Washington. One of our favorite ‘get off the grid’ places to go. We hike in about a mile, no Internet, no cell service. Just the […]

Doing The Work

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Teachers from Marysville School District  pitching their unit ideas

If learning something new was easy everyone would do it. One of the reasons I love working with school districts and teachers over a long term basis is that you get to really dig in and do the work. I have started many presentations over the past year with this: “Raise your hand if you […]

The power of disconnecting

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I sit here….on a piece of driftwood wondering where this log came from. For sure somewhere here off the Washington coast…I think. For two days this will be my thinking spot. The spot where there is no connection. No cell service, no Internet. There is my wife, myself, these waves and this fallen tree. I […]

Google I/O: The machines are learning

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I always look forward to Google’s I/O conference to see where the future of technology and innovation is headed and today, once again, didn’t disappoint. This was the 10th I/O conference for Google. This is where Google shares what it’s working on so developers know where the platform is headed… and what they see as the future […]

We have a choice, They don’t

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flickr photo by Zach Frailey (Uprooted Photographer) shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license

“We have a choice, They don’t” I’m stealing this quote directly from Ben Sheridan. Not sure if he’s the one that came up with it however that’s who I heard say it so he gets the credit. It’s a good way to frame and point out where we are in these generation gaps. We (those […]

Palm Pilots and Global Education

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to chat with The Edupreneur Podcast. A quick 30 minute conversation about the Palm Pilot program I rolled out in Saudi Arabia in 2002, Gamification of Education and Global Education. Always a great time talking with students. Related posts: 30boxes sync to Palm Global Education: What does […]

Cursive Mandatory? So 1700s!

Posted by on 5:36 pm in Random Thoughts | 25 comments


A few weeks ago a Bill was introduced here in the State of Washington that would make teaching cursive writing mandatory in elementary schools. Not keyboarding….no in 2016 that should still be optional. But cursive writing…that should be mandatory in 2016. Below is the report from the local news station here in Seattle.   I […]