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Above and Beyond: The Story of the 4Cs

Communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student, advises that we inspire learners to achieve and that we teach well beyond the bubble test: In an increasingly complex, demanding and competitive 21st century, students need to learn more than the [...]

Celebrating “The Power of Open”

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If you teach about Creative Commons, if you have students and teachers interested in creating new media, in remixing or mashing-up, you will want to download a copy of The Power of Open.  The pdf book is a kind of temperature check, more accurately a celebration, of the impact of  the global explosion of openness [...]

Infographics as an infolit product

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Data is the new soil. Because for me, it feels like a fertile, creative medium. You know, over the years, online, we’ve laid down a huge amount of information and data, and we irrigate it with networks and connectivity, and it’s been worked and tilled by unpaid workers and governments. . . But it’s a [...]

Our new orientation video

Catherine and Greg just delivered the orientation video I asked them to produce for next year’s 9th graders.  Okay, so they didn’t get in all the details, and the focus is a little different from the original concept, but OMG, what fun!  And isn’t Chad a rising star?  I love it!

On watching our kids walk the red carpet

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They rolled out the red carpet again at the Keswick, our beautiful local arts theater. Earlier this week I attended the 2011 Greenfield Youth Film Festival.  With twice the number of Philadelphia-area high schools participating as last year, it is clear that something big was going on at the Keswick.  I wish it could happen [...]

My big duh (and Patrick Larkin on reinventing PD)

At TeachMeetNJ yesterday, I attended Patrick Larkin’s session, Professional Development Doesn’t Have to be an Oxymoron. Patrick described some of his PD strategies as the Principal at Burlington (MA) High School, (see his post A Professional Development Day that Worked and the Google Doc for the session), and engaged the rest of the participants in [...]

Godin’s Poke the Box and The Domino Project

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The job isn’t to catch up to the status quo; the job is to invent the status quo. Seth Godin. Last year, inspired by the ideas in Seth Godin’s Tribes, I began rethinking how I worked (or might work) in groups at school, with my colleagues, in professional organizations. At the suggestion of Patrick Larkin, [...]