Monday, March 30, 2015

#beyouEDU 5 Month Challenge

Welcome to the movement. For the next five months, we are asking educators to take on the challenge of submiting a blog post, vlog, infographic, or podcast. You can email them to me or post them on your own site, and tweet them out using the hashtag #beyouEDU.

Thanks for your passion. We look forward to learning and growing with you. Please find the five topics below:

#beyouEDU topics -

  • Ownership of whom you are.
  • Finding your voice
  • Finding your niche
  • Finding your tribe
  • Defining your brand

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Dr. Will Show - Personalized Learning as the Future of Education with Katherine Prince of KnowledgeWorks

I chat with Katherine Prince of KnowledgeWorks about personalized learning and how she sees it as the future of education. 

One of the United States’ foremost educational futurists, Katherine Prince leads KnowledgeWorks’ exploration of the future of learning. As Senior Director, Strategic Foresight, she speaks and writes about the trends shaping education over the next decade and helps education stakeholders strategize about how to become active agents of change in pursuing their ideal visions for the future learning ecosystem. Since 2007, Katherine has worked with education stakeholders around the country to explore how they might transform education so as to create better possibilities for all young people. Before joining KnowledgeWorks in 2006, Katherine supported large-scale changes in working practice at Britain’s Open University and helped federal agencies and other clients increase service quality by incorporating a customer perspective into their organizational planning. Katherine holds a BA in English from Ohio Wesleyan University; an MA in English from the University of Iowa; and an MBA from The Open University with emphases on creativity, innovation, and change and on knowledge management. She also earned a certificate in Foresight from the University of Houston. Katherine serves on the board of trustees of the Union Institute and University and is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists.

Check out the resources mentioned in the interview:

Innovation pathways paper:

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Dr. Will Show - Can I Get What? Exploring Student Helpdesk Teams with Kerry Gallagher

Kerry has taught 8-12 grade social studies in public schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for 12 years.  She has presented at conferences including MassCUE and the Blueprint for Excellence National Conference. Kerry’s classroom is paperless. Her students use mobile devices to research, create, and submit what they have learned.  She won the 2014 Yale-Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize (See her submission here) and was a speaker at the 2014 Yale Education Leadership Conference.  She teachers and is also the Mock Trial Team Coach at Reading Memorial High School in Reading, Massachusetts.  Kerry is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, has a BA in Politics and Secondary Education from Saint Anselm College, and is a Level II Professional Ski Instructor of America.

Check out Kerry's blog: Teaching HistoryTech and connect with her on Twitter @KerryHawk02And don't forget to give a peek to The Paperless Classroom (Recent institute Kerry's students and her presented to share their practice.)

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