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Jim Moulton (not verified)

Dave - Well said. Recently

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Dave - Well said. Recently we were in a conversation with the folks from Apple who we work closely with as vendors in the Maine 1:1 project about why and how to encourage podcasting by educators. My suggestion was that if we were serious about developing a real sense of "reality" around podcasts, rather than them being seen as the work of rebels, we might ask the commissioner to begin delivering the Informational Letters that go to all superintendents as podcasts. Now that would make this technology visible, and "real." I am a tad revolutionary in my thinking, I fear, and so I am still waiting... Cheers - Jim
dave (not verified)

Good article...but what

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Good article...but what about looking at this from the district level? What if exchanged the words district administration for principals, and the word district for school? I'm not talking about a directive - more of modeling - using technology in 21st century ways sends a great message to principals who can send the same message to teachers. While reform and change can happen from the ground up, it often takes less time if it is "modeled" from the top down.
Amy (not verified)

You make such a good point

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You make such a good point in this post. I looked over the document for principals and feel that it is clearly spelled out. It is too bad that this type of lay out can't be provided to all principals, even those outside of Maine. I feel that this point is one that is just running rampant in our schools. There seems to be an inordinant number of administrators out there who are just not willing to take a stand and set up a standard or policy for how to best help the students of the school. So, perhaps you should push this initiative out further than Maine.
Dave Grant (not verified)

Great to see your stuff

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Great to see your stuff here, Jim. I hope your enjoying the summer. Talk soon, Dave
Jim Moulton (not verified)

Hi, Amy. When you say, "It

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Hi, Amy. When you say, "It is too bad that this type of lay out can't be provided to all principals, even those outside of Maine," you make me think about another level of the situation. In fact this kind of resource is available to everyone and anyone... And what about Edutopia? It contains such rich resources to support a school community that wants to improve, but does everyone use it? No... So what is up? Do people really not want to do the best by the kids in their schools? I don't think that is true - I think educators do want to do the very best they can. Change is the difficult component. Time after time I refer folks to this article from Fast Company Magazine - "Change or Die" Turns out folks' resistance to change is simply human nature. The question then becomes, "How can we encourage school communiites (from principals to classroom teachers to community members to school boards to students) to make effective use of resources like Edutopia, NCREL's enGauge, and even the collection of curricular resources at MarcoPolo Take a look at what Edutopia says about community partnerships, and encourage some change!
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