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Technology, leadership, and the future of schools

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Take a stand for Net Neutrality

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:09:40 +0000

We cannot continue to educate students in classrooms designed for a world that no longer exists

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:22:38 +0000

Hazel Mason said: We can’t make America great again, or Europe only white by trying to recreate the world of the past. The era of well paying industrial jobs with amazing benefits and pensions is over. The problem America and other industrial nations are facing is the girth of their populations who are not just […]

Connectivity versus isolation: Which leads to prosperity?

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 20:24:55 +0000

Thomas Friedman said: We’re going through a change in the “climate” of globalization — going from an interconnected world to an interdependent one, from a world of walls where you build your wealth by hoarding the most resources to a world of webs where you build your wealth by having the most connections to the […]

Some early comments on my new book

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:46:10 +0000

My new book with Dean Shareski, Different Schools for a Different World, is getting some positive early comments. A sampling is below. Thank you, everyone! 1. Jeff Nelson Different Schools for a Different World by Scott McLeod and Dean Shareski just hammered my thinking. Their work is not a long read. It’s about 60 pages. […]

How school leaders can combat ‘filter bubbles’ and ‘fake news’

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 15:09:03 +0000

Information literacy has been a hot topic of recent conversation. Many folks believe that web sites that traffic in false information and ‘fake news’ may have influenced the last United States presidential election. Traffic on the Snopes web site, which debunks false rumors, has never been greater. Ideological separation also is being driven by the […]

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New book! Different Schools for a Different World

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 03:44:34 +0000

As some of you may have realized by now, Dean Shareski and I have a new book out. Titled Different Schools for a Different World, it describes 6 key relevancy gaps between today’s schools and what students and society need from them: Information Literacy. If schools are to genuinely prepare graduates to compete in a […]

10 building blocks for the future of schools

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 01:14:30 +0000

As Dean Shareski and I worked together on our new book, Different Schools for a Different World, (released this week!), he encouraged me to update my list of building blocks for the future of schools. Here’s the new list (now 10 items instead of 8): Project- and inquiry-based learning environments that emphasize greater student agency and […]

Featured at Forbes

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 01:11:43 +0000

It was an honor to be featured on the Forbes web site last week. Robyn Shulman highlighted five ‘education entrepreneurs’ and included me on the list along with Vicki Davis, Will Richardson, Kristen Swanson, and Angela Maiers. I know Robyn has more names on her list and will be sharing those over the next few […]

Suspended for a tweet?

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 20:27:09 +0000

In Michigan, a student was suspended for using ‘profanity’ in a tweet that encouraged his district superintendent to clear the snow in the school parking lot. In Maine, a high schooler was suspended for tweeting that poor student treatment by administrators meant that “they’re asking to be the next Columbine.” And in Florida, a student […]

Transmit, regurgitate. Transmit, regurgitate. Transmit, regurgitate…

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 11:35:44 +0000

The teacher transmits information to the student. The textbook transmits information to the student. The online tutorial or learning software or YouTube video transmits information to the student.    The student’s role is to be the recipient of what is transmitted. The student’s role is to regurgitate what was transmitted with enough fidelity that the teacher or […]