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Smart Boards VS Apple TV with iPads

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nathan Walker Apr 14, 2013. 4 Replies

We are planning for technology in a new co-located MS/HS. Some teachers like smart boards, mostly in math and science. We have been hearing about Apple TV using iPads. Does anyone have any…Continue


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Just moved here from Pascack Valley Regional School District in New Jersey. At Pascack we were the first in the state to initiate a 1:1 program.

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New HIgh School Construction

Posted on April 5, 2011 at 6:39pm 0 Comments

Our district is about to embark on building a new high school. We are looking to build it to be flexible and also be able to foster interdisciplinary project based learning. We are thinking about building around pods of classrooms with a common area. If anyone has completed a new high school or also in the planning stage could share their plans or thoughts it would be much appreciated.


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At 2:14pm on March 13, 2011, Mary Lou Buell said…
Oops should have given link to Patrick Larkin's blog http://www.burlingtonhigh.blogspot.com/  Also, he tweets as @BHSprincipal  He's on connected principals as well.
At 2:04pm on March 13, 2011, Mary Lou Buell said…
Also, someone who would be great for you to get to know is Patrick Larkin...he's the principal of Burlington HS up north on the Mass/NH border.  He will be starting a 1:1 program at BHS starting in 2011-2012--so you could offer him some insights there.  And he is really plugged in to all the used of social media in education--so he could give us insights in that regard.
At 1:59pm on March 13, 2011, Mary Lou Buell said…

So, educators blog, they join Nings they read articles in the NY Times--and they have great ideas about education and best practices and reform efforts.  Then they share all of this on twitter and the ideas are exchanged.  What makes twitter different from other social networking sites is that it's personalized for your own needs.  You follow the people who help you the most and others do the same.  There is no social obligation to follow the same people who follow you.


When you want or need to broaden your information seeking/retrieving beyond your own PLN you use the hashtag system.  We had #DuxTM11 going at Town Meeting...I was following people on twitter on Saturday that are not part of my PLN but on this day we exchanged information.  "Cybraryman" -- who has catalogued almost the entire internet--has an excellent page of education related hashtags   http://www.cybraryman.com/chats.html#all  The connected principals tweet under #cpchat  


Tom and Shelly run #edchat every Tuesday from 12-1pm geared for international tweeters and 7-8pm for American educators.  Edchat is another great place for teachers trying to build their PLN's to get started.  See whose ideas are most beneficial.


As Philadelphia principal @chrislehamann tweeted earlier today "Three ways to be useful in social media: Provide value - information, insights and/or assistance."



At 1:46pm on March 13, 2011, Mary Lou Buell said…

Hi Ben!

This is typically where teachers start when they are new to the education social networking scene.  Most of the active people here are just starting out, and the topics shared are at a pretty basic level.  From here, a good place to move on to is The Educator's PLN http://edupln.ning.com/ which was started by Tom Whitby and I believe Shelly Terrell either started it with him or came on board shortly thereafter.  This is Shelly's resume http://www.visualcv.com/shelly I could not possibly describe all the things she does in a sentence--let's just say she's very "plugged in."  Tom is a former HS English teacher, now college ed prof and Tom has an excellent blog and actually his latest post is about educator blogging: http://tomwhitby.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/to-blog-or-not-to-blog/  Another great blog to follow--especially if you are an administrator is http://www.connectedprincipals.com/


The nice thing about the Educator's PLN is that it's a smaller number (about 7,000) and there are small groups based on interest, needs, subject, etc.  You can join a group of 3rd grade teachers, for example, and from there start to build you own PLN....which eventually will move to twitter.






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