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Scott McLeod
Ames, Iowa
Associate Professor & Director, CASTLE, Iowa State University.
Interests: technology, leadership, school reform
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Welcome to Leadership in a Digital Age, a new conversation space for school leaders! This blog will focus on innovative learning environments, powerful leadership behaviors, and thoughtful policy actions that enable deeper learning, student agency, authentic work, and rich technology infusion. Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Leadership in a Digital Age
I really like #3. Thanks for participating, Chris!
I agree. I've made many tech transitions in my computing career. That said, I had a soft spot in my heart for Google Reader, particularly because it integrates so well with other software/apps. It wasn't just a stand-alone reader that I can replace with another. It's also the glue holding together multiple parts of my learning network. I don't think Feedly is going to integrate anytime soon with Reeder, Flipboard, FeeddlerPro, Pocket, IFTTT, etc. But maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised!
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2013 on Technology Will Kill at The Tempered Radical
Thank you, Lucy. That may be one of the nicest things that anyone's ever said about me!
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Posted Sep 22, 2011 at Dangerously Irrelevant
I wonder how much of what you're doing could be automated by learning software. Anything that can is one less thing you have to do...
Dangerously Irrelevant’s fifth birthday occurred quietly last week. After much soul-searching and a very helpful conversation with my CASTLE co-director, Justin Bathon, I decided to move the blog back to my own platform (as some of you may have noticed this morning). I had moved to BigThink because I thought... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at Dangerously Irrelevant
Thanks for the kind words, Lucy, and for helping us spread the word about the video and the need for our schools to SHIFT! FYI, we'll have source files for downloading early this coming week at Love that line about "If your child's school is remarkably similar to what you experienced as a student, my guess is that difficult conversations need to happen!"
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2011 on Illinois, Do You Know? at High Techpectations
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I see important differences between PLCs and PLNs... PLCs: a small, intentional, structured group of role-alike teachers that comes together to examine student work and teacher practice and uses student learning outcomes to inform instructional improvements PLNs: a larger, more haphazard, unstructured, likely-online learning community. May or may not be role-alike teachers. May or may not be very focused. Likely not using student learning outcomes in a formal, structured way to inform instructional improvements. And so on... I'm not knocking the worth of PLNs. I just think that PLCs need to be more purposeful and structured and focused IF they're to do what they're intended.
Thanks for passing along my presentation, Chris. Much appreciated!
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2010 on Scott McLeod on Education at Principal Thoughts
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Nick, you need to change 'may be worth your time' to 'WILL be worth your time.' K12 Online is ALWAYS awesome!
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2010 on Free K-12 Online Conference at 1 to 1 Schools
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Blair, everything you've ever posted has been awesome. We need your voice. Get over it and start writing!! =)
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2010 on Student...and educator blogging at 1 to 1 Schools
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Ahhh... but we ignore student satisfaction at our own peril. There are too many options for students, including online possibilities. Universities are going to have to work a little harder - rather than being complacent - if they want students!
FYI, this blog has moved. If you're not seeing any posts after April 23, 2010, it's time to update your subscription info! The URL has stayed the same: Here's the (new) RSS feed: You may need to unsubscribe / resubscribe and/or refresh the feed in your favorite RSS... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at Dangerously Irrelevant
Here’s an activity you can do with school administrators and teachers (and maybe school board members?). Total time: about 45 minutes. Resources needed PowerPoint slides (pptx ppt pdf) Pre-made Google Doc formatted like this, with sharing set up so that anyone can view AND edit Internet access and a laptop... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2010 at Dangerously Irrelevant
This is a must-watch video by Hans Mundahl, Director of Experiental Learning and Technology Coordinator at the New Hampton School in New Hampshire. Not only does Hans have a cool title (how awesome would it be if every school had a ‘director of experiential learning?’), he makes a mean video.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2010 at Dangerously Irrelevant
As a school law instructor and tenured associate professor of educational leadership, I perhaps have a different view of tenure than most P-12 teachers. As we look to what the future of tenure may be, I believe that it’s important to recognize a few key issues that will shape the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2010 at Dangerously Irrelevant
No, just concerned about educators staying on the right side of the law, keeping out of the national media, and avoiding financial liability for their school systems and local taxpayers. SCOTT
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Here are three quotes from Stefana Broadbent’s excellent TED Talk: there are new, hidden tensions that are actually happening between people and institutions -- institutions that are the institutions that people inhabit in their daily life: schools, hospitals, workplaces, factories, offices, etc. And something that I see happening is something... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2010 at Dangerously Irrelevant
In November, I wrote about "Periodic Dipsticking" to assess a 1:1 initiative. Graded - The American School of Sao Paulo, Brazil, is doing just that as they pilot a one to one laptop program in their sixth grade. The team used a variety of sources to develop teacher and student surveys to meet their needs and the data from these surveys will help them assess how the initiative is going and drive future planning. Hopefully these examples will provide you with ideas on how to assess your program. Teacher Survey Sources Bebell, Damian. "Technology Promoting Student Excellence: An Investigation of the First Year of 1:1 Computing in New Hampshire Middle Schools." Thesis. Boston College, 2005 Dalgarno, Nancy Jane. "Compulsory Laptop Programs: Teacher's Responses to the Adoption and Implementation Process." Thesis. Ontario, Canada, Queen's University, 2009. The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, North Carolina 1:1 Learning Collaborative Grimes, Douglas, and Mark... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2010 at 1 to 1 Schools
What is the biggest barrier to moving schools forward into a technology-suffused, globally-interconnected era? Our mental models of what schooling should look like. Unfortunately, most educators, parents, and policymakers have no idea what it truly means to prepare students for this kind of world. Don’t believe me? Go ahead and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Dangerously Irrelevant
Judy Jeffrey announced yesterday that she is retiring as the Director of the Iowa Department of Education. She has been a tremendous supporter of revamping the ways that Iowa schools do business. Her signature legacies may be the Iowa Core and the Authentic Intellectual Work projects, both of which focus... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at Dangerously Irrelevant
[cross-posted at LeaderTalk] As school leaders, we have the responsibility to Facilitate learning environments that are respectful, empowering, and engaging for students Create workplaces that are respectful, empowering, and engaging for staff Prepare students for what is and will be, not what was Build trust, not erode it Be buffers,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2010 at Dangerously Irrelevant
You can’t get to outer space with a rowboat. You need something with a little more oomph. Neither can you get to genuine 21st century learning environments without putting a computer in every kid’s hands. Not just some of the time. All of the time. Is 1:1 computing sufficient in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2010 at Dangerously Irrelevant
Yesterday I got the e-mail below. I watched the video trailer and made my contribution this morning. Crazy high school robots battling it out for engineering supremacy? How can you not support that?! Hi Dr. McLeod, For the past year I've been working on a documentary following high school robotics... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2010 at Dangerously Irrelevant