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#EdListen or Read: 10 Tools for Ed Leaders via #NASSP15 Ignite Lightning Round

Posted by Joe Mazza

3/19/15 5:16 PM

The following podcast was recorded during the 2015 NASSP Ignite Conference in San Diego, California. The voices you hear are real school leaders practicing in the field. Here they share a few go-to social media tools that help them learn personally and professionally, as well as collaborate and build relationships across stakeholders. 

*Soundcloud is linked below, but this track is also a BONUS TRACK on the new #B@CKCH@NNELedu "scenario-based" podcasts airing on Mondays. Also now available on iTunes and Stitcher


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Topics: social media,, Conferences, NASSP

Unpacking #EduCon w/ #StuVoice - Engaging Girls in #STEM

Posted by Joe Mazza

1/25/15 1:18 PM

At Burlington High School (@BurlMASchools), the Technology Innovation and Integration course is open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12, as a semester long, hands on study of technology integration in an educational context. Students are required to assess problem sets throughout the day and define the best approach to addressing or solving the problem. In addition to solving problems for students and teachers, students will be required to complete and maintain several running projects that address problems or solutions in educational technology integration. More info on the cour

se from the BHS Help Desk Wewebsite here.

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Topics: Conferences, blended learning, STEM, #educon, gender inequities, STEAM

On Expanding EdCamp Leadership

Posted by Joe Mazza

9/12/14 12:53 PM


On Monday, August 4th, our program hosted the annual EdCamp Leadership experience. For those who haven't attended over the past since years of its existence, Edcamp Leadership (@EdCampLdr) is a free un-conference devoted to K-12 education issues and ideas. The goal of the day is to assemble forward-thinking school administrators, board of education members, classroom teacher leaders, parents/community members and anyone interested in K-12 education for a day of conversation, reflection and inspiration. The official website cn be found at edcampleadership.org

The experience brought together over 250 educational leaders from nine states for a free all-day conference. (Free thanks to the Program and supporting sponsors) Many, however, left many who attended wondering why we do not have more events like this in other parts of the country. There have been over 500 EdCamps around the world since the first event in 2009 here in Philadelphia. One of the goals of experiences like EdCamp or EdCamp Leadership is to motivate and inspire attendees to go back into their local learning organizations and create more participant (teacher) driven, relationship-based professional development experiences. 


Below are all 32 sessions held during EdCamp Leadership this year. Most are linked with a Google Doc of session notes (completed by participants) to give you a window into the discussion happening in each room.

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Topics: Innovation, Leadership, Conferences, School Leader Preparation, EdCamp, Personal Learning Network

Hearing Voices… A Reflection on Social Media and the NAESP Annual Conference

Posted by Eric Bernstein

8/12/14 10:06 AM


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Topics: social media,, Conferences, Voxer,

Lessons from #NAESP14: The PLN = PD

Posted by Tony Sinanis

7/17/14 2:03 PM

There it is… The PLN = PD… And for those of you who don't know what the letters stand for here it is… the Personal Learning Network equals Professional Development! My words of wisdom… My profound moment for the day. Done!

Ok… so this may not be too profound and not so wise because most of you reading this probably realized this idea a while ago but this was crystalized for me over the last couple of days while at the National Association of Elementary School Principals (#NAESP14) Conference in Nashville. NAESP '14 was my first presentation at a national conference – needless to say, I was beyond excited and totally nervous. I was fortunate to be invited to speak on the Power of Branding and the importance of telling your school story (check out the resources from that presentation here). Don't get me wrong – I have presented on this topic before but never on a national level. Furthermore, the presentations I had done in the past were never really that “fun” for me (let alone the attendees) and I never felt like I hit the “sweet” spot were the overall experience was not only powerful but that people left the room inspired to try something new. That all changed over the last couple of days.

<- #NAESP14 Social Media Lounge Ambassador Team

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Topics: Leadership, social media,, Conferences, NAESP, PLN,