Focusing on What is Important

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. Nikos Kazantzakis Holiday time gets me a little nostalgic. Please indulge my nostalgia and let me tell you about a person who made, and continues to make, a great impact on me, a former student of mine, Kevin. I met Kevin when he was…

Are You a Gatekeeper or Keymaster?

In the 1984 movie, Ghostbusters, Rick Moranis’ character, the Gatekeeper, was looking for the Keymaster. Cataclysmic events would occur once the Gatekeeper and Keymaster met and preventing such a catastrophe was the goal of the Ghostbusters.  There are times when our online and blended world feels a little like that.  Cataclysmic, catastrophic! Over the course of…

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Beginning with Social Media

Last week I was tasked with putting together a one-page “cheat sheet” on social media for education. Knowing there are thousands of well-done infographics on that very subject, I did what anyone would do… Googled it! And, as I expected, fabulous, creative results. The challenge now is deciding which of the vast resources to share.…

Take-Aways from Bb World Conference

Last week I had the opportunity to attend Bb World in Las Vegas. Now while you may think, “Oh! Vegas!” That is not my perspective or favorite place. Having said that… I did learn some things, take-aways, worth sharing about the conference. First, here’s my disclaimer! These are my impressions and opinions only. Blackboard Business…

F2F with Dr. Curt Bonk

One of my favorite people in the field of instructional technology is Dr. Curt Bonk. Many years ago, Curt conducted workshops for me through a county-wide professional development center for educators. Subsequently, we became friends and I have benefited greatly from that friendship. The connections to others, the knowledge he has shared, the challenge and encouragement…

Dare to be Revolutionary

A number of years ago, I had the opportunity to hear Guy Kawasaki speak at a NSBA conference, I believe in Nashville. Guy worked on the original Macintosh project in the 80’s and was very influential during the early days of the Internet. Being enamored with Apple, I was excited to hear him speak, thinking…