Technology: Putting the Business of Education Out of Business?

Technology is becoming more and more prevalent in schools: One-to-one initiatives, giving a computer or tablet to every student in the school, and potentially replacing textbooks; Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives, allowing the school to protect itself from having to repair, service, or replace expensive technology, as well as absolve itself from potential inappropriate…

Early Adopters: Cognitive or Affective?

About a decade ago, a clothing store which used the slogan, “An educated consumer is our best customer,” filed for bankruptcy.  An “off-price” retailer, Syms began in 1958, incorporated in 1983, and, in November of 2011, it filed for bankruptcy and all stores were closed at the end of that year.  The Sy Syms Foundation,…

Assessing Your Multiple Intelligences

Some thought-provoking articles are lined up for the weeks ahead, and today’s kicks it off! Multiple intelligence assessment has changed over the years.  Interestingly while other assessments don’t change much over time (like the Myers-Briggs profile), it’s been recognized that multiple intelligence assessments were being used in ways that Howard Gardner never intended: https://www.edutopia.org/article/multiple-intelligences-theory-widely-used-yet-misunderstood Multiple…

“The Advantage”

Consultant Patrick Lencioni published a book several years ago called, “The Advantage.”  In it, he speaks about what gives an organization or business an “advantage” over another.  In a nutshell, the advantage is “Organizational Health.”  It’s all those things that can’t be measured. Business leaders like when they can share positive news with “the numbers”…

The Problem is the Wrong Solution

Take a look at the graphic that accompanies this text.  At first glance, you may think that just by rearranging the shapes, the “whole” now has a “hole.”  But if you look very, very closely, you’ll see that the hypotenuse lines are not the same.  Superimposing the two triangles shows a difference in the lines. …

Privacy v. Security v. Technology

Most people believe there are two paths to follow – the stairway to heaven or the highway to hell; the high road or the low road; life or death.  In many cases, this can be true.  However, it’s important to realize that sometimes, there may be only one correct choice amid a number of paths…

The Red X

More and more education professionals and experts are advocating discontinuing use of the red pen when “correcting” tests, evaluations, quizzes, or whatever they’re calling assessments today.  Visit http://www.priceless-teaching-strategies.com/red-pencil.html for one such article.  Do a search on “Throw away your red pen” and you’ll find more articles about it. The point is that tests marked with…