Bud Hunt’s Future Ready Schools Denver Summit Keynote (Audio Only)


I love it when Bud Hunt speaks words out of his mouth. Occasionally I get to hear them in the same room. Very occasionally, I get to record those words and share them with others. I hope you listen to this and I hope you learn from his challenge: Stop waiting for tomorrow’s stuff to do what you can do now to create change.

“My teacher thought I was smarter than I was… so I was.”

What I’m Using: Screensaver Ninja (for displaying a twitter hashtag as a screensaver)


So, this is kind of impressive. I am in love with the idea of using your idle computer to continually update a hashtag you are following:

Screensaver Ninja allows you to display websites through your screensaver in rotation, transforming your computer or a dedicated monitor into a powerful dashboard for you and your team.


Also, this is literally the only good use of the .ninja domain I have seen thus far.

What I’m Learning: How to automatically sort sheets in a Google Spreadsheet Alphabetically


I love it when someone else figures these kinds of things out and then shares them.

function sortSheets () {  var ss = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet();  var sheetNameArray = [];  var sheets = ss.getSheets();     for (var i = 0; i < sheets.length; i++) {    sheetNameArray.push(sheets[i].getName());  }    sheetNameArray.sort();      for( var j = 0; j < sheets.length; j++ ) {    ss.setActiveSheet(ss.getSheetByName(sheetNameArray[j]));    ss.moveActiveSheet(j + 1);  }}

Source: Re: Sorting (alphabetically or chronologically) “tabs” at the bottom of a SHEET – Google Product Forums

#C4C15: #WhyTeach: Our Chance to Push Back | Young Teachers Collective


I love teaching and teachers. This movement for young educators is one of my favorite things.

I love what you have started here. I began teaching in 2004 at the age of 21, and even then there was so much negativity towards going into teaching. For me, though, it was all I had ever wanted to do. Anyone trying to talk me out of it or disparage the process of teaching and learning held no place in my discourse. But I think it was partially for this reason that I began connecting with others on the web, initially through blogs, but then with Twitter and later Google+. These were the tools that I used to fight back against the anti-teachers and reform efforts that were targeting the de-professionalization of teaching.

It is my sincere hope that this movement of yours continues to grow and becomes the dominant narrative for young teachers. I will do anything I can to help, but more than anything I will continue to encourage those passionate and driven children from our schools to go into teaching and to prize learning and inquiry. Again, thank you for your direction and your vision.

via #WhyTeach: Our Chance to Push Back | Young Teachers Collective.

#C4C15: Prehistoric PD | Adjusting Course


Accountability in professional learning isn’t about requiring things. It is about making sure the learning is owned by the professional (the teachers, the leaders, etc.).

I really appreciate this approach to Personalized PD from a school leader perspective. This is something that we are starting to work on as an approach for our whole district, to varying levels of success. The one thing that caught my attention more than anything else was the idea that by making PD “optional”, you were actually increasing accountability rather than lowering it. I find this idea fascinating as it is entirely contrary to the narrative that is being created around most professional learning opportunities.

The traditional narrative is that in order to set high expectations for teachers, you have to require the PD that supports those expectations. You are offering up that because you are making PD optional, you are setting the expectations higher for yourselves as leaders of the professional learning experiences and higher for teachers who can make their own choices for how to achieve the goals that you have set for them. I believe you are also encouraging growth and reflection conversations much more frequently because the teachers have to make choices that are in their own best interest. They cannot blame anyone else if they do not achieve what they hoped for.

via Prehistoric PD | Adjusting Course.

#C4C15: Confessions of an OG: Superlative Disease


Sometimes, in our rush to provide everyone with a better learning experience, we gloss over the opportunities that currently exist for great learning that can happen both because of and in spite of current learning environments.

I am somewhat divided on the topic of AP classes, as the ones I took in English and Calculus were the ones I most enjoyed and remembered in all of high school. The teachers were supportive and made the courses about learning and not the test. However, my AP credits let me skip an entire year of college and start teaching even sooner. That was my goal, but I enjoyed every minute of the journey in getting there.

Now, I think that it is pretty likely that I enjoyed these courses because I was really good at playing the game of school. I could write an essay without trouble and I could study for a few hours and do well on tests. I do not believe that the ability to do those things should determine whether or not you have a great learning experience. I believe that opening up many other opportunities for kids to learn is the right approach. However, I do not begrudge those who enjoy the challenge of an AP-style curriculum. It isn’t for everyone, and we shouldn’t push everyone to do it. But, I don’t think we need to remove it as an option either.

Confessions of an OG: Superlative Disease.