Thursday, December 10, 2009

Social Networking in Schools: Incentives for Participation -- THE Journal

Social Networking in Schools: Incentives for Participation -- THE Journal

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Purdue U Brings Social Networking to the Classroom -- Campus Technology

Purdue U Brings Social Networking to the Classroom -- Campus Technology

Saturday, November 7, 2009

TeacherTube Videos - iPods

Cool TeacherTube Video on iPod use

TeacherTube Videos - iPods

Thursday, November 5, 2009

What Makes a Good Boss? - Career Advice Article

I wish more people in management positions would read and follow what this article says! I always say, "Be a leader not a boss."

MSN Careers - What Makes a Good Boss? - Career Advice Article

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Safety and Social Networking, Alec Couros, PhD

One of the articles I am reading for an article I am researching on Social Networking in education
Technology and Learning Magazine is a great resource and is free to educators to subscribe to. You can also get digital copies and newsletters.

Safety and Social Networking, Alec Couros, PhD

Monday, September 28, 2009

i-SAFE Inc.

This is a great Internet safety course for schools!

i-SAFE Inc.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

State of Indiana thinking about Scrapping Teacher Licensure

The state education superintendent of Indiana has been thinking about de-certifying teachers in the public schools. My dean in the College of Education at Indiana State wrote a great article explaining how many of us in teacher education are worried how students will suffer.
I know in my teacher preparation in the bachelor and master level helped me gain great teaching and pedagogy experience that may be lost if teachers are no longer required to have formal training.

My View: Don't harm education | | The Indianapolis Star

Article posted in the Indianapolis Star newspaper and Copyright to

Monday, August 31, 2009

Harnessing the power of Millennials: new education strategies for a confident, achieving youth generation | School Administrator | Find Articles at BNET

Here is an interesting article I was reading for one of my doctoral classes about teaching Millennials.

Harnessing the power of Millennials: new education strategies for a confident, achieving youth generation | School Administrator | Find Articles at BNET

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Administrators Evaluating Technology

As administrators we need to be prepared to examine and evaluate how we do business and invest public dollars. Here is a good article from Tech & Learning:

Administrators Accessing the Effectiveness of Technology

Using wikis in K-12

Teachers and school administrators can benefit from using Wikis. Here is a good example:
Eight Ways To Use School Wikis

Monday, July 27, 2009

Social Networking for K-12 Education

Teachers in K-12 education face a tough road in using social networking Web 2.0 tools. All schools are required by federal law to use a web filter to "prevent bad things" from being accessed by students. Since not all schools in the United States use the same web filter, teachers who want to deploy social networking tools need to have a dialog with both their technology staff and administrative staff. On the administration side teachers need to have approval to begin using these new web sites and communication tools. Having the school leaders and board of education on the teacher's side is important if something would "go wrong." If there are no board policies in publishing to social network sites, help create one. Being proactive helps gain support rather than defending against a lawsuit!

Bring up the discussion at your technology committee meeting to get the feedback of other teachers and school personnel. This help the technology staff see the demand and requests for using new tools. Many social tools are able to be installed to local servers and can help stop possible web filter blockage. The technology staff can also help in developing a school or district-wide social network site like on or a WordPress for blogs.

Look for tools that are designed for education use. Many people know and use for microblogging. This site is not friendly for education use and requires locking the account down to prevent undesirable followers. Instead try out for microblogging which is designed for educational use. There are also more features such as link sharing, calendar events, file sharing, sending out assignments, and creating groups. To join a code is used and having an email address is optional which means parents and students only need web access to view the information but an email if helpful for notifications.

So remember, don't wait to join the Web 2.0 Social Networking age, get your school staff involved and keep everyone in the loop. Get support and go for it! Give your IT staff a heads up and be willing to be a test pilot for the school. About all keep your school life separated from your personal life. This would mean use only your school email for social networks relating to school and even create a separate Facebook account if you want to use that with parents and students. All email and data at school is archived and can be used in any lawsuit or sunshine request.

Have fun and get social!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Back on the Conference Speaking Circuit!

I was excited to be accepted to present at my first conference as a doctoral student. I will present on the use of Free and Open Source Source Software at The 2009 Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA) will be held in St Louis, MO on October 14-17, 2009.

I have presented at many state and regional technology conferences in Ohio when I worked for Garaway Local Schools and I am getting back into being a presenter.

If you have some good topics to discuss or you are interested in discussing please feel free to post a comment.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Teaching Social Networking Tools

I was team teaching a social network class with a colleague of mine and it is interesting to poll the class to see how many use a few social network tools and others have never heard of the tools. This seems to be common that it is getting harder to keep up with changing and emerging technologies. The raw number of applications available compared to just 5 or 10 years ago. I was researching the supporting tools for Twitter which is a very simple microblogging tool and there seems to be hundreds! I am excited to see when Google Wave is released to see if this will help gather all the social tools into one portal similar to how I use iGoogle to manage and push news and information to my web browser.

Check out information about Google Wave

Monday, June 29, 2009

Welcome to Practical Education Technology

I created this blog to discuss my experience in applying education theory into practice. I have been working in higher education and K-12 education since 1993 and I wanted to share with fellow educators what I discover as I continue the journey as a technology administrator and teacher.

I Like to read about gadgets, software and new communications methods such as social networking all the time and I love testing out how education can use technology to reach students and colleagues and connect with the world.

My areas of specialized research right now include open source software and social networking. These fields seem to expand at a daily basis!

If you would like to post information or comments to my blog please do. I am always looking for new research topics so if you would like to write paper with me please contact me.