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5 Ways to get More Results In Life Using Agile

When I am not organized with planning my commitments to my faith life, family, and work, it can be stressful. We all experience this mental stress at some level. In previous posts regarding “Getting things done”, we introduced ways for collecting and organizing our life commitments.   In this post, I would like to challenge

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How do you do more with less?

As a leader, parent, spouse, and teacher, the demands on our lives seem to be increasing.   How do we do more with less? In conversation I had with Vicki Davis( aka coolcatteacher ) this weekend, she introduced me to the connection between a project management style known as agile and education. (see white paper

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Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

Abstract: In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish. For more awesome inspiration, please visit Ted.com In this talk, I believe Mr. Robinson is trying to understand why

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How to reduce stress by keeping work organized using EverNote

In a previous post, we had introduced Getting Things Done(GTD), a system for productivity focused on helping you reduce stress by helping you stay organized.  A friend of mine from Forerunner communications, sponsored a cool series of YouTube tutorials on GTD.   These videos help you implement the GTD system in EverNote.  My wife and

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3 Resources to connect with other educators and have a great school year

http://www.flickr.com/photos/haiko/154105033/sizes/m/in/photostream/ I love to discover deals and free stuff(books, resources, tools.)   I am the type of person who thrives on connecting with people too.   The act of forming relationships and learning about other people and their ideas have profound personal education benefits.   As I help my wife start to prepare for her

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Olympics of teachers – Microsoft partners in learning forum 2012

https://twitter.com/AngelaMaiers/status/230334473017884673/photo/1   Bill Gates through his foundation has challenged our community to discover what makes a great teacher.   In this vision, we need to regularly find and celebrate great teachers.   I greatly appreciate the work Microsoft has done to organize the Partners in learning program. During this week, Microsoft has hosted a forum

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Reduce your stress level with keeping a plan of awesome

I have the great pleasure of sharing my life with my wife who teaches college Biology.   We have a number of friends who are preparing their final plans for the fall semester.   I have to admit the process of planning and executing a quality class can become overwhelming.  As a designer of software, I have

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How can AI improve our organizations, schools, and families?

Published on July 7, 2012 by in leadership

In computer science, I fell in love with artificial intelligence.   It’s the sort of topic that you see in science fiction that makes you dream about how the world will be different.   While I would love to talk about artificial intelligence more, I feel that I need to talk about another type of

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Organization Before Innovation

Published on July 4, 2012 by in leadership, technology

All of the technology in the world is not going to make me a good teacher. It can help me to become a better teacher. Technology in the hands of a bad teacher can be disastrous. I think that every student can recount a time in the classroom where technology was used poorly. I know

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What makes a great teacher?

Why is this important? Great leaders are born from great teachers. For those that do not belong to the top 20% of society, the quality of education seems to be degrading. Over 30% of high school students never graduate. For minorities, over 50% of high school students do not finish. If we value education as

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