Friday, May 31, 2013

How do we measure intelligence?

I found this cartoon today and it say’s lots about the state and federal testing and the state of the current educational systems in this country. How we define the valedictorian has nothing to do with creativity and success and intelligence. The current systems are created to sort out students into a rank order, it has nothing to do with creating success.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

How a Longer School Day Can Improve Academics

Published on May 21, 2013
Since Edwards Middle School in Boston added three hours to their school day through the Expanded Learning Time Initiative, they have seen great improvements both academically and in the overall school culture and environment. See how they used the additional time to such good effect. Learn more about Edwards on Edutopia: http://www.edutopia.org/stw-expanded-...

Apple will collect any brand of computers and peripherals from your school for free recycling








Sign up by August 30, 2013, and Apple will collect any brand of computers and peripherals from your school for free recycling.* Secure and environmentally responsible, the process Apple uses results in a high recovery rate of commodities. And all recycling is done domestically, so you can rest assured that your old electronics won’t be shipped overseas. To learn more about why Apple recycling is good for your school and to register for pickup, visit www.apple.com/education/recycling or call 408-862-0008.

Crash Course Preview

Crash Course (YouTube)

This is a site to teach a crash course on many subjects. Here is an example of a Crash Course lesson. This could be used as an introduction to a course or in flipping a lesson.

Top 10 Tech Terms for Teachers

Friday, May 24, 2013

Technology Quotes on Technology Education


"Technology becomes effective in the classroom when it becomes as simple as a pencil." (Technology Director Fred Sharpsteen)

“The application of software, hardware and devices should be as customary as a chalkboard, pencil and paper were years ago. To prepare students for the challenges ahead they need to be using the resources that will prepare them for college and/or careers and they need to use their problem solving skills, presentation skills, and communication abilities to develop as "solutionists" in a global world.” (School Principal, Wisconsin)

“We need tools that will engage learners. If they are authentically engaged, they will learn.” (School Principal, Texas)

Speak Up 2012 Educator & Parent Report is Now Available for Download!


Speak Up 2012 Educator & Parent Report is Now Available for Download!
From Chalkboards to Tablets: The Digital Conversion of the K-12 Classroom

This report is the first in a two part series to document the key national findings from Speak Up 2012 and takes an in-depth look at the transformative factors that are driving this new digital conversion momentum and the new capacities to build toward to support the process. To download a free copy of this report, please visit our website at:


Monday, May 20, 2013

21st Centruty Learning Symposium August 22, 2013 Marysville, Michigan











Join with us this August

Innovative teaching practices and once unimagined technologies are converging to support transformative learning. Connect with educators and community leaders seeking to gain knowledge and fuel their passion for teaching and learning. Learn how to create environments that equip students with skills to be involved citizens—thinking, planning and acting—to change their world today and tomorrow.

Featured presenter: Kevin Honeycutt, is a technology integrationist and staff developer from Central Kansas. He spent 13 years teaching K-12 art and now travels the country and the world shares ideas with forward-thinking educators.

Over 40 breakout sessions to choose from. Among the presenters are representatives from Google, Discovery Education and LEGO Education.

To register: http://sccresa.org/toolsforschools/professionaldevelopment/workshopcalendar/21st-century-learning-symposium/

For more information: http://www.sccresa.org/toolsforschools/21stcenturylearning/21stcenturysymposium/

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For difficulties with the listserv, please contact smitha24@michigan.gov.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

PBS TED Talks in Education Show

TED Talks Education, hosted by John Legend, premieres May 7, 2013 at 10/9 c on PBS. Public television and TED, the non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, share a deep commitment to addressing the high school dropout crisis. The TED Talks Education one-hour program brings together a diverse group of teachers and education advocates delivering short, high-impact talks on the theme of teaching and learning. These original TED Talks are given by thought leaders including Geoffrey Canada, Bill Gates, Rita F. Pierson and Sir Ken Robinson. TED Talks Education is part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate initiative.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Rock On: Response to Unfounded, Nonsensical Educational Re...

Rock On:
Response to Unfounded, Nonsensical Educational Re...
: Response to Unfounded, Nonsensical Educational Reform Agendas: We must be the educational leaders, teachers, parents, researchers, st...

Feeding kids has a great impact on student learning


“The simple act of feeding kids a healthy school breakfast can have a dramatic impact on their academic, health and economic futures.”  Ending Childhood Hunger: A Social Impact Analysis,”

Do you know that kids who eat breakfast are 20% more likely to graduate from high school, average 17.5% higher in math scores, and attend more school days per year?

Imagine…
·    Greater student participation in your Breakfast Program can increase federal funding to a school district.
·    Creating eating programs that encourage students to take grater advantage of hot lunch programs can have am important role in the solution of childhood hunger.

     If we know these statistics, then why are we not working harder to give the children the time eat well. Encouraging them to eat instead of other competing activities  We spend tons of times trying to figure out how to increase student learning. Some of the answer may be as simple as making a good hot breakfast and lunch that they will eat, and giving them the time to eat it.

The power of networks - By Kevin Honeycutt

The human brain might have gotten a giant upgrade in capacity. Let's leverage that!

K-12 Online Keynote - Kevin Honeycutt

This is my keynote for the K-12 Online Conference. http://k12onlineconference.org/ This powerful learning opportunity is powered by amazing thinkers and classroom superstar teachers!

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I am the Director of Technology at a K-12 School system.