Back in the saddle

I am currently working on the following, having just returned from a a two-week absence from school.

  • Determine what site license to purchase for Adobe Creative Suite CS5
  • Grant parent website privileges to recently admitted families
  • Create website scripts to better track summer workstation maintenance and employee transitions
  • Teach Facebook fan pages and Scratch to fourth and fifth grade classes
  • Finalize summer project list
  • Re-launch our collection of “computer help” articles
  • Prepare for a school administration discussion of “just in time” tech support
  • Continue work on our admission website tools
  • Analyze upper school laptop survey results
  • Follow senior project blogs
  • Give the department’s iPad a spin

I don’t think that I will attend any ed-tech conferences this summer. I did not attend any this academic year, either. I have grown a little weary of the ed-tech bubble, in which discussions rarely focus on teaching and learning, which should be the main topic of any education conversation. We also had a bit of a slow year of conferences in Portland, relative to last year.

While away, I coordinated a tour for the Maru-a-Pula Marimba Band from my old employer in Botswana. I feel lucky to have spent two weeks with these remarkable children and their teachers. Here is a taste from one of our school performances.


  1. Ben Chun says:

    Welcome back! I’m also a bit tired of conferences — I go hoping to meet inspiring educators and end up feeling like it was just a logistically inconvenient, synchronous, and less-good version of what I get from skimming the sphere. Which is a little depressing, really.

    The best thing I’ve seen lately is Doug Lemov’s book Teach Like A Champion. I love the pragmatism and self-discipline of his approach… it feels like design patterns for teaching.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks, Ben. At least we can identify the great conferences and attend them every other year or so. I’ve heard of the Lemov book — should pick it up.


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