Blended leaders must be prepared to grapple with the effects of obsolescence on communities of practice; they must be prepared to think about and manage through the demise of those online applications and services that have gained a user base within their schools. Sometimes you spend a lot of time getting people online, into a space, only to have to move all of them off.
Google for Education is supporting a webinar tomorrow. I imagine that a recording will be available as well.
I am always interested in work and models that may give compelling reason to rethink how evaluation/grading/assessment is perceived and implemented in schools, k-12 especially. This article from Global Online Academy brings together lots of helpful ideas and examples.
We are committed to a set of ideas and a process for spreading them. We are trying to capture our evolving understandings and present them. We are trying to reach multiple constituents (in our case, readers) who listen and learn and access information in different ways. Is this not what school leadership is about, too? A constant riffing on a set of core beliefs, rapid prototyping to ensure that we apply what we learn, a continual evolution of program and curriculum — and people — to ensure that our missions play out on modern stages and fields and classrooms, offline and online?
When working on their Shinkansen bullet train, trains that travel up to 300 kph, Japanese engineers could not figure out how to reduce the sound boom as trains entered and exited tunnels. They turned to biomimicry, or the combination of nature and engineering, to find a solution. Noting that the beaks of kingfishers allowed them to dive into water without making much of a sound, the Shinkansen engineers reshaped their trains accordingly. Once the fronts of the trains resembled the beaks of the kingfishers, the engineers reached their goal, reducing the sound (Moskvitch, 2017; JNCC, 2018).
There is a new section on the app that links to posts featuring various 'experts' sharing best practices and project files for download. You can find most of those posts here too.
I attended a terrific workshop on emerging approaches to connecting executive functions to educational goals with young children. My notes are above.