verb verb: reboot; 3rd person present: reboots; past tense: rebooted; past participle: rebooted; gerund or present participle: rebooting; verb: re-boot; 3rd person present: re-boots; past tense: re-booted; past participle: re-booted; gerund or present participle: re-booting rēˈbo͞ot/ (with reference to a computer system) boot or be booted again “the new value will not be in force until you reboot the system” restart or revive (a process or sequence, especially a series of films or television programs); give fresh impetus to. “I hope that the filmmakers make the most of the opportunity to reboot the franchise Over the past weeks while corresponding […]

The Battle Between Typewritten Notes vs Written Notes

On Friday, two seemingly unrelated events occurred. The first was the delivery of a new Evernote Moleskine. Upon seeing this, my wife asked, “Why do you need this? As the Director of Technology at your school, don’t you take notes on your computer, iPad, or iPhone?” Even though I do try to use the latest tools and devices in order to determine how they might be best used as we try to harness and leverage the use of technology, I have always resorted to using multiple color pens and a notebook in meetings, especially one-to-one or small group meetings. Why? […]

Multi-facted Refractions – The Reboot

It has been over 13 months since I have added anything to this blog. It is not that I haven’t had any ideas that I have wanted to share. No, I have had many of those. Instead it has been because I have not carved the time out to do much writing in the past year. So it is time for a reboot for this blog. Over the last 13 months, I have been going through many transitions. An 1100 mile move to a new school, a new position, and increased responsibilities. It was literally one year ago today, August […]

Shifting Roles @ ISTE – From Learner to Facilitator

I used to go to NECC/ISTE eager to learn and grow. I remember being fascinated by the potential of virtual learning environments (1993), the revolution that would be unleashed by the Internet (1994), the advent and power of connection (2007), and the explosive growth of small mobile devices (2010). While some of these have had greater impact on teaching and learning, each represented a shift. This year, the shift seems to be towards the Maker Movement. I am guessing everywhere you look and see, every conversation that you eavesdrop on, someone will be either sharing their experiences or looking for […]

2014 Update – My 9 Tips for a Balanced ISTE

This is an updated post for 2014. While others have shared similar sentiments, I have been sharing similar As an introvert, I find ISTE can be overwhelming. Here is how I try to keep in balance. ISTE can be an overwhelming conference with over 10,000+ attendees. I have been to the conference 15 times previously, and ISTE seems to get larger each year. Coupled with the advent of social media, there is a celebrity-like buzz and excitement  that has evolved, especially with the growth of Hack Education (formerly EduBloggerCon/SocialMediaCon). This is so unlike the first ISTE (then the NECC conference) I […]