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Top 5 Things To Do On Your Brand New School Issued Google Chrome Book

Rob Furman | Posted 08.25.2016 | Education
Rob Furman

So I got my Chromebook, now what? This is a common phrase immediately after receiving a school sanctioned device.

Have We Lost Our Compassion? Can Our School System Help?

Rob Furman | Posted 06.24.2016 | Education
Rob Furman

I believe that as an educator I look at world affairs a little differently than the average or typical citizen. As an educator, I look at what is happening in the nation and in the world and tend to make judgement based on our educational system.

Warning! Music Class Will Never Be the Same!

Rob Furman | Posted 05.18.2016 | Education
Rob Furman

I have never been shy when it comes to asserting my opinions about the need for educators to "get with the 21st century program". My recent post on t...

Top 5 Video Games Which Will Be The Next Generation's Curriculum

Rob Furman | Posted 04.19.2016 | Education
Rob Furman

So when is public education going to get on board the "video game as instruction" revolution? The use of video games as an instructional tool is so ob...

How to Save 60 Million Dollars and Increase Quality of Education

Rob Furman | Posted 04.08.2016 | Education
Rob Furman

What if I told you that there is a magical ingredient that can earn $60M in one year and increase the quality of education for your students? What if ...

Alert: PowerCom Smashing Hits Education

Rob Furman | Posted 03.09.2016 | Education
Rob Furman

What do you get when you cross a video gaming prophet with a music industry savior? You get the birth of a modern day movement that just might include...

Warning: "Real" 21st Century Educational Accountability

Rob Furman | Posted 03.01.2016 | Education
Rob Furman

In my last post, The 4 Success Indicators for 21st Century Accountability, we discussed the possible death of high stakes testing. But there was also ...

The 4 Success Indicators for 21st Century Accountability.

Rob Furman | Posted 02.04.2016 | Education
Rob Furman

Are we watching the slow death of high stakes testing? Could it be true? Has someone actually listened to logic and reason and started to pull back on mandatory testing? We will have to wait and see, but it feels like we might be moving in (dare I say) a better direction.

20 Questions Teachers Need To Ask Themselves Right Now

Rob Furman | Posted 01.21.2016 | Education
Rob Furman

As educators, we need to consider that there are two very important parts to quality learning: questioning and reflecting. It makes for a healthy mind to question what you are thinking and learning. Reflecting on our learning is an important part of the learning process

The Question Everyone Must Ask About School

Rob Furman | Posted 12.04.2015 | Parents
Rob Furman

You, as the parent, are your child's most important advocate. You must know that your child is being prepared for their future. It is Ok to ask those questions to your child and their teachers because you are looking out for the best interest of your child.

Revolutionizing the Teaching of 21st Century Skills: The Power of the Video Game

Rob Furman | Posted 11.19.2015 | Education
Rob Furman

A non-profit organization by the name of Games for Change has developed a challenge/curriculum activity that accomplishes more learning in one activity than I have seen in some classes lasting for a complete semester.

5 Tips to Properly Argue Your Point

Rob Furman | Posted 09.29.2016 | Education
Rob Furman

In the age of blogging and social media, everyone wants to share their opinion. However, it has become abundantly clear to me that many people simply do not or cannot argue a point in a meaningful way.

Warning: Has Educational Accountability Become a Political Pawn?

Rob Furman | Posted 08.25.2016 | Education
Rob Furman

No one will ever argue against the need for educators to be held accountable for their actions or deeds. But, what happens when you are being held accountable to a moving target?

Thoughts on #ISTE2015 Conference

Rob Furman | Posted 07.06.2016 | Education
Rob Furman

Personally, I love ISTE and I love the opportunity to be a part of its magnificent conference. That being said, I do feel the keynote speakers should be educators and I do feel we have an opportunity and perhaps even an obligation to celebrate our heroes.

Technology: To Use or Not to Use, That Is the Question

Rob Furman | Posted 06.23.2016 | Education
Rob Furman

Actually, that is not the question at all. You do not want to use technology just to say that you are using what has been provided. You do not want to use technology if it makes things more difficult. In other words, you shouldn't use technology just for the sake of saying that you are using technology.

Encouraging the Discouraged Reader

Rob Furman | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Rob Furman

Why do we have so many children that choose not to read? As I pondered that question, I was watching a children's TV channel and decided to do some informal research. I decided to pay particular attention to the commercials being presented to our children.

The Shocking Truth About the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension

Rob Furman | Posted 06.21.2015 | Education
Rob Furman

One would assume that if you are revamping an education bill you would certainly want educators to be making the decisions. But that is not the case. That is not who is rewriting our educational policy. Rather it is the 22 congressmen and congresswomen elected to office and heretofore listed here.

The Top 2 Myths About Using Apps in Education

Rob Furman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Rob Furman

The app invasion sweeping education is real and the benefits for student learning are staggering. However, there are several myths that need to be dispelled about apps in education.

3 Technologies That You May Be Using Improperly

Rob Furman | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Rob Furman

As I present at many national conferences, sit on many educational technology forums and judge for many educational technology award groups, I am very frustrated by what I am seeing in terms of our use of EdTech.

4 Surprising Reasons Why Preschool and Kindergarten Must Change

Rob Furman | Posted 03.15.2015 | Education
Rob Furman

We need to take a serious look at our Pre-K and Kindergarten programs before we have a generation of students so far behind they will never catch up.

5 Things to Share With Your Teachers About Educational Technology

Rob Furman | Posted 01.25.2015 | Education
Rob Furman

We know that technology has changed education and it is only going to continue to do so. Teachers will not only accept these changes in technology, but will embrace them if they feel confident in the learning experience.

A Futurist Prediction for Virtual Education

Rob Furman | Posted 12.28.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

As schools are starting to take seriously the concept of virtual class days during those blizzards and other days off of school, I believe they will need a more modern version of accountability.

Can Just 30 Minutes a Day Make a Difference in a Child's Education?

Rob Furman | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

Homework is practice. You should practice at least 30 minutes a day on your academics just as you would an instrument or a sport.

Poorly Used Technology: The Workbook?

Rob Furman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

We need teachers to be creating real world, performance based experiences for our students that incorporate the latest technology while learning 21st century skills.

STEM Needs to Be Updated to STREAM

Rob Furman | Posted 08.06.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

How do we expect our future employees to be able to compete in science, technology, engineering, the arts or math without putting a major emphasis on the critical need to be able to read, comprehend and write?