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Rob Furman
Rob has been in education for 20 years. He started as a music director and is now the principal of South Park Elementary Center where he has been since 2005. He is the author of Instructional Technology Tools: A Professional Development Plan and Reading, Technology, and Digital Literacy, available now through ISTE. Robert’s research interests include parental self-efficacy in student academic achievement and the use of technology to increase administrative efficiency and to help reluctant readers. Rob is an educational blogger for The Huffington Post. He was honored as a "20 To Watch" in the field of educational technology by the National School Board Association and was recently named a Tribune Review News Maker of the Year 2013 for the City of Pittsburgh.

All opinions are my own.

Entries by Rob Furman

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

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 5:05 PM

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. I tend to ask...

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Warning! Music Class Will Never Be the Same!

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 12:00 PM

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 the need for a video game curriculum met with a very positive response. This post is along the same lines...

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

(3) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 1:55 PM

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 obvious to some of us. Why is it always so difficult for public education to catch on? I strongly believe that our educational...

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How to Save 60 Million Dollars and Increase Quality of Education

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 3:47 PM

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 I told you that this magical ingredient has been around for a very long time and is proven to even help...

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Alert: PowerCom Smashing Hits Education

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 3:03 PM

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 the needed ingredients to change our educational institution.

The video game company, Ubisoft, is a leading producer, publisher and distributor...

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Warning: "Real" 21st Century Educational Accountability

(0) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 8:50 AM

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 a call to action to find an appropriate way to hold a school district accountable for the success of their students.


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The 4 Success Indicators for 21st Century Accountability.

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 3:00 PM

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...

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20 Questions Teachers Need To Ask Themselves Right Now

(3) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 3:09 PM

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 not only an important part of the learning process, but also an...

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The Question Everyone Must Ask About School

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 4:38 PM

Our students are living in a time when their futures are almost entirely unknown. There is great probability that in our children's near future, the jobs will be different than today's jobs, the technology they use will be different than today's technology, and the problems they have to solve will...

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

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 11:08 PM

Who would think that a video game could revolutionize the teaching of 21st century skills. I recently had the opportunity to visit a New York Inner City School and witness the most extraordinary teaching. A non-profit organization by the name of Games for Change ( has developed a...

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5 Tips to Properly Argue Your Point

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 2:26 PM

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. As a blogger for The Huffington Post and an educator that enjoys pushing...

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Warning: Has Educational Accountability Become a Political Pawn?

(3) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 3:42 PM

The word accountability is an extraordinarily powerful word. 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? What happens when your standard of accountability continues to change?...

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Thoughts on #ISTE2015 Conference

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 8:55 AM

The International Society of Technology Education (ISTE) recently held its 2015 annual conference in Philadelphia. This has historically been a magnificent conference where educators and technology buffs from around the world can gain insight into what's new in the field of technology and how it can positively interface with education....

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

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 3:29 PM

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...

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Encouraging the Discouraged Reader

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 9:26 AM

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 following is what I...

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

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 1:31 PM

In the news recently we have been reading about the Senate Committee on Education rewriting the No Child Left Behind Act. I thought it would be interesting to put actual names to this Senate Committee. The following is a list of the senators appointed to this...

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The Top 2 Myths About Using Apps in Education

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 12:57 PM

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. If we continue to let these myths be thought of as fact then we will not only waste an opportunity for...

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3 Technologies That You May Be Using Improperly

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 3:33 PM

I love technology, and I love what it can do for education. I love the fact that our kids can debate the American Revolution with students in England. I love that our kids can create the next movie with students across the country. I love that our kids can challenge...

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4 Surprising Reasons Why Preschool and Kindergarten Must Change

(61) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 8:15 AM

There is no denying that education is changing at break-neck speed. There are so many reasons why these changes are occurring that it is almost impossible to list them all. It appears that most of the educational system is at least trying to keep up with the changes, but I...

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5 Things to Share With Your Teachers About Educational Technology

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 9:35 AM

Even today, we still have teachers across the country fighting the integration of educational technology into their classrooms. Many use similar excuses as to why they should not waste their time learning technology. The simple fact is that they typically are nervous to learn something new and possibly failing. I...

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