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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

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

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 12:08 AM

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

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 3:26 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 | 4:42 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 | 9:55 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 | 4:29 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 | 10:26 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 | 2:31 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 | 1:57 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 | 4:33 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 | 9:15 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 | 10:35 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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A Futurist Prediction for Virtual Education

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 5:01 PM

When you read the latest news in education, you may stumble upon the notion of students having school at home during winter blizzards in the north. You may have also heard of professional development days being done online with teachers from various locations also from their house. As a futurist,...

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

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 7:04 PM

I am a musician. I play several instruments and I was a band director before going into administration. I will be the first to admit that practicing is not the most fun a kid can have, but it isn't the worst time spent either. I started music lessons at age...

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Poorly Used Technology: The Workbook?

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 11:43 AM

Every medium develops some skills at the expense of others...

"Net" and other screen-based technologies have led us to "widespread and sophisticated development of visual-spatial skills... while weakening our capacity for deep processing that underpins mindful acquisition of knowledge, inductive analysis, critical thinking, imagination and reflection." -- UCLA review of...
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STEM Needs to Be Updated to STREAM

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 7:37 PM

In 2006 there was a term that started to grow in the United States-- STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The basis of the STEM movement was the growing concern that our students were not prepared for the high-tech jobs of the future. Just a year later a well-know...

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New Currency for Educators: Time

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 6:14 PM

So one of the first things you hear about when discussing 21st-century skills is collaboration. The idea of working together to better the experience is nothing new. But, with technology we now have so many tools at our disposal to collaborate with people around the world, it is becoming commonplace....

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Are Educators Honest With Parents?

(5) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 3:55 PM

How many of my fellow educators have been in a parent conference and find yourself not really telling the parents the whole truth or intentionally omitting what you really want to say or should be saying? I think all of us have "been there-done that" at some point. I understand...

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Reinventing the One-room Schoolhouse

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 5:43 PM

Everywhere educators go these days, someone is talking about standards. Meeting standards has become a prime concern for all educators. Given the new Common Core Standards in PA, educators are attempting to integrate disciplines in order to align standards. It has become evident that we can no longer teach in...

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360 Degree, 24/7 Professional Development... Done With Curation and Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 2:37 PM

At the end of last school year I was once again looking at a long summer that I would not be with my staff. If you add in weekends, holidays and evenings, that is a lot of time apart for a team of educators who spend over nine months together...

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Lessons on Success I Learned in Grandpap's Garden

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 11:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

How do you define success?

I feel that success is defined differently by each individual striving for that elusive abstraction. Personally I like to think about success from the perspective of my grandfather. Grandpap only had...

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