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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.

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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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A Futurist Prediction for Virtual Education

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 4:01 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 | 6:04 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 | 10:43 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 | 6:37 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 | 5:14 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 | 2:55 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 | 4:43 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 | 1:37 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 | 10:00 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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Do It On Their T.E.R.M.S.

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 1:43 PM

I take being the instructional leader of my building quite seriously. As a part of my instructional duties as the building principal, I am constantly sharing with my teachers the latest and greatest apps and websites out there. I am always very excited to see the teachers incorporate the new...

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Happy Connected Educator Month: A Day in the Life

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 5:38 PM

October has been deemed "Connected Educator Month" by the U.S. Department of Education. In an effort to do my part, I wanted to share a thought about the current state of technology -- or maybe you could call it a dream.

Futurists discuss the certainty of our students using...

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I Think I Will Do That Surgery at Home

(70) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 5:26 PM

Sometimes I wonder why education seems to be constantly under attack. From big government to a single parent, everyone seems to have an opinion about how to educate children better than we do now. Why do you think that is? Parents decide to send their children to cyber schools, charter...

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