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Rob Furman
In his 8th year as principal at South Park Elementary, Rob has served as an educator for 17 years and a principal for a total of 11 years. He is the author of Instructional Technology Tools: A Professional Development Plan and Motivating the Reluctant Reader Through Technology. 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 also a technology and principal consultant for Scholastic Book Fairs. He is the writer of Reader Leader’s Login 4 Leaders column through Scholastic and is an educational blogger for The Huffington Post. Rob 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

4 Surprising Reasons Why Preschool and Kindergarten Must Change

(57) 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

(6) 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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Do It On Their T.E.R.M.S.

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 2:43 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 | 6:38 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 | 6:26 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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You Need a License For That!

(2) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Have you ever stopped to think about the need for a license to do almost anything noteworthy? You need a license to drive a car. At age 21, that license can allow you to legally drink alcohol. You need a license to get married. You need a license to practice...

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The Great Handwriting Debate

(9) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 4:08 PM

There has been a great deal of discussion around the topic of teaching cursive handwriting in the 21st century. Research on the debate is riddled with reasons both for and against including handwriting in the curriculum. Often, it is a discussion that is not necessarily being debated by those that...

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Being a Global Victim in the World of Social Media Cyber Bullying

(9) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 7:43 PM

Bullying is a word that brings about so many terrible emotions in so many of us that it is almost hard to discuss without getting that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. I remember my first "bullying" experience like it was yesterday. I am still not sure why...

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Charter Schools? Why, Exactly?

(8) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 1:14 PM

There has been constant debate surrounding charter schools. I have a very simple question that I want to explore: What's the point? I read somewhere that charter schools were originally intended to be "lab schools" for the public sector. In essence, these schools were intended to be testing grounds for...

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A Parent's Part in Motivating Independent Reading

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 6:07 PM

Independent reading is a key factor in reading success. But what exactly does independent reading mean? Independent reading is when a child is reading for pleasure at his/her comfort level. It is not reading textbooks to study for the next test. It is not reading for the 10 point comprehension...

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Common Core Standards for Parents Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 3:23 PM

The need for parents to once again accept accountability for their own children is paramount. The following is Part 2 of the Common Core Standards for Parents. Again, please feel free to add your own standards below in the comments section.

1. Do not live vicariously through your children.


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