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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?

New Currency for Educators: Time

Rob Furman | Posted 05.04.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

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 ...

Reinventing the One-room Schoolhouse

Rob Furman | Posted 03.08.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

The amazing thing to me about the one-room schoolhouse is that there was only one teacher in the room teaching multiple grade levels and multiple skill levels, all at the same time. Does this sound familiar? Today we call it differentiating instruction.

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

Rob Furman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

So what can we do to bridge the summer gap? How do you create an environment that has continual professional learning for teachers? How do you get the best research to them year-round? How do you find the best research?

Do It On Their T.E.R.M.S.

Rob Furman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

As with any good teaching/learning experience, you need to ENCOURAGE your teachers to do their best and enjoy the experience. Many veteran teachers may be reluctant to dive into new technology. Give them the necessary reinforcement.

Happy Connected Educator Month: A Day in the Life

Rob Furman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Furman

I'm wondering how much money a district could save if only textbooks were not purchased from that long list. I'm going to guess our districts would save tens of thousands of dollars. Here is the bigger question. Would we save enough to buy every student a tablet?

You Need a License For That!

Rob Furman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Parents
Rob Furman

I agree with the need to be prepared for responsibility and the need to prove your worth. But, have we missed a pretty critical responsibility that warrants no license what-so-ever? What about raising a child? What about being a parent?

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

Rob Furman | Posted 06.08.2013 | Parents
Rob Furman

Bullies can now take their hurt to a whole new level. Now they can hide behind screens. Now they can use words that are considered profane and hide behind false avatars and fake user names. Now they can post about you and have thousands of responses from around the globe in minutes.

Charter Schools? Why, Exactly?

Rob Furman | Posted 05.07.2013 | Parents
Rob Furman

There has been constant debate surrounding charter schools. I have a very simple question that I want to explore: What's the point?

Common Core Standards for Parents

Rob Furman | Posted 02.09.2013 | Education
Rob Furman

In an age where the word "accountability" is swung around like a baseball bat at Fenway Park, it is interesting to note which groups of people are actually struck with the word and which are not. You hear about teacher accountability all the time, but what about parent accountability?

E-Tools for Parents

Rob Furman | Posted 11.24.2012 | Parents
Rob Furman

Both parents and educators are always looking for that magic element that will help children maximize their learning, solve problems effectively and act as that motivational pathway to learning enjoyment. Perhaps we have found that magic element in today's educational technology.

I am a Parent

Rob Furman | Posted 11.12.2012 | Parents
Rob Furman

Does my week sound familiar? Of course it does because as parents we know that giving our children every opportunity to explore their strengths and supporting their needs is our parental responsibility and our passion.