Category Archives: General

When You Teach to “the Average Student”, You Teach to No One…

This was another take away from ATIA.  This is an older video, but if you have not seen it, please budget the 18 minutes to watch it.  Rose makes a compelling case for personalized learning.  I’m hearted by the vision … Continue reading

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New Student Online Registration Now Live!

As I announced at all of the building staff meetings I attended last summer, we are moving forward with Online Registration.  While it has taken us a little longer than I thought, we launched OLR for new to the district … Continue reading

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Friendly Disruption Episode 10 Is Now Live

A new episode of Friendly Disruption is now live.  Patrick, Maggie, and I visit with Prairie’s own Megan Sova-Tower about how to use tools like Padlet to engage reluctant learners.  We also discuss the new draft of the Iowa Digital … Continue reading

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Beware of the Bad Rabbit — Seriously!

I normally don’t sound the alarm for malware, viruses, worms or other digital threats.  But, this one probably does require a warning.  The Bad Rabbit ransomware is a significant threat to anyone running a Windows computer.  It will not impact any … Continue reading

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Friendly Disruption at ITEC

We’ve published a new episode of our Friendly Disruption podcast.  In this episode, Maggie and I visit about what we learned at ITEC.  We also reflect and go deeper on some of the ideas we shared in our ITEC session … Continue reading

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New Securly Parent Features: At-Home Filtering Controls

As we start the new school year, I’m very excited to announce that Securly has rolled out a new set of features for parents.  As I’ve posted in the past, all Prairie parent of students in grade 5-12 get a … Continue reading

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Technology Personnel Changes

There are two significant changes on the horizon for the technology department this year.  As I’m sure everyone knows, these are challenging times for school budgets.  Even though Prairie is in relatively good shape — we have a strong tax … Continue reading

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More Bandwidth at Prairie

We have upped our Internet bandwidth capacity today from 500 megabits per second (MBPS) to 800 MBPS.  We monitor our utilization pretty closely.  Near the end of last year (November/December) we had a number of days where we saturated our … Continue reading

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2016 ITEC Reflections

The lead keynote at ITEC this year was George Couros, the author of The Innovator’s Mindset.  George was a likable, entertaining, and engaging speaker.  His message was a re-mix of Carol Dweck’s growth mindset research and the musing of Austin … Continue reading

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Kevin Honeycutt at Prairie on August 8th

Save the date if you’ve not already done so, August 8th.  Kevin Honeycutt will be here at Prairie again to provide world-class PL on digital learning.  If you are looking to strengthen your digital tool kit, please attend.    Here … Continue reading

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