PD Overload #gtadmin & #ascd10

Enjoying a moment of peace and quiet in the "press room" of ASCD conference. Not even sure where to begin reflections at this point. Let me at least share a few take-aways so far:

#GTAdmin - Google Teacher Acadamy for Administrators
  • Focus on the student
  • Use the tools to solve current challenges, don't make the tools new challenges
  • Google Alerts - one thing I want to set up ASAP and could have probably done by now but haven't taken the time
  • Could start Google Apps for education with teachers and gmail right now, 3rd and 4th grade students once teachers explore it
  • Yong Zhao is a hilarious presenter and I have added his book to my list of books to read
  • Other countries are attempting to reform their education systems to look like ours.
  • Since there is not enough time in the day, I need to carve out a few minutes to explore virtual worlds. (2nd Life etc.)
  • Geoffrey Canada - You have to read between the lines of what he is saying. ALL teachers may not see his remarks as insightful.
  • Rich Allen is a dynamic presenter! Attended a 5 day workshop with him 12 years ago when he was with Eric Jensen and will definitely buy his new book Green Light Classroom before I leave.
Disclaimer - May not be the most eloquent post but you have to start somewhere.


  1. Wow... I work with many teachers, many administrators, and many schools and admire that you stretch yourself so that the beneficiaries of that stretching are your students. You can't do it alone, though, so I'm sure it's inspiring to your teachers as well.

  2. And as tech-savvy as I am... I didn't know about Google Apps for Education. Between that and google's university and Apple University through iTunes, public education is either going to change or ...?

  3. Google alert has been a huge help in my research. And ditto on Canada . . . I dig what's happening at HCZ, but big personalities in education don't appeal to me.

  4. Nice dispatch and this enter helped me alot in my college assignement. Gratefulness you on your information.