Storytelling for Innovation at High Desert ESD | Day Three

Photo credit: Mark Zuckerberg, by TechCrunch, a Creative Commons image on Flickr. We started a new innovation series in this new year. It's 18 Days to Storytelling for Innovation, a program on the Avanoo platform. (Thanks to Anna Higgins, our Director of Innovation,...

Storytelling for Innovation at High Desert ESD | Day Two

Photo credit: Woody on is new space on the DVD shelf by semihundido, a Creative Commons image on Flickr. We started a new innovation series in this new year. It's 18 Days to Storytelling for Innovation, a program on the Avanoo platform. (Thanks to Anna Higgins, our...

Storytelling for Innovation at High Desert ESD | Day One

Photo credit: Forest Road in Oregon by Michael Matti, a Creative Commons licensed image on Flickr. We started a new innovation series in this new year. It's 18 Days to Storytelling for Innovation, a program on the Avanoo platform. (Thanks to Anna Higgins, our Director...

Internet as Conscience

Thanks, ºNit Soto, for licensing your CCFlickr photo (binoculars) for remix. Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking. —H.L. Mencken For this invention [writing] will produce forgetfulness in the minds of those who learn to use it, because...

On CIOs in K-12 Education

Thanks to Marco Torres for the Flickr Creative Commons image above. Confession. I am a reluctant CIO. I catch myself swallowing the words Chief Information Officer during moments of introduction in a figurative hunching of the shoulders. I don't have issues with the...

RSS Feeds…. Still Using Them

Thanks to Stephan Geyer for the Flickr Creative Commons image above. @richards92 @rwentechaney give me your best and fav feeds (RSS)Happy Thanksgiving — iwolff (@iwolff) November 22, 2012 Better late than never, Don? (Happy Thanksgiving...and Christmas, too.) I still...

Put a Bird on It — Oregon Ed Twitter List #ORedu

@actionhero and @mrmacnology at ITSC 2012 (now called IntegratED PDX) Corin and I were at the Oregon School Law Conference this week. We laughed our way through Charles Leitch's session on technology and social media in K-12. After years of yelling loudly about...

2012 Training Team — Oregon Virtual School District

Group juggling with the ORVSD Training Team I have been part of the Oregon Virtual School District Training Team since 2009. The Oregon Virtual School District is a program of the Oregon Department of Education that provides online curriculum tools, hosting, and...

Chromebooks in Our Schools — One Year Later — The Coda

This is the final part of a series. Part one is here. Part two is there. Part three is here.1) I've been taking a lot of photos and talking to a lot of our students, teachers, and interested parties this year. I want to make sure it's on the record that I get no...

Chromebooks in Our Schools — One Year Later — Part Three

This is part three of a series. Part one is here. Part two is there. The coda is here.(I'm a big fan of unboxing posts and videos, especially this one. But, I always want to know how things are a year or two later.... Did the device hold up? Is it still in use after...

Delightful Design and the New, New Delicious – #edcampPDX

Edcamps are pretty cool. They're a low-stress, high-energy day of sharing. My session this month was on design. I'm not a designer, but I know good design when I see it (or something like that). I like things to be pretty and usable. Robin Williams (not that Robin...

Chromebooks in Our Schools — One Year Later — Part Two

This is part two of a series. Part one is here. Part three is there. The coda is here.(I'm a big fan of unboxing posts and videos, especially this one. But, I always want to know how things are a year or two later.... Did the device hold up? Is it still in use after...

Chromebooks in Our Schools – One Year Later (Part One)

This is part one of a series. Part two is here. Part three is there. The coda is here. One year ago today, we had a special delivery and announcement at Crook County Middle School. The school had been selected to pilot Google...

(Self) Selection Bias and Big Data

11.11.11...tomorrow is Veteran's Day, Corduroy Appreciation Day, and edcampPDX. I pitched a talk for edcampPDX: Selection Bias v. Self-Selection Bias. I want to explore the similarities (or differences) of association and selection in our online world with those in...

Consumerization in K-12 Education

In April, I presented two sessions on Google Apps for Ed at the Southern Oregon Ed Tech Summit. It was a great event, co-hosted by Southern Oregon University and Southern Oregon Education Service District, with support from Oregon Virtual School District.I had a free...

Happy Birthday, Twitter

Today is Twitter's fifth birthday. As part of the celebration, Jack, Ev, and crew asked users to post their favorite tweets with the #5yrs hashtag. I did. One of my own. And one of a longtime twitter friend. As I was scanning my timeline, I realized this medium is...

Google Search at Astoria High School (Revolution in Libya)

The Oregon Virtual School District Training Team was at Astoria High School this week. Astoria is one of the Google Chrome Notebook pilot locations. We spent two days talking Google Apps and information literacy with the students while the teachers were getting some...

The Pencil

Okay. I know I write a lot about weird convergences in my life and it's probably getting boring. BUT, this week....1) I was with our state K-12 CIOs. We began setting a project scope and timeline for the transition to a new student information system. (See earlier...

Data Informed, Not Data Driven

For the past several years, we've been moving toward data-driven decision making in our schools. I've been involved in that effort with both our Oregon Data Project and our regional data warehouse. I think data is valuable for teachers and school administrators, but...

Gone Google

Oregon has Gone Google. We were the first state to provide a state-level agreement for Google Apps for Education. I'm part of the training team that travels the state, providing Google Apps training and support to Oregon districts and teachers. We do things like the...

Information Implications

Google Android Newsweek CoverI was in Sherwood, Oregon this week for our Google Summit. I pulled onto our lane and stopped by the mailbox after the long drive home. I was excited to see this Newsweek in the stack of mail. The best part of the cover article was this...

Grateful Fundraising in a Small Town – Prineville, Oregon

Our hometown gained celebrity this year as the future home of the Facebook data center. The announcement couldn't have come at a better time. Like most of the nation, we're struggling with high unemployment and home foreclosure rates, as well as state, county, and...

Project Management Workshop

At the High Desert Education Service District, we manage multiple, simultaneous projects. They range from special and early childhood education to technology and building projects. Keeping track of promises, timelines, outcomes, and deliverables is overwhelming.This...

Yarn and the Art of Copyright Maintenance

ball of yarn

I gave a five-minute talk on copyright at the inaugural Ignite Bend. The gist of it was that our copyright laws need to evolve. Copyright was originally conceived of to provide protection for authors who were being taken advantage of by unscrupulous publishers (Statute of Anne, 1710). This is a very noble ideal, but many believe we’ve gone too far with recent legislation. We’re also in an era of the remix (Larry Lessig). Lessig’s thoughts on remixing and creative commons have a great analogy in the yarn world.

Artisans create home-spun yarns that, on their own, are amazing artistic creations. But those creations aren’t meant to sit on a shelf. They’re meant to be used, built upon, remixed. The item that results is oftentimes even more beautiful or useful than the raw material (unless it’s one of my failed attempts to knit a sweater).

It seems to me that we could approach copyright with a similar view. I’m all for protecting the rights of content creators and ensuring that they can feed their families. But, some loosening of the derivative works restrictions in current law would benefit both the progress of science and the useful arts (US Constitution).

Watch the Ignite Bend broadcast. See the show notes.

(Thanks to charitygirl for the beautiful ball of yarn. –Creative Commons image via Flickr)

Tekhne – Artful Technology, Article 7 (Flickr)

1912 Baseball Photos from the Library of Congress Flickr ProjectThe following is from a series of articles I wrote for the education section of the Central Oregonian.Lifelong Learning and Lifelong SharingIt’s the month of April and, at our house, that means it’s the...

Tekhne – Artful Technology, Article 6 (Right-Click)

Right-Click Magic (desktop image is one of my favorites from http://vladstudio.com)The following is from a series of articles I wrote for the education section of the Central Oregonian.The Super-Secret, All-Powerful Right-Click!We know that, as individuals, we each...

Tekhne – Artful Technology, Article 5 (Resources)

CCMS Teacher Casey Callan and StudentThe following is from a series of articles I wrote for the education section of the Central Oregonian. 1:1 Learning ProgramLast month, Crook County School District completed the final stage of the computer rollout for its 1:1...

Tekhne – Artful Technology, Article 4 (Reader Questions)

FishingThe following is from a series of articles I wrote for the education section of the Central Oregonian. Phishing and more…Happy New Year! Readers have emailed in the past months with various technology questions. Here are three good ones to share:1. My daughter...

Tekhne – Artful Technology, Article 3 (Search)

The following is from a series of articles I wrote for the education section of the Central Oregonian. 9,000,000,000 results match your search!So, let’s start with a quick recap of last month’s startling figure: the World Wide Web now contains over 100 million active...

Tekhne – Artful Technology, Article 2 (RSS)

The following is from a series of articles I wrote for the education section of the Central Oregonian. RSS – Bring a World of Information to Your DesktopThe maturing World Wide Web is changing the way we interact and learn. It is also challenging our television...

Tekhne – Artful Technology, Article 1 (Intro)

Hay Baler, circa 1944The following is from a series of articles I wrote for the education section of the Central Oregonian. From Tekhnē to Technology….Quick! What’s the definition of the word technology? How many of our immediate responses included a reference to...