Real Change From Within, Not From Above

Real Change From Within, Not From Above

The following post is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO, Tom Daccord’s new blog: tomdaccord.com. Lately, I’ve been reading Peter Block’s The Answer to How is Yes and Robert Evans’ The Human Side of School Change. While Block’s musings are mostly philosophical and Evans’ primarily psychological, both authors address an essential and compelling question that befuddles administrators everywhere: How […]

Teaching History with Technology: Reflections on 16 Years & Counting

Teaching History With Technology a reflection on 16 years and counting

The following post is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO, Tom Daccord’s new blog: tomdaccord.com. In a few weeks, I will be instructing the EdTechTeacher “Teaching History with Technology Workshop” for the 16th straight year.  Lately, I’ve been thinking about changes in technology since I first began leading the workshop and implications for teaching and learning. […]

Are You Innovating or Simply Changing? 6 Essential Considerations

Are you innovating? Or simply Creating.

The following post is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO, Tom Daccord’s new blog: tomdaccord.com. “Innovation” initiatives have become the rage in many schools and districts. Some have hired an “Innovation Director” and others have created an entire Innovation department. Others focus on innovative pedagogical approaches, such as Design Thinking. Yet, it appears that few schools […]

Challenge-Based Workshops: Moving Teachers From Discomfort to Empowerment

Challenge Based Workshops

The following post is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO, Tom Daccord’s new blog: tomdaccord.com. Does the following seem familiar? “Okay, everybody, click here. Now, everybody click here. Now, everybody click here. Now, everybody read along with me. Now, everybody watch me.” Boring, right? Through the years I’ve seen many stand-and-deliver workshops where the presenter stands […]

Schools & Random Acts of Innovation

Schools & Random Acts of Innovation

The following post is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO, Tom Daccord’s new blog: tomdaccord.com. “Few individual schools sustain random acts of innovation over time.” -Stanford researcher Linda Darling-Hammond In schools across America, administrators and teachers are making forays into innovative practices such as design thinking, makerspaces, and personalized learning. These initiatives are often undertaken by well-meaning educators who […]

Nurture Your Innovative Teachers (or suffer the consequences)

Nurture your Teachers

The following post is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO, Tom Daccord’s new blog: tomdaccord.com. “Dysfunctional schools become even more so because thoughtful teachers avoid working with colleagues who are marching the competition.” -Linda Darling-Hammond Recently I had extended conversations with two talented, dedicated, and innovative teachers who are attempting to transform teaching at their respective […]