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Teachers, Build Your EdTech Portfolios – TIEOnline

Teachers, Build Your EdTech Portfolios - TIEOnline

Teachers, Build Your EdTech Portfolios – TIEOnline

Teachers, Build Your EdTech Portfolios - TIEOnline

I had the pleasure of writing another article for The International Educator, a worldwide publication for international schools. My article, Teachers, Build Your EdTech Portfolios, discusses the need for modern teachers to show their understanding and skills with technology by creating portfolios of skills, achievements, and instructional materials. This article was originally published in January, 2018.

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EdTech and Leadership: The Fuel that Feeds the Flame – International Teacher Magazine

EdTech and Leadership:
The Fuel that Feeds the Flame –
International Teacher Magazine

EdTech and Leadership: The Fuel that Feeds the Fire - International Teacher Magazine

I had the pleasure to write an article for International Teacher Magazine on EdTech and Leadership. In the article, I discuss the need for continued and supportive leadership being essential for EdTech programs to have sustaining impact on a school. The article was originally published in December, 2017.

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The Tenets of Educational Technology Leadership: Introduction – EdTech Digest

The Tenets of Educational Technology Leadership - Introduction - EdTech Digest

The Tenets of Educational Technology Leadership:
Introduction – EdTech Digest

The Tenets of Educational Technology Leadership - Introduction - EdTech Digest

I have been invited to write a series of articles for EdTech Digest on The Tenets of Educational Technology Leadership. In this article, The Tenets of Educational Technology Leadership: Introduction, I introduce the series and outline the six tenets of EdTech Leadership: Leadership, Management, Learning Technology, Information Technology, Systems Thinking, and Professional Learning.  This article was published online through EdTech Digest on 10th November, 2017.

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Teaching from the Back of the Room: How to Work in a Tech Rich Classroom – ASCD In-Service

Teaching from the Back of the Room - ASCD In-Service

Teaching from the Back of the Room: How to Work in a Tech Rich Classroom – ASCD In-Service

Teaching from the Back of the Room - ASCD In-Service

I recently had the pleasure to write an article for ASCD In-Service. In my article, Teaching from the Back of the Room: How to Work in a Tech Rich Classroom, I talk about the conditions and potential learning experiences found in technology rich classrooms for teachers new to such environments. This article was published online through ASCD In-Service on 2nd November, 2017.

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For Long-Term Success, EdTech Needs to be Part of a School’s DNA – EdTech Digest

For Long-Term Success, EdTech Needs to be Part of a School’s DNA - EdTech Digest

For Long-Term Success, EdTech Needs to be Part of a School’s DNA – EdTech Digest

For Long-Term Success, EdTech Needs to be Part of a School’s DNA - EdTech Digest

I again had the pleasure of submitting a guest column to EdTech Digest. In this article, For Long-Term Success, EdTech Needs to be Part of a School’s DNA, I talk about the dangers of EdTech after the beginning of a school’s program. It goes into depth ways to ensure long term sustainability.  This article was published online through EdTech Digest on 1st November, 2017.

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Developing an EdTech Portfolio – International Teacher Magazine

Developing an EdTech Portfolio – International Teacher Magazine

Developing an EdTech portfolio - International Teacher Magazine

I had the pleasure of submitting a guest column to International Teacher Magazine. In my article, Developing an EdTech Portfolio, I discuss EdTech portfolios for teachers in their job searches and career development. I outline the five key aspects of good EdTech portfolios: certifications, recognitions, online presence, learning activities, and fresh content. This article was published online through EdTech Digest on 31st October, 2017.

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Culture Difference and My Leadership Style – ASCD In-Service

Culture Difference and My Leadership Style – ASCD In-Service

Culture Difference and My Leadership Style - ASCD In-Service

As an ASCD Emerging Leader for 2015, I had the pleasure to write an article for ASCD In-Service. In my article, Culture Difference and My Leadership Style, I discuss my experiences as an educational administrator in international schools and the need for cultural sensitivity in leadership. This article was published online through ASCD In-Service on 11th March, 2016.

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The Touchpoints of EdTech Excellence – TIEOnline

The Touchpoints of EdTech Excellence – TIEOnline

TIEOnline The Touchpoints of EdTech Excellence

 

I had the pleasure of writing another article for The International Educator, a worldwide publication for international schools. My article, The Touchpoints of EdTech Excellence, reviews the areas that technology impacts school and how schools can identify if they are excellent within their EdTech programs. Click here to read the full article.

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Powerful Models for EdTech – EdTech Digest

Powerful Models for EdTech – EdTech Digest

Powerful Models of EdTech - EdTech Digest

I had the pleasure of submitting a guest column to EdTech Digest. In my article, Powerful Models for EdTech, I discuss an alternative to SAMR where schools can use the Learning About vs. Learning How approach to offer professional development to teachers. This article was published online through EdTech Digest on 13th September, 2017.

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Digital Parenting – NOW! Jakarta

Digital Parenting

I was interviewed for a article in NOW! Jakarta in January, 2017 around Digital Citizenship and Parenting in the Digital World. This is the article.
Digital Parenting - NOW Jakarta

Digital Parenting – NOW! Jakarta

Life in the digital age comes with both opportunities and threats. Technology is influencing parenting like never before, and many families say it makes it more challenging than ever.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Dr. Matt Harris, Ed.D., Deputy Head for Learning Technology at British School Jakarta (BSJ). Used with good intentions, technology can play an extremely positive role.

At BSJ, teachers and students incorporate technology into their daily teaching and learning. Dr. Harris and his team also actively engage with parents, to emphasise the importance of their presence in their children’s lives online.

We sat down with the father of two, who hails from California, to learn how technology can o er unlimited learning possibilities, and help children gain a broader understanding of the world.

What’s your view on children’s use of technology today?

Every one of us has a di erent approach to using technology, and children are no exception. Some use it for entertainment and educational activities, while others use it mainly to interact with

others. Technology is very powerful in helping kids to understand themselves and the world around them. These days, even the very youngest know how to look for information on the Internet, and use social media to connect with people all around the globe. Not only do they understand how to use the medium, they’ve also learned how to be articulate, how to get their message across platforms, and how to correct any communication errors that arise.

At what age should a kid be introduced to technology?

It varies between families and cultures. Because I come from the US, my views about appropriate parenting may be di erent from someone who grew up in Jakarta. My children were introduced to technology at the age of two, but other parents may prefer to wait until their children are older. There is no single answer to this question, but the bottom line is: discuss the matter openly as a family. Talk about the purpose of technology, the amount of time to spend on it, and what sorts of activities are allowed to take place online. If you’re not sure what’s right for you, discuss it with your children’s school or with others in your community.

How can we prevent our kids from becoming over-dependent on technology?

Developing kids’ comfort with technology is very important, since they are part of a world in which it’s pervasive. But it’s all about balance. Using a screen as the singular source of entertainment or education is not good, for anyone, so we should always combine it with other things o ine. And technology use should always be intentional – be it for recreation, education, or communicating with others. Finally, parents and educators must be a part of kids’ digital world. Send your children Snapchats, friend them on facebook: whatever they’re using, you should be doing it too. They need to feel your presence, just as they do o ine.

What is the impact of technology on child psychology?

It would be irresponsible to ignore its impact on students’ social development. To help students de ne and adhere to appropriate technology use, we run a Digital Citizenship programme that covers topics such as Internet safety, relationships and cyberbullying. This programme also encourages students to develop a positive online identity, in the same ways as they establish an equivalent reputation o ine. Critically, we make sure that parents are part of that discussion too.

What are some of the challenges that kids face online?

Some children can become over-reliant on technology, especially for entertainment. Poor practice tends to occur when kids are left alone to use the Internet without parental input. Computers shouldn’t reside in a study or spare bedroom; today’s mobile devices mean that families can use them together, in communal areas of the home, as a shared experience. Again, balance is the key, and we support parents and students in achieving that at home. As long as we all work together, as a strong community, we’ll be able to make sure the bene ts of technology far outweigh any possible challenges.

What kind of advice would you give parents out there?

It is essential for parents to talk with their children about technology use. Communicate openly about everyone’s expectations and responsibilities, and the consequences of appropriate and inappropriate use. Provide a safe space for discussion, set the boundaries, and then come to an agreement, making sure that everyone (including you!) can stick to it. Make sure your kids know that they can always come to you if they wish to discuss something, or if problems arise. Kids will make mistakes; that is okay. You and your children can learn from them.

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