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Google accused of playing favourites

The Age Technology - 12 hours 42 min ago
Security experts are accusing Google of waiting too long to report the serious Heartbleed security bug
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4 Types of Leaders You Shouldn’t Be

First of all, I am going to challenge my own title in this writing as the qualities that I am about to list are not usually people with influence, but people with tittles and authority.  Leadership and administration are sometimes not synonymous and if an administrator does not make those around them better, they are not leaders, they are bosses.

Working with many different organizations, I have heard either the frustration from educators within the organization that feel like they are running on the spot, while also working with administrators that are more focused on holding down the fort as opposed leading with vision.

Here are some styles you should avoid being or working for if you want to really move forward.

1.  The “Blame Everyone Else” Leader

Ever tried to do something that is new to an organization only to be stopped by an administrator saying that “others” are holding things back?  Often times, they will say things like, “if it were up to me, I would love for this to happen”, or even act as if they are a martyr and trying to save you from getting in trouble from others.  Whatever the case, if someone is blaming others in the organization for not “allowing” you to move forward, trust will be at a minimum.  Most administrators are part of a team and although they might not always agree with one another, they will never blame others for a lack of opportunities for educators.

If you think about if, if  they are going to throw someone else under the bus, including someone on their own administration team, what do you think that they do when you are not around?

2. The “Driven by Policy” Leader 

Policies are often put into place to ensure that students and teachers are safe, yet the process to create them is often long and arduous.  With education moving so quickly, some policies are simply outdated and they are not in the best interest of organizations, and more importantly, students.  Sometimes policy interferes with doing what is right, but sometimes, doing what is right is hard.  It is easy to hide behind policy in this case.

Sometimes obviously we have to stick with policies to ensure safety and I am not saying that we throw them all out the window, but when policy trumps common sense, there are issues.

3.  The “Dead-End” Leader

You come up with a great idea that is new to an organization that you are willing to put in the work and effort.  You approach your boss and share it with you and they tell you why it probably won’t work.  You wait for suggestions.



There is nothing that can kill enthusiasm for someone at work when they are simply told “no”.  Great leaders want people to take risks, and although they are trying to protect others, a simple “no” can have harsh repercussions on an individual and ultimately school culture.

This does not mean you need to say yes to everything.  But you should ask for further explanations and help people look for ideas, alternatives, or give them the opportunity to take risks.  A yes rarely needs an explanation, but in my opinion, “no” always does.  But even with the explanation, it is still important that we try to create opportunities to keep that creative flame burning in others and getting involved with an idea or project, or at least offering guidance, says much more than “no”.

4.  The “Lack of Knowledge is Power” Leader

With all of the changes in our world, society, and culture, schools need to change.  With many administrators, this change leads to not only differences in the classroom, but in their own practice.  If administrators do not continuously learn and grow, students lose out.

Yet learning and growth take time and effort, and for some, doing what is comfortable is an easy option.  Some of my best administrators were not people that believed they knew everything, but those that actually showed vulnerability and that they actually didn’t know.

Yet when we admit that we don’t know everything, that means we have to trust others and give our “power and authority” away.  This model of distributed leadership is very tough on some and they end up hiring great people only to micromanage them.  A person that pretends that they know something is much more dangerous than those who can fully admit that they don’t.

So instead of showing humility and a willingness to learn, they often pretend they have an understanding of things that they don’t, which often leads to poor decisions that impact many.  The interesting thing is that those that are willing to get into the trenches and admit that they don’t know always have more credibility than those that pretend they do.

Weakness is not knowing, it is not being able to admit it.

I am sure that everyone of us (including myself) that is in a position of authority has done this.  No one is perfect.  But when these things become the norm, any one of them can be highly detrimental to the culture of a school.  It may not impact students directly, but long term, they will lose out the most.


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Astronomers discover Earth-like planet

The Age Technology - 19 hours 6 min ago

Scientists have discovered a planet outside our solar system that is, so far, the closest contender for Earth 2.0.
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How to Make It to the End of the School Year

Cool Cat Teacher Blog Vicki Davis - 17 April, 2014 - 21:16

Yesterday after school I earned my dumpster diver 101 merit badge as a senior and I went through the school’s trash looking for an unmarked photo cd that had been accidentally tossed. (They may doubt my sanity but they can’t doubt my love.)

After it was found I drove home quickly to take a hot bath. (I was reminded of a word I haven’t used in ages but we used often in the 1980′s “grody” – not even sure if that is a word.) All the while,  I started thinking about the crazy days that these are.

How to make it to the end of the school year

It is the end of school for us — April and May are nuts. These are days apt to be described by the first paragraph of “A Tale of Two Cities.” Right now I have 3 planning periods a week. (Not kidding.) Plus Special Olympics Bocce Ball. PLUS NHS Blood Drive. PLUS Senior Slide show. PLUS Graduation movie. PLUS Bidding out pulling cable for the new building. PLUS the Technology plan and budget for next year. PLUS tech support. PLUS my book launch for Reinventing Writing to coordinate. PLUS graduating my second child and getting her off to college.

MINUS sanity.

I say this because tens of thousands of you live this every day. This is your life. You totally get this.

To bad no one else does. Don’t expect them to either.

People are going to start casually saying

“Aren’t you glad things are winding down.”


The school year doesn’t wind down! It crashes. 

The School Year Doesn’t “Wind Down”!

And you know they are among the clueless. There is nothing “winding down” about the end of the school year. It is more like a complete and total crash. You accelerate until you run into a brick wall and you hope your seatbelt lets you get out of the thing intact so you can limp off to your summer. The first week or so of my summer is spent sipping coffee – staring into space and reading books where stuff gets blown up. I’m worthless because I’m spent. Every shred of everything I had to give is given.


You’re Going to Make This

But as one teacher to another – you’re going to make this.

If you’re a new teacher and you’ve never experienced this side of the “end of school” – the jolting, nerve wracking, exhausting, ridiculous side of “ending” school – then it is OK. You’ll make it. It is one of the toughest most taxing things you’ll experience.


The Fallacy of Summer “Vacation”

Then, everyone in the world is “jealous” of teachers but they don’t understand that we are hurting, exhausted, and often wounded by this time. We don’t fault new Moms for staying at home for 6 or 8 weeks after having a child. They’re not “getting time off.”

We aren’t either. When the summer starts, we’ve just come through something – to me – as taxing and exhausting as childbirth. I may not feel as close to death as I did when I had my 10 pound baby girl (who is now 6’1″ and graduating) but in terms of wondering if you can do one more thing – it is the same thing.


Hold On, Hang On, Yell For Joy In the Wind

So, just know that you’re going to find yourself doing all kinds of things over the next 6-8 weeks. You may even find yourself in the dumpster – or even worse, the proverbial dumps. But hold on, you’re going to make it. Yell in the wind as it whips your hair. Enjoy it for what it is.

Be noble. Work hard. Keep your commitment to excellence. It is never OK to go on autopilot. These kids can watch movies all summer – don’t give into the temptation to be sorry – you’ve still got things to do. Teach until the last day. Find your beautiful moment every week.

You rock teacher and often your nobility is observed and measured these last weeks when many slack off and head on summer break early. Finish well. Do incredible things. Be epic. Never settle.

We get one chance at this life and everything we do in the classroom is important. Have fun but have fun with purpose. Be intentional about everything. Make memories. These are hard times but they are sweet times.


When we try to sit down, we must pull each other towards excellence as the school year ends.

Pulling You Forward

So, as I emerged from playing in the trash yesterday it was with a laugh and a high five and the joy at knowing that I showed love by my willingness to play in the trash. And that, my friends, is why you and I are here. For the lessons we teach in our classrooms are important, but the lessons we teach with our lives are never forgotten.

And this is just another one of those lessons. The hope that if I share this little piece of myself and my own struggle, that it will encourage you.  We can do this, my dear friends. I’m so happy to be a teacher even though it is hard.


The magic never happens inside your comfort zone. The end of the school year is the time we must push past the comfort zone and rutt and be “awesomer” than we’ve ever been.

So, how to make it to the end of the school year?

Pull each other forward, friends. We’re going to need each other in the coming days. For we can’t expect the world out there to know what this is like, but we should expect support, encouragement and a magnetic pull of excellence from our PLN and colleagues to finish this year in awesome ways.

And remember this one essential point — the magic always happens outside your comfort zone. So of all things you can do, don’t get comfortable. Get better and better and end in amazing ways.  You can either be memorable or you’re forgettable. The same applies to what you teach.

Live it. Be it. Be noble. We’re in an important profession. Teach on till the last day. Let’s rock!


Picture Credits:

End of School  Year Baby: http://www.pinterest.com/happyteacher/end-of-the-school-year/

Keep Calm Poster: http://www.keepcalmandposters.com/poster/keep-calm-because-school-is-almost-over

Where the Magic Happens Venn http://www.thecitrusreport.com/2011/headlines/the-vennesday-diagram-where-the-magic-happens/

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24 People Who Applied for the World's Toughest Job Were In for Quite a Surprise | Adweek

Oz/NZ Educators Diigo Group - 17 April, 2014 - 13:49


  • "The Boston agency posted this job listing online for a "director of operations" position at a company called Rehtom Inc. The requirements sounded nothing short of brutal:" - Roland Gesthuizen

Tags: jobs, career, parenting, webinar

by: Roland Gesthuizen

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A quality education for all

Bluyonder Greg Whitby - 17 April, 2014 - 10:24

Professor Stephen Dinham has been a strong and vocal advocate for greater equality in Australian education.  He wrote an excellent piece in the Melbourne Age recently on how the ineffective quick fixes to improve teaching would actually lead to greater inequity and decline in educational performance.

These simplistic approaches ignore decades of research on what makes teachers and teaching effective.  According to Professor Dinham:

Australia is becoming a less equitable society both generally and in respect of education and as has been demonstrated, inequality in society is actually worse for everyone.

Our collective failure to address the inequality that exists within our education system is a national shame and as Dinham warns if the profession remains ‘silent and passive’, we will only have ourselves to blame for what ‘might eventuate’.

It’s a national shame that we cannot address the inequality within our own education system.  But then I began thinking about the inequality that exists for our marginalised.  There are more than a thousand children living in offshore immigration detention centres.

Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan said education is the foundation on which freedom, democracy and sustainable human development rests.  Australia offers all of this yet we fail to close the gap for our most vulnerable – the indigenous, the poor and the marginalised.

Picking up the paper to read headlines such as ‘Selective schools ‘the most socially exclusive’ in NSW‘ distract from the critical work of closing the gap.  We become polarised by the private v public debates and discussions on whether selective schools are the most socially exclusive.

A commitment to a quality education is a commitment to all students regardless of race, circumstance or background.  Closing the gap requires us to address the issues with open eyes and hearts.








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Human microchipping: under your skin

The Age Technology - 17 April, 2014 - 08:19

Forget smartphones, tablets and even wearable gadgets - get a microchip implant instead.
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4 Step SAMR Model of Technology Integration Explained by Richard Wells

Cool Cat Teacher Blog Vicki Davis - 16 April, 2014 - 21:07

Richard Wells @ipadwells gives a masterful explanation of the SAMR model of technology integration. He is from New Zealand but his charts on the SAMR model have spread worldwide.

All technology integration is NOT the same. Having tablets in a classroom doesn’t make the classroom any better than if Einstein sat in the corner. It is not the presence of a person or thing that makes the classroom better but the interaction with it that does. That is what the SAMR model helps us understand: how technology is actually being used to teach.


What is the SAMR Model?

Standing for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition, this model demonstrates and helps those supporting technology implementation understand the different ways technology can be implemented in the classroom. No, technology integration practices are not all the same.

I would argue that technology is MORE disruptive if a teacher is only using it for Substitution and Augmentation. If your teachers are saying the devices are a distraction and not worth having, it is likely, that they haven’t changed their pedagogy and practice. They’re just substituting the technology for what they are already doing and not using the technology to do what they couldn’t do before.

Understand the SAMR model to help coach change. Richard is adept in this show and while every ECM show is special, this one has to go up there as one of the best of the best. It is one of those you’ll want to email to people.


Who should listen to this show?

Everyone. Period. Teachers, technology integrators, principals. School Board Members for sure. If you want to have a 21st century school or classroom it is vital that you listen to this show. I’ve listened to it 3 times already and have shared it with my administration – his explanation is that profound and yet simple..

Listen to Richard Wells explain SAMR”

You’ll want to visit Richard’s blog and follow him on Twitter and I hope you’ll share this conversation with others to help them understand that ALL TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION IS NOT THE SAME!

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The Myths of Technology Series: “Technology Dehumanizes”

The Principal of Change George Couros - 16 April, 2014 - 03:35

For ISTE 2014 in Atlanta, I will be presenting on the “Myths of Technology and Learning”. As I am really thinking about what I will be sharing at the conference, I wanted to write a series of blog posts that will help myself and others “rethink” some of these statements or arguments that you hear in relation to technology in school.  I will be writing a series of blog posts on different myths, and will be posting them on this page.  I hope to generate discussion on these topics to further my own learning in this area and appreciate any comments you have on each idea shared.

“As the Internet has become more central in our lives, we have begun to witness a revival of the importance of being human.” Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant

One of my favourite books that I have read in the past few years was called “Humanize”, and it really helped me to think of technology in a much different way than I had in the past.  As an assistant principal years ago, I remember actually arguing against the use of technology because of the way that I had seen it used.  Students would often go to a lab, which became an event, and teachers would often have students interact with websites or programs, instead of people.  I watched kids focused on a screen and losing connections with one another.  If I continuously talked about the importance of relationships in schools, it didn’t make much senses to talk about technology this way.

When I became a principal however, Twitter started becoming all the rage amongst educators, although I never really understood it.  Once I started connecting and sharing with real people, I was hooked.  Not only were these people brilliant educators, but they were great people that I connected with.  I learned not about their philosophies and thoughts on education, but about their families, their likes, their interests, and who they were as people.  I don’t come back to Twitter for the technology but for the connection.  If you build relationships in any area of your life, online or offline, you are going to come back.  Relationships are built with people and the people are what brought me back.  The ability to show one’s self was the draw for me.

Although I was proud of all that my school was achieving, while also sharing my own thoughts on education, I decided to show other aspects of my life as well.  People saw through the sharing of my love of basketball, music, and humour, that I was not just a “principal”, but a person who happened to be a principal.  But it was not only the “good” times that I shared.  When I lost my first dog Kobe, or went through another stressful time in my life, and even lost my dad, I felt that the Internet cried with me and gave me a virtual hug.  People came together to help me through trying times, many that would be considered “strangers”.  My willingness to share myself made me more than an avatar, but a human being.  This past weekend when I got engaged to the girl of my dreams,  I got another giant virtual hug.  Because I have been willing to share my ups and downs, I have been able to connect with so many people that I would consider good friends.

I have experienced this, but I have also seen these stories over and over again online.  John Berlin, made a video asking Facebook for his deceased son’s “Look Back” video, and when it was picked up by a Reddit user, people shared and reshared the video, which quickly caught the attention of Facebook and led to the video being released.

There is more good than bad in the world and the Internet has given us the opportunity to really tap into one another as human beings.

As a school administrator, I think often about the opportunity social media gives us to connect in ways that we couldn’t before.  If you look at large school districts such as Peel District School Board in Ontario and Surrey Schools in British Columbia, they have made their world a lot smaller by their use of social media.  In large geographical areas, they have used social media to create a “small town” feeling within their communities. Although you might see their leaders only once in person within the school, you have the ability to connect with them often online.  It is all in the way that you are willing to use the technology.

If a school leader uses social media as a way to simply share messages, and not engage with their community, it will not be very beneficial and does not create much more than existed without the technology.  Recently, I saw my good friend Jimmy Casas (who I met in person first but have become very good friends with because of technology) share a post about being vulnerable.  In it, Jimmy shared an anonymous tweet that was targeted against his work as a principal:


Jimmy could have simply ignored it and moved on, but instead showed his vulnerability and addressed it openly.  That is courageous leadership.  The ability to openly share and discuss a criticism in a space that is totally open.  The irony of the post is that technology was used in an anonymous way from someone who was not willing to be brave enough to address Jimmy in person.  If you think about it, people dehumanize one another, not technology.  We have to always remember that on the other end of that Twitter, YouTube, Facebook account is a person, and when we choose to use technology in such a manner, we do more harm than any social media account ever could.

I often hear people talk about losing special things such as handwritten cards because we are often focused on teaching technology to our kids.  There is something sweet and sentimental about a card, but then I think about the video my brother shared of my dad below:

I wouldn’t trade seeing my dad in this video for any handwritten card that he could have ever  written.  His humanness shows here and I am reminded of his loving, goofy, and caring heart even though he is not with us anymore.

If you think about it, this type of technology can makes us even more human than we were before, it’s simply on the way we choose to use it.

“One of the reasons social media has grown so fast is that it taps into what we, as human beings, naturally love and need and want to do—create, share, connect, relate.”
Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant

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Programming Languages Are Horrible

Computer Science Teacher Alfred Thompson - 15 April, 2014 - 23:34
A bunch of my students in my honors programming class made the same error yesterday. Remarkably today Bertrand Meyer had a post about the very same error in the CACM Blog (Go read it – it’s great - Those Who Say Code Does Not Matter) The short version of my student’s problem revolved around how C-style languages handle if statements with multi-statement actions. Take for example the following code:
1: if (booleanExpression) 2: DoSomething(); 3: DoSomthingElse(); 4: if (!booleanExpression) 5: DoAction();
Students have a tendency to assume that if the expression in line 1 is true that both of the statements in lines 2 and 3 will be executed. Not so. The compiler assumes that (regardless of indentation) only the statement in line 2 will be executed if the expression in line 1 is true. The statement in line 3 will always be executed. This caused my students no end of trouble. The right way to do this is to enclose the two statements inside curly braces.

1: if (booleanExpression) 2: { 3: DoSomething(); 4: DoSomthingElse(); 5: } 6: if (!booleanExpression) 7: DoAction();
This removes ambiguity. I try to get students to use the curly braces even for single line code blocks but it is not an easy sell.

This problem doesn't occur in all languages of course. Visual Basic, derived from that ancient of languages BASIC, doesn’t allow this to happen as easily. Trying to do this line for line conversion in Visual Basic gives me errors.

1: If (booleanExpression) Then 2: DoSomeThing() 3: DoSomethingElse() 4: If (Not booleanExpression) Then 5: DoAction()
The compiler refuses to deal with this code until End If statements are added to make things clear.

1: If (booleanExpression) Then 2: DoSomeThing() 3: DoSomethingElse() 4: End If 5:   6: If (Not booleanExpression) Then 7: DoAction() 8: End If
Now I am not saying that Visual Basic is not without flaws. All programming languages have flaws. But we do have to be aware of these flaws. The flaw that Meyer wrote about was the same basic error my students made but was made by professional developers in a product that impacted millions of people. It is so easy to make “rookie mistakes” in many languages.

So does this impact the tools we teach with? Honestly, not really. The APCS exam is based on Java which has all the same problems of other curly brace and semi-colon languages. [Let’s be honest – are those curly braces and semi-colons there for the programmers or the complier writers?]  Especially in high schools where we are largely at the whims of things outside our control (APCS exam and pressure from parents and students to teach industry languages) wind up using Java, C++, and maybe C# for many courses.

Oh sure a lot of us get by with various versions of BASIC (and take flack for it from “experts”) but there is always the pressure to “move on.” Most of us at the high school CS level have barely heard of Eiffel (invented and promoted by Meyer) or other languages that have been invented in academic institutions. These languages sometimes do influence the development of other programming languages but seldom seem to migrate into industry intact.

What does that mean for us as educators? It means we wind up teaching students have to solve bugs that they’d be better off if the language did not permit to happen in the first place. This problem has, I believe, contributed to the development, popularity and use of drag and drop block programming languages for beginners. But eventually we all push our students to learning crummy languages.

I don’t see an easy answer. It will probably have to be the universities who solve this first. High schools are allowed to follow trends in higher education. And I have seen a lot of professional development organizations influenced by language choices of recent graduates. Though that almost always requires a common choice by many top universities which seems to be less common all the time.

For a lot of professional developers, especially those who are self taught, seem to view doing things the hard way as a point of pride. Looking for tools (or languages) that make creating bugs harder is seen as a crutch by the “brogrammer” crowd.

Ah, well, maybe when the current generation gets to be my age and loses the desire to spend time tracking down easy to prevent bugs things will change.
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Tackk in the Classroom

Classroom 2.0 Diigo Group - 15 April, 2014 - 20:43


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by: Dimitris Tzouris

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Credit cards stung by Heartbleed bug

The Age Technology - 15 April, 2014 - 13:58

GE Money is recommending customers change their passwords in the wake of Heartbleed.
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CommBank eftpos, net bank suffer outage

The Age Technology - 15 April, 2014 - 13:23
Commonwealth Bank customers around the country were unable to access their funds on Tuesday because of a system outage.
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Interesting Links–14 April 2014

Computer Science Teacher Alfred Thompson - 14 April, 2014 - 22:37

Crazy busy weekend for me. The weather was great and I got a lot done outside. Left me too tired to write this up last night. Sorry for the early birds who usually get here before now. Hope people find some useful things anyway.

This is a fun video Domino Addition – simulating binary gates using dominos.

The good folks at Phillips Exeter are putting on a hackathon for middle and high schoolers May 17. Probably of interesting only to New Hampshire and some Maine and Massachusetts students. But looks like fun. http://www.hackexeter.com/

Looking for a new CS teaching job? Or looking to hire a computer science teacher? You will want to check out the  CSTA jobs board.

BIG NEWS via NCWIT! Students age 13+ have the chance to attend this year’s Apple WWDC conference for free on a scholarship.

Computer Science as a School District Marketing Tool on the CSTA blog. The private school I teach at definitely lets people know about or CS offerings when we meet with prospective students. In an age of growing school choice and of people picking where to live based on schools does your school or district make the most of it’s CS courses as a marketing tool?

SHIP - Summer Hackers Immersion Program Really exciting looking summer program for computer science in Brooklyn NYC. I did a post about this last week but a link to the original announcement is worth re-sharing.

BTW I posted two other blog posts today about news from the CSTA members announcement list. If you didn’t see them or get the CSTA email check out:

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Code: Echo–Programming Challenge

Computer Science Teacher Alfred Thompson - 14 April, 2014 - 22:19

Using a coding challenge as a promotional event for a movie? This is a new one on me but it looks interesting. What I especially like is that they are sharing resources that students can incorporate into a game.

Here is a chance for your students to use their coding skills to win big!

Summer family movie EARTH TO ECHO is hosting "Code: Echo": a Challenge for students K-12 to create a game inspired by the film. Students can download assets and get creative.
In each category there will be:

  • 1 grand prize winner ($5,000.00 + hometown screening)
  • 1 runner-up prize winner ($2,500.00)

Students of all ages, a team with up to 4 friends, or an entire classroom.

Entries are due May 2nd. Start coding at www.codeechomovie.com.

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Summer Work for Computer Science and Robotics Instructors

Computer Science Teacher Alfred Thompson - 14 April, 2014 - 22:15

If you are a member of the CSTA you should have received this announcement via email. BUT if you didn’t or you are not a CSTA member (why not?) I thought this worth sharing.

Summer 2014 Employment Opportunities: Computer Science and Robotics Instructors

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is seeking instructors for summer programs. CTY offers challenging academic programs for highly talented middle and high school students from across the country and around the world. Information regarding our summer programs can be found at www.cty.jhu.edu/summer. Positions are available at residential sites (room and board is provided in addition to salary) at various locations (see below) on the east and west coasts. A commuter site is also located in New York City.
We are currently seeking individuals with expertise in a number of Computer Science, Computer Programming, and Robotics courses. Graduate coursework is a desired qualification for instructor candidates.  Experience working with young students is a preferred qualification.

Active instructor openings at residential locations (room and board is provided in addition to salary):

  • Introduction to Robotics (5th and 6th graders): Bristol, RI and Chestertown, MD
  • Foundations of Programming (7th – 10th graders): Easton, PA
    ·         Fundamentals of Computer Science (7th – 10th graders): Lancaster, PA
  • Active instructor openings at commuter day site locations:
    • Introduction to Robotics (5th and 6th graders): New York City, NY

For detailed course descriptions, please visit

2014 Program Dates:
Session 1: June 29 - July 18
Session 2: July 19 - August 8
For a full list of locations and dates, please visit

More Information
Job Responsibilities, including salary:


To apply, please visit

Please email resumes and inquiries directly to Peter Bruno, pbruno1@jhu.edu (Introduction to Robotics) or Joshu Fisher,jkfisher@jhu.edu (Foundations of Programming and Fundamentals of Computer Science).

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Achieving Sustainable Classroom Innovation with @ajjuliani @djesposito and @stevenjmogg

Cool Cat Teacher Blog Vicki Davis - 14 April, 2014 - 21:05

I love this conversation with A.J. Juliani @ajjuliani (Tech Coordinator) with his teachers Rosie Esposito @djesposito and Steve Mogg @stevenjmogg and  from Wissahickon High School, Pennsylvania. It is consistently a top school and their pattern of innovation shows why.

Who will want to listen to this show?

If you want to understand how to promote innovative practices and helping teachers level up, you’ll want to listen.

I love listening to Rosie and Steve share insights into their thought process of innovation. Innovation is a mindset not a destination and the more we can hear real teachers talk about how they innovate, the more we can adopt that mindset ourselves.

Listen to Every Classroom Matters “Achieving Sustainable Classroom Innovation”

Listen to “Achieving Sustainable Classroom Innovation”

Every Classroom Matters is a bi-weekly Internet Radio Show by Vicki Davis on BAM Radio network dedicated to excellent education. Listening will help you teach with better results, lead with a positive impact, and live with a greater purpose. Subscribe.


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Design Thinking: A creative process for school change

Edte.ch Tom Barrett - 13 April, 2014 - 20:56

During one of my workshops last year in Boston, Brad Ovenell-Carter (@braddo) put his visual notetaking skills to action. I took his lovely summary drawing and used ThingLink to add layers of information and elaboration.

In the future I am keen to share more about my experiences of design thinking with school leaders, teachers and other organisations in blog posts here. But I thought I would make a quick start by sharing this little graphic. I hope you find it useful and let me know if you have any questions.

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