quotationRecently, I was re-organizing my Evernote account and ran across a note that contained memorable quotes. I don’t recall specifically, but I probably collected these a few years ago and then stopped. After reading them, I felt the collection would make a good post on this blog. I’m not sure who said some of them, but you could Google the quote if you are interested. Enjoy!

Raising someone with the intention that they will be an innovator is actually different than raising a child that you want to behave all the time and be quite compliant ~Annmarie Neal, Cisco Vice President

In schools, and in life, we often let rules or obstacles get in our way of changing our behaviors or reaching a goal.  In schools those obstacles may be 45-minute periods, standardized testing, the budget, facilities, or a host of other things.  Those challenges, however real they are, often become excuses to not make major changes.  I say excuses because in most cases there are examples of schools that have overcome those obstacles to improve their learning environment for students.

The important thing is to weed out the hysteria and avoid the demonizing of technology. It’s not technology that’s good or bad, it’s what we do with it that’s actually good or bad.

You ask yourself, what would people really want to do but they don’t know they can do it.

Leadership is not tied to a position. If you want to lead, look for the gaps in your organization and start trying to fill them. Leadership can be as simple as filling in the blanks.  ~Rajesh Setty in Beyond Code

Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. ~Steve Jobs

To sweepingly state Twitter and Facebook are “bad” instructional tools is like saying that paper is bad and should be eliminated because so many teachers use it for mind numbing worksheets. Websites are modern day paper and can be used in many ways both helpful and mind-numbingly useless.

Almost all of the profound, pervasive and persistent problems we face in our lives, our companies and our world can be solved.

@JamieNotter – “Key lesson: for people to give energy to these new things, they need to stop doing other things.

“If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money,” says Simon Sinek in this TED Talk. “But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.”

Easiest way to move the conversation forward? Ask the question: we teach this; what is it good for? What can you do with it that’s worth learning to do. School is boring; that is a fact. I am asking us to face the facts instead of making another century of excesses that it has always been done this way. And now better ways exist. ~Grant Wiggins

Common Core Standards are idiots’ solution to a misunderstood problem. The problem is an archaic, useless curriculum that will prepare no child for life in 2040 and beyond. ~educational researcher Gene Glass:




This post was originally posted at TL2014.org. It is just as relevant here!

With access to technology, today it is easier than ever to learn just about anything. One of the challenges, though, is how to find the information we want and need quickly. One way is to develop and refine our search skills. Recently, Google offered a MOOC, Power Searching with Google, to anyone interested in becoming a better searcher. Another way to sift through the large amount of information on the internet is to use content curation services such as Learnist.

What is Learnist? Learnist is a site that allows learners of all ages to consume and curate content around specific topics and subjects.  Learnist is becoming popular in education because it allows for creation, consumption and sharing of curated lists of resources around a whole variety of topics. Learnist‘s tag line is, “Use Learnist to learn new things and share what you know.”

Where is Learnist? Learnist is located at http://learni.st

When should me and my students use Learnist? Access Learnist whenever (1) you want to learn what content experts find most useful on the internet or (2) you want to share your own expertise around a particular topic.

Why should I use Learnist? With a personal computing device, you and your students have access to an abundance of content on the internet. Content curation tools can help you and your students locate the best content vetted by a human rather than an algorithm (Google). We can also use Learnist to curate and share our own expertise around a particular topic.

How do I use Learnist? Watch the short introductory screencast below and share your learning with Learnist in the comments to this post.

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