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What I like about Bring Your Own Device!

Today I was walking down the hall between our middle school and high school and came upon this scene:
Here's what I like about this picture as it relates to our Bring Your Own Device initiative:
The student in the middle is using her personal device on our network (You can tell by the bumper sticker on the front, and the fact that it's a Mac in a PC district!) This meets our goal of personalizing student learning. They are working in the middle of the hall way (Anytime/Anywhere learning outside the walls of the classroom).They were all collaborating on the document she was working on (Enhancing 21st Century Skills).

Redefining "Awesome!"

On August 29, noted education author and speaker, Will Richardson spoke to our staff at the district kick-off event. His talk, "Learning In A Networked World: For Our Students and Ourselves," is one I have seen a few times, but his message was new to staff here in Edina. Prior to his talk, our Superintendent, Dr. Ric Dressen, shared many of the positive things that have been happening in Edina. Our district has been recognized by many National and International organizations for excellence in education. Our district administers more AP exams than any district in a 5 state area, and graduates saved over $2 million in tuition costs through their success on those tests. The word of the day was: AWESOME!
After a brief story about how his children learned how to use a program via Skype from an 11 year old in Scotland, Richardson asked a question of the audience: How do we define learning? Richardson shared this definition from Seymour Sarason: The great thing is.."We now have an…