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Blended and Online Learning: No Excuses !Rob Darrow, Ed. D.Palo Alto Unified School DistrictBlended Learning SymposiumMay 8, 2015Robs Wiki: http://robdarrow.wikispaces.com No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.1 Did you tweet out or write something with the #thankateacher hashtag?

No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.Palo Alto UnifiedNew Superintendent20% Personal Passion Project (Stanford Middle School)WASC @ Palo Alto High / GunnEsther Wojcicki Book: Moonshots in Education About blended learning Movie: Mask You Live In @ GunnVision: We support all PAUSD students as they prepare themselves to thrive as global citizens in a rapidly changing world. No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.

Our CollectiveEducational JourneyNo Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.

No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.Who Remembers?

No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.Three Questions1. Why did you go into education? Are you an educator because you like doing things right or doing the right thing?2. Are you using technology or is the technology using you?3. Are you managing your digital footprint or is your digital footprint managing you?No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.Why did you go into teaching? Who or what influenced you to do so?

No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.Doing things right or doing the right thing?If we teach todays students as we taught yesterdays we rob them of tomorrow. John Dewey. Schools of Tomorrow, 1915.

No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.Or....If we teach the way we were taught or the way colleges taught us to teach, we are robbing ourselves of the opportunities to teach with the tools of the present and future. Rob Darrow. Paraphrase of John Dewey.

No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.Why I Chose Teaching My Grandfather My First 5 Years5 Different Grades (5th, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third)Important things about teaching: Management, ReadingEducation is about Relationships

No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.My Perfect StormVice Principal JobNew computers on campusA tech conference (Ian Jukes and David Thornburg)Jukes: Do you want to be on the wave of technology or on the beach?Thornburg: In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.

What is your perfect stormFollow your heart and do the right thing

No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.Last 10 Years of TeachingDoing the right thingDoctorateLearning about online learningOnline schoolFunding cut with an emailCharter school: The students in the Fresno area belong to all of us!No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.Are you a glass half full or half empty kind of person?

No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.This Time of the School YearPerfect time to innovate and try new things!

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- Nelson MandelaNo Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.Are you using the technology or is the technology using you?Technology are relationshipsOne example: Online discussion boards give every student a voiceNo Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.

No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.The Big 5 ! Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, YouTube How many people have a blog?Twitter?This is one way to use the technologyGet your message out, because you each have a story to tellNo Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.Facebook

No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.Technology positively change relationships

No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.Using the TechnologyCharles Babbage 1840sAda Lovelace 1840s Difference Engine and Analytical EngineAlan Turing 1940s The Enigma Code breaker Developed a computer to crack the codeWorld War II Turned the tide of the warNo Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.Relationships Transform Thinking and LearningAda Lovelace - Charles Babbage

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Alan Turing1940 Breaks Enigma Code1952 Arrested for homosexual acts with boyfriend1954 Takes life2013 Pardoned (After online petition garnered 37,000 signatures)No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.No one gets better by themselves there is always a relationship the right word of encouragement at the right moment whether in person or online - that causes the breakthroughNo Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.Are you managing your digital footprint? When is the last time you Googled your name?What comes up?When is the last time you taught your students how to Google their names?

No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.In todays world Especially with getting a job - if you Google someone and nothing comes up, it raises questions...

No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.My Digital FootprintRobs Wiki: http://robdarrow.wikispaces.com

No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.My Doctoral ResearchAt-Risk Students and Online Charter Schools in California http://robsdoc.wikispaces.com/home No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.

In California13% of the total U.S. K-12 public school student enrollment20% of the U.S. public charter school enrollment

No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.At-Risk Kids / Graduation Rates70% of students graduate from high school throughout the U.S.80% of students graduate from high school in CaliforniaIf youre African-American or Latino male, 50%

If we are ok with that, then dont do anything.No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.This week in CaliforniaBecause of the Common Core assessments and analysis, it was found...47 schools have limited access to the Internet6 to 9 schools have no Internet Access

https://robdarrow.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/how-can-there-be-school-districts-in-ca-that-cannot-access-the-internet-ccss-caedchat/ No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.No Excuses!

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To not have adequate bandwidth or access to Internet for students in your schoolsNeed policies and moneyIf you dont like the policies, change themIf you dont have the money, write a grantBuild a network of believersNo Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.34No Excuses !

For teachers to not use technology and the Internet to teach withProfessional learning (No longer professional development) and leadershipBottom up and top downYou have the power!

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To not learn on your own as administrators or instructorsFree professional learning all over the place!Share what you are doingVia blogVia wikiVia TwitterVia FacebookVia YouTubeNo Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.36Free Professional LearningWeekly TweetchatsFree webinarsFree MOOCs and Online ConferencesASCD: http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/webinars.aspx iNACOL: http://www.inacol.org/events/webinars/ EdCamps / MeetUps / HackathonsFuture of Education Interviews - http://www.futureofeducation.com/

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Blogs / online journalshttp://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/09/how-to-fuel-the-innovation-engine-in-learning/ Edutopia: http://www.edutopia.org/ Faculty Focus, Higher Ed Teaching Strategies: http://www.facultyfocus.com/ Via Email: ASCD Smart Brief, EdTech: http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/fHmbBYpbkskkoIjwfDcXdUfCigOliNACOLs Plugged In: http://www.inacol.org/news/plugged-in/

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Today!Google For Education (May 8 and 9)https://educationonair.withgoogle.com/live/2015-may May 16-18: 4TVirtual Conference (Free from U of Michigan School of Ed) http://www.4tvirtualcon.com/ K-12 Online Conference Call for Proposals open. (Held in October every year). http://k12onlineconference.org/

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Professional Learning / Organizations

CUE Organization: www.cue.orgElearning Strategies Symposium Call for Speakers: http://www.elearns.org/ iNACOL: www.inacol.org Blended Teacher Network: www.blendedteachernetwork.org

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A Word about StanfordForemost educational thinkers in the countryDo you read Education Next?They discuss the ideal but dont always know the realBlended Learning Symposium in 2014Invite them in !No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.Build your ownProfessional Learning Network

Via your blogVia TwitterVia FacebookVia colleaguesVia most any social mediaWith each other ! (a PLN)

No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.42Research Shows:Policies ImportantTech Engages Students Professional Learning ImportantBut, teachers and leaders are the MOST important!

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Go out and make it happenJust DO it!

Do the right things! Use the technology! Manage your digital footprint!

No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.As we consider providing more engaged learning for our students via online and blended learning remember thatThe only thing harder than starting something new is stopping something old - Russell Ackoff -Redesigning Society

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No Excuses! Rob Darrow.. May 2015.Keep Making a Difference!

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