Alumni-created resources

I am going to brag about a couple of our School Technology Leadership alumni in this post.

  1. The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) recently unveiled its free Value of Investment (VOI) tool, which allows school leaders "to better articulate the costs and benefits of proposed technology projects." In the eSchoolNews article about the new tool, Keith Krueger, the Executive Director of CoSN, said that the VOI initiative is one of the most important things that CoSN has ever done. Dr. Bob Gulick, who is a database administrator and technology trainer for the Parma City (OH) School District, was a member of our first-ever School Technology Leadership cohort. Bob helped CoSN design and create the VOI tool. Awesome work, Bob!
  • Leslie Yoder, who is a Technology Integration Specialist for the St. Paul (MN) Public Schools, was a member of our second cohort. This past summer she worked with Jane Prestebak, Director of Media Services and Instructional Technology for the Robbinsdale (MN) Area Schools, to create the Research Project Calculator for students. The Calculator is designed to give students guided assistance and benchmark deadlines as they work to create a research product (essay, PowerPoint, or video). The Calculator is divided into five steps - Question, Gather, Conclude, Communication, and Evaluate - and gives detailed instructions for each step. Kudos to you, Leslie and Jane!
  • I love it when I can highlight some of the nifty things our unbelievably talented alumni are doing!

    22 months of war - condensed in a 1-minute video

    No, the Syrian civil war is not over. But it might be soon. Time for a recap

    Strange Maps
    • The War in Syria has dropped off the radar, but it's not over (yet)
    • This 1-minute video shows how the fronts have moved – and stabilised – over the past 22 months
    • Watching this video may leave you both better informed, and slightly queasy: does war need a generic rock soundtrack?
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    Bespoke suicide pods now available for death in style

    Sarco assisted suicide pods come in three different styles, and allow you to die quickly and painlessly. They're even quite beautiful to look at.

    The Sarco assisted suicide pod
    Technology & Innovation

    Death: it happens to everyone (except, apparently, Keanu Reeves). But while the impoverished and lower-class people of the world die in the same ol' ways—cancer, heart disease, and so forth—the upper classes can choose hip and cool new ways to die. Now, there's an assisted-suicide pod so chic and so stylin' that peeps (young people still say peeps, right?) are calling it the "Tesla" of death... it's called... the Sarco! 

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    How to bring more confidence to your conversations

    Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.
    • To avoid basing action on external validation, you need to find your "authentic voice" and use it.
    • Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.
    • There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
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