The Pew Research Center reports that two out of five cell phone users have downloaded an app. The most popular downloaded apps are used for gaming, information, communication and personal knowledge. What this means is that people with cell phones (now a majority) are increasingly customizing their phones to meet needs far beyond making phone calls. Our students (and teachers) are walking onto our campuses with handheld computers in their pockets that are faster and more powerful than any hardware purchased more than three years ago. What is your campus doing with all of that free, ultra modern technology? You are doing something positive with it, aren’t you? A number of you in the LYS Nation are now using your own bootleg technology devices to follow Twitter. If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us. To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of October 30, 2011, as tabulated by the accountants at Price Waterhouse. 1. The politician that signs the “No tax increase ever” pledge has pledged that there is nothing more important than getting elected. 2. 30 instructional days left in the calendar year. What can you do with 30 days? (by @DrJerryRBurkett) 3. Those who argue that heterogeneous groupings are ineffective have little understanding of the teaching/learning dynamic. Or worse. 4. Power Zone Quote of the Day by a Teacher: I am the Power Zone! 5. Power Zone Quote of the Day by a teacher: When I’m in the Power Zone, we’re all on-task more. 6. Zero tolerance discipline policies are a bad idea in general and are completely asinine at the elementary level. 7. If principals talked to non-compliant teachers as teachers talk to non-compliant students, hostile workplace complaints would be commonplace. 8. If principals expected the same level of preparedness from teachers that teachers expect from students, they would be labeled micro-managers. 9. The unemployment rate for college grads is 4%, but for high school dropouts it’s 14%. The US has a 25% dropout rate. (by @FareedZakaria) 10. In America, there are more students studying visual and performing arts than engineering. (by @FareedZakaria) Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on! Follow Sean Cain and LYS on Confirmed 2012 Presentations: NASSP Conference; NASB Conference