Christmas Holidays are beginning, so here is my bootleg technology advice for this week. Take this time to start using it. Read an e-book, download some apps, play a game, and/or do some research. Just play with a new gadget and have some fun. Who knows what you might be inspired to try when school begins anew in 2012. Speaking of which, this is the last post of 2011. The blog will crank up again on January 3, 2012. So to all of the LYS Nation, enjoy a happy, restful and safe Holiday Season! 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 December 11, 2011, as tabulated by the accountants at Price Waterhouse. 1. Bad practice with an excuse is still BAD PRACTICE. 2. A Superintendent shares: My staff meetings are much more productive when I use the Fundamental 5. 3. If I believe that my students can’t, then they never will. 4. Heard claims that test prep materials have been proven to increase scores on STAAR? Can’t be true because no scores have been reported yet. (By @teainfo) 5. Students are engaged when they are using technology; not so much watching the teacher use technology. (By @lsitzes) 6. Purposeful planning and execution of that plan makes all the difference for kids. (By @CabidaCain) 7. Should be no surprise that alcohol and tobacco use among teens has declined, yet drug use hasn’t. Simple answer: Drug dealers don’t check IDs. 8. Just notified that LYS will have multiple presentations at the Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principal’s Mid-Winter Conference! 9. Everyone deserves second chances but not for the same mistakes. (By @coachwrong) 10. A covered classroom door window is BAD PRACTICE. It also creates an unsafe setting for students and teachers. Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn…

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  • Confirmed 2012 Presentations: Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principal’s Mid-Winter Conference; Region 16 ESC Leadership Academy (Keynote Address); NASSP Conference; NASB Conference