According to a recent PEW report more than 75% of all teenagers have a cell phone. Visit any mall on the weekend and you will swear that 75% is a conservative estimate. Add to this fact that each day the number of smart phones over the number of regular cell phones increases. As you are looking at your tech budget for the upcoming year, ease up on the typical computer-buying spree. Instead beef up your Wi-Fi and carve out some time and money to help teachers figure out how to embed the use of bootleg technology in daily instruction. At least 75% of your student body is already in possession hardware that is faster and more relevant than the desktops in your computer labs and the laptops in your charging carts. As it now relates to technology, our job is to catch up with our students and figure out how to let them use their hardware. 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 April 1, 2012. 1. If you spend the first 5 minutes collecting papers & taking attendance why would any kid care if they were on time to your class? (By @justintarte) 2. Bad practice + a good excuse = bad practice. 3. When your school/district improvement plan primarily focuses on skimming the cream from the top, what exactly is being improved? 4. Here’s an idea. Why not send progress reports and report cards to parents via text and/or e-mail? 5. If people take refuge at an elementary school, is that a government handout? (By DrJerryRBurkett) 6. Most DAEP’s do a decent job of playing the hand they are dealt. The problem is that the most districts deal them a losing hand. 7. Leadership Malpractice: Moving teachers to less desirable classes, grades or settings with the hope that they will leave. 8. Proactive Leadership: Putting your best people in your toughest settings. Great for kids, great for the organization! 9. A teacher said yesterday when we were discussing The Fundamental 5, “Isn’t this what we are supposed to do for PDAS!” 🙂 (By @fosterbkay) 10. A second grader is showing me tricks on my I-Phone. Every day you keep bootleg technology out of your school you are falling behind. Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn…

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