I have three figures for you to consider, 59%, 66%, and 65%.

Any idea what those numbers represent?  I’ll share. In a survey (Speak Up 2011) of over 410,000 students, parents and educators 59% of high school students reported that they want to use their personal mobile devices (bootleg technology) in classrooms. 66% of parents surveyed replied that not only do they want their children to be able to use mobile devices (bootleg technology) but would willingly purchase them in support of enhanced learning. So far, so good.

Now, for the sticky wicket. 65% of school principals report that the student use of personal mobile devices (bootleg technology) will not be allowed on their campuses in the upcoming year.  The availability of the tools is quickly reaching a saturation point; our communities are open to their use in instruction; all that is needed is a leadership and a plan.  And “No” is not a plan.

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 May 27, 2012.
1. LYSer, Dr. Christy Hansen, is the new Executive Director of Secondary Schools in Tyler ISD! Who will be next?
2. Happy Friday LYS Nation! Thanks for teaching the Hutto MS Hippos the Fundamental 5 to make our classrooms come alive. (By @6thgradersrule)
3. When people say class size doesn’t matter, they are talking about other people’s children. (By @joe_bower)
4. Voter turnout for the Texas Primary was about 10%. That means if you voted, your vote counted 10 times. Your vote matters – a lot!

5. I voted for pro-public education candidates and against anti-public education candidates. Feels good!
6. My school is a polling site and has seen just over 70 voters today. The site serves 6 precincts. Wow. (By @DrJerryRBurkett)

7. The school funding issue impacts every educator in Texas. Yet we had 10% voter turnout. As a profession, is that policy agreement, ignorance or apathy?

8. (In response to the suggestion that teachers don’t vote because they are busy) That is a weak excuse. 1 – We have early voting. 2 – We are in crisis. 3. We’re supposed to be the critical element of democracy.

9. About to meet with a group of professors at UH. They are considering studying the ongoing measurable effect LYS support has on campus and student performance.

10. Just approved the final proof of my latest book, Look at Me: A Cautionary School Leadership Tale. Will be available next week on Amazon!
Think. Work. Apply.

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 Amazon.com!  http://tinyurl.com/4ydqd4t 
  • Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation 
  • Now at the Apple App Store: Fun 5 Plans (Fundamental 5 Lesson Plan Tool); PW Lite (Basic PowerWalks Tool); PW Pro (Mid-level PowerWalks Tool)
  • Confirmed 2012 Presentations: TASSP Conference (multiple sessions); Region 10 ESC Fall Leadership Conference (Keynote)