Top LYS Tweets From the Week of July 19, 2015

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of July 19, 2015 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. Congratulations to LYSer, Dalia Benavides! She is…

Meet the New Fundamental 5 Classroom Timer App

The most difficult daily task for teachers is perhaps the most mundane, time management.  In a work environment that requires the constant management of personalities, content, behaviors, questions and administrivia – time alternates between flying and standing still.  Which means that teachers need a tool to help them implement the practices they want to do…

New From the Lead Your School Lab… The Fundamental 5 Classroom App

That’s right, the team down in the lab have created a new tool for teachers, The Fundamental 5 Classroom Timer App.  What the app does is allow you, the teacher, to program in the times for your warm-up, small group purposeful talk sessions and closing question. The app also allows you to select and enter…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of July 13, 2014

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  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 July 13, 2014. 1. Congratulations to LYSer, Mike Metz! He is the…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of May 25, 2014

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  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 25, 2014. 1. Congratulations to LYSer, Jason Johnston! He is the…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 11, 2013

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  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 August 11, 2013. 1. If after 1st grade we can identify that…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of April 14, 2013

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  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 14, 2013. 1. Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of January 7, 2013

Though the blog went on hiatus for the Christmas Holidays, the LYS Nation Twitter Feed just kept on going.  Today’s post is the last highlight review, so now we are caught up. Here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of January 7, 2013. 1. Congratulations to LYSer, Dewitt Smith! He is the…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of December 9, 2012

Here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of December 9, 2012. 1. Bombshell: TEA recommends LOWERING the college readiness standard! (By @txschoolsupe) 2. Showing the subjective (and political) nature of setting cut scores, TEA redefines College Readiness. (By @Clark_Ealy) 3. There is a huge difference between talking “teaching & learning” and supporting…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of December 2, 2012

A recent survey reports what is becoming increasingly obvious; students are using bootleg technology as they work on their homework. Away from school, the use of smart phones and tablets is encroaching on the use of laptop and desktop computers.  Not surprisingly, students reported that they were more likely to use their bootleg technology to…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of November 25, 2012

Of the two biggest issues facing the use of bootleg technology on campus (1. Letting students do it. 2. Infrastructure), it is infrastructure that you need to really be concerned with. Specifically, as it deals with bandwidth. It is recommended that by the 2014/2015 school year that a campus will need at least 100 megabits…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of November 4, 2012

When I talk to campus administrators about embedding the use of bootleg technology in their classrooms, I am bombarded with a variety of reasons why now is not the right time.  However, based on a recent report, yet another common reason “against” has been removed from the equation. What I often hear is, “The reason…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of October 28, 2012

Yes, I know that we are a little behind on our weekly bootleg technology discussion. But in my defense, there were some time sensitive posts that had to go first.  Better late than never. This past week, the power of bootleg technology shaved hours off of a task that I am already good at and…

A LYS Teacher Writes… Sharing the Word

A LYS teacher writes: SC, I often share your the blog posts.  You worked with us when we had a different principal and I found the things you showed us to be valid and useful.  I have even de-nested as much as I could tolerate.  I stay on my feet and in the mix about…

Top Tweets From the Week of October 21, 2012

If you find that your campus is a bootleg technology desert, take a step back and watch the staff.  Poor attitudes and a lack of competency by the right (wrong) staff members will kill a technology initiative before it even gets started. Here are the red flags. 1. Teachers and administrators that cannot navigate standard…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of October 14, 2012

Two things happened last week that convinces me that you must speed up the implementation of bootleg technology in your classroom and on your campus. The first was the announcement that Newsweek will cease publishing a paper version of its magazine at the end of this year.  Starting in 2013, the easiest to read Newsweek…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of October 7, 2012

The great thing about my job is that I get to visit all types of schools in every imaginable setting, day after day.  The frustrating thing about my job is that over 95% of the schools I visit are actively discouraging the use of bootleg technology by students. Sad, just sad… However, I understand why…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of September 30, 2012

By this time next year, it is predicted that the scales will tip and over half of the nations’ teenagers will own a smart phone.  Just think about that for a second.  I remember when my school got a single Commodore PET computer.  It didn’t actually do anything in class (by the time a program…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of September 23, 2012

As if you needed another reason to speed up the embedded use of bootleg technology in your classroom(s), consider this: Bootleg technology provides an opportunity for students to have some “skin in the game.”  Our smart phones, tablets and other bootleg technology devices are quickly becoming an extension of our person.  Especially for the generation…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of September 16, 2012

Here are some tips for getting your campus and/or district to embrace the use of bootleg technology in the classroom. 1. Sell the need for change.  Remember you are dealing with people who are OK with the current situation.  To get them on your side you are going to have to “Show and Sell.”  Show…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of September 9, 2012

Two things happened on the bootleg technology front this past week that makes me optimistic.  The first is a study by Dell (do consider the source) that found that 63% of teachers surveyed reported that students know how to use technology better than they do.  Why does that make me optimistic?  Because it seems that…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of September 2, 2012

I was training a new campus on the PowerWalks system last week when an Assistant Principal made an antiquated correct statement.  You see, as many of you know the PowerWalks system is web based.  Which means observers enter their observation data on either their smart phone or tablet.  When I was explaining this to the…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 26, 2012

One of the benefits of bootleg technology is the ability to easily download apps.  Now remember, an app is simply a software packet that we download onto our phones and tablets. Most people take some precautions when downloading software on their computers.  But with phones and tablets, users throw caution to the wind and download…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 19, 2012

School has started, or is soon to start, across the country.  Hopefully, your school has moved forward in embracing bootleg technology.  If not, don’t give up.  Bootleg technology represents a significant and positive shift in education culture. It is a shift away from the illusion of absolute adult control and the role of the adult…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 12, 2012

Here’s a shocker… students are using bootleg technology to cheat on assignments.  Oh, the horror. Quick, ban the cell phones and throw the bootleggers into ISS.  I may be making to light of this, but students have been finding ways to cheat since the first test was administered at the first school in human existence. …

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 5, 2012

I recently read an article addressing some of the problems associated with bootleg technology in the classroom. In the article a teacher points out that with I-Pads, students quickly get off task.  It seems that every time the teacher turns her back, the students start playing games on the device. And there is the rub,…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of July 29, 2012

When it comes to comfort level with bootleg technology, one either has it or not.  For those of us who have it, what we have to try to remember is at one time we were in the “not” camp.  So ask yourself, “What got me to move?”   My guess it was one of four reasons.…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of July 22, 2012

Admittedly, when it comes to bootleg technology, one of the biggest concern of educators is, “How do you keep students from ignoring their assignments and the teacher?” Previously, we have discussed rules and reasonable consequences.  But in reality, it all boils down to the individual teacher (as does everything important as it relates to teaching…

Top Tweets From the Week of July 15, 2012

If you and your classroom / campus / district are to begin embedding the use of bootleg technology during instructional activities, from a policy/procedure perspective you must consider three things: 1. Preventing harm to students 2. Protecting the district’s network 3. Preventing disruption to the educational process In doing so, we know that the following…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of July 8, 2012

In case you are still trying to decide if bootleg technology should have a role in your class or on your campus during the upcoming school year, consider the following short list of benefits: A. Many of the books and articles that are accessed though bootleg technology are now enhanced with more images, video and…
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