Technology Blog

Sharing my thoughts and ideas on infusing technology in education...Focus on the learning, not the technology.

Luke Callahan Earns the Certified Education Technology Leader CETL Designation

Massachusetts – Luke Callahan, Director of Educational Technology for the Groton-Dunstable Regional Schools recently earned the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) designation by passing a rigorous certification exam.

The CETL certification, awarded by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), signifies that Mr. Callahan has mastered the knowledge and skills needed to bring 21st century technology to our K-12 school systems.  Read more…

Technology Got in the Way, but A+ for Effort

In a prior district, many moons ago, I worked with a teacher that had finagled this audio/visual setup.

A picture is worth more than a thousand words here. I almost look at this photo as a piece of art. This teacher wasn’t going to allow an aging Apple eMac computer, short cables and just a generally poor setup of equipment, ruin her lesson for the day. It is admirable and always wish there had been more financial support to purchase the proper equipment to make this set up work for the teacher. Read more…

Shealagh’s First Take Home Project

My daughter Shealagh Muriel worked hard on a take-home, independent project in her first grade class. She worked on a mixture of digital and colored-pencil drawings and brought them into an iPad app called Book Creator. She then applied a voice over for the video. We saved the project into three formats, which can all be viewed below.

Shealagh learned a lot and showed a great deal of perseverance! Just wow! Take a look! Read more…

Groton-Dunstable End of Year Wrap for Technology

With the adoption of our five-year Strategic Technology Plan by School Committee this past June, the Educational Technology Department, in conjunction with teachers, administration, and the community, created a plan, serving as a roadmap for integrating digital learning. The Educational Technology Department continues to believe that technology will transform learning when it’s used in alignment with rigorous curriculum standards. Integrating educational technology into classrooms and lessons is essential to providing a quality education and we continue to support this ideal.  Read more…

Living Room Feature Wall

Recently I stepped out of my comfort zone, a concept and process I frequently ask teachers to tackle with technology, and created a feature wall. With the help of my father and brother-in-law, we were able to completely change an ordinary wall into a “feature wall”.

If I had undertaken this project on my own, it would have been a disaster. However, when you have skilled folks available (think technology integration specialists in your building), a project on your own can take off and can be accomplished…look at the results!  Read more…