I am thrilled and honored to be again presenting at the Reform Symposium Saturday, July 30 at 10 am PST. The title of my presentation is Using Technology to Meet the Developmental Needs of Young Adolescents.

Here is a link to my bio page for this year’s presentation.

New Web 2.0 tools are coming online seemingly faster than my Twitter stream updates. I am not going to share with you all of these tools. Nor am I going to tell you all of these tools are transformative. Rather, I wish to frame this collaborative discussion around the ways in which these new tools can meet the developmental needs of our students.

It is now time to bring back the humanity in education and incorporate the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social needs of our young adolescents: PIES. The bubble filling needs of our students are already filled….

Focusing too much on state standards creates lessons that are like a museum: perfect and static.

Focusing on the “PIES” creates lessons that are like a lived in house: comfortable and realistic.

I hope you can drop on by and join in the discussion!

PS – HERE is the link to my previous Reform Symposium presentation on Finding the Nuance of Middle Level Instruction.


In a few days, nearly 8000 educators from over 40 different countries are expected to attend a free 3 day virtual conference, The Reform Symposium, #RSCON3. This free award-nominated e-conference is going to take place on July 29-31st, 2011. Participants can attend this online conference from the comfort of their homes or anywhere that has Internet access. This amazing conference provides educators new or currently active on social networks the opportunity to connect with educators and professionals in the field of education worldwide. With over 12 Keynotes, 80 presenters, and 3 keynote panel discussions you are bound to be inspired!

We would like to thank the incredible organizers– Shelly Terrell, Kelly Tenkely, Chris Rogers, Lisa Dabbs, Melissa Tran, Clive Elsmore, Mark Barnes, Ian Chia, Cecilia Lemos, Jerry Blumengarten, and Kyle Pace- and Steve Hargadon of Classroom 2.0 and The Future of Education online communities for making this incredible conference possible.
We hope you can join us for this incredible professional development experience!
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