About Me

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Why the title of this blog?

As Gwynne Dyer has noted:

Our intelligence tends to produce technological and social change at a rate faster than our institutions and emotions can cope with. . . . We therefore find ourselves continually trying to accommodate new realities within inappropriate existing institutions, and trying to think about those new realities in traditional but sometimes dangerously irrelevant terms. (War: The Lethal Custom, p. 441)

This blog is intended to help resolve some of those incongruities for K-12 school leaders.


An Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver, Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on P-12 school technology leadership issues. He is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and is the co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). Dr. McLeod has received numerous awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the National School Boards Association, Phi Delta Kappa, the Center for Digital Education, the School Administrators of Iowa, and the cable industry. In 2016 he received the Award for Outstanding Leadership from the International Society for Technology in Education. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at regional, state, national, and international conferences. He also is the co-editor of the book, What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media.

6 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Our school is implementing a program for students to BYOT-Bring Your Own Technology. What can you share about the success of this type of initiative?

  2. I gained great value from your presentation at SAIS. You mentioned that your slides would be available. How do I go about obtaining them?

    Many thanks for keeping me thinking! Joy

  3. Scott – What are your feelings about virtual public schools, whether run by districts or as charters?

    Which do you think are doing a good job, and what are the characteristics of those doing the best job with students?

    • Thanks for the comment, Joe. Haven’t talked with you in a long time!

      Although I don’t monitor closely enough to say which schools are doing a good job and why, I think online learning and online schools definitely have a place in our current and future educational landscape. That said, like for charter schools, I think our quality monitoring systems are pretty lax, which leaves lots of room for financial fraud, enrollment abuse, and academic disservices to students. We need to evolve better monitoring mechanisms. Right now many online classes and programs are bearing the brunt of others’ misdeeds.

  4. How do we educate the parents in our classroom? I teach 4th grade. We have access to Chrome books and multiple I-pads, licenses to a variety of learning sites. What is happening-Child has head phones on and is watching video on Brain Pop or United Streaming for specific research role in his or her group using pause button frequently to take notes paraphrasing on specific topic.
    What some parents see: My child is watching videos in class on their own while teacher works with a different group.
    What is happening-A child is working on their specific group task at home on Google Docs. What some parents see: My child is talking to someone on the internet. What is happening a child has earned a specified number of points on a learning program and a well deserved “Game Break” pops up. What Some parents see “My child is playing video games in the classroom. Some parents do not want their child’s writing published on line. Do you have any sites/Tips with front loading my parents this year with technology that changes in a snap? Technology may boggle the mature adult but not the children they are “Tech Natives.”

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