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Jan Borelli

Absolutely excellent.

Steve Poling

It is heartening to see an example of Professional Development for administrators in this area. The more we experience new learning with technology, the more competent we will be to lead it in our schools and districts. Thanks for the post.

Matt Hillmann

I am pleased to see the data showing our fellow administrators have positive attitudes toward online learning once they have participated in a course. I hope that we can equally educate decision makers about the tremendous amount of work it takes to develop this coursework. Quality curriculum takes time and resources and online curriculum, in my opinion, requires additional (upfront) time and resources (not to mention testing.) Many people expect us to magically produce these courses. It certainly takes more than magic!

RJ Stefanski

Marion, You've hit the nail on the head. If you to were pull out your hammer and take another swing, I'd suggest it would be on why we need to support online learning among leaders and teachers-- from the students' perspective.

Technology has become the lingua franca among high school students. As a parent of 2 high school students, I see this every day-- students are texting each other, using wikis, going to mySpace, uTube and blogs online to communicate, collaborate and interact with peers and friends. If we turn a blind eye to this, we risk further widening the communication gap that already exists with kids. We need teachers and educational leaders who are not overwhelmed, fearful or oblivious about technology. We need educators that understand how to mix it up, and adapt the learning environment for kids based on the way kids learn and communicate today.

Using these technologies and embracing online learning in all its dimensions, helps us connect with kids -- not just on the curriculum, or the content-- but on terms that assist them in their own personal, intellectual and social development.

Ron J. Stefanski

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Nancy Davis

Marion, you've again shown why Michigan is considered a leading state in the integration of technology throughout the fabric of K-12 education. The world of blogging is such a new and emerging arena and I know first hand the 'hesitation' that many superintendents have about putting their words in writing (fears of FOIA and other potential discomforts notwithstanding). It seems to be such an open environment with the potential for millions to see and read; the reality is that until/unless more of us engage in the discourse and read the writings of others, there is nothing to fear but fear itself!

I've alwasy believed that the best way to learn something well is to engage in it fully; participation in blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other online discourse must continue to be emphasized among our peers. Online learning is here to stay!

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