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Scott McLeod
Works at Prairie Lakes AEA
Attended College of William & Mary
Lives in Ames, IA
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school technology leadership, educational leadership, technology integration, social media, school law
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  • Prairie Lakes AEA
    Director of Innovation, present
  • University of Kentucky
    Associate Professor & Founding Director, CASTLE
  • Iowa State University
    Associate Professor & Founding Director, CASTLE
  • University of Minnesota
    Assistant Professor & Founding Director, CASTLE
  • University of Cincinnati
    Assistant Professor
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Ames, IA
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Minneapolis, MN - Cincinnati, OH - Iowa City, IA - Charlotte, NC - Williamsburg, VA - Reston, VA - Roanoke, VA - Austin, TX - Annandale, VA - Arlington, VA
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Director of Innovation. CASTLE Director. Blogger. Idea generator. Solution builder. Agitator. Catalyst. “If the leaders don’t get it, it’s not going to happen.”
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Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on K-12 school technology leadership issues. Dr. McLeod currently serves as the Director of Innovation for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency in Iowa. He also 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 was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens)He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, the National School Boards Association, and the Center for Digital Education. In 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and occasionally at BigThink and The Huffington Post. He also is the co-editor of the book, What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media.
Education
  • College of William & Mary
    B.A., History, Secondary Education, 1990; M.Ed., Educational Administration, 1992
  • University of Iowa
    J.D., Law, 1998; Ph.D., Educational Administration, 2000
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500 NE 6th Street P.O. Box 802 Pocahontas, IA 50574

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I want to learn how to do this!
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me too!
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What are the universities doing to prepare educators who can facilitate technology-infused learning environments that emphasize deeper cognitive complexity and greater student agency?
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Love this post from +Miguel Guhlin 
"My principal would like to have YouTube unblocked for teachers so they can access educational videos," shared a teacher colleague. "That way, they can at least show them to students." "That's not going to happen," I replied,...
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It’s hard for schools to teach kids how to make a dent in the universe when they’re focused so heavily on teaching compliance... (and 2 more)
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[In honor of whatever educational technology conference you next attend...]

30 fantastic free apps for pre-readers!  38 of the best elementary learning apps for students!  40 iPad apps for science! 60 APPS IN 60 MINUTES!!!! 
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Best thing I've read all week! From +Silvia Tolisano 
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Well said, John. I feel this way often as I attend yet another incredible extracurricular event here in our college town.

The excessive testing and the homework and the meaningless packets and the lack of inquiry and deeper thinking and the deeply-entrenched punishments and rewards? Those are important too, and they're killing kids' love of learning. Schools shouldn't get a free pass because they have a few awesome outside-of-school events or have a few amazing teachers. We need to keep pushing on the system (not the teachers) to #makeitbetter 
I realize that I can be critical about certain aspects of education. I hate the excessive testing and the way it is driving instruction in many schools. I am bothered by homework and by meaningless packets. I want to see more...
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Good point, +Justin Schwamm, about 'obsolete' v. 'broken'
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We’re supposed to be about learning in schools, right? How many schools have a mission or vision or purpose statement that says “blah blah blah life long learning blah blah blah?” 97%? 99%? 100%? And yet we do a terrible job of modeling...
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We don't care about those kids. Those kids can watch Khan Academy videos and get retained in 3rd grade. It's all about the kids that need to work at their own pace in less time so school doesn't slow them down, not the kids that need to work at their own pace but need more time... 
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