On January 28, 2010, a group of students in grades 5-12 from Van Meter, Iowa, shared testimonies for the Iowa House/Senate Education Appropriations Committee about 21st Century Learning and the way learners can be empowered with digital tools. This podcast is an audio recording of a skype conversation with Deron Durflinger, secondary principal of Van Meter schools, and John C. Carver, superintendent of schools in Van Meter. Deron and John skyped in to a full day workshop just outside St Paul, Minnesota, which I was facilitating for CASTLE (The UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education.) These Van Meter students got the attention of Iowa legislators last Thursday, who need to understand the power and potential of 1:1, blended learning. In this podcast, Deron and John share part of the story of 1:1 learning in Van Meter and their administrative vision for transformed learning in the 21st century.

Show Notes:

  1. I Witnessed History Today – blog post of principal Deron Durflinger about the student presentation on 28 Jan 2010 for Iowa legislators
  2. The Think, Lead, Serve Wiki – Van Meter website about the 28 Jan 2010 Iowa legislature event
  3. Blog of Deron Durflinger (Principal of Van Meter Secondary Schools)
  4. Blog of John C Carver (Superintendent of Van Meter Schools, Iowa)
  5. Blog of the Van Meter Schools Elementary Library
  6. 1:1 Schools Team Blog
  7. Iowa 1:1 Schools Blog
  8. 1:1 Iowa Schools Wiki
  9. Van Meter Schools Central Wiki
  10. John C Carver on Twitter: @johnccarver
  11. Deron Durflinger on Twitter: @derondurflinger
  12. Dillon’s Rule in Iowa (English WikiPedia)
  13. Westside Community Schools (Omaha, Nebraska)
  14. Skype (English WikiPedia)
  15. Around the World with Skype by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano (K12Online09)
  16. Alrededor del Mundo con Skype by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano (K12Online09)
  17. Video-Conferencing It’s Easy, Free and Powerful by Brian Crosby (K12Online08)
  18. UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), Iowa State University
  19. Our workshop curriculum links today

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