Tom Whitby
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Author, The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning. Edutopia Blogger, Host of #Edchat Radio for the Bam Radio Network. Blogger: My Island View. Founder of #Edchat, The Educators PLN Ning, Linkedin Group Owner-Technology-Using Professors,Twitter-Using Educators, Educational Bloggers, Ning-Using Educators, NYSCATE Network, St. Joseph's College NY group, Levittown,NY, Connections. Former Contributing Editor to SmartBlog on Education by SmartBrief.
Specialties: Becoming a specialist in Social Media for Education. Twitter: @tomwhitby 49,000 followers
What is your present job title?
Consultant, Work Outside Education, Parent
At what school level do you work?
Pre-school, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, K-12, College/University
Where do you work?
Nassau County NY, Suffolk County NY, NYC, Other location in NY State, Other location in USA, Outside USA

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A Professional Development Alternative

Posted on November 30, 2018 at 10:06am 0 Comments


I recently attended the annual conference held by NYSCATE, the New York State ISTE affiliate organization. It is a favorite conference of mine, since I served as a board member of that organization for about six years. It is also both comprehensive and progressive in the way of education conferences. As with all education conferences it is easy to…


What’s an Accomplished Administrator?

Posted on December 1, 2015 at 1:27pm 0 Comments

I have been very fortunate to travel both nationally and internationally to attend education conferences. A primary benefit of this is having great conversations with various types of educators. With so many of these conversations taking place on a regular basis, I find myself often depending on an opening question that resides on a short list of questions in my head. I have teacher questions, principal questions, and superintendent questions. Most of these questions are geared to being…


Admins: Good, Better, Best

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.” St. Jerome

After years of teaching in many buildings and several districts, I have acquired a number of observations on how teachers view and rate administrators. Of course everyone’s view is skewed by each person’s idea of how an administrator is supposed to provide leadership, as well as what amount of an administrator’s job should be administration and how…


Methods: Tradition vs. Relevance

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 8:49pm 0 Comments

This morning I read a post from a higher education educator about the negative effects of Tech in lectures. The author was perplexed when he realized a great many students in his lecture hall were paying attention to Facebook, or attending to email during the course of a two-hour lecture. His school chose to ban tech devices from the lecture hall. Additionally, students were required to use nametags, so that the lecturer could address individual students with…


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At 11:42am on July 17, 2011, Sy Roth said…
Thanks for your prompt response. I will give those sites a try. It certainly is warm enough today for a dip into some cool refreshing waters. Hope ton stay in touch. Thanks again.
At 11:23am on July 17, 2011, Sy Roth said…
I have a question, Tom, related to employment. I recently retired after 42 years in education. The experience was always invigorating. Teacher, students, parents and fellow administrators never failed to provid the challenges to help keep my intellectual interests alive. I was an avid reader of educational texts and found myself in discourse about educational matters. It has beennone year since retirement and I have found that audience shrinking away and I have fewer avenues for those discussions. I have not considered Twitter or blogging as an alternative, but have read some of your stuff and I want tonfind out how I ca, perhaps, get on board. It is a self discovery thatvi desire to see if my years of work carry some weight out in the current world of education. Any advice?
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At 8:42am on July 14, 2011, Dr. Geraldine Sullivan-Keck said…

Hi Tom~

It has been a while but I was happy to hear from you...isn't it amazing how we all need to stay "connected" even when we have a chance to disconnect and just relax?  I didn't make ISTE this year but heard it was many great ideas, so little money for technology...but we are moving ahead here in Sayville!






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