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The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017


In December 2010, The Journal –“t he leading Technology based education publication for K-12 and higher education”– published an article with a 5-prong prediction for the following year. But, how does the 2010 vision for edTech match what’s actually happening today? Billion has been invested in US K-12 education technology companies since 2010. Will the cloud continue to reign?

A PLN Quick Start Guide

A Principal's Reflections

Updated 4/17/13 The concept of a PLN has been around for a very long time. PLN''s back in the day consisted of individuals with the same professional interests engaging in mostly face to face communication. Fast forward a good amount of years and enter the internet. No one can argue that the evolution of the real-time web has dramatically altered how we communicate, gather information, and reflect.

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The Super Book Of Web Tools For Educators

The Web20Classroom

There is lots of great information on there on Web 2.0 and using technology in the classroom for teachers. Heck, just check out the name of this blog. But often if you have teachers that are just starting out or need some help figuring all this tech stuff out, it can be a daunting task as there is lots of information. My good friend Richard Byrne , writer of the wildly popular Free Technology For Teachers blog approached me a few weeks ago and asked me if I would contribute to a free ebook he was putting together. I was happy to contribute a section on social media. Here is the book.

QR Code AT-A-Glance Comic Tutorial

The Daring Librarian

(Click above for more sizes & to download or to embed! ) As promised! Please feel free to Take, Use, Share! Creative Commons - Share Alike! Like these Comic Tutorials? I have a whole slew of ''em! From Blabberize, Customizing Blogger & blog design, downloading YouTube videos to your HD to a Two part Twitter Primer - I seem addicted to creating these bright fun direction sheets! Enjoy!

QR Huh? What The Heck Is A QR Code?

The Web20Classroom

Have you seen these around town where you are lately? I was a little surprised when I saw them all over the Black Friday ads back in November. This is a QR or Quick Response Code. Simply, put it is a 3D barcode. It''s a much more sophisticated version of the barcode on your bag of Lays Potato Chips. QR Codes are popping up everywhere and are gaining in popularity in education. First a video.

Video Tutorial: Mastering Word 2010


This comprehensive online training course produced by Microsoft® Certified Trainer Christina Tankersley covers all aspects of Microsoft Word 2010. Techlearning Resources PD Tips

6 Nifty Ideas For Using Google Apps In The Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Over the past few weeks I have collected some great classroom resources surrounding the use of Google for various classroom activities. Here are a few of my favorites. (In In no particular order. I don''t want to make anyone jealous or anything.) Googlios [link] E-portfolios are becoming more and more popular. Below is a preview video from the site. Be sure to save this site. Creating them is easy.

10 Google Voice Tricks That Will Rock Your Phone!

The Electric Educator

Phones are remnants of the analog world. Google Voice adds your phone into the cloud! If you aren''t currently using Google Voice, I would recommend my my previous post for a basic overview of the service. If are a user, here are 10 tips to rock your phone! If you have other creative ways that you have used Google Voice, please leave a comment! Call from Gmail. Brilliant! Reach Out with Voice!

Social Media In The Classroom.

The Web20Classroom

Recently at NCTIES Kevin Honeycutt spoke on Personal Learning Networks. I did not attend the session however a quote from it, tweeted and retweeted several times really resonated with me (and several others). He said, "I am smart. But with my PLN, I am brilliant!" So true! The connections we make with those in our PLN help to make us brilliant. Here is just a taste of what was said. Change?

Twitter: The Art of the Follow

The Daring Librarian

The Art of the Follow: One of the hardest things on Twitter is to master is the art of the Follow. When I started I was so thrilled when ANYone followed me - I didn''t look too closely and would immediately follow them back. follow selectively because useless chatter & only FourSquare posts does not move the conversation forward. Here are a few thoughts on how to decide to follow. Everything!

Ideas to Increase Parent Communication in Schools

A Principal's Reflections

Last night I participated in #edchat on Twitter and the topic of discussion focused on techniques teachers could use to improve communication with parents. I added my ideas on the topic and attempted to link techniques and strategies I utilize to both teachers and administrators. Educators must be experts in effective communication techniques, especially when it comes to parents. In my experience I have identified 4 key principles that lay a foundation for communicating effectively with parents: Transparency, Honesty, Accessibility, and Flexibility. Hold training workshops for parents.

Field of Dreams

A Principal's Reflections

As I write this post I am sitting in the Des Moines airport waiting for my flight back to the East Coast. I was fortunate to spend the last few days here in Iowa as a guest of Scott McLeod who founded and runs the C.A.S.T.L.E. program at Iowa State University. I have little experience in this area as I only know of a handful of districts in New Jersey that have these programs.

Tools to Help Become a Tech Savvy Educator

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at The Educator''s Royal Treatment. As I mentioned in a previous post I have been working on a educational technology presentation for principals in a NJ school district. Below I will break down the main components of my presentation in an attempt to provide a toolkit to be used by other administrators, or any educator for that matter, across the globe. Web 2.0 Learn more here. Web 2.0

How Educators Connect With Kids On The First Days Of School

The Web20Classroom

Last week I asked for your ideas on how you make connections with kids on the first days of school. I am overwhelmed by the response. With right at 80 ideas there is surely something here for everyone, or at least a new idea to try. I wanted to highlight a few of my favorites: On day 1, I introduce my new gr. 7 students to their Google Docs account, along with the help of the my gr. 8 students who used it last year. All students fill out Google Forms (What are your interests? Learning Styles, Class wiki scavenger hunt). They get to pick the style of voice. They love it! Back To School

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Google Webinar Tomorrow!

The Electric Educator

December 21st, 2010 at 7:30 ET I will be leading a webinar on collaborative projects for STEM classrooms using Google Apps for Education. This is a free, 1 hour webinar. Please join the discussion! To register for the webinar, click here. For a glimpse at the topics and tools that will be covered, click here. See you tomorrow night! Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I always appreciate feedback on my posts. You can find me on Twitter (@jrsowash), Google+, Linkedin (jrsowash), and YouTube (jrsowash


Livescribe Pencast Book Reviews & More!

The Daring Librarian

Or.Craft Time with the Daring Librarian! Addmitedly, the Daring Librarian is a geeky gadget grrl! I''ve been talking about the Livescribe pen on my Gadget-A-Go-Go wiki & in presos for years now! Finally, I got one! Woohoo! now.what to do with it? Hmmmm SO many ideas! Background information: the Livescribe pen will record audio and writing/drawing and can play back with just a tap of the pen.

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Using Google Calendar for Lesson Planning

The Electric Educator

Google calendar is a great tool. My wife and I have been using it for over a year to keep track of our family activities. A new feature currently in calendar labs adds the ability to attach a Google Doc to a calendar event. This makes using Google Calendar for lesson planning a powerful tool. Here''s a quick tutorial on lesson planning with Google Calendar. Thanks for subscribing to my blog.

EdTech Matters to Students

A Principal's Reflections

The following is the second guest post from NMHS student Meredith McCann. Meredith is a senior at NMHS and plans to pursue a career as a math teacher. I feel fortunate that the administration and staff of New Milford High School is made up of people who care for their students and are committed to education. The implementation of Web 2.0 All of this and more is embraced at NMHS.

Sites we like: July 2010

techlearning The Smithsonian Ocean Portal offers assets from the Smithsonian and more than 20 environmental organizations. Techlearning News


Free Google Apps Training Resources

The Electric Educator

Google Apps for Education is quickly becoming a significant force in education. Google recently announced that over 10 million students have gone Google. Google is an engineering company that has created some unbelievably useful products. Computer engineering is what they do and they do a great job at it. Training, support, and marketing are not their strongest suites. Full description here ).

My Quick List of iPad Apps

A Principal's Reflections

Yesterday after receiving my iPad I quickly reached out to my PLN for some suggestions on which apps to download. The key for me is that I will be using this device at work in concert with my administrative team during administrative walk-throughs, observations, and to take notes during meetings (I am sure some other uses will come up as I get more acclimated with the iPad). Dropbox : MUST HAVE!

Filter Google Search Results by Reading Level


This morning a post on the Free Technology for Teachers blog alerted me to a new Google search feature which will let you filter your search results by reading level. There are three generic levels: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. In the Google web search forum and Google web search help , I didn''t find any age/reading level correlations for these categories or information on how the levels are determined. I still think it''s a tool worth investigating for many purposes. Educators might narrow down search results when they are looking for websites to recommend to their students.

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Turning Dreams Into Reality

A Principal's Reflections

I''ll admit, I am a technology junkie. In my opinion it is not very difficult to quickly become one as a result of the world that we live in. The challenge for people like me is to develop a school culture that not only places an emphasis on academic rigor and excellence, but also one that promotes learner creativity and imagination. These are just my ramblings. What are your thoughts?

Education is About Giving

A Principal's Reflections

Below is a message that I sent to my entire staff today prior to our holiday break. The Holiday Season is a wonderful time of the year. It is filled with gifts, family gatherings, festive celebrations, and most importantly scrumptious food. I would just like to take this minute to wish each and everyone of you a break filled with joy, peace, and rest. These academies will include S.T.E.M.,


TeachMeet Nashville 2010

The Web20Classroom

Over the next 2 days I will participating in TeachMeet Nashville. TeachMeets are unique conference experiences where everyone has an opportunity to share, learn and grow as professional educators. I will be part of a panel on Social Media in Education. I also have the honor of giving the closing Keynote. All sessions will be broadcast live via Ustream and I encourage you to tune in if you can.

Bring Those Boring Binders To Life With Livebinders

The Web20Classroom

I realized today that I have talked a lot about my various Livebinders but never really have taken the time to explain what they are or how they work. First, a video. Think of Livebinders as a virtual 3 ring binder that you can put pretty much anything in. Webpage, PDF, image, video, text, they all can go into a page organized for you. There are tons of great examples there. Shameless plug time.

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Edublog 2010 Nominations

The Web20Classroom

It is that time of year again when Edubloggers from around the globe make their pick for the Annual Edublog Awards. Last year this blog was nominated in several categories and I won Twitterer of The Year and #Edchat won for Best Series of Tweets. The awards are a great way to find new blogs to follow, twitterers to follow and resources to discover. So be sure to check out all the nominations and check back on Dec. 15 to see who the winners are. I had a really tough time this year with my nominations. There is so much great content out there and so many great people too. edublog awards

Beginning At The End.

The Web20Classroom

We have a problem in realm of edtech. I am guilty of it and chances are you have been too at some point. You and I are not guilty of it all the time and truthfully, it may have only happened once or twice but it is a constant problem and it is time we deal with it. There are so many cool tools out there. This blog looks at just a handful available. One of my most forgettable workshops was on Excel.

It's a Moo's Flash to Save Cash!

The Daring Librarian

LOL Inspiration Blog Posting Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Design Tip Blog Posting Saturday, May 29, 2010 I''d also say today''s post included some tips, too! Nom nom! Yummy new Mini Moo cards all cooked up & ready to serve! Featuring Reed & Barton 1800 flatware & my Kitchen Aid stove! And I''ve blogged about design tips , too! With Templates, suggestions, and more! Let me know!

HOT QR Codes in the Classroom & Library

The Daring Librarian

Calvin Klein Jeans recently put up three billboards - 2 in NYC and 1 in LA - to promote the brand’s upcoming campaign for Winter 2010. QR Codes are popping up everywhere! On the back of my Sephora catalog, windows of shops, and in my library! They''re already big in Japan - and now in New York & LA. The commercial might be sexy but I think the QR code is even HOTTER! Shopping ALERT!

Google Moderator: Cast Your Vote!

The Electric Educator

At their Mountain View, CA campus, Google hosts regular " Tech Talks " in which Googlers or other invited guests speak on various topics for the general benefit of the Google Community. Question and Answer sessions were a bit disorganized so Google engineers Dave S. Young, Taliver Heath, and Colby Ranger decided to spend their 20% time creating a tools to manage questions during these session.

Learn where menu and toolbar commands are in Office 2010 and related products

Educational Technology Guy

We are transitioning from Office 2003 to Office 2010 and, as many of you know, there are major menu changes in terms of where commands are located. Microsoft has a great site that has tutorials and interactive guides to find where the commands are in Office 2010 products. This is a great resource to share with anyone learning Office 2010. I just found another great resource on Microsoft Office. It is easy to use and the interactive guide walks you through finding specific commands. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

Add your Phone to the Cloud with Google Voice!

The Electric Educator

This is a voice mail that I received exactly one year later on December 8, 2010. Telephony has been around for a long time, however despite advancements in some areas (cordless phones, cell phones, voicemail etc), some aspects have remained archaic: We frequently need to call multiple numbers and leave multiple messages before getting locating the person we need to talk with.

Why a Blog?

A Principal's Reflections

Fast forward to February of 2010. My mind was set in concrete that I would NEVER under any circumstances begin to blog (wait, I said the same thing about joining Facebook up until 2010). As I reflect on my continuous evolution as an educational leader I am constantly amazed at how things have changed over the course of a year and a half. It was in March of 2009 that I decided to give this thing Twitter a try. Obviously my perception of Twitter early on was formed by the likes of Ashton Kutcher and Shaq. Boy was I wrong! Envious would be a more appropriate word. So what changed?

Wikipedia Is NOT Wicked!

The Daring Librarian

Hi, My name is Gwyneth and I use Wikipedia every day. There, I said it. Somehow that''s pretty freeing! Wikipedia is NOT a dirty word. We''re doing a disservice not teaching our kids HOW to use it and how to cite in - ummm selectively & with forethought. But who are we kidding? It ain''t goin away folks! the Wikipedias are here to stay.It''s an Internet Wonder of the World! Really?

Educators - Be Careful What You Post Online


I follow with interest the stories of educators whose careers have been damaged or even lost because of an indiscreet post they make online. Or in some cases an indiscreet post someone else makes about them or shares from their profile. It remains to be seen how this Georgia teacher''s case will pan out (unless I have missed a resolution somewhere in my research). Unported License.

Cartoonerific! David Lanham is a Bucketfull of AWEsome!

The Daring Librarian

I found out about David Lanham - the amazing & talented artist from the Iconfactory who created the Ollie the Twitter bird (now available to purchase as a collectible toy!) on Mashable: FaceTime + $50 = Awesome Personalized Avatar & Wired: Geek Artist Making $50 Caricatures Over FaceTime this summer and just had to fearfully indulge in a custom cartoon avatar! Very cool and SO worth it!