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The Top Posts Of Web20Classroom For 2011

The Web20Classroom

Is it 2012 already? Another year has come and gone and like several of my good blogging friends have done I wanted to recap the Top 5 Posts from this year. I am sorta surprised at the mix but there are some, if I do say so myself, good posts. Quick List Of iPad Resources For The Classroom -This was my top post of the year. There''s more to it than just signing up.Who will manage? year in review

Breaking News: Today - Educreations Launches New iPad App and Turns Your iPad Into an Interactive Whiteboard

Kleinspiration

Available for the first time ever today, the new iPad app from Educreations will transform teaching. Using this app will turn your iPad into an interactive whiteboard, and allow you to plan, create, and share lessons in far less time than before. To that end, they''ve made it simple, fun, and fast for you to record whiteboard video tutorials and share them online. How amazing is that?

Announcing the 2011 Global Education Conference!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Because I was traveling, my co-chair for the 2011 Global Education Conference, Lucy Gray , took the lead on announcing our new conference website, dates, and call for proposal. The second annual Global Education Conference, a week-long event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, will be held Monday, November 14 through Friday, November 18, 2011. The Call for Proposals for the 2011 event is now open at [link]. But while I might be a week (or two!) late to the party, I promise I''m just as excited! But on to the actual announcement! go to [link].

2011 Edublog Award Nominations

EdTechSandyK

After watching the Edublog Awards process for a few years, and even voting in the final round before, I''ve decided it''s time for me to get involved at the grass-roots level by making some of my own nominations in 2011! it makes the process a bit easier. I rarely come away from reading one of her blog posts on these topics and others without having much food for thought to chew on.

5 Companies to Watch in 2011

The Electric Educator

Note: This is the first of my series "5 things to watch in 2011" Future installments will include: Five people to follow in 2011 Five trends to watch in 2011 Five technologies to watch in 2011 Five blogs to read in 2011 The folks over at Prezi continue to make their presentation product more and more compelling. January of 2011 saw the launch of an iPad app on which to view presentations. When I first learned about Prezi I was impressed by the fundamental change it brought to the art of presentations. Then I stumbled upon FYI Learning Online.

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Twitter In Schools-A Getting Started Guide

The Web20Classroom

The end of the school year is upon us however many are looking forward to next year. You may be thinking what can you do differently next year? How can you stand out above the crowd? How can your school become a larger part of the school community? While Twitter is beginning to catch on with many educators, schools are lagging in their adoption of the platform. But let''s think about it. Twitter is a quick and easy tool to let the entire school community know whats going on with you and your students. But where do you start? What are some things to consider? What do you hope to accomplish?

It's All About The Hashtag

The Web20Classroom

If you remember, in my 3 part series on Twitter , I wrote about how I completely changed the way I do professional development on Twitter. In a nutshell, I no longer start with signing up and tweeting the first day. I always show how to use Twitter without ever signing up. I believe it''s important to establish the value in using it rather than using it and attempting to find the value. What a lot of people don''t realize that Twitter is a very powerful search engine. Just like Google, if you know how to use the search effectively you can find pretty much anything. What is a hashtag you ask?

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Finally.You Tube Education

The Web20Classroom

If you haven''t heard You Tube Education officially launched today. It''s actually been around for a few weeks but today was the unavailing of the site and the announcement of major content partners. Now I am not technical when it comes to specific filters so you will have to direct those questions to your IT folks. But in our district we just whitelisted [link] and that was it. YouTube

Twitter Series-What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Twitter

The Web20Classroom

This is the second in a series I am doing all about Twitter. You can read the first post here , where I discuss the need to change the way we teach about Twitter. Today, lets go back to the beginning and look at what we wish we had known. If you have read any of my leadership pieces before, you know I am big on reflection. As educators, looking back on our practice is one of the most important things we can do. I try to set aside time each day to just think about how I did a workshop or something I said or a resource I looked at. I think reflecting is pretty easy. Take Twitter for example.

Last Call for 2011 Global Education Conference Proposals!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Excitement is really building for the worldwide 2011 Global Education Conference (November 14 - 18), and this is a quick reminder that proposals for session presentations are due by the end of the day this Monday, October 31st. Submit HERE. (To To register to attend the conference, which is online and free, just join the network at [link].) See you online

Wide EMU unConference 2011

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NWP 2011 on Prezi Here are a few links that will be mentioned within today''s chat: Do your students publish with purpose? The following is a Prezi I used to do my demonstration lesson this summer at the Eastern Michigan Writing Project. I will be referring to some of the resources within this presentation. Thank you for attending my session today the Wide-EMU ''11 unConference. Book Club and Blog 2010 class website Remind 101 ClassConnect Kids Like Blogs Storybird Inkpop I invite you to enter your email address within the box below to get my posts sent directly to your email.

Twitter Series-My Super, Top Secret Tips And Tricks For Getting The Most Out Of Twitter

The Web20Classroom

This is the last in my series on everything Twitter. You can read this first on How I do Twitter PD and the second on What People Wish They Had Known Before They Started. Today lets look at all my tips, tricks and resources for getting more out of Twitter. I get asked all the time one of three questions: 1) Where do you find all those links you post? 2) How do you make sure you don''t miss everything without staying on Twitter 24/7? 3) How do you organize everything you find from Twitter? Well I am so glad you asked. There really aren''t any secrets. So lets look at what I use. sometimes.

Must Read for School Administrations Who Want to Be Technology Leaders: Horizon Report 2011

The 21st Century Principal

When compared to the near-horizon technologies in the 2011 Horizon Report, 1) electronic books and 2) mobiles, administrators and educators can get a consistent picture where the adoption trends are going. For example, both the 2010 and 2011 Horizon Report stress the importance of “digital literacy as a skill in every discipline and profession.”

What's Wrong With Google Telling Me Everything?

The Web20Classroom

The topic of Critical Thinking and Google Searches seems to poke it''s head out via various discussions and conversations every now and then. Even on #edchat last night the topic centered around moving kids away from thinking Google has all the answers to thinking critically. First let me clarify. I use the term Google Searches loosely. That has come to mean all searches but there are obviously other search engines out there (Like Bing and Yahoo) that are still relevant and used in schools. But by far, Google is the most popular search engine around. I''m not so sure about that.

Dear Kleinspiration Friends,

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Dear Kleinspiration Friends, The Parent''s Magazine Blog Contest is still going on, and I could really use your support for this site. If you could please take a moment and vote to support Kleinspiration, that would be wonderful!! By Best Mom Tech Blog Each vote truly does count. Thank you all very much!! Please click here to vote for Kleinspiration. Additionally, TBA is up for the award for Best All-Around Blog. Please click here to vote for TBA. Love and Hugs, Erin Klein.

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2011 Virtual School Symposium

The Electric Educator

This week I am hanging out in Indianapolis at the Virtual School Symposium sponsored by the International Association for K12 Online Learning ( iNACOL ). Today I let an all day pre-conference on Google Apps for Education. It was a lively group and I enjoyed working with Cindy Lane and Andy Crozier , two Google Apps experts! Here''s my planned scheduled along with a few comments of my own.

2011 Virtual School Symposium Recap

The Electric Educator

2011 iNACOL Virtual School Symposium This week I attended the 2011 Virtual School Symposium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Over 1,900 educators interested in online learning were in attendance. K-12 Online learning is in a state of great flux. Very few things that are currently being done or products that are currently being sold will be around in the next 3-5 years. Data is not portable.

The Technology Integration Answer (Well Almost.)

The Web20Classroom

Earlier this year our group adopted the TPACK model of technology integration. What is TPACK you ask? Basically, it takes the approach that planning for technology integration shouldn''t be an event. It should be something that adds to what we are already doing. You can view this presentation to learn more. And the Activity Types Sheets are great to keep in the plan book so they are always there.

Edublog 2011 Awards: Best New Blog

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Kleinspiration Named Top 5 Winner in the Edublog 2011 Awards Thank you all so much for your support. award winning edublog edublog 2011 edublog 2011 winners edublog awards edublog best group blog edublog best new blog edublog winners Erin Klein Kleinspiration Teaching Blog Addict TBA is one of the highest ranking edublogs according to Alexa.com.

Edublog 2011 Award Nominations

Kleinspiration

Edublog 2011 Award Nominations The nominations are now open! There are so many great individuals and groups to support. I''m always excited to see how many bloggers come together to support the writers they learn from and collaborate with throughout the year. I''ve learned so much through the resources he shares. Being in the edublogging world, this is huge! I''m thankful for her creativity.

Quick List Of Mobile Apps For Administrators

The Web20Classroom

When it comes to mobile learning there are loads of great sites for apps for kids and teachers. Everything from apps organized by Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy to apps organized by grade level and subject area. But what you might not know, especially if you are an administrator is that there are some great apps out there for you. What are they? Well my administrator friend, here are my Top 9 Apps For Administrators (All of these are for iPad but you can find many, or an equivalent, in the Android Market as well) 1) Google Docs-Where would I be with out Google Docs? Lost I am sure. All on your iPad!

A convenient untruth

Learning with 'e's

What do you think is the teacher's worst enemy? Some would say lack of time. Others would say unsupportive leadership, or the dreaded government inspection. Rigid curriculum, lack of resources and bad student behaviour may also be high on the list for many educators. For me, the worst enemy is bad theory. Bad theory, when accepted without challenge, can lead to bad practice. References Coffield, F.,

Seven reasons teachers should blog

Learning with 'e's

I have written extensively on what makes a good blogpost and why it is so powerful. F rom personal experience blogging is one of the most beneficial professional development activities I have ever engaged with. I learn more from blogging than I do from almost any other activity I participate in. Here are 7 good reasons why teachers should blog: 1) Blogging causes you to reflect. Unported License.

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MACUL 2011 Conference Notes

The Electric Educator

I''ve started a collaborative notes document for keynote and break out sessions from the 2011 MACUL conference (Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning). This year the conference is being held in Detroit, Michigan. If you''d like to view the live document, click here. 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). macul11

It's been a Great Week!

Kleinspiration

What a great year Kleinspiration has had in 2011. Kleinspiration was awarded Top 5 in the Edublog 2011 Awards for Best New Blog click here to view all of the winners Kleinspiration launched the opening of our Teacher Store click here to view and shop My monthly post was published in Really Good Stuff for December. First, I''d like to wish you all a Happy Holiday! Thanks to YOU!

If you're a K-2 Teacher. ESGI is for YOU!

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I''ve been working with Greg, founder and developer of ESGI, Educational Software for Guiding Instruction. He''s created an amazing tool for K-2 reading teachers. even parents are welcome to use this tool! Right now, if you''re a reader of Teaching Blog Addict , Greg is offering a FREE full year subscription to three people. Click Here to connect to Teaching Blog Addict and read about how to enter. Regardless, you can always click here and try ESGI out for Free for 60 days. I''m so excited I did. I LOVE this tool!!

I think, therefore I blog

Learning with 'e's

There seems to be a growing divide between teachers who share their content, and teachers who don't. In a recent blog post, I gave seven reasons why teachers should blog. I followed that post up with another highlighting some of the reasons teachers don't blog. Blogging for me has many clear benefits for professionals. For some, blogging and other content generation is just extra work.

5 Trends to Watch in 2011

The Electric Educator

Note: This is the second of my series "5 things to watch in 2011" Future installments will include: Five companies to watch in 2011 Five people to follow in 2011 Five technologies to watch in 2011 Five blogs to read in 201 Reverse Instruction is an innovative instructional strategy that was originally used by chemistry teachers Aaron Sams and Jon Bergman. Look for mobile devices and applications to dominate the news and innovation cycle of 2011. The basic idea involves have students watch recorded lectures at home and working on homework assignments at school.

Live Interview Thursday Sept. 29th on "iPads in the Classroom--a Success Story"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Date : Thursday, September 29th, 2011 Time : 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT ( interna tional times here ) Duration : 1 hour Location : In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). The classroom pilots, funded by 21st Century Learning Environments, have had "tremendous success" and are gaining much attention at the state and national levels. Log in at [link].

A head teacher writes.

Learning with 'e's

We have had pencils in our school now for some time, and we were one of the first to adopt them, but it has been an uphill struggle. There aren't enough to go around, and often several of the children have to crowd around to use the pencils at the same time. But we are better off than many schools. And they were right, pencils are in fact a game changer. Even the parents are complaining. should be!

5 Blogs to Read in 2011

The Electric Educator

Check back next Monday for the final installment in my series "5 things to watch in 2011". Spearheaded by Daniel Rezac , the purpose of EdReach is to "To take education forward, by bringing voices together." The contributors to EdReach are a innovative and influential bunch. I am humbled and privileged to be one of them! Jon is very responsive to questions via twitter or on his blog.

SMART Table Interactive Games

Kleinspiration

SMART Technologies has great activities using the SMART Table Many of us use some sort of IWB, interactive white board, in our classroom. I''ve been fascinated with what the SMART Table can do for younger children. I subscribe to the SMART YouTube Channel and have been impressed with the resources they share using the SMART Table. Here is a great article TechCrunch did introducing the SMART Table.

The Best of 2011 via Edutopia

Kleinspiration

The Best of Edutopia 2011 Resources This year, I was fortunate to be a guest blogger for Edutopia. Click here to enjoy their final newsletter of 2011. best of 2011 edutopia best of education 2011 Edutopia edutopia blog edutopia enewsletter edutopia newsletter Erin Klein guest blogger edutopia You can read my post here. I''m always amazed by the quality resources their team puts together. I highly recommend viewing their e-newsletter and becoming a subscriber yourself. Their resources are always superb and meaningful to your practice.

Tools of the trade

Learning with 'e's

I was quite impressed by Joyce Seitzinger's Professional Learning Environment (PLN) model that she presented at Deakin University in Melbourne this week. The first slide on the left shows a quadrant model in which she has used a work/office metaphor to define four discrete functions of a PLN. Yet she leaves blogs and other authoring tools to insert into the final quadrant, the Portfolio.

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Building Your PLN-A Primer For Anyone

The Web20Classroom

At ASCD2011 I sat down with the good folks over at Follett and talked about a wide variety of topics surrounding technology, leadership and more. Here is the first part of the interview on Building A PLN. What do you think? What are some other important aspects of PLN building or just network building in general. What works for you?

The open case

Learning with 'e's

Today, more than ever, academics and professionals need to question the value of publishing in closed journals. Forget for a moment the ludicrous prices many publishers charge for personal and institutional subscriptions. Think about the audience. Just how many people will actually read an article in a closed journal? The answer for most closed journals is - not very many. Unported License.

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The Flipped Classroom Explained

A Principal's Reflections

There has been a great deal of information lately on the World Wide Web and in the media on the flipped classroom approach. I still get the sense that many educators are unsure of what this actually means and entails. I myself have done quite a bit of research as of late to gain a better understanding. The goal is to extend learning time conversation to outside of class through threaded discussion."