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Safer Internet Day 2012

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Tomorrow is Safer Internet Day 2012. You can visit the Safer Internet Day 2012 site for lots of lessons, talking points and resources not for just staying safe online but for using the Internet more effectively. Teaching students how to use online resources effectively and appropriately should be an everyday occurrence. So understanding what that responsibility means is a first step.

2012 Edublog Award Nominations

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For 2012 I wanted to nominate those that I have seen making change either through their blogs or conversations and who are really making a difference in the Edu Space. It''s that time of year again when the Edublog Awards aim to recognize the best Bloggers, Tweeters and Products. The process to nominate is simple and you can read about it here. hope you will check out all those that I have nominated and all those nominated by others. The lists of winners and nominated are great ways to build your network and find new voices to follow and read. edublog awards

2012 Presidential Election Knowledge Cards: Complete Student Candidate Guide via @Citelighter

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2012 Presidential Election Knowledge Cards by Citelighter I wanted to share with you a Presidential Debate Ontology that about a dozen Knowledge Experts (college students from top 25 universities, and top 5% of their class) created. mostly verifiable facts and very few opinion pieces). You can access the individual knowledge cards by clicking on the colored dots.

EdmodoCon 2012 - free online educational conference Aug 8th

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EdumodoCon is a free, online professional development conference being held on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012. Throughout the day, teachers will share ways they are using Edmodo and other digital tools in the classroom. It is scheduled for 10:00am - 9:00pm ET (GMT -5). If you are interested in presenting, go to the Call for Presenters site. You can register for the conference, for free, here. Edmodo is a great resource for teachers and students, providing a secure social learning network for classes. Teachers can host online discussions, share resources, and assign work to students.

Which Presidential Candidate do you side with in this election? Take this quiz to find out.

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2012 Presidential Debate 2012 Presidential Election classroom elections election and classroom FreeTech4Teachers I Side With Presidential Elections for Kids Richard Byrne Voting voting for kids Take a quick survey to see who you side with on important issues I recently found about about this survey tool from one of my favorite blogs, FreeTech4Teachers , by Richard Byrne. You can click here to see his full post. Each category contains about four questions. You have the option to add more questions in order to narrow your results to be more specific. To take the quiz, click here.

10 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have

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This past January I wrote "10 Tech Skills Every Student Should Have" and I have decided to modify it for the "10 Tech Skills Every Educator Should Have". Here''s my list. Overall, educators need to understand some basics about technology and that it is not a be-all-end-all solution to everything in a classroom. The How''s, Why''s and Value of Educational Technology 1. Most teachers know the basics.

The Power Of The Lurker

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Any one who knows me or reads my blog and Tweets knows I am a big advocate of social learning. The idea that we don''t have to be the smartest or be an expert in everything should be a big relief in the classroom. When I started teaching I did everything I could to make sure I knew more than my students. And for all of them (and you) I am grateful. There has to be some hook to draw is in. Lurker

My 2012 Edublog Nominations #eddies12

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2012 Edublog Award Nominations The following are my nominations for the 2012 Edublog Awards. eddies12 blog awards eddies eddies12 edublog edublog 2012 edublog awards edublog nominations My goal with this year''s nominations was to nominate people who I did not nominate last year or to highlight a new site. wish we could nominate three for each category. There simply are too many great and deserving sites and people to celebrate. Regardless if you''re in favor of the awards or not, I appreciate this time of year to discover a few new sites to try and people to add to my PLN.

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So.You Wanna Start Texting

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More and more students have access to mobile devices. In the last Pew Internet study , 77% of all teens have a cellphone. wasn''t able to find research on pre-teens but from the work I have done in my own district I would say almost 50% of them have cellphones as well. And these aren''t smart phones. Although, we know many have smart phones.) These are just plain, ol'', regular cell phones.

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Tools And Resources For Creating Infographics

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Infographics. You have probably seen them before. There are so many out there on a wide variety of topics. Here are just a few. Click the images to see more): The Computer Can Be A Dirty Place Visualizing Wikipedia Even Batman has an infographic These really are a great way to visualize data. And believe it or not, you don''t have to be a graphic designer to create them. look like? Oh and its free!

NearPod - create and share lessons on iPads in classroom - free

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NearPod is a free service/app that allows you to create interactive lessons and then share them across iPads in your classroom. Teachers create interactive presentations and then share them with the class. Here''s how it works. The teacher uses the Content Tool to create multimedia presentations and then share the content with the students. Get it from the App Store: [link].

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Flipping For Your Faculty.It's Easier Than Videos

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Lots has been made about flipping over the past year or so. Unfamiliar with the term? No problem. Here is an explanation. So the idea is, there is some sort of information transfer (basic information about a learning concept) outside of the learning environment (classroom) allowing for further discussion or extended learning when in the learning environment. (I made that sound all fancy. Videos.

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DENny Award Winners 2012 - Discovery Educator Network Awards

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Last night was the DENny Awards 2012, the annual awards where the Discovery Educator Network and Discovery Education honor DEN members for their efforts throughout the years. It''s the Oscars for us. In fact, the Discovery Education employees that ran the event were wearing tuxedo t-shirts! Discovery Education and the Discovery Educator Network do so much for educators and education.

What Do You Mean Evernote Could Get Better?

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Last time I wrote about the way I organize myself completely changed for the better with Evernote. Really, I can''t talk enough about this program and the endless possibilities there are for it. Just look at the comments from that post.) In that post I gave a few resources for learning about Evernote and even fewer with how to use it in the classroom. Apps, sites and and more are listed here.

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How Things Changed With @Evernote

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I''ll admit it. have to be one of the most unorganized people on the planet. have notebooks in just about every bag I carry. Multiple calendars and I still miss appointments. Slips of papers as reminders with some string of illegible thoughts on them, that, when I find them, I don''t have a clue what I was thinking when I wrote them. Not to mention my projects with my district. Ok, so what is it?

My Interview with John Seely Brown at 2012 Maker Faire

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Below is my live-audience interview with John Seely Brown at the 2012 Maker Faire in San Mateo, California, as part of the terrific EdSurge DIY Learning Pavilion. Look for more recordings from this great event to come

So.You Wanna Design Your Own Apps

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I have published lots of posts on my favorite iPad resources , my favorite apps for administrators , and posted countless Tweets and had a number of conversations about apps for learning, producing and consuming. But what about if you want to take the next step? You want (or better yet your kids) to create apps. Before I go the easy route, there are some standard (fairly nerdy) ways to create apps.

So.You Wanna Be A Blogger

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So this is a blog. It really is, or at least I want it to be. This is a space for me to reflect, share, learn and grow with anyone who stops by. It has been a wonderful experience for me and I really do enjoy working on this. Besides the professional growth, blogs can be a wonderful addition to any classroom too. So you are thinking? wanna start blogging? But I don''t know anything about it?

Your All Access Pass to the Bammy Awards!

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2012 I recently had the pleasure of attending the first ever Bammy Awards in Washington D.C. For the June 11, 2012 press release, click here. 2012 Bammy Awards awards for education Bammy Awards education awards teacher award teacher awards Twitterati Nick Provenzano, Eric Sheninger, Kyle Pace, Erin Klein, Joan Young, Adam Bellow The Bammy Awards Washington D.C. this September.

Edublog Awards 2012 - I was nominated for Best EdTech Blog

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just found out that I was nominated for, and am a finalist for, the Edublog Awards 2012, Best EdTech Blog. I started writing this blog as a way to organize and share edtech resources I found and it''s grown into much more than that. Thanks!! You can read more about the Edublog Awards here and vote for Educational Technology Guy here (under EdTech Blog). This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. Feel free to share summaries and links to these articles, but do not copy and repost entire article. Follow me on Twitter and Google+. awards edublogs

So.You Wanna Make Your Own Books and Texbooks

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For many teachers the traditional textbook just doesn''t cut it any more. Between the rapid pace at which information changes and rising cost, many are looking for alternatives. Believe it or not, there are lots of options out there, if you know where to look and you are willing to get your hands dirty. The best part? Kids can create these using any of the tools below. Here is an example.)

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Twitter For Little Folks

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Yep, another Twitter post. This time, I want to focus on another popular question I get. "If Twitter says you have to be 13 to use Twitter, how do I use it in my elementary classroom?" (See the Update below.) Great question! Twitter''s Privacy Policy says each user has to be at least 13 in order to have a Twitter account. This is to comply with privacy laws and non-collection of data of children.

So.You Wanna Use Voicethread

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I think collaboration and reflection are 2 of the biggest skills that kids need but aren''t really getting enough of. Having the opportunity to work together in meaningful ways and to reflect on their work and the work of their peers is key to being a learner. There are lots of tools that you can use to help kids collaborate and reflect. Blogs are a great example. Podcasts are another. Share.

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Some Handy Tools For YouTube

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Today (April 23, 2012) is the 7th Anniversary of the first video ever being uploaded to YouTube. You can still see that first video here. Many districts are realizing the potential that YouTube learning can have in the classroom. There are lots of great videos and channels out there on 1000''s of topics. have put together a list of some of my favorite tools to use with YouTube. Some are for the creation end, while some are for the consumption end. Overall they hopefully will give you a good start on getting more out of your favorite video service. And lets face it. No annoying comments.

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Happy Holidays - Most Read Posts of 2012

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image from Google.com homepage Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from Connecticut. I''m finishing up my day at work today with a quick post of the Most Read Posts of 2012. Most Read Posts of 2012: 1. It''s been an interesting year for me, as I started a new job as the Chief Information Officer for our district. It''s a rewarding and challenging job that I love. Tonight we head to friends'' for Christmas Eve and then off to my cousins'' tomorrow with the whole family. want to wish all of my readers Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. 10 Tech Skills Every Student Should Have 2.

Dropbox + Pinterest + SMART Exchange for Teachers + Common Core = ClassConnect

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Flip your Classroom, Just Store your Favorites , Find Common Core Content, and Share your Lessons “ ClassConnect saves me time building lessons so I can focus on engaging & inspiring my students. Eric and I just finished our first round of presenting this amazing tool to teachers for the first time since his product launched last week. The positive response was overwhelming. It was surreal!

Taking A Step Back And Thinking Critically About Technology

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I am probably going to take a lot of heat for this post. But maybe that''s a good thing. Perhaps more conversation is needed. remember where I was when I heard the iPad announced. I was sitting in my office when I was still working at a school. I had the live blog from Techcrunch on one screen and Twitter on the other. admit. I had to have one. I was in love. My 2 year old was the same way.

10 Apps & Sites for Digital Storytelling & more!

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Have your Students Tell their Stories Digitally! What is digital storytelling ? Students can tell their story in a digital manner the same as they would orally or on paper. Digital storytelling is simply applying one''s creative ideas in a manner that allows him or her to add multimedia (video, images, and audio) to their voice. Why use digital storytelling ? Using technology can be engaging.

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#ASCD12-A Presentation On Creating Social Media Policies For Schools And Districts

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Earlier today I had the honor and pleasure of presenting at the Annual Conference for ASCD. It felt like more of a homecoming as the conference this year was in Philadelphia, a city I have been to several times over the past 2 years for conferences and meetings. The presentation was the featured morning session and livestreamed.

Google Announces 90 regional finalists of Google Science Fair 2012

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Today Google has announced the 90 regional finalists of the Google Science Fair 2012. You can view the finalists and their projects here: [link] From the Google Official Blog: Congratulations to the regional finalists of the second Google Science Fair ! These top 90 entries from around the world represent some incredibly innovative and groundbreaking science. google science fair

From Evernote to Dropbox - see how to use these resources and more as powerful research tools!

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Web 2.0 Tools in Education Series Research Tools: A Quick Guide Wouldn''t it be nice if there was a resource that explained, in detail, everything you needed to know about research tools for education: what tools were available, how to sign up, getting started, etc.? tools. Now, we can all get more comfortable with the language of the researching tools we may have been avoiding. Web 2.0 bubbl.us

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Creating Social Media Guidelines.The Handout

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Over the past few weeks I have been working on a project for Edutopia and Facebook Education to develop a set of steps to follow when developing social media guidelines in your school or district. This all came about from my presentation at ASCD this year where I outlined how we created a document that promoted the use of social media by our teachers and our students but also gave tips on responsible use. You can read what we created here.) There are some simple, yet necessary steps that are important for the implementation of such guidelines. have embedded the document below for download.

Apps That Teach! (And Might Be Fun Too.)

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I get asked a lot what are my favorite apps. And I usually can rattle off a few. Evernote, Twitter, Wunderlist to name a few. But what about apps that actually teach? What about apps that kids (or you) can use to learn? have a few teachers in my district working on a 1:1 tablet project and we are going to be introducing some apps in a few weeks that are fun but have a purpose. You read that right.

Google Docs and Evernote - when and why I use each one

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This past Friday I attended EdcampCT and had a great time learning, sharing, and meeting new people. facilitated a discussion about Evernote and one of the questions I got was "why not just use Google Docs for notetaking?" I went on to explain all the features of Evernote but wanted to expand on it a bit. How do you use them? What other tools do you use for similar things?

How I use the new @ClassDojo App as a class job

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Letting Children Monitor Their Own Behavior I have written about Class Dojo on several occasions: Your Simple Classroom Solution for Active Engagement , Class Dojo wins at NBC''s Education Nation , and Easily Send Behavior/Academic Report Cards to Parents - Weekly - with Just One Click. However, my purpose for this post is to share their new app and how I''m using the free service in my classroom.

Why You Should Give Edmodo A Try

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Recently I attended the North Carolina Technology In Education Society''s (NCTIES) Annual Conference. Each year it gets bigger and bigger and we try to find more and more ways to engage with the attendees to make the conference more meaningful and to carry on conversations beyond just the sessions. So this year we did something new. We partnered with Edmodo to create the NCTIES community. This was something they had done with FETC and had great success with so we were eager to see how it would work for us. Then attendees were invited to join before, during and after the conference. No worries.

ISTE 2012 Online Program Available Now

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Attention all #edtech lovers, the ISTE 2012 conference planner is now available online. I''ve heard wonderful remarks about this conference in the past, and I''m very excited about attending this years convention. I''ll be part of a panel discussion this year with some of my ''ed-tech role-models!'' You can add this panel to your planner by clicking here.