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Augmented Reality to Inspire Creative Writing

Two Guys and Some iPads

Using ColAR Mix and augmented reality to bring learning to life! During this first week of school, I wanted to inspire my students to be creative and have fun with their learning. In years past I have always struggled to make my writing lessons fun and engaging, yet productive. This is year I decided to introduce writing with the help of my favorite tech tool: Augmented Reality! Have fun 2.

Tons of Classroom Examples Using Augmented Reality with @Aurasma - A Complete How-To Guide!

Kleinspiration

How to Use Augmented Reality in Your Classroom this post is read best via a desktop due to the embedded video content Augmented reality allows someone to add another layer to an existing image. Pretty cool, right? The first time it happens, it seems like magic. neither could my students! Aurasma is the app I use to create augmented reality. find it to be reliable, and it''s used by many. magical!

Summer Learning Series-Doing More And Learning More With Diigo

The Web20Classroom

This is the sixth post in my Summer Learning Series. These are short posts with tools, tips and resources for you to try something new this summer or something you can take to the classroom in the Fall. First was Collaborative Learning With Edmodo and then we followed up with Learning With Hashtags. Then we looked at TED Talks. We moved on to Twitter chats. But there is a flaw. Enter Diigo.

My Workflow as CIO - includes heavy use of Evernote

Educational Technology Guy

I am the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for an urban public school district. We have over 21,000 students, 3500 faculty and staff, 40 buildings, 15,000 devices, a full data center and fiber network, and an IT department staff of 15. have specific workflow that I have developed over the last year to help stay organized and on schedule. check with with my staff and make notes on their projects.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

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Infographic: How Students Use Technology in School and Out

The 21st Century Principal

What are we getting students to do with technology in our schools? Here''s an interesting infographic from Education Week that offers some answers to that very question. One can only hope that "Create presentations and media" doesn''t mean our students are spending a great deal of time engaged in PowerPoint creation. know I didn''t. Browse more Education Week infographics.

Why Do You Blog? A Student's Perspective

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by New Milford High School sophomore Sarah Almeda. After learning about her Chemistry blog titled Avogadro Salad I asked her to share some insight on the importance of blogging from a student''s perspective. I was so blown away by what she wrote below that I went against my long standing personal policy of not following my students on Twitter. Um, because Ms. Lol, jk.

Tuesday Interview - Student Entrepreneurship and the Real Flipped Classroom

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me tonight, Tuesday, July 30th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation with Doan Winkel and Michael Issa, co-organizers of a global student startup competition ( USASBE Launch! from the e United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Doan wrote a blog post last year that caught my eye, titled " Education – Listen Up!! Let students own their learning.

So, you have an iPad.now what?

The Mobile Native

Using iPads in the Classroom 1. Only One iPad in the Classroom? 2. iPad Apps Separated by Subject Area 3. iPad and iPod Resources 4. The 55 Best Free Educational Apps for iPad 5. 15 Literacy Apps to Create Books on the iPad 6. 23 Ways to Use the iPad in a PBL Classroom 7. Middle School iPad Apps 8. Interesting Ways to Use iPads in the Classroom 9. 39 Sites for Using iPads in the Classroom 10.

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Grab Your Free ThingLink EDU Upgrade

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

It''s no secret that ThingLink EDU is one of my favorite and most frequently used tools. love ThingLink because it provides users with the ability to turn any image into a multimedia rich interactive graphic. Add video, images, audio, and links to any content on the web with the click of a button. ThingLink is a user friendly and flexible tool that''s just gotten better for educators!

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5 FREE Tech Tools For This School Year

Two Guys and Some iPads

Our philosophy is to talk about apps and tools that change the game for us as educators, and our students. We do not agree with the "100 great apps" approach because you will never make it to #17 let alone #100. Three Ring Three Ring is an app that completely changed the way I create student portfolios and communicate with parents. Check out our review on Teachers with Apps here and blog post.

TONS of Classroom Design Ideas for Setting Up Your Cozy Learning Space!

Kleinspiration

Thinking About ReDesigning Your Space This Summer? - 3 rich resources for all of your design needs - The layout and design of any space can impact the mood and productivity for the individuals intended to use the area. Prior to becoming a teacher, I studied interior design at Michigan State University for three years. This furniture was chunky. Her site is AMAZING! You will be impressed for sure.

Going Global-Tips And Resources For Global Collaborations

The Web20Classroom

I had a wonderful conversation this morning on Twitter with a teacher from New Zealand that commented on a tweet about using Skype Classroom to go global. She mentioned how her students were going to Skype and talk to kids in Iowa. How awesome is that! just love the fact that the world gets so much smaller when we use technology like that. We talked and I suggested we try to Skype someone in.

LiveMinutes - Edit your Evernote notes in real-time with others!

Educational Technology Guy

LiveMinutes is a very cool app that integrates with Evernote (my all time favorite and most used app) and allows you to work on the same Evernote note with others, similar to Google Docs. Evernote is an excellent app, with the ability to share notes with others, but there is not a collaboration piece until this app came along. You see multiple users editing the same note.

Professional Learning Networks (PLN)

Tom Murray

Recently, I had the opportunity to record a Google Hangout with four connected educators on “Growing Your PLN.” Lyn Hilt (@l_hilt), Nick Provenzano (@thenerdyteacher), Lisa Dabbs (@teachingwthsoul) and Patrick Larkin (@patrickmlarkin) joined the conversation and shared a wealth of advice on how educators can develop a strong personal learning network. What is a personal learning network?

Learners as producers

Learning with 'e's

For the longest time teachers and lecturers have held the monopoly on the production of academic content. They create lesson plans, produce resources, devise marking schemes and search around for activities and games they can repurpose to use in teaching sessions. Many are prolific and proficient in producing blogs, podcasts, videos and photos for sharing on the web. Unported License.

Close Read Complex Text, and Annotate with Tech--Part 1

wwwatanabe

Students need to be taught how to read complex texts. One of the strategies for learning how is close reading. It slows the reader down to notice and ponder more. It also connects meaning and builds systems of thought. Text complexity with close reading Complex text requires a close reading. So what makes a text complex ? As they become more skilled, they will read more complex text on their own.

Eight Leadership Essentials

A Principal's Reflections

The beginning of the school year always renews my focus on how to improve my leadership skills. Each year I critically analyze ways I can improve as well as what I feel I am doing well. To my mind, we all have the capacity to lead. It is through leadership that we become catalysts for positive change. This cannot happen without effective leadership. Support should also be differentiated.

Announcing the 2014 School Leadership Summit Virtual Conference + Call for Proposals

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership ( TICAL ) and Steve Hargadon are pleased to announce the second annual School Leadership Summit, Thursday, March 27th, 2014. This free world-wide conference will be held online and will be a unique chance to participate in a collaborative global conversation on school leadership with presentations by your peers. February 1st, 2014.

Finally! Research-based proof that students use cell phones for LEARNING

The Innovative Educator

A new study conducted by TRU provides a body of research which supports the idea that students use cell phones to learn, and also that schools are not acknowledging or supporting them fully, yet. Rather than banning, the study highlights the fact that if we meet children where they are we can leverage their use of mobile devices for powerful lear ning. want more ».

6 Must-Have Evernote iPad Apps and Chrome Extensions for Educators and School Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

Evenote, as I''ve posted many times, is such a versatile application that every educator is bound to find it useful. Besides the fact that you can access the application across devices, there are some additional extensions and tablet apps that make it even more useful and versatile for the school leader and classroom teacher. Each entry is automatically dated. Users can read articles easily.

8 Tech Tools We're Thankful For!

Two Guys and Some iPads

In the spirit of Thanksgiving we decided we would share a short list of tech tools we are thankful for. Most who have met us know we like to discuss only a few apps or tools that we know make a difference. ThreeRing ThreeRing is a tech tool we use daily to communicate with our parents and make them feel like they are in our classroom without actually being there.

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Turn your iPad into a Clicker for Students!

Kleinspiration

The Answer Pad. turning your iPad into a Clicker System A friend of mine, David ( @ dkapuler ), just sent me an email about a great new app that can offer teachers immediate feedback so that they can adjust their instruction in real time. You can also click here and read more about it on their website. This is great for any T/F, multiple choice, fill in the blank, etc etc type of test or quiz.

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Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think!

The Web20Classroom

When I was teaching science one of the best lessons I learned was about formative assessment. In my first year of teaching I taught the way I was told to teach. Deliver content to my students, assess at the end, remediate if necessary. Put a large piece of paper next to the door. Give every student a pack of sticky notes. They could leave their name or not. What a difference that made.

Google announces 5 New GAFE Courses for Teachers and Admins

Educational Technology Guy

Google has an excellent selection of free courses and training materials for Google Apps and more. ( see a bunch here). They have just announced 5 new online courses for teachers and administrators on Google for Education that were designed by educators. New Courses include: Internet 101, Apps for Education, Gmail, Drive, Chrome and Chromebooks. They are self paced and well designed. You can find the new courses here: https://educourses.withgoogle.com/course This is a great resource for all educators. Google for Education Resources: [link]. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

Complete Versatility in a Public School Setting

Tom Murray

The Quakertown Community School District, winner of the 2011 iNACOL Innovative Program Award, has been highlighted by Michael Horn, author of “Disrupting Class,” on numerous occasions for its self-blend educational model. QCSD, a K-12 public school in Bucks County, Pa., is a rare breed among public schools, as all students in grades 6-12 have a full menu of both cyber and blended learning options. Some students earn a QCSD diploma as full-time cyber students. Others graduate having taken all of

Hey, teacher, leave them kids alone!

Learning with 'e's

We use a lot of words in education without really understanding what they mean. Take the word ''education'' for example. Education is often associated with schooling, but to assume that the two are one and the same would be a serious error. Education, if experienced in its pure form, is liberating, mind-expanding, essential. Often, schooling fails to do that for children. One size has to fit all.

SAMR Through the Lens of the Common Core

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

One of my goals is to weave digital tools into the Common Core to design flexible, student driven learning experiences that are Above the Line as defined by the SAMR model. While this might sound like a mouthful of EdTech, I assure you that combining all that is on our crowded plates is far better than tackling each individual initiative in isolation. Explore it and dive in, one step at a time.

Autonomy Breeds Change

A Principal's Reflections

A year and a half ago I decided to implement a job-embedded growth model at the suggestion of some of my teacher leaders. They desperately sought time during the school day to engage in professional growth opportunities, learn how to integrate Web 2.0 tools, and develop their own Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s). Duties that we cut are now assumed by me and my administrative team.

Announcing Amazing Keynote and Distinguished Speakers for the School Leadership Summit

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The 2013 School Leadership Summit, on March 28th, is a free one-day, online conference. We''re excited to announce our keynote and distinguished speakers for the day! As well, please note that we are still accepting (and encouraging!) proposal submissions until March 15th, and training sessions for presenters start next week (for information on training and session times, please go HERE ). in 1996.

5 Chrome Settings that will Make Teachers Smile

The Electric Educator

Google Chrome has been my browser of choice since it was launched in 2008. Chrome redefined the browsing experience for users and continues to do so today. Many new features in Explorer, Safari, and Firefox are responses to Google Chrome. Chrome is an awesome browser for the classroom. Here are my five favorite "tricks" for getting more out of Chrome. No need to manually visit these pages.

Because academic freedom does not include the freedom to create a poor learning experience

Mark Smithers

Academic freedom. Dear Faculty Member or Academic (whichever you would prefer), I was delighted to see your response to Joshua Kim’s post on experiences working with Learning Designers which he reports here on the Inside Higher Education web site. I’ll remind you of what you said: “Enough of this professionalization nonsense. Education != Enough.”. There may have been some field trips.

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