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10 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have

Educational Technology Guy

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

The Web20Classroom

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. I don''t have to know everything. And for all of them (and you) I am grateful. Definitely.

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


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!

Digital Differentiation

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

This Digital Differentiation model is my original example of weaving a web of flexible tools together for teaching and learning. The model was designed in February, 2012. To keep the model relevant, it is frequently updated as new tools and trends emerge. At it''s most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand and use information.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

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Recent Mobile Learning Findings

The Mobile Native

iPads : 1. iPad Apps Separated by Subject Area 2. 103 Interesting Ways to Use iPads in the Classroom 3. iPad/iPod Resources 4. Mobile Learning Integration 5. Middle School iPad Apps 6. iPad in Education Resources Worth Exploring 7. Apps for Special Needs 8. 50 Resources for iPad Use in the Classroom 9. 39 Sites for Using iPads in the Classroom 10. Cell Phones in the Classroom 2. Learning in Hand 5.

QR Code Quest Scavenger Hunt- Part Deux!

The Daring Librarian

I updated & improved my QR Code Quest Scavenger Hunt lesson I previously blogged about this year & used it again with my AWEsome ESOL kids & 6th graders. I wanted to share those changes with you because it seems as if you like QR codes! Of my top 5 most viewed blog posts 3 have to do with QR codes (and yes, you know I''m barmy for ''em!) WOWIE! Improved worksheet and graphic clues!

Live Monday, April 23rd - Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis on Flattening Classrooms

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Monday, April 23rd, for live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation with good friends Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis, authors of Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time. Log in at [link]. The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. www.flatclassroomproject.net.

Trying to Ban Facebook is Not the Answer.


Image Source It is our professional opinion that you get your child off Facebook. I wondered what would make a school even venture this request in our social media saturated society. And I remembered this wasn''t the first time I had heard of such a request from school administration. What is going on here? You and I can sympathize. These problems are not unique to Pinecrest.

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

5 Reasons to “Gamify” Your Class

The Innovative Educator

Imagine if students were as motivated to do their schoolwork as they are to beat Halo 4. Gamification” is a fancy word to describe how to achieve exactly that - bringing game-like engagement to non-game settings - and it’s beginning to pervade all aspects of life, including education. Here are 5 reasons to consider gamifying your class. Gamification can help bring those attitudes to class.

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

Educational Technology Guy

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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So.You Wanna Start Texting

The Web20Classroom

More and more students have access to mobile devices. In the last Pew Internet study , 77% of all teens have a cellphone. I 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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From Evernote to Dropbox - see how to use these resources and more as powerful research tools!


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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Use GoogleDocs Self-Grading Quiz as an Exit Ticket

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Update 3.3.13: Try Flubaroo to automate and add functionality to the GoogleDocs Self-Grading Quiz. View new post on this blog - The GoogleDocs Form is an efficient way for teachers to collect small pieces of information because it automatically displays the information in a spreadsheet. Teachers can add formulas to those spreadsheets to create multiple-choice quizzes that grade themselves.

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10 characteristics of authentic learning

Learning with 'e's

I argued yesterday that authentic learning is a vital part of education in the 21st Century. The need to create learning opportunities that are grounded in reality, and form a concrete basis for real world transferable knowledge and skills has never been more important. We also need authentic assessment for learning. But exactly what is their success or failure? But it can be nurtured early. 2002).

It is Time For Schools to Seriously Consider BYOT

A Principal's Reflections

This piece is cross-posted at the Huffington Post. As we continue to move even further into the 21 st Century, technology becomes more embedded in all aspects of society. As a father, I see this firsthand with my son, who is in first grade. The gift he wanted the most this past Christmas was an iPod Touch, which Santa was kind enough to bring him. Treat students like 21 st Century adolescents.

Everything BYOD!

The Mobile Native

Here are some resources to help start a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiative. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) LiveBinder 2. Infographic: Are Your Going BYOD? Forsyth County Schools BYOT 4. Building on the "Bring Your Own Device" Revolution 5. BYOD Responsible Use Policy 6. BYOD Frequently Asked Questions 7. BYOD Links and Resources. BYOD BYOT


Google+ Hangout with QR Codes!

The Daring Librarian

We had an exciting day a few Friday''s ago when we used Google+ to hang out with the 2nd grade gifted inclusion kids at Ms. Mensing''s class from Sonoran Sky Elementary in Scottsdale, Arizona! That''s a mouthful! But these kids were AWEsome! I taught a brief lesson on QR Codes in the Classroom (and Library!) QR Codes in the Elementary Classroom View more presentations from gwyneth jones Say What!?

A "Tail" of Two Ed Tech Agendas

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The answers he got were a largely uninspired description of how organizational decisions are made, and I don''t think they felt any more satisfactory to those giving them than to Rudy or to those I spent the rest of the day talking to about this moment. The head is very vertical, as volume is the key. The head is about scaling and scope, and success is more of the same. Let''s go even further.

5 Areas of Consideration for Developing a BYOD Policy for Your School or District

The 21st Century Principal

While there is some debate about whether a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Policy perpetuates inequities and the technology gap, school districts in times of tightening budgets and limited resources are looking for cost-effective ways to increase student access to technology. While BYOD should not be a substitution for adequately funding access to technology for all students, it is a means by which we do not have to ask students to unplug when their walk through our school building doors. Be aware of the technical requirements needed for providing BYOD in your school or district.

The #Chromebook Classroom

The Electric Educator

This week I spent a couple of days at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA learning more about Google''s plans for the Chrombook. Joining me were 25 educators and resellers from around the country. It was a good crowd of familiar Google Certified Teachers and Apps Certified Trainers. While there are things that I can''t share (NDA and all.), there are some big ideas that are worth noting: 1.

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

Educational Technology Guy

This past Friday I attended EdcampCT and had a great time learning, sharing, and meeting new people. I 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. Google Docs I use for writing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

Tools And Resources For Creating Infographics

The Web20Classroom

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!

10 Apps & Sites for Digital Storytelling & more!


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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An Updated Digital Differentiation Model

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

This is part of a Digital Differentiation model, my way i of weaving a web of flexible tools together for teaching and learning. To keep the model relevant, frequent updates are required, as new tools and trends emerge. I''ve been using the model to guide the work I do each day and I''ve been sharing it via webinars and hands-on training sessions.

Libraries without walls

Learning with 'e's

I recently wrote about how libraries are adapting to the digital age. The traditional library is viewed by many as a place for stacks of books to gather dust, and where stern librarians in tweed jackets tell you to keep quiet. Libraries are shaking off this image, and embracing new technologies and approaches to support learning in the 21st Century. In Library 2.0 Unported License.

Connectedness as the Standard

A Principal's Reflections

I am extremely excited that August is Connected Educator month. In my opinion, being a connected learner, leader, and/or educator is no longer an option. My personal and professional journey in this area is well documented and something that I regularly present on. Image by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano- www.langwitches.org/blog based on image (CC) by Alec Couros- /educationaltechnology.ca/couros/79

50 Shades of Mobile

The Mobile Native

Smart phones (MLDs) 1. SMCS Mobile Learning Technology 2. The Mobile Learning Portal 3. Learning in Hand 4. Cybrary Man''s Mobile Learning Page 5. 100 Mobile Tools for Teachers 6. Breaking the Cell Phone Ban 7. Go Mobile 4 Learning 8. Tool for Learning or Distraction? 50+ Tips and Resources 10. Learning2Go iPads 11. iPad Apps Separated by Subject Area 12. iPad/iPod Resources 13. Going Mobile 28.

Transparency is the New Black

The Daring Librarian

I''ve written about the importance web presence and transparency since I started this blog. and I apologize for my early over use of ellipses & lack of the shift key!) Now, more than ever, education professionals must be visible and transparent in what they do and with their program and practice. All my humble opinion, of course! No social media guilt from me or my blog dear friend! It rocks!

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Google+ Communities Live Brainstorm - January 9th

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Wednesday, January 9th, for a live Futureof Education.com community conversation and brainstorm to talk about the use of Google+ Communities , and specifically for learning and education. However, as is often the case with Google social initiatives, it feels like some really critical components to the experience are missing. Log in at [link].

3 Considerations for 21st Century Digital School Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

“Digital footprints and shadows constitute our permanent imprint on the world: a detailed summary of our life for our contemporaries and for people of the future to view and consider.” Erik Qualman, Digital Leader: 5 Simple Keys to Success and Influence With those words, Erik Qualman outlines the precarious position all of us as 21st century school leaders face. Pre-Internet, school leaders only had to worry about their influence locally within their individual schools, districts, and communities. What does it mean for school leaders to become digital leaders?

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How to Build a Course for iTunesU

The Electric Educator

This post provides an overview of iTunesU Course creation process along with suggestions and tips for creating an outstanding course. To view a completed course, I would recommend looking at the " Google in the Classroom " course that I developed. For several years academic institutions have posted content to iTunesU. With t he iTunesU App this is now possible. Currently only devices running iOS 5.0