2014

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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

User Generated Education

This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list – see below.  Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning.  Let me know of any other universal skills you believe young people should know how to do. Self-directed Learning.

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6 Platforms to Create Augmented Reality

Two Guys and Some iPads

When most people first try augmented reality(AR) in education, they start with applications that have the AR content already built into the app. Apps like AR Flashcards , PBS Kids CyberChase Shape Quest , and Crayola Color Alive have this, and are a great way to get your feet wet. As educators, we know the power of creation. DAQRI 4D Studio is "Augmented Reality Made Easy." which is COMING SOON!

Why Formative Assessments Matter

The Web20Classroom

Back in my first year, I was teaching a unit on the parts of the Periodic Table. The students needed to know where they could identify elements that were typically metals, non-metals, gases and be able to identify elements based on their Atomic number among other tasks. At the time, I believed I was doing exactly what my standards said I had to. Atomic number, Lanthanide Series, electrons.

Access TONS of Free Digital Content via @EDpuzzle and Personalize It for Your Class!

Kleinspiration

Access TONS of Content & Remix It to Fit Your Class! - add your voice throughout the video & insert questions to check for understanding - Education is about building a relationship with your students. Videos are a powerful tool that could help teachers to have more meaningful time with their students. However, to create a video from scratch is time consuming and requires expensive tools.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

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Digital Learning Day Ignites the Blended Flame

Tom Murray

  As part of the 3rd annual Digital Learning Day, educational leaders from all over country descended upon the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

A Wake Up Call For School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

So the other day I tweeted out this comment, “I am amazed each day to see so much educational progress in my Twitter feed. This should be the norm, not the exception.” Many people in education talk a great game when it comes to the effective use of technology, but the results (lack there of) speak for themselves. It just hasn’t happened yet, at least from my view. That is not BYOD.

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10 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen

Learning in Hand

Projecting your iPad on a large screen is great for demonstrations, simulations, explanations, and showing examples. There are several ways this can be done in the classroom. If you don''t mind keeping your iPad in one spot, then a VGA adapter ( for 30-pin Dock connector or for the new Lightning connector ). Apple has made four types of adapters – determine which one you need. Resource

Reading Fluency with Explain Everything

iTeach with iPads

There’s so much more to a book than just the reading. -Maurice Maurice Sendak. We are 35 days into this school year and several of my students are reading. They are excited when they find words and phrases they know in books and in environmental print. They love to share with anyone who will listen words or books they can read. We are a classroom immersed in literacy all day long.

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Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers

Teacher Reboot Camp

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” by Plato. Included in the  Digital Ideas Advent Calendar  with a new idea each day! Throughout my teaching years, I’ve struggled with getting my students or trainees to readily participate. Learners are shy about exposing themselves to peers, especially if they do not know them well. Icebreakers.

Growth Mindset: GoBrain and Making a Splash

User Generated Education

A recent interest of mine has been the Growth Mindset.  I have blogged and presented on this topic: The Educator and the Growth Mindset. The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop. Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection. How Educators Can Assist Learners in Developing a Growth Mindset. First, from her and her team’s website, GoBrain , is the following: [link].

PBS Kids makes Geometry and Problem Solving FUN with Augmented Reality

Two Guys and Some iPads

This past week while I have been stuck inside thanks to massive amounts of snow and subzero temperatures, I''ve been searching to discover as many new augmented reality apps as I could. have downloaded well over 20 in search for ones I could use with my students and entertain myself during snow days. Its called Cyberchase Shape Quest and is currently only available for the iPad.

Thinking About Redefining Professional Development

The Web20Classroom

As a former Director of Instructional Technology my job was to provide technology embedded professional development (PD) to a district of 4000 teachers. The traditional forms of sit-and-get PD are giving way to MOOCs, webinars, Edcamps and flipped learning. But what does all that mean? What does this transition to innovative PD practices mean and where can we find these new forms?

Check out the NEW site: ClassroomCribs AND see How-To Set Up Brain-Friendly, Beautiful Learning Spaces!

Kleinspiration

Free Classroom Design Webinar: I would love for you to join me on Tuesday, July 29th at 3pm ET for a free webinar all on setting up your classroom learning space. Prior to going into teaching, I studied Interior Design. Paying close attention to how we set up our spaces is very important. We must take into account the children when determining so many components that go into designing our spaces.

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Examples of using Evernote as: teacher, student, admin

Educational Technology Guy

Evernote , my main resource, is a very useful app. Many people want to learn to use it, but aren''t sure where to start. So, here are some resources and examples of how to use it. Evernote allows you to create notebooks, notes, stacks of notebooks, attach any kind of file to a note, link notes to each other, create lists and more. It is a very powerful tool and lets you really organize things.

Four Steps to Building a Thriving Online Community for Every Teacher

Digital Promise

Many connected educators tout the value they’ve found in developing a Personal Learning Network, or a “PLN.” ” Yet, the online communities that are built often become graveyards of unclicked links to the latest app or education technology idea. Don’t make it about technology. She avoided education technology language and tried to focus on the purpose of the new tool.

What is the Future Ready Effort?

Tom Murray

Future Ready Schools is a bold new initiative, led by the Alliance for Excellent Education, supported by the US Department of Education, and in partnership with the LEAD Commission and a vast coalition of organizations, working to support school district superintendents and their leadership teams on district-wide transformation. The vision of this new initiative is for district leaders to develop and implement a sustainable, forward thinking roadmap for effective digital learning transformation

Making Time vs Finding Time

A Principal's Reflections

One of the most utilized excuses in education when it comes to change is lack of time. At one point or another, we have all used the time excuse when it comes to our professional work. With all of the mandates and directives that are thrown our way, time becomes a relatively easy scapegoat when it comes to skirting the issue of change. It is never easy in the role of a teacher either. Or is there?

30+ iPad Resources

The Mobile Native

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. iPad Resources Worth Exploring 12.

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Learning first, technology second

Learning with 'e's

I know it''s has been said many times before, but it''s worth saying again. Learning should always come before technology. Let me elaborate. Many teachers welcome the idea of bringing new technology into the classroom. They see it as a means to engage learners, and as a way of making connections between school curricula and familiar territory. But that is the problem. Leave the store. Walk away.

Google Just Blew Us Away with 3 Major Updates to Google Drive!

EdTechnocation.com

Google recently released 3 major updates for Google Docs and Google Sheets! The Google Drive team has been hard at work added some much needed features to the web-based Google Docs and the Docs and Slides iOS Apps! Features that everyone has been longing for! December 1, 2014 - You Can Now MERGE CELLS in Google Docs Tables! This feature has been very very very long awaited! Woohoo!!

Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

Lisa Marie Blaschke, Mr. Chris Kenyon, and Dr. Stewart Hase contacted a group of us due to our interest in heutagogy for the purpose of writing a chapter in an edited book.  This past week, because of their hard work, this book has been published through Amazon.  It is titled Experiences in Self-Determined Learning and can be found at  [link]. What follows is: The Book Description. The Basics.

Anatomy 4D Update Allows Users to Explore the Human Body Like Never Before

Two Guys and Some iPads

Today DAQRI launched a major update to their popular medical education app Anatomy 4D. Version 2.0.1 comes with an all new user interface, updated models, and an added heart experience. This version also features new target images (seen below) with specific facts for the human body and the heart. will never forget the first time I saw the heart demo. Download Anatomy 4D Version 2.0.1

3 Things We Need To Remember For Every Professional Development

The Web20Classroom

I remember my first professional development as a teacher. I was fresh out of college. The PD centered around how to use clickers in the classroom. I saw great potential there. The idea that I could get realtime information back on my students, I saw as a great help to me. The PD itself was boring and useless. The presenter leading did little to engage us. There never seems to be a good time.

7 Ways to Creatively Ask Questions in the Classroom Using iPads!

Kleinspiration

The Answer Pad I started using Go Interactive from The Answer Pad last year. LOVE it! What I love most is that I don''t have to change the way I teach, alter my curriculum, or jump through hoops to use the technology. simply ask questions as I''m teaching and the students reply just like always. One needs to know if the students are understanding the concepts being introduced and discussed.

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Google Updates and Improves its Learning Center for Teacher Training

Educational Technology Guy

Google has updated and improved its Learning Center for Teacher Training with new use cases and best practices, making it even more useful and easier to learn about Google apps. There are lessons, case studies, examples and best practices, and ways to connect with other educators. It is an excellent resource for all educators. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

Words Matter: Let’s Talk About Learning, Not Technology

Digital Promise

I still remember the first time I held a voluntary workshop on Google Docs for a staff of 100 teachers. called it “10 Ways to Use Google Docs in Your Classroom.” ” Five people showed up. week later, I was eating lunch in the staff lounge and heard a colleague say, “They always have an excuse for not turning their work in. ” “OH! That’s great!

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Six Keys to a Classroom Makeover

Tom Murray

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with three of the nation’s leaders in classroom design, and founders of the MTV-meets-classroom style resource,Classroom Cribs: elementary school principalBen Gilpin, technology specialistAJ Juliani, and classroom teacher and award winning blogger,Erin Klein. In this Alliance for Excellent EducationProject 24 Leadership Series Webinar, we discuss a number of keys to classroom redesign, the research behind designing a brain-friendly learning

Students Yearn For Creativity, Not Tests

A Principal's Reflections

The other day as I was sitting in my office, sophomore Sarah Almeda popped into my office, as she usually does. After day three of PARCC field-testing I was catching up on some dreaded paperwork, one of the least favorite aspects of my job. Sarah, bubbly as ever, asked if she could email me her presentation as part of the Academies at New Milford High School. Her reply was later today.

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Are You Leading with Fear? #BYOD

The Mobile Native

As the temperature begins to rise, I reminisce back to a warm summer day while sitting on a bench next to the pool watching my five-year-old son climbing the never-ending ladder of the high dive. As he reached the summit, he casually walked to the edge of the board with a smile on his face. Without a care in the world, he leapt into the water! When does fear creep into our consciousness?

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Flipping the teacher

Learning with 'e's

If I''d suggested flipping the teacher while I was still at school, I would have been in serious trouble. Given my reputation though, it wouldn''t have been out of the ordinary. once spread a rumour at primary school that my tyrant of a head teacher had died (wishful thinking), and when he came back from sick leave, I wasn''t the most popular child in the school. This is not new of course.

Crafting Questions That Drive Projects

Learning in Hand

Not only does project based learning motivate students because it is an authentic use of technology, it facilitates active learning, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. Projects begin with a driving question—an open-ended question that sets the stage for the project by creating interest and curiosity. Writing an effective driving question is surprisingly challenging. think it depends.