The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017


In December 2010, The Journal –“t he leading Technology based education publication for K-12 and higher education”– published an article with a 5-prong prediction for the following year. But, how does the 2010 vision for edTech match what’s actually happening today? ” 2010 was also the year that the Common Core Standards Initiative was enacted in response to numerous indicators of low student academic performance.

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Edublog 2010 Nominations

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It is that time of year again when Edubloggers from around the globe make their pick for the Annual Edublog Awards. Last year this blog was nominated in several categories and I won Twitterer of The Year and #Edchat won for Best Series of Tweets. The awards are a great way to find new blogs to follow, twitterers to follow and resources to discover. So be sure to check out all the nominations and check back on Dec. 15 to see who the winners are.

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TeachMeet Nashville 2010

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Over the next 2 days I will participating in TeachMeet Nashville. TeachMeets are unique conference experiences where everyone has an opportunity to share, learn and grow as professional educators. I will be part of a panel on Social Media in Education. I also have the honor of giving the closing Keynote. All sessions will be broadcast live via Ustream and I encourage you to tune in if you can. Here are all the links for the broadcasts: Thursday Auditorium [link] Starts at 10.

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Final Reflections Of TeachMeet Nashville 2010

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What a great 2 days of learning in Nashville TN last week! There were large groups of teachers learning how to use Twitter and social networking for professional development to small groups of 2 or 3 people in impromptu learning sessions. There was talk about the closing of Etherpad and the use of alternatives like and Primary Pad. There was great discussion about meeting kids where they are and using music and the arts for assessment in the classroom.

My 2010 Edublogs Nominees Post


Check out the 2009 nominees/winners , 2010 to follow! Wherein I start (and end) my campaign to get us SLPs and other Special Educators a bit more recognized in the edublogosphere. The Edublog Awards is an annual online "event" meant to recognize excellent use of social media in educational circles.

Coolest Tools of 2010

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Time to reflect on some of the coolest tools. Diversions - A place to go for mentally stimulating diversions Keep your mind active and use it to master one of many timed quizzes on your favorite topic. An added challenge is in the spelling skills required. Remember, it''s Sporcle with a c, not a k. Fruit Ninja HD if you need a 2 minute break and have easy access to an iPad, try this app. to experience the joy of slicing fruit and watching it splat.

A PLN Quick Start Guide

A Principal's Reflections

Updated 4/17/13 The concept of a PLN has been around for a very long time. PLN''s back in the day consisted of individuals with the same professional interests engaging in mostly face to face communication. Fast forward a good amount of years and enter the internet. No one can argue that the evolution of the real-time web has dramatically altered how we communicate, gather information, and reflect.

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Tools to Help Become a Tech Savvy Educator

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at The Educator''s Royal Treatment. As I mentioned in a previous post I have been working on a educational technology presentation for principals in a NJ school district. The title I chose was "Harnessing the Power of Educational Technology" as I firmly believe that the many free tools available at our fingertips possess the ability to enhance our effectiveness and efficiency as administrators.

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My Faves of 2010


2010 is wrapping up! Exploring Settings in Google Earth Choosing Classroom Activities- Intro to the FIVES criteria (and you can see a lot more on FIVES here ) FIVES as applied to Apps SLP Zen Saved by iPad, P art 1 and Part 2 ASHA Convention Philly Wrap-up and some favorite resources Humor and Social Thinking A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words PLNs and Keeping our Brains Moving Noms for 2010 Edublogs and Thoughts (!)

Top 10 Roadblocks to Change

A Principal's Reflections

Upon reflecting on my keynote, as well as other presentations given by Steve Anderson , Tom Whitby , and Sarah Brown Wessling , (2010 National Teacher of the Year) I have been able to identify common roadblocks to the change process. Yesterday I was granted an opportunity to deliver a keynote at the NYSCATE Leadership Summit in Troy, NY. The topic of my talk was, "Leadership in the Digital Age."

Why a Blog?

A Principal's Reflections

Fast forward to February of 2010. My mind was set in concrete that I would NEVER under any circumstances begin to blog (wait, I said the same thing about joining Facebook up until 2010). As I reflect on my continuous evolution as an educational leader I am constantly amazed at how things have changed over the course of a year and a half. It was in March of 2009 that I decided to give this thing Twitter a try.

Banning is the Easy Way Out

A Principal's Reflections

In the field of education change and innovation are words that are often spoken, but rarely acted upon. As our world evolves, technology has become increasingly prevalent in the lives of students. They are now part of a digital generation that have incredible opportunities to create content, collaborate on a global scale, and follow a path of continuous, life-long learning that extends beyond the walls of a school.

Speak Up 2010


Our district is involved in the Speak Up 2010 survey. made on Wondersay - Animate text with style The Speak Up survey collects authentic feedback from students, families, and educators across the country. Data from prior surveys show students are primarily interested in: 1) social based learning; 2) un-tethered learning (anytime, anywhere, any device); and 3) digitally-rich learning environments. When given the question, "What is the ultimate digital textbook?",

Time's Best Inventions of 2010


Time Magazine''s web article on the 50 Best Inventions of 2010 meets both these criteria, as well as being a good opportunity to explore categories (note in the picture that the inventions are organized into categories) and descriptive schema. Kids tend to love gadgets, and things that are "now."

Recognizing the Valedictorian in All

A Principal's Reflections

Yesterday I attended the Bergen County Valedictorian breakfast where New Milford High School''s top student was honored. It was a great event and I am so proud of the accomplishments that are clearly apparent amongst all of the top students in my area. The valedictorians and salutatorians for that matter are recognized for their achievement of academic greatness at events like this and commencement ceremonies across the country. Quite frankly I am in awe of their commitment to learning.

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Ideas to Increase Parent Communication in Schools

A Principal's Reflections

Last night I participated in #edchat on Twitter and the topic of discussion focused on techniques teachers could use to improve communication with parents. I added my ideas on the topic and attempted to link techniques and strategies I utilize to both teachers and administrators. Educators must be experts in effective communication techniques, especially when it comes to parents.

Building Momentum

A Principal's Reflections

Yesterday was a particularly busy day for me. In the midst of interviewing candidates for an open vice principal position, calling prospective teachers, and going through mounds of paperwork I managed to make the time to video conference with administrators and educational stakeholders in Virginia, Iowa, New York, and Florida.

The Super Book Of Web Tools For Educators

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There is lots of great information on there on Web 2.0 and using technology in the classroom for teachers. Heck, just check out the name of this blog. But often if you have teachers that are just starting out or need some help figuring all this tech stuff out, it can be a daunting task as there is lots of information.

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QR Huh? What The Heck Is A QR Code?

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Have you seen these around town where you are lately? I was a little surprised when I saw them all over the Black Friday ads back in November. This is a QR or Quick Response Code. Simply, put it is a 3D barcode. It''s a much more sophisticated version of the barcode on your bag of Lays Potato Chips. QR Codes are popping up everywhere and are gaining in popularity in education.

Opening Minds on Social Networking

A Principal's Reflections

The following interview took place after Education Week''s Leadership Forum "Unleashing Technology to Personalize Learning" on 10/5/10 in Washington D.C. In order to increase access and use I am now utilizing Facebook with students and parents in my District. There are so many people already using Facebook to interact with their friends and family. They’re always excited to find out that they can learn about our school at the same time.

Facebook Top 20 Learning Applications

A Principal's Reflections

Check out this video for some great learning applications associated with Facebook. Do you know of other learning applications? If so list them here! Facebook Social Networking

Sites we like: July 2010

techlearning The Smithsonian Ocean Portal offers assets from the Smithsonian and more than 20 environmental organizations. Techlearning News


Discovering Inspiration

A Principal's Reflections

Last year I had the honor of sharing two guest posts written by New Milford High School Students. I am excited to welcome senior Meredith McCann to A Principal''s Reflections. This is the first of two posts written by Meredith that I will be sharing. Please leave comments as they will be shared with her. Decision-making is not always easy, especially when one decision will affect how you will spend the next four years of your life.

Why Not Invite TED Into Your Classroom?

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If you haven''t already heard, TED is one of the world''s coolest conferences. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Desgin) brings together some of the most forward thinking, progressive and really fascinating people on the planet to talk about, really anything they want. There are lots of things that TED can teach us in education and tons of ways we can use TED in the classroom. Here are just a few. Presentation Skills-This past weekend I came across a great blog post called The TED Commandments.

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The Opinion That Matters Most

A Principal's Reflections

This morning I attended a meeting with students that represent New Milford High School and my superintendent. The purpose of the "Superintendent''s Council" is to allow students to have a voice and empower them to make meaningful changes to the culture of the District. During the meeting the students were asked what changes or initiatives they would like to see.

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Cool Tools on Institute Day - Nov. 24, 2010

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Click to view larger Digital Leaders are building a wiki of resources for the sessions we will be offering on Institute Day. The sessions are designed to help teachers and administrators leverage technology to meet district goals and initiatives. Cool Tools will be featured throughout the day. Watch our wiki grow! Registration opens Nov.

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A Student's Perspective on Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

Filip was recently featured in the April 2010 edition of Honor Student Magazine. It is with great pride and excitement that I present a guest post on A Principal''s Reflections by a New Milford High School student. I approached senior Filip Piasevoli last week and asked if he would consider taking the theme of my blog and writing his own thoughts on leadership, technology, and student-centered learning.

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What Does Classroom Innovation Look Like?

A Principal's Reflections

Innovation and 21st Century learning mean different things to different people. This little girl sums up my views in a simple, yet direct fashion: The role of an educator in the 21st Century relies on transformations in teaching and learning to meet the needs of students in today''s society. Innovative instruction contains many of these elements: Are you an innovative educator? Change Innovation Opinion

We Have Got to do and Be Better

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I was reading an article in the New York Times entitled " In Reassessing Schools, a Lot of Bad News to Break ". The following comment in the article stuck out to me and others on Twitter: “There are two reactions those of us in this business can have,” said Geoffrey Canada, the chief executive of the Harlem Children’s Zone, which operates the school. One is to complain, and it’s human nature to do that.

Lightning in a Bottle: My GTAdmin Experience

A Principal's Reflections

The conference was held on March 5, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas. As I sat in the Houston airport waiting for my flight back to Newark, I couldn’t help but to sit and reflect on my experience at the first ever Google Teacher Academy for Administrators. This was by far the most intense, and rewarding professional development venture that I have ever been a part of. Brought together by innovative practices, and a desire to integrate Google educational tools with sound pedagogy.

July 2010 Table of Contents


FEATURESSCHOOL CIO Getting Easier to Be Green Faced with steep energy costs and shrinking school budgets, cash strapped IT directors are discovering that going green is not just good for the environment it’s good for the wallet. By Pam Derringer. Techlearning News


A New Endeavor (#TSETC)

A Principal's Reflections

Mark your calendars now for Saturday October 2, 2010 and join us in New Milford, NJ. So many exciting things have happened recently as a result of my own learning and growth in educational technology and leadership. As a result, I have seen my own knowledge increase in these areas, participated in exciting professional development opportunities, presented at both my school and at other events on web 2.0, and begun to collaboratively change the culture of my school.

Failing to Fail

A Principal's Reflections

After reading a great blog post this morning entitled " The Wisdom to Learn From Failure " I quickly began to reflect on how the majority of educational systems are set up in a way where failure, or even the thought of it, is unacceptable. Early on in both my teaching and administrative careers I often found myself trying to avoid failure at all costs. I now see it in the eyes of non-tenured teachers during pre-conferences and observations.

Are You Meeting the Needs of Today's Learner?

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Good vs Great Teachers: My Ravitch Response

A Principal's Reflections

Earlier today I read an article published in the Washington Post by Diane Ravitch entitled " Ravitch on Teachers and Her Critics ". For the most part I agree with her views on No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and in many other areas. However, I was very taken aback by this statement that she made referencing 21st Century Skills, " And, to the extent that it is about pushing more technology into the schools, it is pointless, as technology will never take the place of good teachers."