The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

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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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The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

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The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

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The post The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017 appeared first on Blog. How edtech in school districts has evolved since the rise of 1:1 and the Common Core. Marketing 1:1 schools chromebooks CIPA cloud-based web filtering digital citizenship EdTech Update parents

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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

The Web20Classroom

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 Typewith.me and Primary Pad. There was great discussion about meeting kids where they are and using music and the arts for assessment in the classroom.

Video Tutorial: Mastering Word 2010

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My Faves of 2010

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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 (!)

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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Speak Up 2010

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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

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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."

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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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.

The Super Book Of Web Tools For Educators

The Web20Classroom

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.

Sites we like: July 2010

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You Can't Beat Free Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Probably the most significant is the Tri-State Educational Technology Conference (TSETC) that will be held at New Milford High School on Saturday October 2, 2010. Tomorrow I welcome back my teachers and am extremely excited to share with them some of the things I have been working on over the summer. This event came together so quickly as a result of a conversation I had with Schoology as we threw around some ideas on how we could collaborate.

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.

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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What Constitutes Good Instruction?

A Principal's Reflections

As a Principal, one of my most important responsibilities is the evaluation of instruction. In general, the observation process is quite arbitrary. The feedback a teacher receives really depends on the training a particular administrator has received, District vision, and what books or research have been read.

My 2010 MACUL Conference Sessions

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I am currently sitting in the opening keynote session of the 2010 Michigan Association in Computer Learners Conference (MACUL) with 3,000 fellow educators. It will be a full two days of learning related to educational technology. Here are the sessions that I''ve chosen to attend in the next few days. Hope to see you there! Thursday: Transforming the Classroom With Google Docs Forms Grand Gallery E 10:00 AM 11:00 AM.

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Defining Student Engagement

A Principal's Reflections

In my District I am part of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) with other administrators. The focus of our PLC is the Classroom Walkthrough practice as a tool to improve student achievement. During our professional day in October we decided to collect data on whether or not student-centered learning was taking place and present our finding to our respective staffs in January.

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.

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.

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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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.

Turning Dreams Into Reality

A Principal's Reflections

I''ll admit, I am a technology junkie. In my opinion it is not very difficult to quickly become one as a result of the world that we live in. The challenge for people like me is to develop a school culture that not only places an emphasis on academic rigor and excellence, but also one that promotes learner creativity and imagination.

Field of Dreams

A Principal's Reflections

As I write this post I am sitting in the Des Moines airport waiting for my flight back to the East Coast. I was fortunate to spend the last few days here in Iowa as a guest of Scott McLeod who founded and runs the C.A.S.T.L.E. program at Iowa State University. The purpose of my trip here was to learn about the deployment, facilitation, and observable impact of 1:1 laptop programs in various Iowa school districts.

Talk is Cheap

A Principal's Reflections

I was re-reading a recent post by George Couros ( Is Change the True Barrier? ) and began to reflect on some of the comments made directly on his site as well as those in the Twitter stream. The following comment by David Jakes really got me thinking: " Perpetual never-ending conversation about change is the barrier." As I looked more into the recent pleas for change in education I came across this video: Talk is cheap (I do think this is a pretty good video though)!

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Are You Meeting the Needs of Today's Learner?

A Principal's Reflections

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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

New Year, New Adventures

A Principal's Reflections

The conference will be held on Saturday October 2, 2010. Each September I am excited like most educators to get back to business doing everything I can to help students succeed. Don''t get me wrong, the summer months are invaluable to me as I spend my time immersed in the flow of information that my social networks provide, developing action plans, analyzing data, and hiring staff.

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.

EdTech Matters to Students

A Principal's Reflections

The following is the second guest post from NMHS student Meredith McCann. Meredith is a senior at NMHS and plans to pursue a career as a math teacher. I feel fortunate that the administration and staff of New Milford High School is made up of people who care for their students and are committed to education. They are dedicated to our school, and they continue to look for ways to improve and modernize the classroom.

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Take Control of Your Public Relations

A Principal's Reflections

Upon becoming Principal of New Milford High School in June of 2007 I made it one of my primary goals to work hard at sharing with my stakeholders all of the accomplishments centered around teaching and learning occurring on a routine basis. As Principal I was aware of these things, but I was pretty sure that the majority of the educational community was not.

From Within

A Principal's Reflections

I have been engaged recently in numerous conversations regarding teacher effectiveness, motivation, peer mentoring, and pride in student achievement. As many professional educators I can come up with a variety of strategies to employ with the ultimate goal of improving and building upon these areas. This is not the point of my post however.

Social Media in Education

A Principal's Reflections

After this meeting in late March of 2010, I created a Facebook page for New Milford High School. The other day Bill Ferriter told me that he was working on an article for ASCD and asked if I would answer a few questions. Of course I obliged as we are working on a book together for Solution Tree Press and I have come to know and greatly respect him as a member of my PLN. He is the author of The Tempered Radical. If you have never read his blog I highly suggest you do!

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

The Power of Reflection

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past couple of days I have been preparing a presentation for K-12 Principals entitled "Harnessing the Power of Educational Technology" (I''ll share more about this at a later time). I must say that I have been quite impressed with myself as I decided to create the entire full day presentation using Google Sites.

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