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?

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TeachMeet Nashville 2010

The Web20Classroom

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.

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Edublog 2010 Nominations

The Web20Classroom

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

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.

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.

QR Huh? What The Heck Is A QR Code?

The Web20Classroom

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.

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.

Why Not Invite TED Into Your Classroom?

The Web20Classroom

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.

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.

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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 (!)

Video Tutorial: Mastering Word 2010


This comprehensive online training course produced by Microsoft® Certified Trainer Christina Tankersley covers all aspects of Microsoft Word 2010. Techlearning Resources PD Tips

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.

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.

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?",

EduBlog Awards 2010 Nominations

The Daring Librarian

The 2010 Edublog Awards – Nominations Open! Nominations: Close Friday 3 December! Voting: Ends Tuesday 14 December! Award Ceremony: Wednesday 15 December!

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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Building Momentum

A Principal's Reflections

Yesterday was a particularly busy day for me.

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.

Education is About Giving

A Principal's Reflections

Below is a message that I sent to my entire staff today prior to our holiday break. The Holiday Season is a wonderful time of the year. It is filled with gifts, family gatherings, festive celebrations, and most importantly scrumptious food.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Beautifully and Simply Explaining Technology

The Web20Classroom

One of the things that many of us who train teachers struggle with is finding explanations or the whys of certain types of tech. Twitter, blogs, wikis, RSS, podcasting, etc, all can be very complex for those just starting out and learning how they can integrate these into their classroom.

The 2010 Edublog Award Nominations - Vote Now!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The full list of categories for the 2010 Edublog awards are listed below. In their 7th year, the Edublog Awards are a chance to celebrate blogging, social media, and Web 2.0 in education. I should note that I am co-host of the actual awards ceremony, that Classroom 2.0

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A Tweet For Your Thoughts

A Principal's Reflections

Large classrooms can make students feel anonymous, and as a result, many may feel less compelled to actively participate or pay attention during class.

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).

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