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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Coolest Tools of 2010

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Fruit Ninja HD if you need a 2 minute break and have easy access to an iPad, try this app. Staying Organized EverNote is a well-organized place in the cloud accessible from any computer or Apple mobile device. Time to reflect on some of the coolest tools. Diversions Sporcle.com - 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.

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Tech Access in Schools: Making Edtech Accessible to All

Digital Promise

Access to technology for all students is a major goal for many schools, companies, and organizations—yet access is only part of the equation. Research suggests that when technology is effectively used in schools, access may help to bridge educational and social gaps (Warschauer & Matuchniak, 2010; Eccles, 2009; National Science Foundation, 2017). If you would like to see foundry10’s full findings, check out their ed tech access report and their website.

QR Huh? What The Heck Is A QR Code?

The Web20Classroom

In a nutshell, you need a device that has a camera so you can scan or take a picture of the code, a program to do the decoding and web access to see where the code takes you. 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.

A PLN Quick Start Guide

A Principal's Reflections

The construction of a PLN enables educators to harness the power inherent in 21st Century technologies in order to create a professional growth tool that is accessible whenever, wherever. By subscribing to various RSS feeds educators then have a customized flow of information that is continually updated and accessible through the use of mobile devices or the internet. Tablet apps are great tools to access RSS feeds and create your own customized news feeds.

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The 2010 Global Education Conference Starts Monday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The free, all-online 2010 Global Education Conference takes place this coming week, November 15 - 19, 2010! To verify that your computer system is configured correctly to access Elluminate, please run the self-test at [link]. We currently have 397 sessions from 62 countries scheduled, as well as 63 keynote speakers--an amazing lineup.

Opening Minds on Social Networking

A Principal's Reflections

In order to increase access and use I am now utilizing Facebook with students and parents in my District. What are you doing to increase access and use of social media in your schools? The following interview took place after Education Week''s Leadership Forum "Unleashing Technology to Personalize Learning" on 10/5/10 in Washington D.C. There are so many people already using Facebook to interact with their friends and family.

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 New Milford community now has consistent access to school information. 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.

My Quick List of iPad Apps

A Principal's Reflections

Cloud Browse : Easily access Flash, JAVA, and Google Docs. Delicious : Access all your bookmarks quickly and easily. Once logged in you will then have easy access to all of your Google Apps! Yesterday after receiving my iPad I quickly reached out to my PLN for some suggestions on which apps to download.

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Building Momentum

A Principal's Reflections

Professional Development/Growth: Educators now have access to relevant, meaningful resources that are available as needed. 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.

Banning is the Easy Way Out

A Principal's Reflections

Banning students from accessing social media will only push them to utilize these sites in secret, which will not provide a solution to cyberbullying. 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.

More iPad Apps

A Principal's Reflections

The key for me is that I want this device to be a valuable tool in collecting data, staying in touch with my administrative team, unrestricted real-time access to my PLN, and as a form of motivation for my teachers to take more risks with technology to engage students in the learning process. In my last post I wrote about some iPad apps that I thought were must adds for administrators and educators alike.

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Provide Answers To Tech Questions Effortlessly.

The Web20Classroom

There are tutorials for both PC only and Mac only products and they have a great section on enabling the accessibility features in both Windows and Mac OS X. This was a post I wrote over a year ago. I am reviving it in the hopes you will find it useful. I use this site almost once a week. It is a valuable resource to me and I hope you will feel the same. It is very challenging sometimes to provide the help that teachers and staff need.

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Google Sites Rock!

A Principal's Reflections

Teachers now have the ability or organize and routinely update content, assignments, videos, and presentations for students in an easily accessible format for free using Google Sites. Information hub (core curriculum standards, access to digital textbooks, notes, syllabus, proficiencies, etc.) Access to content 24/7. Multiple Google tools and activities were inserted into the site , which was accessible to the participants before, during, and after the presentation.

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Ideas to Increase Parent Communication in Schools

A Principal's Reflections

In my experience I have identified 4 key principles that lay a foundation for communicating effectively with parents: Transparency, Honesty, Accessibility, and Flexibility. 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.

Following Through

A Principal's Reflections

In particular they emphasized the importance of accessibility to technology and the use of social media to improve communication in regards to school events, news, achievements etc. The first student was granted access to the school’s wireless network last week with the hopes that more will be added on later this month. It should be noted that students asked to bring in their own laptops in order to use their time more efficiently and have instant access to technology for learning.

Winds of Change: Student Style!

A Principal's Reflections

Acquisition and implementation of iPod touches for teaching and learning - Student access to the school''s wireless network. Student''s asked if they could bring in their own laptops and get access. This morning I had a breakfast for all members of student government. Over the course of the year I like to have at least three meetings like this to hear their ideas on the culture of New Milford High School and ways to improve it.

A Level Playing Field.

The Web20Classroom

Access. When I hear educators talk about access and equity my mind immediately thinks of Internet access. Surprisingly there are still places in this country where schools are not connected to a high speed broadband connection (and are relying on dial-up still) or where they have no access at all. ( I was thinking about access and equity just the other day. I think our district does a great job making sure there is equal access. access equity

Why You Need A PLN-An Excerpt From The Simple K12 UnConference

The Web20Classroom

The UnCon provides both live and recorded sessions from now until May 2010. But if you join you have access to the materials for a year. Recently, I had the honor and pleasure of kicking off the Simple K12 UnConference. The "UnCon" aims to provide high-quality professional development to educators that is available anytime. Conferences are usually limited in time and can be expensive. A pretty sweet deal for quality professional development.

Lessons From A Smackdown.

The Web20Classroom

It is basically a virtual sticky notes board that, when shared anyone can access. One of my favorite parts of many conferences is the Smackdown. What is a Smackdown you ask? Well, it can take on many differnt forms depending on who you ask but for the sake of our discussion a Smackdown is when people get up and they have a very limited time to share information about their favorite technology tool or trick. It could be anywhere from 60 seconds to 3 minutes.

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The Google Cr-48 Laptop. A Review.

The Web20Classroom

But this system makes it so anyone can sign on to any machine and have access to all their stuff, no matter what machine it is. Because there really isn''t anything to the hardware and because anyone can use any machine the costs could come way, way down and this might help access issues and fit into ever tightening school budgets. Yep, I am one of the lucky ones. On Thursday of last week I came home to a package on my front steps.

Week of November 29, 2010 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

EPORTFOLIOS COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: THE TRIALS 2010 (THE AUSTRALIA SERIES) Mon 29 Nov 08:30PM New York / Tue 29 Nov 01:30AM GMT / Tue 29 Nov 11:30AM Sydney Coach Carole. Data and results will be shared from the 2010 Eportfolio Implementation Trials. We will play games, share gifts, solve puzzles and have a virtual celebration of the end of 2010!

Adobe's Project Rome

The Web20Classroom

It can be accessed from the web as well. On Sunday Adobe released Project Rome. I was able to get a sneak peak and let me tell you, this is a pretty cool program. Think of it as an interactive portfolio and project manager. Students (or teachers) can use the amazing features of Rome to create highly engaging presentations.

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Keeping Up With It All. My Favorite Tool Ever!

The Web20Classroom

And it works but for me it was too many steps and I needed something that would work on any device and I can access on any device. So I can go seamlessly from my PC, to my iTouch to my Droid and have complete functionality and access to my complete list of saves. Read It Later saves every link I have ever saved to read later in a nice little list I can access anywhere. Want to have access on your iTouch or iPhone ? I admit it. I am addicted to Twitter.

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Just How Valuable Is Your Face-To-Face PLN?

The Web20Classroom

His comment was that because of the location of many of his students access to digital resources was a problem. It is still a fact that in many places, even at school, access to digital resources is a problem and encouraging students to connect through digital means might be a bit of a challenge. Last night on #edchat the conversation turned from talking about how valuable student blogging is to whether or not students should learn or have their own Personal Learning Network (PLN).

Your Search Has Never Been Sweeter.

The Web20Classroom

There are some really great widgets for your website also so kids can go to one location like a homework page on your website for easy access. One of the challenges teachers face when teaching kids about content on the Internet is evaluation. It can be difficult for kids (especially the younger ones) to know or be able to see that even if a website looks fancy the information it contains can be misleading or flat out wrong.

The Value Of Getting Away From It All.

The Web20Classroom

We were in the remote village of Carova Beach, accessible only by 4x4 Wheel Drive vehicles because our beach house was literally on the beach. It was a wonderful location, within a few feet of the beach and best of all, no TV and no Internet access. Normally the No Internet access would bother me. Last week I was on vacation. Before I left I vowed to my wife and my family I would completely unplug.

What I Don't Know, Surely, Google Will Tell Me.

The Web20Classroom

Kids have access to so much information. Teachers have so access to so much information. And while we have access to so much information we have to still remember to make it meaningful and provide context. There once was a teacher who taught down the hall from me. She was an ordinary teacher. Had several years of experience, rarely had much trouble with kids and by all accounts, was, just, well ordinary. Nothing really stood out about her. Except for one thing.

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Broadband For All

The Web20Classroom

Or when students go home they don''t have access to high speed Internet. I live in a pretty populated part of central North Carolina so access to high speed internet isn''t really a problem. Before talking to her I never really thought about broadband access in school. The NBP specifically points to the educational aspects to expanding the reach and adoption of broadband access to the Internet. The NBP states “ 97 percent of American schools now have Internet access.”

Social Media In The Classroom.

The Web20Classroom

schools are open 24/7/365 with student access to teacers and teachers to other teachers. Any intelligent person knows that these kids are still going to access these services even when we are not looking. So instead of blocking and restricting access why not teach kids about how to be responsible when they use them? Recently at NCTIES Kevin Honeycutt spoke on Personal Learning Networks.

Some Thoughts On The Current State Of Edtech.

The Web20Classroom

We are educating a generation of students who, for most, all these technologies we have access to in schools, they have had access to from the moment their were born. There are lots of other problems with education but access, availability and use of technology in the classroom should not be one of them. Recently I have done a lot of speaking to different groups on the current state of technology in education. The first thing I tell people is that I am not really an expert.

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Keeping The Door Of Learning Wide Open

The Web20Classroom

These kids have access to all corners of the planet. This week I had the honor of guest posting over at the Microsoft Teacher Tech Blog for teacher appreciation week. Below is the post that appeared there on Thursday. Students today depend upon paper too much. They don’t know how to write on slate without chalk dust all over themselves. They can’t clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?” This was a quote that appeared in a principals magazine in 1815.

The #140Conf In New York City

The Web20Classroom

Their topic centers around how access to the real-time web has effected education. I am sitting at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport waiting to catch a flight to the 140 Characters Conference in New York City. What is the #140Conf you are asking yourself? Well, it is the largest gathering of the movers, shakers and groundbreakers in the world of social media.

Liberate Your Data!

The Web20Classroom

While these services normally have great reliability and uptime things happen and we can loose access to our data, or, even worse, loose the data all together. Google understands that having access to your data is important. I dunno about you, but more and more I find my data being housed somewhere else, mainly " the cloud." Meaning that my calendar, documents email, photos and more are not stored locally on my machine, they are stored on some other computer in some far oft land.

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Week of November 8, 2010 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

link] MINI-GEEK FEST MONTHLY ONLINE CONVERSATION-NOVEMBER, 2010 (AZTEA) Mon 8 Nov 10:00PM New York / Tue 8 Nov 03:00AM GMT / Tue 8 Nov 01:00PM Sydney Peggy George and Kim Thomas. Having access to a free and easy to use spreadsheet application is great; however, the power of Google Spreadsheets is in it’s collaborative and publication abilities. This event will close out the live events of the 2010 K12 Online Conference.