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Inquiry Based Professional Learning

The Principal of Change

What if we created professional learning opportunities that were not only engaging, but also empowered educators in the change process? If you do “Inquiry Based Learning” in your professional learning, I would love for you to leave a link in the comments.).

Education is About Giving

A Principal's Reflections

The next week off will enable us to recharge our batteries and continue our efforts to make New Milford High School a model for innovation and student-centered learning. This process has allowed us to focus on areas in education that we truly value.

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Admins: Here’s what teachers think about professional learning

eSchool News

Teachers are overwhelmingly turning to social media and online resources to drive their own professional learning, according to new Speak Up Survey data released by Project Tomorrow on July 30.

edWeb and FreshGrade Host Professional Learning Community on Technology for the Classroom is delighted to announce that FreshGrade will be sponsoring TechTools for the Classroom , one of the largest professional learning communities on edWeb. We’re delighted that FreshGrade will be sponsoring this valuable online professional learning program.

New Year, New Adventures

A Principal's Reflections

Each September I am excited like most educators to get back to business doing everything I can to help students succeed. Many of the initiatives that I am about to pursue either came directly or indirectly from my Personal Learning Network (PLN). Many of the initiatives I am about to briefly discuss are not new to the field of education, but they are to NMHS. The more I learn about the power of PLC''s the more excited I get!

I Wonder If This Social Media Thing Will Ever Catch On?

The Web20Classroom

There were sessions about assessment, technology, professional development and others. There were teachers, technology integrators, administrators, professors, and others but all were truly amazing educators. Classrooms are no long bound by the four walls.

Thursday Interview: The Personalized High School

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, October 7th, for a live and interactive interview with Joseph DiMartino and Denise Wolk on their book, The Personalized High School: Making Learning Count for Adolescents.

Site Visit & Shift Happens


I had the privilege of visiting two schools that infused technology in the classroom seamlessly. You see, all week long I indulged in PBL lessons such as STEM with GPS and students doing amazing projects, projects that I aspired to do when I was still in the classroom but hadn''t quite gotten there. Instead of being wowed, I got consistent active student engagement with seamless technology integration in every classroom. Two classrooms were using project based learning.

Managing Smartphone Distractions in the Classroom

Technology has become an integral element in our students’ educational journey. Laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, and even cell phones are providing students with opportunities to access the internet for researching, communicating and social learning.

MSET Conference a Whole Lot of Awesome!

The Daring Librarian

Every year for the past fourteen years I''ve presented and attended the MICCA conference and it''s part of what has made me who i am as a technology educator. I was super happy about the success and the feedback we got from the Maryland version of the Learning Tools Smackdown!

What are the expectations for your classroom?

The Principal of Change

I saw this visual from Amy Fast , being shared all over social media: Now I might challenge the term “rules” because this is more of a compelling vision of a classroom, which I think is so much more powerful and inspiring for our students.

Your Best “Classroom Management” Strategy

The Principal of Change

The most important aspect of what he tweeted is not that all educators agree, but that we are all in on the conversation, for our students and ourselves. Think about it…Are we as educators much better than the students we complain about when we are bored in professional learning?

How one district solved its special education dropout problem

The Hechinger Report

A special education student at South Hills High School takes an online quiz about RNA. The district’s reforms to special education have included making sure students use the same textbooks as their general education peers.

From Flipped Classrooms to Flipping with Peer Instruction

Turn to Your Neighbor

In a recent article on flipped learning in USA Today, Nancy Lape of Harvey Mudd College reports finding no statistical difference in students’ learning in a study comparing a “flipped” and a lecture-based classroom. Moreover, is making our lives easier and our students happier the purpose of education? Or is the real Holy Grail designing educational experiences that transform students’ learning worlds and prepare them to thrive in the future?

Immersive Technology: Asset to the Classroom or Another Tech Fad?

Augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality—can immersive technology really benefit students and their learning, or are these just tech fads? And looking towards the future, immersive technology is paving the way for learning in completely virtual classrooms.

The One Answer to All Questions in Education

The Principal of Change

I am at the end of a three-week trip, and I ended it with an excellent day with an energetic and eager group of educators. Their willingness to push their learning was humbling and inspiring, and it was such an honor to work with them.

The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The ninth annual Global Education Conference starts this coming Monday! This is an amazing and free online event that brings together educators and innovators from around the world. The hidden treasure of the Global Education Conference is volunteering--you will love it!

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning


There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

Beyond the Test: How Have We Learned This Decade?


This op-ed is part of a series of reflections on the past decade in education technology. The quiz seems deceptively easy: The past decade has seen literally hundreds of technologies and ideas emerge, many aimed at engaging or involving K-12 students and supporting student learning.

What is the experience our students tell others about their time in school?

The Principal of Change

What does this mindset have to do with education? Profit is not the bottom line of education, but if you can’t apply and learn from the lessons of success from others, and make your own connections, ultimately our students lose out.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. First, the presenters agreed that while there are multiple potential uses for school technology, their main goal is to provide students with a competitive education.

Join the Passionate Readers Summer Book Club Study


While summer is definitely a time to unwind without guilt for me, it is also a time where I want to grow as an educator. Where I want to think of new ideas, come up with a plan, and maybe even make a few connections. And I am not alone.

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Using Design Thinking to Support Makerspaces

Typically, when schools add makerspaces, they’re also looking to shift their education goals and focus on skills beyond traditional curriculum. A focus on empathy and learning to relate to all aspects of the problem and not just the end result.

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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

As schools and districts strive to meet their existing technology needs and prepare for the future, access to federal and state funding, along with other grants, is making a major difference in whether students engage in 21 st century learning or are left behind.

Digital Tools to Transform the Learning and Reading Experience

As a growing number of school districts are turning towards digital tools to support teaching, it’s important to ensure that these tools are adding value by transforming learning experiences. Other apps can achieve transformative learning while ensuring accessibility for all learners.

The Role of Video in Making the Shift to Standards-Aligned ELA Instruction

eSchool News

Effective support begins with teachers being able to see what instructional shifts look like in real classrooms, and then being able to work with colleagues, coaches, and instructional leaders to adapt and apply these in their classrooms. What a Common Core ELA classroom looks like.

Makerspace Tips and Advice from the Front Lines

Getting teachers on board with the idea of a makerspace might be a challenge at first, so Heather recommended educating staff as to why you are doing this in the first place, and connecting it to something they’re already doing.

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Helping Students Understand Media Literacy

Because of this, it is important for educators to teach students about trustworthy news sources. Do you think that educators ought to explain the difference between ‘free news’ and subscription news to our students?” where he became the AP’s national K-12 education writer.

How School Libraries Can Help Personalize Learning

Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT, with guest Jackie Whiting, Librarian at New Canaan High School, CT, presented in the webinar, “ Personalizing Instruction Through the Library ,” hosted by and sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources.

OPINION: This Trump budget cut stands to reduce young learners’ odds of escaping poverty

The Hechinger Report

Among the $9 billion in cuts to education spending requested by the Trump administration last week is the elimination of a $2.4 billion funding stream that supports educator quality and professional learning across the country.

Teacher, Teach Thyself! Free Quality PD Resources


You don''t have to take or attend formal classes to extend your learning. Photo Source It''s summer in the northern hemisphere, which is a great time for educators to take a break from the daily bustle of teaching. Get inspired with some new approaches to try out in your classroom!

Michelle Luhtala Wins AASL Social Media Superstars Award

AASL’s Social Media Superstars program honors school library professionals who enrich the profession and its work on behalf of students by sharing information, expertise, ideas, encouragement, dialog and inspiration using a variety of social media channels.

Librarians at the Forefront of “Future Ready”

The Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) launched its Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative in October 2014 with the aim of leveraging technology and connectivity to personalize and transform learning. Department of Education. About Mackin Educational Resources.

Transform Learning by Creating a Makerspace

Using mostly recyclable materials, equipment and furniture, these educators are providing learning opportunities for students and teachers that have changed the school climate and culture. This edWeb broadcast was sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources.

Getting the Digital Generation to Read Over the Summer

Teachers can post signs in their classrooms about their own personal summer reading list, which students can ask them about before leaving for the summer, or when they return in the fall. This broadcast was hosted by and sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources.