How to Assess Your District: The Global Challenge Project Case Study

The CoolCatTeacher

Jennifer Gonzalez is updating her Teachers Guide to Technology for 2018. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How to Assess Your District: The Global Challenge Project is an Example. Link to show: How the “winning” works.

Final Reflections Of TeachMeet Nashville 2010

The Web20Classroom

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. They are really making a difference in the lives of their students and setting the standard for what education should begin to look like. It was awesome being able to share and learn from them. They both were a valuable asset to the conference as a whole.

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. 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.

Why Not Invite TED Into Your Classroom?

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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. If you are a teacher or technologist take some time to check out some of the videos.

Building Momentum

A Principal's Reflections

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.

Beautifully and Simply Explaining Technology

The Web20Classroom

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. there are videos for how to prepare an emergency plan, how a U.S. How has it worked for you?

Why Are You A Life-Long Learner? The Follow-Up.

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Recently I asked this: We encourage our kids to be life-long learners. And when they ask why we tell them all kinds of things like it is important to stay relevant in our careers and it is important for humanity to have people who enjoy learning, etc.

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Lightning in a Bottle: My GTAdmin Experience

A Principal's Reflections

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. The conference was held on March 5, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas.

How to Cope with Bullying

Ask a Tech Teacher

Started in 2006, it aims to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention around the world and is supported by hundreds of schools, corporations, and celebrities. While schools can sponsor month-long events, the most popular is to wear orange on October 19th, designated Unity Day.

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Tips For Establishing Meaningful Partnerships

A Principal's Reflections

For three hours student after student came up to the podium to receive various scholarships that they had worked so hard for over the course of four years. There are no set guidelines for educators on how to establish successful, sustaining partnerships.

A Reminder for When Others Seem Resistant to Change

The Principal of Change

This can take other forms as well, such as “people are resistant to change,” etc. Here is something that I think to help ground me in this thinking. An example of this was my brother getting on my case to start a blog to share my learning.

The Complete Package

A Principal's Reflections

This type of learning is extremely important in terms of providing students with connections between the content areas in order to provide a heightened sense of relevance and understanding. Each student was then issued an iPod upon arrival to the MET and off they went.

Bring Those Boring Binders To Life With Livebinders

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I realized today that I have talked a lot about my various Livebinders but never really have taken the time to explain what they are or how they work. Also check out the Featured Binders and the categories to find more binders to use and share.

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How to motivate students

The Electric Educator

How does this work in the classroom? A desire to be a life-long learner. · A sense of belonging to something bigger and more important than myself. How can teachers create a strong sense of pull to motivate students? Thanks for subscribing to my blog.

Banning is the Easy Way Out

A Principal's Reflections

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. It is an exciting time to be in education because of the plethora of exciting tools that are currently available to schools. These tools can be successfully used when integrated effectively to readily engage students in the learning process.

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. In response to parent feedback I created an "Official" school account ( NewMilfordHS ).

6 Nifty Ideas For Using Google Apps In The Classroom

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I don''t want to make anyone jealous or anything.) This site teaches educators and students how to organize all of their digital content in one place (a Google Site) for showing off their best work. Be sure to save this site.

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Today's Lesson: Facebook. Friend or enemy in the classroom?

A Principal's Reflections

Not only are some schools incorporating Facebook into their lesson plans, but they are also tutoring students as young as 6-years-old on how to ''properly'' use the site. Yes, students are being tutored how to use Facebook. While many may frown at the idea of fourth graders using Facebook in the classroom, teachers at Gunn argued that the site helps students reinforce information while simultaneously allowing parents to monitor what their child is learning in class.

Reform is Happening

A Principal's Reflections

The brainchild of Schoology and myself, we set out in mid-August to plan an unprecedented free conference that would provide educators of varying experience with practical strategies to successfully integrate technology in the classroom. We didn’t know what to expect, but were committed to planning and delivering an event that would have a positive impact on all who attended. Around 9:10 AM I walked into my auditorium to kick off TSETC.

Provide Answers To Tech Questions Effortlessly.

The Web20Classroom

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. Wouldn''t it be great if you could just point them to a website that answered some of the basic questions you get everyday like what is a cookie, or how do I teach my students what Netiquette is, or how do I use Garageband? Very easy to use and understand for even the most basic technology user.

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Unfriend, Unfollow, Unsubscribe: How to turn people away

The Electric Educator

As social media has gained popularity, many books and blogs have been written, many videos recorded, and many prezi''s built on how a person can increase their friends, followers, and subscribers. How to get "unfollowed" on Twitter: 1. Ask for comments, but never reply to them.

QR Codes: The Desktop Version And A Follow-Up

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I never expected the awesome feedback I have gotten and people wanting to know more. I have gotten lots of questions and have been thinking lots about practical ways to use these in the classroom. But they are another tool to use. Not to worry friend!

How to Build Stronger Bonds with Fellow Teachers


According to a recent study by the Conference Board, less than half of American workers are happy in their jobs. Of the satisfied minority, an overwhelming 67 percent cite office friendships as a major factor of job contentment, explains Eileen Habelow in her 2010 Forbes article analyzing workplace happiness. From boosting camaraderie to spurring creativity, […]. The post How to Build Stronger Bonds with Fellow Teachers appeared first on Edudemic.

Following Through

A Principal's Reflections

During the meeting I challenged them to be active in the change process and provide ideas on how to make NMHS a better place academically and socially. 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. These will be added to the mobile iPod learning lab that currently houses 28 nanos. -

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

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But really how does that happen? So she was allowed to do what she did. All of these correlated to a specific textbook. Last night on #edchat the topic was The Internet and Prior Knowledge, mainly, what do kids need to know and what can they just look up?

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

The Web20Classroom

Members of my PLN (Personal Learning Network), PLC (Professional Learning Community), colleagues, whatever you want to call them, (I call them all friends) were there sharing their learning with not only the new teachers, but with me as well. out there that we can easily connect to.

Social Media In The Classroom.

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The connections we make with those in our PLN help to make us brilliant. I have people in my PLN from all corners of the globe that I know I can call upon when I have a question, need feedback on a project or just to "talk shop."

Professional Development And The Modern Teacher

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In anticipation of the change our teachers have been learning how to move their content from their current page to their new one. For some of our teachers it is one more stressful thing to do. Would she be receptive to that? What do we need to cover again?

Is There Room For More Than One Opinion Here?

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It seems to me that these conversations come in waves. Yeah, many of us on Twitter and through our blogs try to talk about what isn''t working or how to make things better and offer up several examples of what is working. I want to know more. (If

Reflections on NCTIES

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For 3 days almost 2000 educators from across the southeast gathered in Raleigh, NC to share, produce and learn about technology in education and have a little bit of fun. Previously I had tried to learn Second Life 3 times but never could get anywhere with it so just gave up.

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An #Edchat Conversation-Howard Rheingold and Critical Thinking

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On Wednesday, June 16, at 5pm PDT/ 8pm EST (Convert To Your Local Time Here ), members of the EDU PLN Ning and participants of #Edchat will have the unique opportunity to join Howard Rheingold in a conversation about teaching Critical Thinking.

Final Reflections From Denver And #ISTE10

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I came home from Denver and ISTE10 on Thursday afternoon and I really needed this long to decompress and reflect on my experiences. This was my first time to the conference and I knew it was going to be amazing before I even got there. And I have to say it was a complete success.

Two Questions.

The Web20Classroom

Normally in this space I write about the tools we use to make learning easier, more fun or just plain better. We know (or at least we should) there are many dimensions to learning. Helping students feel like learning is something they want to do and need to do.

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The Echo Chamber Of Education Reform.

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Meaning that most of us that take part in things like #edchat, general discussion or just sit on the sidelines, generally feel the same way about education, that we are headed down the wrong path and need to change. To an extent the complaints are correct. We need to face it.

Michael Scott and Technology In The Classroom

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If you don''t know who he is or his work it is really worth your time to check out his stuff. His focus is on social media and how it effects us as a global society. What a cool idea to start a class.