The Best of 2011 via Edutopia


The Best of Edutopia 2011 Resources This year, I was fortunate to be a guest blogger for Edutopia. Click here to enjoy their final newsletter of 2011. best of 2011 edutopia best of education 2011 Edutopia edutopia blog edutopia enewsletter edutopia newsletter Erin Klein guest blogger edutopia You can read my post here. I''m always amazed by the quality resources their team puts together. I highly recommend viewing their e-newsletter and becoming a subscriber yourself.

Edscape 2011: Innovation Now

A Principal's Reflections

Building upon last year''s event I am proud to officially announce Edscape 2011 will be taking place at New Milford High School on Saturday October 15, 2011. Edscape 2011 is a conference intended to bring together passionate educators who firmly believe that innovation is essential to increasing student engagement and achievement. We will be accepting proposals to present up until July 15, 2011.


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Edublog 2011 Awards: Best New Blog


Kleinspiration Named Top 5 Winner in the Edublog 2011 Awards Thank you all so much for your support. award winning edublog edublog 2011 edublog 2011 winners edublog awards edublog best group blog edublog best new blog edublog winners Erin Klein Kleinspiration Teaching Blog Addict I was honored to be nominated for this amazing award - let alone to come in top five with the thousands of votes pouring in for this contest.

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NWP 2011 on Prezi Here are a few links that will be mentioned within today''s chat: Do your students publish with purpose? The following is a Prezi I used to do my demonstration lesson this summer at the Eastern Michigan Writing Project. I will be referring to some of the resources within this presentation. Thank you for attending my session today the Wide-EMU ''11 unConference.

Edublog 2011 Award Nominations


Edublog 2011 Award Nominations The nominations are now open! There are so many great individuals and groups to support. I''m always excited to see how many bloggers come together to support the writers they learn from and collaborate with throughout the year. The following are my nominations for this year: Best individual blog: The Nerdy Teacher - Nicholas Provenzano Nick''s blog has been a tremendous resource for me as a new teacher and a new blogger.

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The Top Posts Of Web20Classroom For 2011

The Web20Classroom

Is it 2012 already? Another year has come and gone and like several of my good blogging friends have done I wanted to recap the Top 5 Posts from this year. I am sorta surprised at the mix but there are some, if I do say so myself, good posts. Quick List Of iPad Resources For The Classroom -This was my top post of the year. It contains several of my favorite sites and collections of using not just iPads but mobile devices in general in the classroom.

12 Most Popular Education Articles of 2011 via Teach Hub


Click Here to Check out 12 Amazing Articles from 2011. education articles teach hub

The 2011 Sunshine Award


I am happy to receive this award from Cindy of In The Teacher''s Lounge. Thanks Cindy! It''s always nice to be recognized by our peers. In accordance with accepting the award I am answering the following questions and then passing the award along to others: Here are the rules for accepting this award: 1. Thank the person who gave this award and write a post about it. Answer the following questions below.

My 2011 Edublog Award Nominations

The Web20Classroom

It''s that time of year again, when bloggers from around the globe submit the best of the best in the education world from the previous year for the Edublog Awards. This is always a tough spot for me. I think everyone is great at what they do. And we should honor everyone who works tirelessly in schools and in education everyday to make learning better for kids. However, there are some that deserve a little something extra.

Back To School-Leadership In 2011

The Web20Classroom

Lastly, check out my most recent post from Leadership Day 2011. I orginially wrote this post back in 2009. Since that time so much has gone on in the world of Social Media in Education, I decided it needed some updating. There is so much pressure on school leadership in this day and age. School budgets are growing tighter and tighter.

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2011 Edublog Award Nominations


After watching the Edublog Awards process for a few years, and even voting in the final round before, I''ve decided it''s time for me to get involved at the grass-roots level by making some of my own nominations in 2011! Here are my Edublog Awards nominations for 2011: Best Individual Blog: Cool Cat Teacher by Vicki Davis - Vicki has been nominated for best teacher blog in the past and won the award in 2008, and she deserves every nomination and win.

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ASHA 2011 Wrap-up


What a trip the ASHA convention was, as always. It was really a whirlwind this year as it seemed I had a ton of people I wanted to see and talk with. In between doing last preps for our own session and chatting with folks all over the place, I went to some great sessions. I am not sure I can even consolidate all the info into an additional post, but I will try!

Looking Back At 2010 And Looking Forward To 2011.

The Web20Classroom

So here is my reflections on 2010 and my predictions for 2011. My reflections on 2010, and my thoughts on 2011. Image From CC Search-Flickr (User Kadath) Seems like it''s the cool thing this time of year to look back at the previous year, where we have been and to look forward, to where we are going. I want to be hip. I wrote a post on December 28, 2009 where I talked about tools that I thought would have a break out year. How did I do?

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The 2011 Edublogs Awards Shortlist (A Shameless Ploy For Votes) #Eddies11

The Web20Classroom

You may remember, last week I did my nominations for the 2011 Edublog Awards. This is an annual event highlighting the best in the Edublogosphere and Twitterverse. I am humbled that I made the short list for Best Twitter of The Year (an award I won in 2009) and this blog is also on the short list for Best Edtech/Resource Sharing Blog. Edchat also made the shortlist for Best Educational Hashtag. It is truly an honor to be nominated and I am in good company on both lists.

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TeachMeet Georgia 2011 Keynote-The Path To Teacher Leadership

The Web20Classroom

Last weekend I had the honor and pleasure of giving a keynote at TeachMeet Georgia to a wonderful group of educators from all over the southeast. It was a great day of learning and I was glad I was able to make it down. My keynote centered on how educators can move from just teachers to teacher-leaders. A video of my keynote is below. It begins with a great intro from Cybrary Man , Jerry Blumegarten. My remarks begin around the 11.30

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ALT-C 2011 retrospective

Learning with 'e's

Image by ALT ALT-C 2011 retrospective by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 James Clay Oliver Quinlan ALT-C 2011 Julie Voce ALT-C Live BetaThe ALT-C conference held at Leeds University this September was memorable for a number of reasons. Many of these are compiled into a very readable account in this month's ALT Online Newsletter by Julie Voce, who is also co-chair for ALT-C 2012 Manchester.

It's been a Great Week!


What a great year Kleinspiration has had in 2011. Kleinspiration was awarded Top 5 in the Edublog 2011 Awards for Best New Blog click here to view all of the winners Kleinspiration launched the opening of our Teacher Store click here to view and shop My monthly post was published in Really Good Stuff for December. best new blog edublog 2011 edublog 2011 winners Edudemic Erin Klein ISTE 2012 ISTE 2012 Presenters Kleinspiration Really Good Stuff teacher stores The Teacher''s Lounge

MACUL 2011 Conference Notes

The Electric Educator

I''ve started a collaborative notes document for keynote and break out sessions from the 2011 MACUL conference (Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning). This year the conference is being held in Detroit, Michigan. If you''d like to view the live document, click here. Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I always appreciate feedback on my posts. You can find me on Twitter (@jrsowash), Google+, Linkedin (jrsowash), and YouTube (jrsowash). macul11

Reflections on Edcamp Boston 2011


This past Saturday I attended Edcamp Boston, an "unconference" set in the wonderful Microsoft NERD center overlooking the Charles River in Cambridge. Edcamps take place all over the country and the model involves participants creating their own agenda across the day, with session leaders acting as facilitators rather than traditional "presenters." Another way to say this is that teachers themselves create their sessions based on what they want to learn for the day!

Lakeshore Learning Special Offer for Kleinspiration Readers!


Kleinspiration would appreciate your support by taking 30 seconds to click here and vote for us in the Edublog 2011 Awards for Best New Blog. create and play animals creative play edublog awards 2011 educational gift ideas great gifts for kids lakeshore lakeshore learning lakeshore learning materials shop our sale Get an additional 25% off any non-sale item just by clicking here as a Kleinspiration Reader! I just ordered the Create and Play Animals and love them!

Our Class Skype with Bruce Littlefield!


Bruce Littlefield edublog edublog 2011 edublog awards edublog nominations Kleinspiration Record Skype record skype calls Super Tintin The Bedtime Book for Dogs I''m so excited that I successfully recorded my first Skype session! Not only did I record my Skype call ; I also uploaded it to my blog to share with my awesome readers, beautiful students, and supportive families. Whoo-Hoo!

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TCEA 2011 Day 2 - Edubloggercon!


blogging edubloggercon lsebc11 tcea tcea 2011 After a good night''s sleep and smooth commute, I am ready to engage in learning again. Today is Edubloggercon , my first unconference. I''ve been blogging for not quite two years now, and I''m looking forward to hearing from others and seeing what they are doing with professional and maybe even student blogging. The nature of an unconference is it gets organized on site, so I don''t know what "sessions" I''ll be in yet.

Edubloggercon East 2011


Hey Folks, hope everyone is having a great summer! This Monday I had the great experience of attending Edubloggercon East here in my hometown of Boston. Edubloggercon is an unconference (like Edcamp ) in which the agenda of discussion-based sessions is created by attendees based on interests and needs.

Breaking News: Today - Educreations Launches New iPad App and Turns Your iPad Into an Interactive Whiteboard


Available for the first time ever today, the new iPad app from Educreations will transform teaching. Using this app will turn your iPad into an interactive whiteboard, and allow you to plan, create, and share lessons in far less time than before.

My Edublog Awards Nominations for 2011


It''s that time already. The Edublog Awards were started about 7 years ago to counteract the trend of blocking social media in school districts and celebrate the educational power of these resources. Obviously social media has been transformative for me and my practice and I wanted to participate for that reason again this year.

2011 Virtual School Symposium Recap

The Electric Educator

2011 iNACOL Virtual School Symposium This week I attended the 2011 Virtual School Symposium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Over 1,900 educators interested in online learning were in attendance. After participating in numerous workshops led by a variety of administrators and educators as well as listening to keynote addresses from Susan Patrick (president of iNACOL) and representatives from the Department of Education, and speaking with vendors I came away with the follow thoughts: 1.

My Interview with Learnboost - check it out!


eddies11 best new blog blogger interviews edublog 2011 edublog awards edublog nominations edutech blog Erin Klein Kleinspiration LearnBoost Click here to continue the interview for questions like: What are some of the challenges you face in sharing helpful technology with other educators? How and why does technology enhance the project-based approach to make learning more meaningful? Kleinspiration would like to thank those that nominated this blog for the #eddies11 (Edublog Awards).

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5 Companies to Watch in 2011

The Electric Educator

Note: This is the first of my series "5 things to watch in 2011" Future installments will include: Five people to follow in 2011 Five trends to watch in 2011 Five technologies to watch in 2011 Five blogs to read in 2011 The folks over at Prezi continue to make their presentation product more and more compelling. January of 2011 saw the launch of an iPad app on which to view presentations.

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Tracy's Nominations for the 2011 Edublogs Awards


This blog gets my vote for best new blog of 2011. I love awards because it''s a chance to recognize and share those who rock my world. Thank you Edublogs for providing this opportunity to acknowledge amazing educators around the globe, and for raising the awareness of the awesome impact social media and web 2.0 can have on our learning and our learners.

Twitter In Schools-A Getting Started Guide

The Web20Classroom

The end of the school year is upon us however many are looking forward to next year. You may be thinking what can you do differently next year? How can you stand out above the crowd? How can your school become a larger part of the school community? While Twitter is beginning to catch on with many educators, schools are lagging in their adoption of the platform. But let''s think about it.

The 21st Principal: 2011 Edublog Best Administrator Blog Nomination Thank You

The 21st Century Principal

Nominations for the 2011 Edublog Awards are in, and I feel honored that this blog, The 21st Century Principal is among the nominees for Best Administrator Blog. administrators blogging Blogging Edublog Awards 2011 educational leadership school administration When I began this blog almost exactly 2 years ago, I was a bit strong on ambition and perhaps a bit weak on just how far I was going to go with blogging.

Have you seen these great sites?


Also, Kleinspiration would love your vote in the Edublog 2011 Awards. ABCya abcya games best new blog best new blog nominations edublog 2011 edublog award nominations Kleinspiration learn boost LearnBoost Mastery Connect MasteryConnect ten marks TenMarks I''d like to take a moment and highlight our Kleinspiration Sponsors. They''re super! When I allow advertising on my blog, I''m always hesitant to post a new sponsor until I can fully explore their site.

Blog Awareness Month: Support SLPs Shortlisted in 2011 Edublog Awards!


The shortlist of nominees for the 2011 Edublog Awards was announced this weekend. Though I was a little bummed a few deserving nominees didn''t make it in, it was excellent that the event actually acknowledged SLPs as a standout and active group in the effort that defines the whole purpose of the awards- to acknowledge educators who are sharing through social media and help educators find and follow this content.

2011 Virtual School Symposium

The Electric Educator

This week I am hanging out in Indianapolis at the Virtual School Symposium sponsored by the International Association for K12 Online Learning ( iNACOL ). Today I let an all day pre-conference on Google Apps for Education. It was a lively group and I enjoyed working with Cindy Lane and Andy Crozier , two Google Apps experts! Tomorrow the conference begins and I have a full slate of sessions on my agenda. Here''s my planned scheduled along with a few comments of my own.

2011 MACUL iPad Conference

The Electric Educator

This year the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning ( MACUL ) sponsored one of the nation''s only educational technology conferences focused on the iPad. The limited number of registrations were quickly filled and many were place on a waiting list. I was proud that my school was able to host the pre-conference workshops on the Thursday before the full conference. Our facilities held up well (as did our wireless network) and a lot of learning took place.

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TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel


Notes from TCEA 2011 Panel. digital content tcea tcea 2011 Texas Texas legislature Texas State Board of Education The speakers words flowed fast and I caputred/paraphrased them as accurately as I could. For an additional take on this event from someone else who also live blogged it, you can visit this post from Bryan Doyle. Members of Panel: Representative Scott Hochberg - Houston, TX Representative Mark Strama - Austin, TX Mr. Thomas Ratliff, State Board of Education - Mt.

Quick List Of Mobile Apps For Administrators

The Web20Classroom

When it comes to mobile learning there are loads of great sites for apps for kids and teachers. Everything from apps organized by Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy to apps organized by grade level and subject area. But what you might not know, especially if you are an administrator is that there are some great apps out there for you. What are they?

2011 MACUL Conference Selections

The Electric Educator

This year I need to cut out a little bit early on Friday to help my students submit the final section of our 2011 yearbook. This week marks the 35th annual conference of the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning ( MACUL ). I''ve been in attendance since my junior year of college at the invitation of my college Ed. professor, Rubin Rubio, a MACUL board member.

It's All About The Hashtag

The Web20Classroom

If you remember, in my 3 part series on Twitter , I wrote about how I completely changed the way I do professional development on Twitter. In a nutshell, I no longer start with signing up and tweeting the first day. I always show how to use Twitter without ever signing up. I believe it''s important to establish the value in using it rather than using it and attempting to find the value. What a lot of people don''t realize that Twitter is a very powerful search engine.

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Quick List Of iPad Resources For The Classroom

The Web20Classroom

One question that comes into my inbox or on Twitter a lot lately is one dealing with iPads. Many schools and classrooms all over are investing in these devices and educators want to know how to use them effectively, apps to consider and more. In keeping with the "My Favorite Resources" theme ( last week I listed my favorite resources for talking about Twitter ) here are my go-to resources when people ask me about iPads in the Classroom.

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