Epic Sketchnoting Resources: How to Get Started Teaching Sketchnoting

The CoolCatTeacher

Useful Pedagogies and Tools for Educators Sketchnoting is not just an attractive way to take notes, it can improve retention and learning. You don’t have to have a ton of talent, just a little know-how. I’ll update these sketchnoting resources, so tweet me or leave a comment to add your favorites. Twitter Tip: If you want to find and share great sketchnotes, follow the # edusketch hashtag on Twitter. Smashing Magazine’s Article on Sketchnoting.

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Looking Back on 2011


With the end of the year rapidly approaching, I thought it would be interesting to take a moment and reflect upon the first year of Kleinspiration and see what has worked best for our audience. With that in mind, I’ve put together a brief list of Kleinspiration’s most viewed posts for 2011. If you’ve missed any of these posts, it’s a great time to take a look and see what you’re missing. Learn how here.

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How to Fight Plagiarism in Your Classroom


In 2011, Edutopia published an article discussing how to combat plagiarism. Four years later, we are still looking for ways to fix this problem. In this article, we’ll look at how to identify plagiarism and how to prevent it. The post How to Fight Plagiarism in Your Classroom appeared first on Edudemic. Articles How To plagiarism prevention tips for teachers

Quick List Of iPad Resources For The Classroom

The Web20Classroom

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. iPad: Ideas To Inspire - From the widely popular series, there are now 47 ideas how to use the iPad in the classroom.

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8 Ways to Help New Teachers Thrive (and Veteran Teachers Too!)

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Immediately, we can start to help new teachers and help each other in the process. The research gives us some insight into how each of us can help other teachers thrive. We have to do better. We have to help and encourage each other. The Research About Keeping Teachers First, let’s dive into some research about how to help teachers thrive (and not quit teaching.) 2011).

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How to Help Kids Innovate From an Early Age

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. As community makerspaces begin to take root in Ontario’s elementary schools , students are behaving better. They wanted me to help them all the time. Read the original article.

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Social Media is Not Just For Students

A Principal's Reflections

Immediately, visions of excessive socialization, time wasted, and meaningless conversations in the form of updates come to mind. I am here to share ways in which principals can harness the power of these free resources to improve communications, public relations, professional growth, instruction, and create a brand presence for your school. Character limits and the ability for people to receive tweets as SMS text messages make this a powerful communications tool.

Advancing Mobile Phones as Learning Devices

A Principal's Reflections

This morning I read a great article on PBS Media Shift by Audrey Watters entitled " Why Schools Should Stop Banning Cell Phones, and Use Them For Learning." Up until this past year the rule of thumb was that students could bring their phones to my school, but they could not be on, seen, or heard. I cannot begin to explain all of the battles with students and parents that my administrative team and I had to deal with because of the established policy.

Turning the Tide

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past two years I have seen some dramatic shifts in an effort to transform New Milford High School into a 21st Century institution of teaching and learning. With a change in mindset and a great deal of support, I have been able to successfully empower my staff to integrate a variety of digital tools, including social media, to engage learners. Stupid media like USA To-shmay buying into it, of course. It is time to turn the tide!

Google Good to Know - online safety and data info

Educational Technology Guy

Google Good to Know is another great resource from Google. Good to Know has information and tips for internet safety, how your data is collected and used online, how Google uses data, and how to manage your data and what you share with web sites and Google.

iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. This intriguing research is a must listen for any school with access to technology. You do not need iPads to implement and learn from this research. Go to [link] today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit. Enter the contest to win a copy of the book. Just go to the show on iTunes and leave a review and your Twitter handle.

5 Ideas for SEL in a Remote Learning Environment

The Principal of Change

” In this series of posts, I have shared ideas and the importance of building relationships in remote learning settings as well as ideas on how to empower learners. School needs to be meaningful for all learners (adults as well) and not seen as an overwhelming checklist.

How to Choose Your LMS: Canvas vs. Google Classroom


In the last six months, everything around us has changed, and we must now redefine what it means to be a teacher. In this article, I’ve done my best to layout for you the two main choices for secondary LMS, since I myself am a secondary teacher.

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ADHD in the Classroom: How to Teach and Support Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder


A survey of educators found that the majority lack enough information and classroom management strategies for students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and that they don’t feel capable to help them.[2] Tendency to fidget and trouble holding still.

5 Can’t Miss Mobile Learning Resources

The Mobile Native

Guest Post for BrainPop Mobile Learning Integration via @kylepace If you are looking to integrate iPads and iPods into your classroom curriculum, this is the site for you! It also has sections on mobile learning books, articles, journals and conferences. These resources include articles, videos and links on how to get started with using cell phones, mobile learning devices, in the classroom.

New Posted Resources 09/15/2011

The Web20Classroom

How To Create An LLC For Your Educational Podcast


You are here wondering how to create an LLC for your educational podcast … that's great! Or, perhaps you are here looking to learn how to set up a small business and form an LLC … that's also great! Taking the steps needed to turn your ideas (or hobby's) into an official company is pretty darn awesome. In 2011, I created the TeacherCast Podcast and built a little website simply so I can have a place to put my audio recordings.

Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment


SB 6, if passed into law, would give local school districts in Texas more discretionary control over how they spend state monies designated for instructional materials. No longer would they be compelled to purchase textbooks each year, but they would have freedom to choose digital content and the technological equipment necessary for students to access the digital content. Everything I accessed was an instructional material with content relevant to my course of study.

The Oft-Ignored 21st Century Leadership Skill for School Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

Most of the time, administrators are in “reactive” mode when it comes to sudden, unwanted attention to their schools brought about due to some online Web posting to a blog or social media. It is the 21st Century School Leader who uses technology to monitor their school or school district''s online reputation. This truth extends to schools as well. Here’s help for those wanting to learn how to set up Google Alerts.)

Your Future Self May Thank You: Tidy Up Your Online Presence Over the Holidays


We reflect on the happenings and learnings of the twelve months that are coming to a close while anticipating what may come our way in the new year ahead. As a practical outworking of this reflection and anticipation, I encourage you to set aside some time to tidy up your online presence. And perhaps even encourage others around you to do the same. She had taken the precautions educators are continuously counseled to take, and it still wasn''t enough.

My Top 8 Google Apps for Administrators

The 21st Century Principal

applications, but once I started examining my list of Google Apps, I knew I could devote one entire post to those apps alone. Google offers so many useful applications to school administrators, I would find it hard to live without those apps now. Every administrator needs to know how to use these applications. Google Apps List for Administrators Google Reader: I am an avid reader of 230 subscriptions to blogs and RSS feeds.

Cool Websites for Teachers: by Jesse Langley


Teachers are often encouraged to use more technology in the classroom, with little instruction or direction. All they’re told is that it’s the 21st century and kids need to be learning from computers. How Many Really? How Many Really solves a problem educators have had since the beginning of time: how to make major, world events seem relevant to children. Skype in the Classroom Skype allows teachers to collaborate on projects around the globe.

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5 Ways School Administrators Can Use Evernote

The 21st Century Principal

Evernote has rocketed to the top of my most-often-used applications in recent months. Use Evernote to collect all the notes, bits of information, and copies of digital information that come across your desk during the course of a day. Evernote gives me a place to organize this information for later accessibility. Use Evernote to create and maintain To Do Lists. This allows me to easily transfer those "undone" tasks to the next day’s To Do List.

10 Tech Tools for Teacher Training Courses

Nik Peachey

This was the first time in a while I had been asked to teach such long courses and i thought it was a great opportunity to see if I could fundamentally change the way the teachers related to technology, not just in the classroom as a tool for teaching learners, but as a tool within their everyday working practice. As sub goals I set out to run the course with absolutely no paper. In this course I asked teachers to use it instead of taking paper based notes.

Keeping Up to Date: Texas Education Budget Crisis


With so much information crossing my screen on the Texas Education Budget Crisis, I thought it would be useful to pull together a few places where folks can stay up to date. I hope you take this knowledge and use it to write and phone your legislators and let them know how you feel about what they are doing to our schools if they pass their currently proposed budgets. She is cross-posting her daily posts to her blog. Letting Your Voice Be Heard ?With

The K-12 Business Model: How to Innovate in an Ever-Changing Learning Environment

EdNews Daily

And with that type of model in mind, it leads us to wonder what effect annual student influx has on technology adoption in the classroom and the cultural effect on the ability to experiment and personalize. Meeting this year’s students “where they are” is going to look different than it did for last year’s class. And therein lies the challenge for both educators and EdTech leaders – how can we best serve an industry that’s constantly evolving every nine months?

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. ” (Since this posting, questions have surfaced about the quality of the reporting in the USA Today article and members of the research team have provided more accurate depictions of the study here ). . Then you transitioned to Flipped 2.0,

Been Thinking About CTRL+F & Technology Basics


I read an article, " Why Don''t We Teach Kids How to Use CTRL+F? " No matter how much we know, there are always some basic fundamentals that we don''t know. Technology has too many facets for anyone to know everything. How much of my time has been wasted by scrolling when CTRL+F could have taken me to the info I need so much faster? According to the article, 90% of folks don''t know about it.

Are Technology Trainers No Longer a Need in Education? - Part II


Last month when I first posted on this topic , I stated I would share my own thoughts in the comments or possibly in a follow-up post after giving readers a chance to comment. Reader comments were wonderful for adding to my perspective; thank you!) You may want to go read the original post to gather some context for what you are about to read below. Cutting to the chase, I believe technology trainers are still needed in education.

Learning from Verizon's Experience: 5 Lessons for School Leaders About Social Media

The 21st Century Principal

Verizon’s decision to not charge customers a $2 convenience fee is a lesson about power of social media, for all of us, including 21st century school leaders.(See Verizon heard that megaphone and decided to let customers know they were listening. When Verizon decided to announce a $2 fee, they ran right into thousands of consumers yelling loudly through the power of social media. They issued a statement that said, “At Verizon, we take great care to listen to our customers.

Google Alerts: A Tool for Customizing an Administrator’s Flow of Information

The 21st Century Principal

In my earlier post, I discussed how Google Reader gives me the ability to control all the information on the Internet that is vying for my attention. I would encourage educators and specifically administrators to take advantage of this tool for the following reasons: Google Alerts allows me to gather information on topics of interest automatically. An email arrives in my inbox every day with links to recent information collected.

June 2 - Interview with Cal Newport on "Being a High School Superstar"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, June 2nd, for a live and interactive Future of Education with Cal Newport, author of How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out). For three years Cal interviewed what he calls "relaxed superstars:" students who live relaxed and happy high school lives and who get admitted to the colleges of their choice. Forego the sleepless and cynical path to college acceptance.

The Five Things I’ve Learned about Blogging as a School Administrator

The 21st Century Principal

Learning to blog is an uphill process in which I engaged for the first time in the spring of 2008. It was just to experiment with blogging. The kinds of posts I wrote on that blog were varied; they ranged from comments on books I was reading to opinions about education policy. It truly was a blog for me learn how to use the blogging software and simply be able to say to others, “I have a blog.” You have to have a purpose for your blog.

How to Build a Successful Instructional Coaching Program

Insight Education Group

Atul Gawande, an acclaimed surgeon and research scientist, wrote in a 2011 New Yorker article , “Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performance.”. But before launching a coaching initiative as a principal, you need to have a thoughtful implementation plan in place. How to Build a Plan. An ILT can provide the process and quality control to ensure your coaching program succeeds. Article from Getting Smart).

Q&A: Class Tech Tips Blogger Monica Burns Explains How to Work with Digital Tools

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Class Tech Tips Blogger Monica Burns Explains How to Work with Digital Tools. Monica Burns first started working with educational technology in 2011 when she was teaching at a New York City school that was becoming a magnet school. Starting in the fall of 2011, Burns spent two years working in a one-to-one environment with tablets in an elementary school setting. BROWN: What are some tips for teachers seeking to inject technology into their courses?