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! Vicki''s blog helped inspire me to start blogging myself.

How to Help Kids Innovate From an Early Age

Digital Promise

As community makerspaces begin to take root in Ontario’s elementary schools , students are behaving better. They’re creative spaces where students can gather to explore, tinker, discover and create, and they’re making students more enthusiastic about school.

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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.

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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How to Design Educational Technology Products to Motivate Students

Digital Promise

Given students’ interest in technology, educational technology tools are a promising way to motivate them to learn. But how can ed tech developers make sure their products deliver on this promise? Research shows there are four elements that help students become naturally motivated to learn: challenge , goals , feedback , and curiosity. Below we share her tips, along with other research-based ideas to help developers create products to improve student motivation.

Week of January 9, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren''t able to attend them live. hope you''ll stay to share your thoughts. Participants will learn how to use Audacity, to record, import and edit sound including filtering and export a sound file in different formats for classroom and web use. Simple sound effects through to complex soundscapes can be created using audacity.

Week of February 27, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren''t able to attend them live. Our first dream is to develop a virtual body/atlas with which you could explore, research with and share the results. A way to do science online and remove the ethical, financial and other constraints and just get back to researching ideas, gathering results and sharing them. More information about Learn To Be is available at [link] [link

Week of February 14, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren''t able to attend them live. Join this session to discuss current trends facing media specialists. link] "MINI-GEEK FEST" MONTHLY ONLINE CONVERSATION-FEBRUARY, 2011 (AzTEA 2.0 Do you often feel overwhelmed with all of the new tools and feel you don''t have time to keep up with everything? You don''t have to be from Arizona to participate--everyone is welcome.

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Week of March 6, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren''t able to attend them live. LEARN TO BE AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY ( Host Your Own Webinar Series ) Sun 6 Mar 07:00PM New York / Mon 7 Mar 12:00AM GMT / Mon 7 Mar 11:00AM Sydney Maria Droujkova. Learn To Be offers free tutoring online to economically disadvantaged students. Find out how Challenge Based Learning was used with Primary and Middle Years students, by someone who has actually taught it.

Week of April 11, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren''t able to attend them live. EFACILITATE: HOW DO YOU TEACH OTHERS TO EFACILITATE? There are quite a number of ways in which you can learn to be an online facilitator. How did you learn? What would you share with teachers who are new to the role of e-facilitator? How would you support Let''s explore the strategies, best practice and courses available for learning about efacilitation.

The Gift of Kind Words


They also drew a "tag" on the "present" which said "To: Their Name". After the "presents" were decorated, I took them up, and then I described to the students that we were all going to give each other a gift this Christmas season - a gift of kind words. How about you?

Edublog Awards Nominations & Shameless Campaigning!

The Daring Librarian

You know how most people say about awards "It''s enough just to be nominated?" Sure, it''s TOTALLY true that it''s a distinct honor to be nominated! And sure - I could be all "I don''t care if we win" but that would be disingenuous, and why the heck not try to win!??

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Helicopter Taxi


App Name/Publisher : Helicopter Taxi/Toca Boca Description : Helicopter Taxi and Toca Boca''s other apps are based on research about different kinds of play and how to engage kids in play via technology. Yes Hyperlink Reviewed by Sean Sweeney Review Date April 25, 2011.

QR Codes Part 8: Wrapping Up! More Ways to Use QR for SLPs


This series has been really fun to write, and I appreciate all the feedback! I have several presentations scheduled and have to start writing evals! It features a spooky story broken down into narrative elements, each with its own QR code for you to print.

Garageband for iPad


This post originally appeared on TherapyApp411 App Name/Publisher: Garageband for iPad/Apple Description : Garageband’s app allows you to explore musical instruments, make recordings of digital instruments and voice, and combine your recordings and prerecorded loops into songs.

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More Buffet!


This app allows you to choose a country and fill a plate with culturally specific foods. When your plate is complete, you can “eat” it by tapping it away or email your dish to a friend or parent! which allows you to actually “cook” and flip the food on the grill).

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. First, teachers have to identify what the learning goals are for students.

SMATH: How to Turn 2 Subjects Into 1 Super-Class


As educators, we always encourage our students to work together; we promise them two heads are better than one. Piedmont Elementary in Alabama, we decided to finally try it. We realized combining classes could help us integrate science and math standards, while team-teaching would allow us to differentiate instruction. Technology was also providing a surplus of real-time data we still weren’t sure how to best use. Here’s how we did it: How smath works.

Back to School Special:7 Web Savvy Starts to a New Year!

The Daring Librarian

It''s back to school time again! Last year around this time I blogged about using Google forms to create community conversations and decorating your library media center & classroom. Featuring how Google tools (forms, docs, & presentation, and more!)

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The Epsilen Experience: Power Users Share Their Stories #SXSWedu


Notes from SXSWedu 2011 breakout session Panelists: Evan Nisonson - Epsilen Leann Ingram - Comanche ISD High School English and Dual-Credit College English Carrie Barnett - Dublin ISD Director of Federal Programs Lannon Heflin - Region XIII Instructional Technologist, Program Manager for Edtech Initatives Ingram - Comanche is one of the first districts to be using Epsilen with students. Ingram''s classroom is close to paperless. How has PD been fundamentally changed?

Conversations that Clarify PBL


One of those conversation occurred with our elementary teachers. How do you convert a theme to PBL? PBL was a meaningful challenge that connected to the real world. It was relevant to the students, with a real community who would benefit from the solution.

Ed Tech News, a New Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This new weekly blog post / email is replacing the regular email I have sent out for the last couple of years for the now-defunct Host-Your-Own-Webinar program (I still have hopes of resurrecting that near-to-my-heart program, and when that happens we''ll wrap it into this weekly missive). Huge thanks to the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science , the founding sponsor of the conference. Send your best wishes to Peggy , Lorna , and Kim !

How to Support Teacher Innovation Within a Strict State Accountability System


An overwhelming majority of America’s public schools continually perform at the bottom of the totem pole when compared to their international counterparts in science and mathematics; we have come a full 64 years after the Brown vs. Board of Education decision and we see in glaring fashion the return of separate and unequal public schooling. We couldn’t wait for a miracle, we needed to make one. To do so would assure a short-lived tenure as McComb’s superintendent.

Linda Librarian's 12 Days of Christmas Gifts To Staff

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

2nd Day Merry Day-after- Christmas , Everyone, Here''s a nice list for you to browse. 130 Tools in 160 Minutes [link] 130tools Although it says 130, I see only 106 (I guess the content has been updated) -- it''s definitely worth a scroll to see if any of the tools pique your interest.

Great Leaders Focus and Build Teams


He wasn''t co ntent with running things the way others did just because that''s how it''s always been done. Great leaders see where they are going, plan for it, remain focused on the goal, and know how to develop others. How do you build relationships and connect with others?

Reflective Learning as the New Normal

A Principal's Reflections

The quest to improve pedagogy, and in turn learner outcomes, is a focus of many schools. We toil away at chasing the next big innovative idea, trend, or tool as a path to improvement yet little changes. Getting better at this seems to be a potential rallying cry.

@Quizizz : Say Goodbye to Worksheets and Crosswords

The CoolCatTeacher

He shares how you can use this tool to teach vocabulary and save time for other things! Download the transcript by clicking here or scroll down to read the transcript on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. to 3.

How to Teach Online MOOC: Aloha Discussion


Author: Mathieu Plourde {(Mathplourde on Flickr) This week marks the beginning of the How to Teach Online MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). A MOOC is very similar to university courses but typically do not offer course credits. How will you contribute?


Learning First, Technology Second #motivationmonday

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Liz Kolb @lkolb talks about how we can put learning first and a very important reason technology should be second. Click to download the PDF transcript or scroll down to read the transcript on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show.

Creating A Fire For Inquiry Starts At The Beginning

TeachThought - Learn better.

When the world talks about STEM education for the most part they talk around elementary teachers rather than to elementary school teachers. Perhaps more importantly waiting to provide inspiration until middle and high school is a large part of the problem.


Foreign Language Classes are Becoming More Scarce

Digital Promise

Of all the skills that a person could have in today’s globalized world, few serve individuals – and the larger society – as well as knowing how to speak another language. Knowledge of foreign languages is also vital to America’s national security and diplomacy.

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Focusing on the Process: Letting Go of Product Expectations

User Generated Education

I focus on how to learn rather than what to learn. I’ve addressed this in Freedom to Learn : In order to facilitate these desired elements of learning, I believe it is important to focus on the process of learning rather than the products of learning.

Educators as Purveyors of Hope

User Generated Education

I sought this degree due to my affinity towards at-risk and adjudicated youth. I have since become a teacher educator (with some teaching of elementary gifted students at a few Title 1 schools thrown in). The goal, though, is for you to develop your own sense of hope.”

Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

Teaching quality has been defined as “instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn” ( Darling-Hammond, 2012 ), and it is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement ( Hanushek, 2011 ; Nye, Konstantopoulos, and Hedges, 2004 ; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005 ). Knowing this, what is the best way to foster and provide ongoing support for good teaching practices? 2004; Alliance for Excellent Education, 2011 ).

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Jumpstart Engagement with Interactive Whiteboard Classroom Technology

ViewSonic Education

The interactive whiteboard stands out for its ability to amplify web-based resources and transform the way an entire roomful of students interacts with educational content. The Road to the Interactive Whiteboard. And classroom collaboration was set to skyrocket.

Working in a group might be the best way to help kids meet individual goals, study says

The Hechinger Report

When I first became an education journalist back in 2011, there was a lot of talk about individualized instruction, particularly by using educational software to tailor subjects for each student. More than 890 students, from ninth through 12th grades, responded to survey questions.

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Texas School Adopts Milo and robots4autism Curriculum for Students with Autism


Gooch Elementary School in Dallas, TX, to break down barriers for students with special needs and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). When I first met Milo, RoboKind's humanoid robot, I was blown away by its ability to help kids with autism unpack social and emotional skills.

The Sound of Inclusion: Why Teachers’ Words Matter

Digital Promise

There isn’t just one way to sound like a scientist, or to sound like a scholar. For the past decade, as professors who study the role of language and culture in education, we’ve been working to help educators understand these dynamics across all subject areas. student population continues to rapidly diversify along cultural and linguistic lines , the demographics of the teacher population remain stable at roughly 82 percent white and predominantly female.

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Transform Learning by Creating a Makerspace


Making learning more real for students allows them to learn better in a much more energized school,” said Luhtala. Through a five-year radical book-weeding process from 2011- 2016, the NCHS library had eliminated all of the library’s free-standing bookshelves.

What the Fidget is going on? Tales from a Traveling Substitute Teacher

EdNews Daily

What’s all the hype nowadays in elementary and secondary school classrooms? Action-based learning is a brain-based learning theory, which focuses on the structure and workings of the brain in regards to learning. Why think if you don’t have to? Written by Kim Tinari-Shore, M.Ed.