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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. Hardware and Software vendors are not working together. Apple and Google, are resistant to support of these products.

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Instructional Upgrade

A Principal's Reflections

Students created detailed trip itineraries, after conducting research, and used Google Docs to put together their itineraries. They now can come up to the board and use the compass, ruler, and protractor (all within the SMART notebook software) to construct different Geometric relationships.

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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Taking organizing and planning lessons from Ben Franklin - great tips for educators too

Educational Technology Guy

I was a long time user of Franklin Quest (now Franklin Covey) paper planners and used their planning software and methods on my first PDA and had heard that they had gotten some of their ideas for planning from Ben Franklin, but had never seen Ben’s planner. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

Key Thoughts from 2011 Horizon Report

The 21st Century Principal

To check out an online version of the Horizon Report 2011, see here. According to the 2011 Horizon Report, there are four key drivers to current educational technology practices. We have Skype, Google Docs, and aEdmodo, so the tools are there, we just need to make the connections with the world. Our school system uses Google Apps already. My teaching staff uses Google Docs for all kinds of documents they need to be shared and collaborated upon.

GoogleDocs Presentation: New Look and Features

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Recently Google released a new version of its online presentation software and with it comes some additional features that have been available in traditional presentation software programs like PowerPoint and Keynote.

Moving from Web 2.No to Web 2.Go


I spent the week of February 7-11 attending the 2011 TCEA Convention and Exposition in Austin, Texas. Google Apps for Education is one very logical way to do this. At a time when the budget crisis in Texas is promising severe cutbacks in public education funding, using a suite of free tools such as Google Apps is even more appealing. 21st century learning edtech educational technology K-12 K-12 edtech K-12 education tcea tcea 2011 web 2.0

4 Reasons Google Docs Is a Good Idea for Educators

The 21st Century Principal

In an earlier post , I suggest Google Docs as an alternative to purchasing Microsoft Office as an office suite. Google Docs does provide users many useful features that extend far beyond what can be obtained from a locally installed office suite like Open Office or Microsoft Office.

Week of August 22nd, 2011 - Live and Interactive Webinars in Blackboard Collaborate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Meet the ATLAST Explore participants and start networking using Google+. Session will also include a brief how-to on Google+ and a brainstorming activity of ways to implement Google+ with students. link] THE "MENDELEY": A FREE REFERENCES MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE ( Host Your Own Webinar Series ) Thu 25 Aug 04:30PM New York / Thu 25 Aug 08:30PM GMT / Fri 26 Aug 06:30AM Sydney Hery The. In general, references management software is expensive.

Live Interview Thursday: Panel on Search Literacy with Google's Tasha Bergson-Michelson

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Date : Thursday, December 1st, 2011 Time : 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT ( international times here ) Duration : 1 hour Location : In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Tasha Bergson-Michelson is a Search Education Curriculum Fellow at Google.

Administrators Can Be Paperless Too: 7 Tools to Make It Happen

The 21st Century Principal

Google Docs: Google Docs’ sharing feature makes the act of copying and distributing a document of any kind, whether wordprocessing, spreadsheet, or presentation, just plain sinful. Google Talk functions in the same manner of course, except it messages individuals rather than groups.

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An exciting week in Mac vocabulary


If you use Google Docs, this is a form of cloud computing. Apple is having its annual developers'' conference this week, and this always brings about some exciting announcements.

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Is Apple's iCloud a Google Apps Killer?

The Electric Educator

Browser vs. Desktop Apple continues to develop software that is dependent upon the hardware on which it runs. Google has taken a different approach by placing its focus on the web browser. I don''t believe, however, that this will have a significant impact on Google nor will I be replacing Google Apps with iCloud. You can find me on Twitter (@jrsowash), Google+, Linkedin (jrsowash), and YouTube (jrsowash). Apple Google Apps

3 Problems with Chromebooks

The Electric Educator

Google''s Chromebooks have some great features: Near-instant start-up time. Seamless integration of Google''s web tools. Virtual meeting (webinar) solution Printing Google Chrome does not support device drivers therefore a student will be unable to connect their Chromebook to a printer.

5 Ways School Administrators Can Use Evernote

The 21st Century Principal

My reading includes following a number of blogs, and a daily list of about 200 RSS feeds that I follow through Google Reader. To create an Evernote account and download its desktop software, check here.

21st Principal’s Big List of Must-Have Administrator Tech Knowledge

The 21st Century Principal

link] Google Reader: This is one of the easiest to use RSS feed readers. Google reader allows users to bring what they want to know to their desktop. Google +: Google + is relatively new, online social media environment. Google Apps (Email, Calendar, Google Sites, Google Docs): This collection of apps only get more and more powerful.

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The Mac App Store Opened Thursday.


and then perform a Software Update-click on the Apple in the upper left corner- to access the App Store). First of all, let''s take the Google Chrome web browser''s "Apps" and "App Store" that popped up a few months ago. The Google Reader App brings you- guess where- to Google Reader!

Who Needs a Flashdrive Anymore? Two Technological Solutions to Storage

The 21st Century Principal

Both of these technological solutions help make using a computer easier and make using cloud applications like Google Docs easier. Syndocs is a solution that takes advantage of Google Docs. Backs up your Google Docs files on your desktop.

Migrating to Cloud-Based Online Tool Suites Is a No-Brainer for School Districts

The 21st Century Principal

Here''s three good reasons to move to a cloud-based online tool suite from my perspective since our district moved to Google Apps well-over a year ago. With a service like Google Apps, backup of email is also less problematic, and as applications like Google Docs continue to improve, there may be even less need to pay for software licenses for office suites as well, not to mention no need to worry about updates and troubleshooting for these applications.

Who Needs Microsoft Office Anymore? Another Way to Pare Technology Budgets

The 21st Century Principal

There’s no reason to spend another dime on purchasing licenses and software for Microsoft’s Office Suite of programs. Cloud-Based Replacement for Microsoft Office: Google Apps While some might not have quite bought into the idea of moving to using Google Apps, our system has made the full conversion. We have Gmail for email, along with all the other Google Apps, including Google Docs. Zoho’s productivity applications are as functional as Google Apps.

Cloud Computing Can Transform Your School District

The 21st Century Principal

According to the 2011 K-12 Horizon Report cloud computing and mobiles are on what it calls the “near term horizon” which means these technologies are likely to see mainstream adoption in the next 12 months. Our district has been using Google Apps for almost a year now, and I’m not sure anyone even remembers what life was like “pre-Google Apps.” How has our adoption of Google Apps, a cloud computing solution, transformed our district and my school?

Simple Solution for Backing Up Gmail on Your Hard Drive

The 21st Century Principal

Every once in a while I stumble across one of those software tools, that I just can''t wait to share with others. The software interface itself is simple to use. The software also has a restore option, which I haven''t yet tried.

Reflection: The FedEx Project

The Electric Educator

The first is Google''s 20% time. If you''re not familiar with the idea, Google requires (they don''t suggest or encourage, they require!) A large percentage of Google employees spend their 20% time working on engineering projects that they find interesting or challenging. Since Google only hires employees who love what they do (write great code), that''s what a lot of them do in their spare time as well. I introduced them to Prezi, Google Scholar, and Wikis.

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Cool Websites for Teachers: by Jesse Langley


Time Rime works off of Adobe Flash 8, so you’ll need to have computers with updated software before you attempt to use this on students’ computers. It’s well worth putting on your Google Reader. 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.

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Going viral

Learning with 'e's

Other commentators swear that plug-ins and other software is the secret to viral content. Tracking back through all the blog traffic I receive on the Fire and Brimstone post, I can see that most arrive after searching for 'fire' on Google.

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Ideas for Helping Administrators and All Educators Move to Being Paperless

The 21st Century Principal

Google Docs: There is also rarely a day that goes by that I do not access Google Docs in some manner as well. GoDocs for iPad: I recently purchased an app for the iPad called GoDocs that allows me to access and edit Google Docs files. It is especially easy to use for accessing and reading Google Docs files. So far, it allows me to read any of my Google Docs easily, and I can edit existing Google Docs too.

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10 Tools to Help you Flip Your Classroom

The Electric Educator

Camtasia Studio : The leading screen casting software title on the market. Google Docs : You will be creating lots of presentations and handouts in your flipped classroom. Google Docs lets you do the common word-processing tasks. The benefit of using Google Docs is that your files live in the cloud and are updated in real-time. Here is a sample presentation that I created using Google Docs Presentation.

Agile Development, Meet Online Learning

The Electric Educator

Lately I have been thinking about Agile Software development. In a nutshell, Agile development is a software development philosophy that favors incremental development and response to change over planning, documentation, and final-release software.

Boxlight and Globisens Release New Version of GlobiLab Analytical Software for the Labdisc


– Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL) (“Boxlight”), and K-12 science technology pioneer Globisens have released a new version of the GlobiLab analytical software for the Labdisc portable STEM lab.

Four game changers

Learning with 'e's

It was great to meet and talk with some very creative and inspirational people during my travels in 2011. The Wolfram Alpha answer engine is a distinct departure from search engines such as Google or Bing.

Business games

Learning with 'e's

It is already happening not just in companies such as Google and Facebook, whose business model is to advertise on the back of free products in a pay-per-click strategy. I gave a keynote speech at the Zukunft Personal - a massive HRM Expo and conference - today, in Cologne, Germany.

Global forces

Learning with 'e's

OK, so open source software, rival news channels and other fast food chains are now vying for supremacy and Facebook is mopping up many of the other social networks, but you get the idea.

6 Ways to Stretch Your School or District Technology Budget

The 21st Century Principal

Consider using open source software rather than purchasing more proprietary software. School systems can save a great deal of money by getting rid of the thinking that every time a software comes out with a new version, it needs to be purchased. Also, our system now has access to Google Apps, which reduces the need for many other applications. solution, they are still much cheaper than trying to find software to be installed on your district or school network.

The Kindle Fire - So Close. A Review with Education in Mind

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

I might try to put aside the fact that my own personal work habits are so tied to Google that I won''t actually use the Kindle Fire myself as a primary device (more below), but even then the degree to Fire presents an Apple-like integrated/locked-in experience ultimately leaves me uncomfortable evangelizing it to education right now. My Acer tablet has much of the same integration with Google, but without the lock-in. Right off the bat I miss Google Maps, Google Music, and Skype.