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.

Reader's Workshop for K-2


Websites to Wow your Workshop I''m out of the classroom today at a conference for reader''s workshop, and it''s simply amazing! I''ve had many opportunities for professional development in the area for reader''s workshop; however, I truly find the benefit of conferences that aren''t a ''one stop shop.'' I am growing from this one because we meet monthly to learn and collaborate with a great group of professionals within our district.

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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. 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.

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Twitter Series-A New Kind Of Twitter PD

The Web20Classroom

As many times as I have talked to folks, done workshops for and even preached about Twitter, there are some that just won''t (for whatever reason) jump in. They have it because they might decide to go ahead and sign up before the next time we meet. The next time we meet we will go over all those basics about signing up, tweeting, etc. This week I am going to do a series of posts on Twitter.

Student Voice Matters

A Principal's Reflections

At the conclusion of the workshop, I immediately began to think about the potential of this computing device in my school. Image credit: [link] On Monday November 14, 2011, I took ten students from our STEM Academy on an amazing adventure to the Google offices in New York City. Special meeting with “Googlers” to learn about what it is like to work there, the application process, and the diversity of programs that they work on.


A Principal's Reflections

ELL teacher provided a workshop on meeting the needs of ELL learners to our Tomorrow’s Teachers class. The past two weeks at NMHS have been extremely exciting. Students and staff have engaged in many innovative activities that have showcased what the school has to offer, illustrated the potential of our learners, and made it clear that all voices matter in order to change the educational culture.

Leadership Stared Me In The Face Today.And I Liked What I Saw

The Web20Classroom

A colleague and I were doing a workshop at a school today. The workshop was just like any other. Why are we doing this workshop?" She wanted to know why this particular workshop on this particular day. You (mean me and my colleague) come in during our PLC meetings after we have the basics and talk to us more about how it applies to my content area. I constantly look at my evaluations for workshops that I have done to see where I can improve.

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. While others might be ready to run with this opportunity, they, too, will need workshops in safe practices and quality integration strategies. If the purpose of public education is to prepare students to be productive members of society, we can no longer claim to be meeting our purpose if we are locking the most modern of society''s tools outside of the schoolhouse door.

Technology Training.In Pictures

The Web20Classroom

I love my job, but sometimes it can be frustrating trying to meet the needs of all the teachers and staff members in my district. I have already had several of my teachers tell me that they learned more going through the tutorials on this site then in any previous workshops they had. I constantly look for ways to give teachers instruction that they can do on their own or in groups, together.

Reflections On #ISTE11

The Web20Classroom

I didn''t see a keynote, spotlight session, model lesson, workshop, BYOL, anything. I really enjoy meeting people and sitting and talking and learning, debating and sharing. Another ISTE annual conference has come and gone. How many days until the next one? Something like 360.) I was talking to some folks who are in Edtech but don''t go to the conference. They were asking me about the sessions and all the great, new things I learned and saw.

Week of February 7th, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Come along and join in our first Tech Talk Tuesday in 2011. This will be a general sharing of conversations and discussions amongst participants about: Goals for 2011: What is a digital classroom? You will learn that grace is God''s love in action and it is "the face that love wears when it meets imperfection, weakness, failure, sin. Grace is what love does and is when it meets the sinful and undeserving."

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The New Teacher 2.0 Network, a Sweet Contest, and a Free Workshop

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

How do you build--and start sharing--your professional talents in webinars, at workshops, or at conferences? As I''ve given workshops on "Teacher 2.0" workshop. We''ll meet from 9am - 3pm, and details (limited at this point!) This will be fun but is definitely experimental and I''ll be looking for lots of feedback on what you will want in this kind of a workshop. Today I''m making the official announcement of the Teacher 2.0 community ( [link] ).

Week of January 24, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

More than half of all faculty at the University of Findlay utilize Blackboard Collaborate for everything from live online classes and office hours, to meetings and virtual conferences. The workshop will conclude with tips and tricks for using Digital Storytelling in more demanding classrooms such as those with only 1 computer, limited technology, large class sizes, etc. In this workshop we will examine web 2.0

Unlimited Staff Development With Limited Staff


Notes from a TCEA 2011 Concurrent Session Jana Wenzel, Instructional Technology Specialist, jwenzel@bryanisd.org Sharon Ogden, District Technology Training Coordinator, sharono@bryanisd.org Troy Kuhn, Instructional Technology Specialist, tkuhn@bryanisd.org Bryan ISD Online Questions: [link] Presentation Website: https://sites.google.com/a/bryanisd.org/digital-learning/staff-development Our staff development plan is not online but you can request it via email to sharono@bryanisd.org.

Are Technology Trainers No Longer a Need in Education?


Please note that in this post I am referencing "second-hand" information from a meeting/workshop I did not attend. Source: [link] NOTE: Please continue learning from the comments below, and also my follow-up blog post of July 26, 2011. I have to start this post with a disclaimer. I was conversing with a colleague today and he shared that at a recent gathering of K-12 Chief Technology Officers, the topic of training educators on new technology came up.

10 Ways to Re-Imagine the Classroom: 8. Educational Resources

The Playground Advocate

This list of ten comes from a workshop I help facilitate on Transformational Teaching. #8- This post is part eight in a series in which I offer some ways that we can work together to re-imagine our classrooms so that students are more engaged, our work is more relevant, and student learning is more enriching. 8- We Can Transform educational resources from limited, standardized, and driving the curriculum to limitless, individualized and supporting the process of learning.

10 Ways to Re-Imagine the Classroom: 7. The Nature of Classroom Content

The Playground Advocate

This list of ten comes from a workshop I help facilitate on Transformational Teaching. #7- I wonder how many learning experiences that I have designed for students meet those criteria? Image: Master isolated images / FreeDigitalPhotos.net This post is part seven in a series in which I offer some ways that we can work together to re-imagine our classrooms so that students are more engaged, our work is more relevant, and student learning is more enriching.

Barefoot keynote

Learning with 'e's

My opening keynote at the conference was preceded by a Maori Powhiri (welcoming ceremony) in the Marae (Maori sacred meeting house) followed by the ceremonial welcome which included the pressing of noses and foreheads ( Hongi ) with several of the university staff and dignitaries. Later I had the pleasure to meet the designer and creator of the entire structure and discuss with him some of his wonderful creations.

More great places, awesome people

Learning with 'e's

Continuing my review of the year, here are my top five places for 2011. I had the privilege of visiting the fair city of Dublin twice in 2011, the first time to keynote the 14th Irish National IT Training Conference in April, and the second time in June to speak at the Annual EDEN Conference. I was also delighted to meet Dermot Donnelly on the tour, and I hope to keep in touch with him, given that we are both deeply involved in research into social media in teacher education.

"Collaborate for Good" Contest - Final Week for Proposals!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

applications Networking 15 not-for-profit Neighborhood Houses in Australia Hosting a webinar series on to share best practices using technology in education Sharing lessons and promoting cross-grade planning for teachers in a technology roll-out Building a scholastic K-12 network Hosting weekly online meetings to help elected and employed local government officials share their knowledge with each other Does this give you any ideas?

Day 1 of #AASL11: Making Connections (And Enjoying the City)

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

I signed up for the all-day pre-conference workshop "Books, E-ink, and Databases, Oh My! Deb and I finally got to meet library leader Buffy Hamilton face-to-face. Today was my first full day of the AASL (American Association of School Librarians) Conference in Minneapolis. It was a FUN day, full of connections! Collection Development in the 21st Century". This might sound a little ( okay, maybe a lot ) geeky to non-librarians.

Where Diversity, Inclusion and Education Meet: A Conversation With Black Girls Code Founder, Kimberly Bryant


One such effort is Black Girls Code , started in 2011 by Kimberly Bryant, an electrical engineer by training who has worked in biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Students may come to a Black Girls Code workshop and become inspired and enthusiastic about the new skills they’ve learned. We put the whole framework in place, and then volunteers come and run workshops. Many professions that were once the exclusive domain of men are no longer so.

This Week's Live and Interactive Webinars in Blackboard Collaborate (Formerly Elluminate)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

O-MUN LOBBYING & DIRECTORS MEETING ( Host Your Own Webinar Series ) Sun 5 Jun 08:30AM New York / Sun 5 Jun 12:30PM GMT / Sun 5 Jun 10:30PM Sydney Jingshen Zhao. The student Model United Nations delegates will be lobbying a resolution on food security, while the adult advisors and student facilitators will have a planning meeting. Learn about our initiative at [link] and join the community at [link] before attending our meeting.

This Week's Live and Interactive Webinars in Blackboard Collaborate (Formerly Elluminate)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The e-Gems session will workshop the newly developed Key considerations for implementing an e-portfolio system(outlined in an E-portfolios blog post)based on the findings from the 2009 and 2010 E-portfolios implementation trials. Hear how Spokane is maximizing their effect of Peer Coaching and collecting artifacts through the use of Excel to create a unique collaboration log that provides coaches with a structure for planning meetings and the collection of reflections.

This Week: Kindle Fire Education Review, GlobalEdCon Recordings, Community News, and the Hack Education Roundup and Podcast!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

ANNOUNCEMENTS + EVENTS The 5-day, 300+ session 2011 Global Education Conference wrapped up on Friday, and the recordings are available now here in both HTML and spreadsheet form! I''m giving the keynote address next week at the DET/CHE 2011 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, an event for leaders in educational technology in California higher education. Also on early radar-- Lucy Gray and I are talking about a Global Education Summit physical meeting, also to precede ISTE.

Week of April 4, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We will cover the basics of participatory action research (PAR) and will discuss an open and ongoing (DELT) workshop where educators can share ideas and experiences. link] JENNY ASHBY-MOBILE LEARNING CONFERENCE 2011 BONUS SESSION ( Host Your Own Webinar Series ) Wed 6 Apr 04:45PM New York / Wed 6 Apr 08:45PM GMT / Thu 7 Apr 08:45AM Sydney Peggy George.

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017


However, it was the Chromebook (2011) that truly revolutionized 1:1. Many schools employ the use of a web filter to meet these requirements; however, administrators required new solutions that extended protection to school-owned devices at home. ” In 2011, the FCC updated CIPA compliance requirements. Now, many schools now provide digital training professional workshops to help teachers integrate online safety best practices in their everyday classrooms.

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10 ways to use technology to promote reading

eSchool News

I am updating my workshop on how technology can be used to promote reading—the only foolproof means of both improving reading proficiency and developing a lifelong love of reading in every student. This list started with “ The last of the book-only librarians ” column from back in 2011. Making reading a social activity no longer means just having a weekly book club meeting.

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

In rural Alabama, Piedmont City School District helped provide students with internet access by installing a town wireless network in 2011 using a federal E-rate grant. Teachers have access to workshops, in-class coaching, and building-based tech facilitators during the school year. When used effectively, technology can greatly contribute to creating equity in schools.

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 ). 2004; Alliance for Excellent Education, 2011 ). 2011). 2011). 2011). 2011). 2011). 2011).

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Personalizing the Journey for Our Students

The Principal of Change

I guarantee I have done things like this before, which is why I focus on turning my workshops into conversations more than a traditional “stand and deliver” session. The learning experience is not personalized and thus will not meet the needs of all students.

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The Trust Default

The Principal of Change

In a recent workshop, I was asked: “Do you think that kids should just be able to bring phones to the classroom whenever they want?” Telling learners (I include adults as well) they can’t have access to devices before I even meet them displays my assumption that they will do something wrong.

Does every teacher need a coach?

The Hechinger Report

They were perplexed by the results of a study they were working on in New Orleans, where teaching improved during the first year of coaching in 2011 but not so much in the second and third years. These small gains are better than what researchers have seen after teachers attend training seminars or summer workshops — which cost school systems millions of dollars every year. Summer workshops with follow-up coaching appears to be “particularly potent,” said Kraft.

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Carnegie Learning Bets Big on Coding With Acquisition of Globaloria


In 2011, private equity firm Apollo Group purchased Carnegie Learning for $75 million, before selling it to back to private investors in 2015. Barry Malkin , a former Apollo executive who made the call to buy the company in 2011, took over as Carnegie’s CEO after its 2015 sale. Globaloria had been incubated at the World Wide Workshop , a nonprofit incubator she founded, since 2006, and supported by roughly $8 million from grants, she shares.

Dealing with digital distraction

The Hechinger Report

Between 2011 and 2017, the percentage of American adults who own a smartphone more than doubled, to 77 percent , according to the Pew Research Center. During a recent meeting of Gonsalvez’s marketing class, the visible smartphones were dutifully dark and quietly charging from floor outlets. The advent of social media supercharged FOMO, and the term was popularized by MIT psychologist and sociologist Sherry Turkle in her 2011 book, “Alone Together.”.