Safer Internet Day 2012

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Tomorrow is Safer Internet Day 2012. You can visit the Safer Internet Day 2012 site for lots of lessons, talking points and resources not for just staying safe online but for using the Internet more effectively.

2012 Edublog Award Nominations

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For 2012 I wanted to nominate those that I have seen making change either through their blogs or conversations and who are really making a difference in the Edu Space. It''s that time of year again when the Edublog Awards aim to recognize the best Bloggers, Tweeters and Products. The process to nominate is simple and you can read about it here. I hope you will check out all those that I have nominated and all those nominated by others.

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2012 Presidential Election Knowledge Cards: Complete Student Candidate Guide via @Citelighter

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2012 Presidential Election Knowledge Cards by Citelighter I wanted to share with you a Presidential Debate Ontology that about a dozen Knowledge Experts (college students from top 25 universities, and top 5% of their class) created.

EdmodoCon 2012 - free online educational conference Aug 8th

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EdumodoCon is a free, online professional development conference being held on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012. Throughout the day, teachers will share ways they are using Edmodo and other digital tools in the classroom. It is scheduled for 10:00am - 9:00pm ET (GMT -5). If you are interested in presenting, go to the Call for Presenters site. You can register for the conference, for free, here.

2012 Top @Livebinders Voting Open

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Nominations just closed for 2012 and my Twitter Guide for Edu binder was again nominated. Y''all know how much I love Livebinders. Around our office we use them all the time to organize resources and share the good stuff with our teachers. Tina and Barbara (the Founders) have created a great product that really meets a lot of needs for teachers and are always willing to listen and seek out advice for changes they want to make.

Which Presidential Candidate do you side with in this election? Take this quiz to find out.

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2012 Presidential Debate 2012 Presidential Election classroom elections election and classroom FreeTech4Teachers I Side With Presidential Elections for Kids Richard Byrne Voting voting for kids Take a quick survey to see who you side with on important issues I recently found about about this survey tool from one of my favorite blogs, FreeTech4Teachers , by Richard Byrne. You can click here to see his full post.

The Power Of The Lurker

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Any one who knows me or reads my blog and Tweets knows I am a big advocate of social learning. The idea that we don''t have to be the smartest or be an expert in everything should be a big relief in the classroom.

So.You Wanna Start Texting

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More and more students have access to mobile devices. In the last Pew Internet study , 77% of all teens have a cellphone. I wasn''t able to find research on pre-teens but from the work I have done in my own district I would say almost 50% of them have cellphones as well.

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Tools And Resources For Creating Infographics

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Infographics. You have probably seen them before. There are so many out there on a wide variety of topics. Here are just a few. Click the images to see more): The Computer Can Be A Dirty Place Visualizing Wikipedia Even Batman has an infographic These really are a great way to visualize data.

NearPod - create and share lessons on iPads in classroom - free

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NearPod is a free service/app that allows you to create interactive lessons and then share them across iPads in your classroom. Teachers create interactive presentations and then share them with the class. Here''s how it works.

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My 2012 Edublog Nominations #eddies12

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2012 Edublog Award Nominations The following are my nominations for the 2012 Edublog Awards. eddies12 blog awards eddies eddies12 edublog edublog 2012 edublog awards edublog nominations My goal with this year''s nominations was to nominate people who I did not nominate last year or to highlight a new site. I wish we could nominate three for each category. There simply are too many great and deserving sites and people to celebrate.

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Flipping For Your Faculty.It's Easier Than Videos

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Lots has been made about flipping over the past year or so. Unfamiliar with the term? No problem. Here is an explanation.

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What Do You Mean Evernote Could Get Better?

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Last time I wrote about the way I organize myself completely changed for the better with Evernote. Really, I can''t talk enough about this program and the endless possibilities there are for it. Just look at the comments from that post.)

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DENny Award Winners 2012 - Discovery Educator Network Awards

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Last night was the DENny Awards 2012, the annual awards where the Discovery Educator Network and Discovery Education honor DEN members for their efforts throughout the years.

How Things Changed With @Evernote

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I''ll admit it. I have to be one of the most unorganized people on the planet. I have notebooks in just about every bag I carry. Multiple calendars and I still miss appointments.

So.You Wanna Design Your Own Apps

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I have published lots of posts on my favorite iPad resources , my favorite apps for administrators , and posted countless Tweets and had a number of conversations about apps for learning, producing and consuming. But what about if you want to take the next step?

So.You Wanna Be A Blogger

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So this is a blog. It really is, or at least I want it to be. This is a space for me to reflect, share, learn and grow with anyone who stops by. It has been a wonderful experience for me and I really do enjoy working on this.

So.You Wanna Make Your Own Books and Texbooks

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For many teachers the traditional textbook just doesn''t cut it any more. Between the rapid pace at which information changes and rising cost, many are looking for alternatives.

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Twitter For Little Folks

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Yep, another Twitter post. This time, I want to focus on another popular question I get. "If If Twitter says you have to be 13 to use Twitter, how do I use it in my elementary classroom?" (See See the Update below.) Great question!

My Interview with John Seely Brown at 2012 Maker Faire

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Below is my live-audience interview with John Seely Brown at the 2012 Maker Faire in San Mateo, California, as part of the terrific EdSurge DIY Learning Pavilion.

So.You Wanna Use Voicethread

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I think collaboration and reflection are 2 of the biggest skills that kids need but aren''t really getting enough of. Having the opportunity to work together in meaningful ways and to reflect on their work and the work of their peers is key to being a learner.

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Your All Access Pass to the Bammy Awards!

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2012 I recently had the pleasure of attending the first ever Bammy Awards in Washington D.C. For the June 11, 2012 press release, click here. 2012 Bammy Awards awards for education Bammy Awards education awards teacher award teacher awards Twitterati

Some Handy Tools For YouTube

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Today (April 23, 2012) is the 7th Anniversary of the first video ever being uploaded to YouTube. You can still see that first video here. Many districts are realizing the potential that YouTube learning can have in the classroom. There are lots of great videos and channels out there on 1000''s of topics. I have put together a list of some of my favorite tools to use with YouTube. Some are for the creation end, while some are for the consumption end.

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Edublog Awards 2012 - I was nominated for Best EdTech Blog

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I just found out that I was nominated for, and am a finalist for, the Edublog Awards 2012, Best EdTech Blog. I started writing this blog as a way to organize and share edtech resources I found and it''s grown into much more than that. Thanks!! You can read more about the Edublog Awards here and vote for Educational Technology Guy here (under EdTech Blog). This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

Dropbox + Pinterest + SMART Exchange for Teachers + Common Core = ClassConnect

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Flip your Classroom, Just Store your Favorites , Find Common Core Content, and Share your Lessons “ ClassConnect saves me time building lessons so I can focus on engaging & inspiring my students.

Taking A Step Back And Thinking Critically About Technology

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I am probably going to take a lot of heat for this post. But maybe that''s a good thing. Perhaps more conversation is needed. I remember where I was when I heard the iPad announced. I was sitting in my office when I was still working at a school.

10 Apps & Sites for Digital Storytelling & more!

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Have your Students Tell their Stories Digitally! What is digital storytelling ? Students can tell their story in a digital manner the same as they would orally or on paper.

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#ASCD12-A Presentation On Creating Social Media Policies For Schools And Districts

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Earlier today I had the honor and pleasure of presenting at the Annual Conference for ASCD. It felt like more of a homecoming as the conference this year was in Philadelphia, a city I have been to several times over the past 2 years for conferences and meetings.

Happy Holidays - Most Read Posts of 2012

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I''m finishing up my day at work today with a quick post of the Most Read Posts of 2012. Most Read Posts of 2012: 1. image from Google.com homepage Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from Connecticut. It''s been an interesting year for me, as I started a new job as the Chief Information Officer for our district. It''s a rewarding and challenging job that I love. Tonight we head to friends'' for Christmas Eve and then off to my cousins'' tomorrow with the whole family.

From Evernote to Dropbox - see how to use these resources and more as powerful research tools!

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Web 2.0 Tools in Education Series Research Tools: A Quick Guide Wouldn''t it be nice if there was a resource that explained, in detail, everything you needed to know about research tools for education: what tools were available, how to sign up, getting started, etc.?

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Creating Social Media Guidelines.The Handout

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Over the past few weeks I have been working on a project for Edutopia and Facebook Education to develop a set of steps to follow when developing social media guidelines in your school or district. This all came about from my presentation at ASCD this year where I outlined how we created a document that promoted the use of social media by our teachers and our students but also gave tips on responsible use. You can read what we created here.)

Apps That Teach! (And Might Be Fun Too.)

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I get asked a lot what are my favorite apps. And I usually can rattle off a few. Evernote, Twitter, Wunderlist to name a few. But what about apps that actually teach? What about apps that kids (or you) can use to learn?

Google Announces 90 regional finalists of Google Science Fair 2012

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Today Google has announced the 90 regional finalists of the Google Science Fair 2012. You can view the finalists and their projects here: [link] From the Google Official Blog: Congratulations to the regional finalists of the second Google Science Fair !

Google Docs and Evernote - when and why I use each one

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This past Friday I attended EdcampCT and had a great time learning, sharing, and meeting new people. I facilitated a discussion about Evernote and one of the questions I got was "why not just use Google Docs for notetaking?"

Flipping.It's Not Just For The Classroom

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I''ve recently returned from a trip out to San Diego for #ISTE12. While there you could definitely sense several themes with the participants, sessions, and vendors. STEM was one. iPad and other Tablet cases, charging stations and protection plans was another.

Why You Should Give Edmodo A Try

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Recently I attended the North Carolina Technology In Education Society''s (NCTIES) Annual Conference. Each year it gets bigger and bigger and we try to find more and more ways to engage with the attendees to make the conference more meaningful and to carry on conversations beyond just the sessions. So this year we did something new. We partnered with Edmodo to create the NCTIES community.

How I use the new @ClassDojo App as a class job

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Letting Children Monitor Their Own Behavior I have written about Class Dojo on several occasions: Your Simple Classroom Solution for Active Engagement , Class Dojo wins at NBC''s Education Nation , and Easily Send Behavior/Academic Report Cards to Parents - Weekly - with Just One Click.

Everyone Needs A Classroom Champion

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Recently I became part of one of the most awesome projects anywhere around. Imagine you are 9 years old.

Checking Out Class Connect

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I am always interested in easy ways to share content and collaborate on projects with others in quick and easy ways. So when I heard about Class Connect and it''s ability to do just that, my interest was piqued. First some back ground.

More Fun And Resources With QR Codes

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(So this is post #500. Thats pretty cool. Thanks for reading!) It''s been a while since I last wrote about QR Codes. Last year (and somewhat this year) QR Codes were a hot topic in the classroom. At many of the conferences I went to there were sessions dedicated to the use of QR and how kids from Kindergarten to college were using them. While the conversations are not as loud, I do believe that QR can be an easy way to access information. And really the QR codes themselves are not revolutionary.