Happy Holidays & a Look Back on the Best of 2012 from @KleinErin at Kleinspiration


Thank you all for helping to make 2012 very merry! A Few Highlights from 2012 Though there were so many terrific items and ideas shared, below are a few of my personal favorites. Students can retell main parts of a book, report on a historical event, or explain steps in a math problem.

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A Multi-Faceted Approach to Engaging Parents

A Principal's Reflections

I do this through a monthly Principal''s Report. Educators must be experts in effective communication techniques, especially when it comes to parents and other key stakeholders.

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Easily Send Behavior/Academic Report Cards to Parents. Weekly. with just One Click!


You can now send reports home every week and save parent email addresses - with just one click! Why would you want to send home ClassDojo behavior reports on a weekly basis? Class Dojo: Award Winning Online Behavior Management - Free! What is Class Dojo?

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Implications of the 2012 NMC Horizon Report for 21st Century School Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

This reminder is the 2012 NMC Horizon Report K-12 Edition ( You can download it here. This report is a snapshot review of trends that have the greatest potential to disrupt and shape education in the next five years. While the report is not meant to be predictive, it does serve as a point of thought and discussion for the 21st century school leader. Here''s what the 2012 NMC Horizon Report outlines as the technologies closest to adoption in our schools.

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


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.

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The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!


Rejecting book reports, comprehension worksheets, and other aspects of conventional instruction, Miller embraces giving students an individual choice in what they read, combined with a program for independent reading. Omg - Really - I have the Best of Friends & Supportive Readers!

My Experience as a Paramedic on 9-11-01

Educational Technology Guy

I received a call from American Medical Response (AMR) which is the ambulance service I worked part time for in Bridgeport, CT to report for duty on 9-12-01 to respond to New York City as mutual aid for our New York division.

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The ASCD 2012 Annual Report

The Web20Classroom

Here in Chicago at the 2013 Annual Conference, ASCD posted their Annual Report for 2012. The online report features association statistics, interviews with ASCD members, product previews, and success stories from across the organization.

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Ten Marks Math: Proven to Work


So TenMarks is free for schools, improves test scores, meets curriculum standards, and easily can create reporting. TenMarks for Schools is a free, web-based math program for students in grades 2-12 to practice and master math concepts.

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

Educational Technology Guy

The teacher can use the Reporting tool to monitor what the students are doing and collect their responses, assess their learning and gather data. NearPod is a free service/app that allows you to create interactive lessons and then share them across iPads in your classroom.

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CommonCore Math App for each grade 1 - 5 via Splash Math


'Splash Math Worksheets series of apps for iPhones/iPods and iPads that cater to Grades 1 to 5 Splash Math apps have been the winner of the Best App Ever Award 2011 in Elementary Student App category; they have been regularly featured by Apple in their hand-picked lists on the iTunes App Store- New and Noteworthy, What''s Hot and Staff Favorites. Over 500,000 users use their apps and around 200 schools use it in their iPhone/iPad programs. Splash Math apps are : • Aligned to Common Core Standards • Adaptive, interactive and fun worksheets with literally infinite math problems • Enable controlling the content that kids can practice • Sends weekly email reports of the child progress, highlighting the strong and weak areas • Points based reward system with an exciting game section to keep the kids hooked. Common Core App common core math app fifth grade math app first grade math app fourth grade math app math app second grade math app splash math third grade math app'

The Real World, Not MTV Style

A Principal's Reflections

Mr. Jaworski offered to assist Dr. Asa-Awuku and Mrs. Bergoffen with developing an activity for “Engineering Week” in February of 2012. To see other guest instructors that have visited NMHS check out the archive of my monthly Principal''s Report.

Mastery Connect: Expanded Features for Free Users


Premium users will continue to enjoy scoring up to 100 questions as well as all the great features of reporting, exporting, sub-standards, and much much more.

EdTechSandyK's Top Five Posts of 2012


White Rocket Burst Used With Permission As the new year begins, I thought it would be interesting to start my 2013 postings by looking back on the five most popular posts on this blog from 2012. And so my Top Five Posts of 2012 list is complete.

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Google Launches YouTube curriculum on Digital Citizenship

Educational Technology Guy

It is for students aged 13-17 and there are 10 lessons about YouTube’s policies, how to report content, how to protect their own privacy, and how to be responsible YouTube community members and digital citizens.

ScanURL - check any web address to make sure it's safe

Educational Technology Guy

ScanURL is a site that will check a URL (web address or domain) and see if it has been reported for phishing, malware, viruses or a poor reputation. It uses multiple 3rd party services, including Google Safe Browsing Diagnostic to scan the websites and report back to you.

Using Innovation to Combat Texting While Driving

A Principal's Reflections

Twenty percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashes, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes)” -NHTSA.

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Exchange Ideas With a Growing Community

A Principal's Reflections

Fantasy Newscast gets students to create their own audio newscast to learn about live reporting, editing, and adding sound effects to bring their newscasts to life while learning creative writing, recording and producing skills.

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Evernote Skitch as a Teaching Tool

Educational Technology Guy

They can take pictures of their project or lab setup and easily annotate it to use in the report. Skitch is Evernote''s sketching app. It is a great app that allows you to create sketches and annotate, edit and save photos and sketches. It is very useful for taking notes that can''t be typed, annotating photos, and making sketches. It is available for desktop, iOS and Android.

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Rockets Project a Success! Fun day launching today

Educational Technology Guy

They then have to complete a project report with all of their design information, calculations, analysis, and why their predicted and actual altitudes were different (usually are) along with any issues they had. I love rockets.

ClassDojo - free classroom behavior system - announces iOS apps.

Educational Technology Guy

ClassDojo automatically compiles all the data collected from each class into analytics reports, allowing teachers to monitor progress, track trends and share information with parents. Co-founders Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, seed-funded by the education technology incubator ImagineK12, created the service after interviewing hundreds of teachers who reported behavior as their biggest problem in the classroom; forty percent of U.S.

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uKnow.com: Keep your Kids Safe Online


Smart Tools. Safer Kids. Parenting is Getting Tough Chances are your kids are connected in one way or another to Facebook, or another social networking site. They can use just about anything to access their profiles and friends but so can others.

Put Your Year End Funds to Work with TenMarks


Reducing Test Anxiety - Build confidence by encouraging practice in a positive and engaging learning environment Monitor Student Progress - Detailed, insightful reports let you know when to intervene; assign enrichment as needed to students.

Great New Features from Mastery Connect


For school and district administrators – the new Administrator tab lets you both view reports and manage the accounts of teachers at your school. One of our favorite companies to work with at Kleinspiration has been Mastery Connect.

Back to School With Google Docs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Here are some ready to use templates available for teachers and students: Student Report Historical Facebook Newsletter Grade Report Syllabus Charts in Spreadsheets Lesson Plan Project Tracker Class Notes Essay Grading Rubric Looking for more ideas?

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Engage With Your Learning Community: MasteryConnect (a CommonCore Resource)


Through MasteryConnect’s MasteryTracker, teachers can effectively assess core standards, monitor student performance, and report student mastery to parents and administrators.

Report: Declining Community College Enrollment Worries Workforce Experts


Community college enrollment declined 11 percent nationwide between 2012 and 2017, according to new research from the Southern Regional Education Board, a drop that may signal workforce trouble ahead as more jobs require advanced skills and credentials.

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Digital Higher Ed Content & The Long Tail (2012)


In 2012 it appears that digital education content is finally getting some attention. 2012 is offering us OER (as well as OER with credentials), new authoring platforms, content-friendly devices (e.g. In 2012 it appears that digital education content is finally getting some attention.

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Avatar Adventures: An Interactive Learning Opportunity

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Report Issues. I created an interactive learning experience designed to provide students and teachers with opportunities to focus on digital citizenship while engaging in constructive play. I hope many will enjoy using it, contributing to it and interacting with it.

Classroom Freebie Weekly Favorites


Five Looks on a Book: Here''s a fun little activity and a nice alternative to the traditional book report. Free Yesterday. Free Today.

My Favorite and Most Used Tech, Apps and Extensions

Educational Technology Guy

It is accessable from any web enabled computer and you can generate multiple reports and export the data if needed. Every year people ask me what my favorite tech tools, apps, and other resources are and what I use on a daily basis. Every year, this changes a little bit. I just had someone ask me for a list of what I use the most and what my favorite Ed Tech resources are, so here you go. There are also some other great resources in the "Related" links at the end of the article.

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Guest Post: MJ Fletcher-- Opening the Door to Writing

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

At school when we would have book reports, most of my class would allow the librarian or teacher to "suggest" a book for them. GUEST POST: Continuing the conversation on writing, author MJ Fletcher explains how he first began his adventures with the written word. What''s that?"

Plag Tracker Plagiarism Checker - free and accurate

Educational Technology Guy

You simply upload the document, it scans it and checks the database and then provides a report. Plag Tracker is a free plagiarism checker. It is online, so there is no download required. It''s great for teachers checking to make sure students aren''t cheating, for writers looking to see if anyone has copied their material, and for students making sure that they aren''t plagiarizing. It''s free and easy to use. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

Google Docs: New Fonts & Templates

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Here are some of the new templates created by Google of particular interest to educators: Student Report Newsletter Grade Report Syllabus Lesson Plan Project Tracker Class Notes Essay Grading Rubric Note : You must be signed in to your Gmail account to preview and access the templates.

LBI & Hurricane Sandy- Links & Resources

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Also there are videos of reports given from the affected areas. CBS Philly also has video of reports from the area. No words can convey the sense of loss and devastation. This is the irony of being an English teacher: I cannot articulate my feelings over this disaster.