Fabulous Blogs to Follow From 2013!

Kleinspiration

Honored To Be a Finalist for 4 EduBlog Award Categories - You can vote directly from this post. simply scroll down! Before I started blogging, I always looked forward to the Edublog Awards. It was like getting new blogging presents. new great suggestions to follow.

The 2013 Highlights from Kleinspiration!

Kleinspiration

Happy New Year ~ from Kleinspiration This year was filled with many joyous moments. I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family and caring friends. I''m lucky to have a job that I adore and hobbies that support what I enjoy doing. Thank you all for being so supportive over the year.

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Podstock 2013: Game Changing Apps & Recap

Two Guys and Some iPads

Brad and I had a wonderful time at Podstock 2013 and cannot wait to get back for the Super Hero themed Podstock 2014! Brad and I have been waiting months for day 2 of Podstock to arrive! We were very excited to present and share the few apps that have changed the game for us as educators.

Voting for 2013 EduBlog Awards is Now Open

Two Guys and Some iPads

NOW OPEN The 2013 EduBlog Awards voting is now open and we are speechless to learn we have been selected as Shortlist Finalist in 5 different categories!!

Podstock 2013: Un-Conference Recap

Two Guys and Some iPads

The Un-Conference The wait is finally over and Podstock 2013 is FINALLY HERE! We rolled into town yesterday around 4:15 and quickly checked into the Hotel at Waterwalk. We quickly dropped our things and headed over for the Podstock Un-Conference.

Announcing the 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference & Call for Proposals

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We are pleased to announce the Global 2013 STEMx Education Conference , the world’s first massively open online conference for educators which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and more. The Call for Proposals for the conference opens May 30th, 2013.

Augmented Reality to Inspire Creative Writing

Two Guys and Some iPads

Using ColAR Mix and augmented reality to bring learning to life! During this first week of school, I wanted to inspire my students to be creative and have fun with their learning. In years past I have always struggled to make my writing lessons fun and engaging, yet productive.

Tons of Classroom Examples Using Augmented Reality with @Aurasma - A Complete How-To Guide!

Kleinspiration

How to Use Augmented Reality in Your Classroom this post is read best via a desktop due to the embedded video content Augmented reality allows someone to add another layer to an existing image.

ISTE 2013 "Unplugged" + Hack Education 2013

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Saturday, June 22rd - HACK EDUCATION 2013 : Audrey Watters of Hack Education co-chairs our all-day flagship event this year, as we yet again rebrand our "unconference" on teaching and learning (originally EduBloggerCon and called SocialEdCon last year).

My #ISTE13 Reflections from San Antonio!

Kleinspiration

ISTE 2013 - Sunday Dinner at Mi Tierra (San Antonio) However, after dinner, we sat down with a few of our friends and began discussing what makes our schools so special. My 2013 ISTE Highlights. ISTE 2013 Scroll Through and Enjoy!

5 Questions For Every Leader-#LeadershipDay13

The Web20Classroom

This post is part of Scott McLeod''s Leadership Day 2013 , were bloggers write about leadership in education. Watch this video. Did you really watch the video or are you just keeping reading? Come on, watch it. I promise you will like it. This is my favorite You Tube video by the way.)

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TONS of Classroom Design Ideas for Setting Up Your Cozy Learning Space!

Kleinspiration

Thinking About ReDesigning Your Space This Summer? - 3 rich resources for all of your design needs - The layout and design of any space can impact the mood and productivity for the individuals intended to use the area.

Utilizing Twitter Chats for Professional Development

Tom Murray

Each week, educators from around the world take part in various conversations on Twitter known as “chats.” These conversations have become an excellent way for educators to connect on relevant topics, share resources and best practices, all while challenging each other’s thinking.

Professional Learning Networks (PLN)

Tom Murray

Recently, I had the opportunity to record a Google Hangout with four connected educators on “Growing Your PLN.”

Summer Learning Series-Doing More And Learning More With Diigo

The Web20Classroom

This is the sixth post in my Summer Learning Series. These are short posts with tools, tips and resources for you to try something new this summer or something you can take to the classroom in the Fall. First was Collaborative Learning With Edmodo and then we followed up with Learning With Hashtags.

Going Global-Tips And Resources For Global Collaborations

The Web20Classroom

I had a wonderful conversation this morning on Twitter with a teacher from New Zealand that commented on a tweet about using Skype Classroom to go global. She mentioned how her students were going to Skype and talk to kids in Iowa. How awesome is that!

5 FREE Tech Tools For This School Year

Two Guys and Some iPads

Our philosophy is to talk about apps and tools that change the game for us as educators, and our students. We do not agree with the "100 great apps" approach because you will never make it to #17 let alone #100.

50+ Free Interactive Games for Elementary

Kleinspiration

ABCya: The Leader in Education Computer Games for Kids! over 50 games for EACH grade level ~ ABCya.com is My FAVORITE website for elementary learning! There is not a day that goes by in our classroom where we don''t pop on the site for at least five minutes. The children enjoy the games so much.

So.You Wanna Use Blogs In The Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Blogging is an important part of who I am as a professional. I can use this space to share resources with you, reflect on my own practice and try to figure out how to be a better educator. It is my public reflection on technology, leadership and learning. Think about when you were in school.

Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think!

The Web20Classroom

When I was teaching science one of the best lessons I learned was about formative assessment. In my first year of teaching I taught the way I was told to teach. Deliver content to my students, assess at the end, remediate if necessary.

5 Leadership Questions To Finish (And Start) The School Year With

The Web20Classroom

In many places, the end of the school year is upon us. Students are eagerly waiting for that final bell to ring, and teachers are busy making those final preparations to finish things out.

TONS of (free) 1-3 minute Engaging Math & Science Videos for Kids via @avheuv!

Kleinspiration

STEMbite: My favorite YouTube Channel for Learning! click here to subscribe - STEMbite is a YouTube Channel developed by Andrew Vanden Heuvel , one of the original Google Glass Explorers.

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Summer Learning Series-Starting A Classroom or School Twitter Account

The Web20Classroom

This is the seventh post in my Summer Learning Series. These are short posts with tools, tips and resources for you to try something new this summer or something you can take to the classroom in the Fall.

My Workflow as CIO - includes heavy use of Evernote

Educational Technology Guy

I am the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for an urban public school district. We have over 21,000 students, 3500 faculty and staff, 40 buildings, 15,000 devices, a full data center and fiber network, and an IT department staff of 15.

GlobalEdCon 2013 - Day Three Schedule

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Today is day three of the 2013 Global Education Conference. A summary of today''s sessions is shown below in US-Eastern Standard Time (GMT/UTC-5). To see the schedule in your own time zone, with the full session descriptions and a link to enter each session, go to [link]. To receive the daily conference schedule, be sure to join the Global Education Conference network. Recordings of all sessions are available here.

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Professional Development On Your Time, Your Way

The Web20Classroom

As someone who helps develop and deliver professional development to teachers, I''ve heard lots of reasons why some of the PD schools offer to teachers might not be a good fit. It''s not relevant to me. It''s a waste of time. Boring.

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An App to Assess Reading Fluency: @FluencyFinder!

Kleinspiration

FluencyFinder V. FluencyFinder the popular educational iOS app for determining Reading Fluency has just recently released their long awaited update. What is FluencyFinder?

Turn your iPad into a Clicker for Students!

Kleinspiration

The Answer Pad. turning your iPad into a Clicker System A friend of mine, David ( @ dkapuler ), just sent me an email about a great new app that can offer teachers immediate feedback so that they can adjust their instruction in real time.

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8 Tech Tools We're Thankful For!

Two Guys and Some iPads

In the spirit of Thanksgiving we decided we would share a short list of tech tools we are thankful for. Most who have met us know we like to discuss only a few apps or tools that we know make a difference.

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Interactive Math Practice with @IXLLearning that is Common Core Aligned!

Kleinspiration

Online Support for Pre-K - 8th Plus Algebra & Geometry - click here to try IXL - I''ve been using IXL for the past several months with my own two children, Jacob (4) and Riley (8). As a parent, I love how organized the site is to use.

5 Creative Apps to Connect with Parents from your Classroom!

Kleinspiration

My 2nd Scholastic Post Having a positive relationship with the parents of your students can help your year get off to a great start. I''ve found that parents often just want to feel connected and involved.

My First Post as a @Scholastic Top Teacher is Live ~ Check it Out (so Excited)! #ClassDesign

Kleinspiration

Joining the Scholastic Top Teaching Team! click here to see the post - Before this summer, I had never been to New York.

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LiveMinutes - Edit your Evernote notes in real-time with others!

Educational Technology Guy

LiveMinutes is a very cool app that integrates with Evernote (my all time favorite and most used app) and allows you to work on the same Evernote note with others, similar to Google Docs.

Looking Back on 2013

Philly Teacher

As 2013 comes to a close, it is time to reflect on the past year. 2013 proved to be quite a transformative one. Spring 2013. 2013 began with the honor of being named PAECT ‘s Teacher of the Year in February. End of the School Year/Summer 2013. Fall 2013.

The Administrators Toolkit Updated and Refreshed

The Web20Classroom

I originally wrote this post way back in 2009. Lots has changed since then. So let''s dust it off and do some updating. Most schools and districts spend lot of time and effort trying to get their teachers up to speed on technology and its use/place in the classroom.

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Complete Versatility in a Public School Setting

Tom Murray

The Quakertown Community School District, winner of the 2011 iNACOL Innovative Program Award, has been highlighted by Michael Horn, author of “Disrupting Class,” on numerous occasions for its self-blend educational model. QCSD, a K-12 public school in Bucks County, Pa., is a rare breed among public schools, as all students in grades 6-12 have a full menu of both cyber and blended learning options. Some students earn a QCSD diploma as full-time cyber students. Others graduate having taken all of

The Obsolete Tech Director

Tom Murray

The role of the typical school district technology director has become obsolete. Speak with your average teacher in many school districts in the U.S., and you’ll find the technology department is better known for getting in the way than for serving the educational needs of both staff and students. Many technology departments, led by obsolete tech directors, are inadvertently inhibiting learning. The mantra of “lock it and block it” no longer works in a 21st century digital learning environment

Professional Development Reform: 8 Steps to Make it Happen

Tom Murray

Every year, school districts around the country waste a tremendous amount of time and money on ineffective professional development. The traditional model of “sit and get,” where a one-size-fits-all approach is utilized, yields abhorrent results. Ask teachers from typical school districts in America their thoughts on traditional in-service time, and the feedback won’t be pretty. Professional development in many districts must undergo radical reform, from a model that’s outdated and ineffective

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Building a Positive School Culture

Tom Murray

Schools around the country are being cleaned, waxed, and made to look their best in preparation for another year. It’s about this time when principals begin planning for the new year. Data is analyzed, goals are formed, schedules reworked, communication to parents planned, etc. But where does school culture fit into planning for next year? What steps can principals take to build a positive school culture and strong team? Lead by example. It’s simple. As a whole, staff members watch and mimic

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Digital Leadership for School Leaders

Tom Murray

Year after year, hundreds of millions of dollars are funneled into technology initiatives and resources in school districts throughout the country. From hardware and software, to infrastructure and one-to-one devices, money is flowing into programs and tools for schools like never before, but are these technology devices and tools making a worthwhile impact considering the cost? Who’s leading such implementation and reform? As these tools become more prevalent in schools, it’s school leaders