People Make the Difference

A Principal's Reflections

Almost all of this growth can be attributed to a point in time that I became connected using a variety of social media tools. As many readers of my blog know, the big changes in my career came when I discovered the value of social media as a leader and learner.

Pillars of Digital Leadership Series – Communication

A Principal's Reflections

social media, mobile apps, video conferencing) to meet stakeholders where they are in order to convey a message and elicit feedback on initiatives. Communication Corwin Digital Leadership Joe Mazza PIllars of Digital Leadership Social Media

Survey: Social Media Is Failing To Find Traction In The Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

Survey: Social Media Is Failing To Find Traction In The Classroom. Social media is a main form of communication and connection used by today’s students. Social media is here to stay, so it is critical to invest in our educators through expanded training,” said Cook.

Survey reveals why teachers aren’t embracing social media

eSchool News

Survey reveals that the majority of classroom educators shy away from social media integration. A new survey finds that just 13 percent of participating educators have used social media as part of their classroom learning. K-12 teachers found that 87 percent of those surveyed said they have not embraced social media platforms. Social media is here to stay, so it is critical to invest in our educators through expanded training,” said Cook.

Using Technology In The Classroom? Keep Parents In Mind

The Web20Classroom

We got to talking about parents and the struggle he was having getting them to realize that all these social media tools and Web 2.0 And (for good reason) the use of technology in the classroom, including social media and Web 2.0

Leading in the Digital Age

A Principal's Reflections

Image credit: So how would one define digital leadership? Kevin Kruse defines it as a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal.

Mobile Schools: The Next Generation in Communication and Engagement

A Principal's Reflections

As many of you know, here at New Milford High School we have been at the forefront of adopting social media and the latest technologies to improve the way we run our educational and extra-curricular programs. This offer stands through the end of 2013.

2013 School Leadership Summit - Recordings Posted, Thanks to Be Given!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The goal of the conference was to kick off an event that would perpetuate and would be a place for broader conversation amongst school leaders and the ed tech / blogger / social media crowd. A massive learning/social capital day!"

How to Decode a Tweet


Favorite" it, then go to the Me page on your Twitter profile to access it later. digital literacy social media social networking twitter When you first start using Twitter, one of the things you have to figure out is how to decode Tweets. What does each part represent?

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Wahoo! The 2013 Global Education Conference - Still Time to Present + Plan to Attend!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all. It breaks down all physical and social barriers.

PLN or CoP?

Learning with 'e's

That''s quite an apt result because Google and many of the other large, supposedly ''free'' social media tools are very much focused on making money to sustain their operations. Nor is it about the morality of social media companies.

Self organised learning spaces

Learning with 'e's

I only provide them with the conditions in which they can learn." - Albert Einstein The social web is replete with self-organising spaces. Wikipedia facilitates knowledge generation, sharing, remixing and repurposing because it is an open, accessible space where everyone can participate.

Three things

Learning with 'e's

Secondly, learning needs to be social. Increasingly, such contact and communication is mediated through technology, and social media tools are ideal for this purpose. His Zone of Proximal Development theory has been central to our understanding of how we learn in social contexts.

Twitter and the death of distance

Learning with 'e's

Social media sites such as Twitter span huge distances to connect people around the world. There are many stories of people developing and sustaining friendship, or even romance and eventual marriage, after ''meeting'' on a social media site.

7 ways to support learner-teacher interaction

Learning with 'e's

Here''s a few ideas for you to consider: 1) Lecturers can make sure they maintain dialogue with their students through participation in social media sites. 2) One popular social media site - Twitter - is a different proposition entirely.

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Increase teacher effectiveness with eduClipper

The Innovative Educator

Social media, a somewhat broad and nebulous term that refers to digital tools that allow people to create, publish, share, and exchange information and ideas, is not new. TeacherEffectiveness educlipper social media in education Technology tools

We need a rethink

Learning with 'e's

Those of us who are immersed in a world where the use of social media is so sustained, embedded and familiar, forget that many schools still ban the use of Web 2.0 They use these tools outside of the school on a daily basis and often have a sophisticated grasp on how social media work.

and then our tools shape us

Learning with 'e's

Today''s book recommendation is the fifth in the series: Howard Rheingold (2002) Smart Mobs: The next social revolution. I first read it whilst a new academic and still finding my way, and I read it in a time that pre-dated what we now know as social media.

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Digital classrooms

Learning with 'e's

Blogs and wikis and other social media made an appearance, even though at the time they were still fairly nascent in compulsory education. This is Part 5 in my series of posts on the future of learning and technology.

Slaying giants

Learning with 'e's

Futurist Gerd Leonhard speaking at Learning Technologies 2013 Listening to media futurist Gerd Leonhard speaking at the recent Learning Technologies Conference in London was both engaging and thought provoking. Leonhard believes the major social media platforms have it right.

5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes with Kecia Ray

The CoolCatTeacher

This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. And I say frequently to my sister, who has access to this in her classroom, “You are so lucky! Jane McGonigal spoke at ISTE in 2013.

Game changers in the Training Zone

Learning with 'e's

To give you a taste of what was discussed, here is some of what I said in an excerpt from the transcript: Q: What are the big technological developments we can expect to see implemented in 2013?

Teacher Creativity Skill: Solve a Problem

The Playground Advocate

I know that we often take our ability to find an answer at a moment''s notice for granted, but it truly is an amazing gift to be able to access so much information with such ease. More importantly, though, the Internet is a social space where you can ask a question directly to human beings.

5 ways to use Pinterest as a creation tool for learning

The Innovative Educator

This makes it a great educational tool since it is accessible across platforms. Pinterest in education social media in education As I looked into using Pinterest as an educator tool, I found that most people I asked were using it more as a consumption or curation tool. See the infographic at the bottom of this post for those type of ideas.) However, as the Pinterest guru NewYorkBob (who has more than a million followers) tells us , it is also a great creation tool.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Brainstorm and Plan Digitally

The Playground Advocate

Teachers can build their personal learning networks to include passionate colleagues from all over the world thanks to social media and communication tools like Skype and Google+ hangouts. Google Docs - Create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere.

Your Tech-Savvy Kid, Tips For Parents Keeping Up With The Digital Generation


Or how students can multi-task with technology by texting, social media surfing, and watching television all at the same time? They are being raised in a technology driven society that provides them with quick and easy access to just about anything at anytime.

Help for parents who want to keep their children safe online

The Innovative Educator

In fact, in cities like New York, their internet use and safety policy says that when it comes to online use, “Parents are primarily responsible for transmitting their particular set of family values to their children, and discussing with their children what material is and is not acceptable for their children to access through the Department’s Internet Systems.” Digital literacy social media in education

The 21st Century Principal’s 20 Applications for Everyday Use

The 21st Century Principal

Evernote : Evernote is one of those applications I access at the start of every single day. Evernote Desktop Interface Google Docs : Google Docs, perhaps now known as Google Drive, is another one of those extremely versatile tools with access across devices.

Global Education Conference 2017 #globaled17

The CoolCatTeacher

All sessions are recorded so you can access later. He has worked as a technology entrepreneur in a variety of different fields related to children’s media. Steve: Lucy’s our social media guru… Lucy: Yes there is.

Feedly: An RSS Reader Replacement for Google Reader

The 21st Century Principal

Feedly''s layout of feed subscriptions is easy and accessible, making it a good choice. This gives users tablet and smartphone access to their RSS reading. With the impending demise of Google Reader, I have been in search for an RSS Reader replacement.

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10 Powerful Media Tools EVERY Educator should have started using yesterday! Part I


Social Media is not just a buzz phrase! This means that emails, documents, calendar and sites can be accessed - and edited - on almost any mobile device or tablet. Pinterest allows you to save everything from pictures to blogs, in one easy accessible place.

Learners as producers

Learning with 'e's

Social media tools such as blogs and video sharing sites facilitate this process, but on a global scale. They have unprecedented access to a large array of new technologies. For the longest time teachers and lecturers have held the monopoly on the production of academic content.

Got a New iPhone? Here's 17 Starter Apps

The 21st Century Principal

I immediately wanted to be able to access the same applications I can already access on my iPad and on my desktop or the web. Having one that allows access across devices and on the web is also a must. I can access my "To-Do List" on my desktop, the web, my iPad, and my iPhone. Since our district uses Google Apps, I have access to multiple district Google calendars, so this apps makes syncing those calendars quite simple.

2014 - the year of the wearable?

Learning with 'e's

Wearables are the tip of the vast, complex infrastructural, social and technological iceberg that includes cloud computing, social interaction, content generation and sharing, context awareness and a whole host of other services, effects and influences.

Becoming a 21st Century Reader: Pointers for Using E-books and E-Reader Apps

The 21st Century Principal

You should preferably choose a tablet that allows you to access multiple e-book vendors to make sure you get good prices on the products and so that you can find e-copies for the books you are searching for. The iPads give me access to ebooks across apps, and the Kindle reader allows me to access my Kindle library with a back-up device in case all my tablets need charging. Use multiple e-reader devices to increase accessibility of your e-library.

Freedom, Autonomy, and Digital Media at an Indiana High School

Educator Innovator

I believe these words also convey the most important reason for using digital media in schools. I was particularly drawn to the blog’s description: “One Student’s Mission to Explain the Benefits of Social Media in the Classroom.” Cross-posted from DML Central , with permission.

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Revised List of Top iPad Apps for School Administrators

The 21st Century Principal

With this app, users get access to over 23,000 classic works. The Nook app gives you access to those purchases from Barnes and Noble. This app allows you to access those books you get through the Google Play Bookstore. All of these e-reader apps have access to free book titles too. Media Apps EPIX: For those who are movie addicts and have a cable subscription to the EPIX movie channel, you can now add access to your EPIX movies to your iPad.

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Looking back and forward at my New Year predictions for education

The Innovative Educator

Last January I shared my predictions with Tech & Learning about what I thought would be big in hardware and software in 2013.

Advantages of Using eNewsletter Services to Inform and Connect with Stakeholders

The 21st Century Principal

Brian Dixon, Social Media for School Leaders: A Comprehensive Guide for Getting the Most Out of Facebook, Twitter, and Other Essential Web Tools This past spring, I started using an eNewsletter service called MailChimp to send my Weekly Parent Email Update.

Learning is changing

Learning with 'e's

What we learn in formalised settings such as school, college and university is merely the foundation of our knowledge and the rudimentary skill sets that enable us to build our own minds and construct meaning, through individual and social contexts later in life. Learning is changing.