Professional Opportunities for Educators in 2014


2014 has been fantastic so far! This year, I was awarded the 2014 Pre-K - 12 MACUL Teacher of the Year Award. NETA : April 24 - 25 (2014) Nebraska In a few weeks, on April 24th, I will fly to Nebraska to keynote their annual state technology conference, NETA: 2014 Mission Possible. Connected Educators : Jackson, MI April 26, 2014 Right after Nebraska, I''m going to try to make it to the Connected Educators unConference in Michigan.

2014 Was One Wild Ride

A Principal's Reflections

With 2014 coming to a close in a few days there is no better time than now to reflect on this past year. Here are some professional highlights from 2014: Digital Leadership was published by Corwin on January 14, 2014. On February 27, 2014, CBS Channel 2 NYC visited NMHS and did a nice feature on our makerspace , which aired during the five o''clock news. CBS Channel 2 NYC visited NMHS again on May 16, 2014. My last day as Principal was September 3, 2014.


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Best Education-Related Videos of 2014

User Generated Education

My own list is what I found to be the most powerful education related videos of 2014. Let me know of any others that you found of value during 2014! I love end of year “best of” lists. They all, in some way, address the mind, heart, and spirit of education. Each touched me in some way to help illuminate the purpose and core of education. Malala Yousuf Nobel Prize Speech.

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12 Terrific ThingLink EDU Features in 2014

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

In 2014 ThingLink worked hard to provide teachers and students with a powerful and flexible tool for teaching and learning that is useful across all content areas. 2014 Thinglink EDU ThingLink offers the education community tagging tools to bring images and video to life. It works across platforms and provides teachers and students with the ability to add rich media contents to any video or image.

2014 Annual CUE Conference: We are Family


The post 2014 Annual CUE Conference: We are Family appeared first on OnCUE. Written By CUE Member Lisa Nowakowski @NowaTechie Trying to get all my thoughts, feelings, and experiences of CUE 14, in one blog post has been a challenge. How can I possibly sum up: the friends I made, the friends I caught up with, the ideas that inspired me, the conversations I had? How can I […]. CUE Conference Lisa Nowakowski

Looking Back at 2014 and Forward to 2015

The Web20Classroom

2014 was filled with all sorts of conversations, mostly centered around personalization of learning and creating more student centered environments and I don''t see that slowing down in 2015. What a year it has been. And now that it''s coming to a close I like to take a look at the most popular posts here and do a bit of looking into the crystal ball to see what conversations might be on the horizon for next year. First, the most popular posts!

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Everything You Need to Know – ISTE 101: Atlanta in 2014


Written by CUE Member and ISTE’s 2014 Kay L. The post Everything You Need to Know – ISTE 101: Atlanta in 2014 appeared first on OnCUE. Bitter Award Recipient Bill Selak @billselak It’s almost time to hang out with 20,000 of my closest friends. Well, there’s me, 5,000 exhibitors, and 1,000 sessions. And there’s you, of course! If you’ve never been to an ISTE Conference, I need to warn you: it’s big! […].

Mobile Momentum: Internet Trends Report 2014

Kevin Corbett

The former Wall Street technology analyst, now a general partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers , published her latest report on the state of the web on May 28, 2014. The continued growth of mobile Internet usage is perhaps the most powerful theme from her INTERNET TRENDS 2014 REPORT. Source: INTERNET TRENDS 2014 – CODE CONFERENCE. Mary Meeker May 28, 2014. Mobile Learning Technology internet trends report 2014 Mary Meeker Mobile Momentu

Google for Education CT Summit - June 21-22, 2014, Greenwich, CT

Educational Technology Guy

I will be presenting at the Google for Education CT Summit on June 21st, 2014 on Chromebook and Google Apps deployments. The Summit is two days, with presentations and workshops by a variety of educators, Google Certified Teachers, Google staff and more. It''s a great event with some great learning and sharing planned. Here is the event website: [link] Here is the event Google+ Page:

ASHA 2014 Orlando Session


The details of the session are as follows: Session Code: 1718 Title : Pairing EVEN MORE Picture Books & Apps to Contextually Address Language Objectives Day : Saturday, November 22, 2014 Time : 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Location : Orange County Convention Center Room: W414CD Session Format: Seminar 1-hour Abstract : Support for using picture books in intervention is long-standing and relevant to the development of language skills.

Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Mark Smithers

Well I missed out on writing a review for 2013 so I thought I’d get in reasonably early and write some predictions for what might happen in 2014. It will get louder in 2014. Expect MOOCs to continue to be the most high profile focus of academic angst in 2014. Look to corporate training and private online higher education providers/suppliers to be the ones looking for learning designers in 2014. These types of projects will be just outliers in 2014. TL;DR.


2014 was a banner year for Google Docs, Slides, Forms and Sheets

Educational Technology Guy

Google is known for providing constant updates to it''s products. In a post on the Google Drive Blog , Google summarizes some of the updates that they did to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms over the last year. It''s pretty impressive and made these products much more useful, especially for Google Apps and Chromebooks users.

Top Web Links from 2014

Learning in Hand

This means I can easily see the most popular links I shared during 2014! I shared hundreds of links in 2014, and I''m proud that 8 out of my top 10 most clicked links are my own blog posts or creations. And as a bonus, below are my biggest tweets from each month of 2014. link] (thanks @mrbadura & @Swenson_n111) #ipaded #edtechchat — Tony Vincent (@tonyvincent) January 11, 2014. gcucore — Tony Vincent (@tonyvincent) May 2, 2014.

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Edcamp Online 2014

Educator Innovator

Mark your calendars for October 25, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. October is right around the corner… And that means it’s almost Connected Educator Month ! Edcamps are a significant part of the Connected Educator Movement. With over 500 face-to-face events in dozens of countries, educators everywhere are coming together to learn and share organically. Edcamps are unconference events designed for educators. The schedule is built on the day of the event by the participants.

ASHA 2014 Takeaways!


For me, the holiday followed soon upon returning from the ASHA 2014 Convention in Orlando, where I presented and also attended many sessions. Thanks for the tweets, Brittany and Angela: Awesome tip from @SpeechTechie look for blogs on the best books of the year now that we''re approaching 2015 #ASHA14 — Brittany Lehane (@Britt_Lehane) November 22, 2014 Woot! asha14 #a1718 — Angela Saus (@CrissXAppleSaus) November 22, 2014 PHEW! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

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Let's Maximize Happiness in 2014

The Playground Advocate

I have one resolution this year: Maximize Happiness First off, I would encourage everyone in the world to begin 2014 with this video: I think if I managed to keep the spirit of this video in mind throughout 2014, I would have done everything I need to do to make life happy. I wish you all a happy 2014. So it''s a new year, and as my wife pointed out to me, I of all people, "Mr. English Major", "Mr. Symbolism", ought to recognize the power of the new year to inspire renewal.

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5 Lessons from 2014, A Year in Learning

My Paperless Classroom

So here is a quick reflection on 2014 and the top 5 things I learned in 2014. Without a doubt, 2014 has been a year of collaboration. So here I am at the end of 2014, wondering what the year ahead holds. I thought I was done blogging for the year. I am working on a couple of posts, but I wasn''t going to post anything else. I was going to take the time off. The thing about blogging is that it helps me make sense of the work that I do.

A Thankful Start to 2014


Graphic Used With Permission Under a Creative Commons License Happy 2014 Everyone! May you have a blessed 2014! 2014 Happy New Year pln thanks Thank you for following me on Twitter or Facebook or Google+ or Diigo or Scoop.It or Pinterest. Thank you for answering my questions when I lob them out there. Thank you for dialoguing with me. Thank you for offering help and resources even before I ask. Thank you for visiting my blog and reading my posts.

ISTE 2014: Save the Date for Next Year!


The post ISTE 2014: Save the Date for Next Year! Written by CUE Member Reuben Hoffman The convention center was sparse. The registration lines were empty. Where are they? I asked myself. Traveling down an escalator, I started to hear the buzz of voices. I turned the corner and there they were, sitting in groups of 10 to 30, circled up. Some were on the […]. appeared first on OnCUE. ISTE Professional Development

Social Thinking Providers' Conference 2014


This past weekend, I was thrilled to be part of the Social Thinking® Providers'' Conference in San Francisco, CA. I always leave this event (this was my third) with renewed energy and a ton of ideas informing my work, which nowadays centers around language therapy and a whole lot of social cognitive work with kids who have learning challenges in this area.

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

User Generated Education

This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc. I started a list – see below. Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning. Let me know of any other universal skills you believe young people should know how to do.

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Spice Up That Lecture! 20+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

2014). Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Undergraduate students taught by lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than those involved in active learning. – Bajak, A. In my new book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers , I talk about how even the best lectures aren’t fair for the majority of students in our classes.

How Will You Make Your Mark? International Dot Day 2014


Brown (@msEdtechie) September 15, 2014. International Dot Day was September 15th. It is all about being creative and making your mark on the world. The day is based on the book by Peter H. Reynolds, The Dot. It is a wonderful story about a little girl who doesn''t think she can draw. She makes a dot and then builds on that one piece of art. Her teacher tells her its all about making your mark on the world and persevering.

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Crowdsourcing to Build the Ultimate Wall of ThingLinks at ISTE 2014

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

To say there was a lot going on at ISTE 2014 is an understatement! We were excited to connect with educators who shared the innovative ways they are using the tool, eager to hear suggestions, and amazed to learn that many presenters were using ThingLink to share content in their presentations at ISTE 2014. There were thousands of educators drawn together by our passion for EdTech.

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This Year be an EduHero!

Teacher Reboot Camp

2014, July 23). A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. – Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Our world is full of hero potential waiting to be motivated, supported, and skilled. Teachers hold the key to unleashing that potential, yet many are wounded heroes themselves. According to Teachers Count, the average teacher impacts 3000 students within a lifetime. How many students have you already impacted?

Three Reasons the Flipped Classroom is Here to Stay

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

According to new research, the number of teachers flipping lessons is growing significantly. It''s not just for the most adventurous educators anymore. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Research & Insights eduCanon blendedclassroom differentiationtools edtech flippedclassroom formativeassessments interactivelearning realtimemonitoring screencasting teacherpreneur video videoscreencasting

Transform Your Classroom into a Makerspace

Catlin Tucker

As finals approached this year, I had a desire to do something different. In the past I’ve had students write a timed five-paragraph argument essay about whether Montag, from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, is a conformist or nonconformist. My students had already written four essays this year, so I decided to ditch the essay. Instead, I had them select a metaphor from the novel and asked them to bring it to life creating a 3D visual metaphor.

The Myth and Reality of 'Disruptive Students'

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Some of the same students who were chronically disruptive in one classroom, were attentive and engaged in another. The difference was the teacher and the teaching style employed. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email classroommanagement education educationreform instruction parents students

Persuasion as a Catalyst for Change

A Principal's Reflections

ASCD 2014 Change Daniel Pink Leadership To Sell is Human I’m not going to lie; Daniel Pink is one of my heroes. After reading his book Drive a few years back my professional practice was significantly changed for the better. His work really made me critically reflect upon my leadership practices. This led to a decision to give my staff and students more autonomy , which resulted in a greater sense of ownership of their learning.

Give Entrepreneurs (and Teachers) a Break!

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

You can''t work all the time. Unless, you''re an entrepreneur (or a teacher), of course, in which case, you are expected to work all the time. But is that sustainable? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Lessons Learned ProfessorWord Startup Life aboutus lessonslearned professorword

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Reflections from #iste2014 in Atlanta: Relationships are Key!


Genius Hour Panel: @coolcatteacher, @donwettrick, @angelamaiers, @kleinerin, @klirenman, @smartinez, @hughtheteacher ISTE 2014 - Atlanta, Georgia This is my third year attending ISTE. The city of Atlanta was pretty, and I was fortunate enough to share the overall experience with two of my dearest friends and ISTE 2014 roommates: Jennifer Bond and Ashlie Smith. Dinner with my best friends - Atlanta 2014 ISTE is about the learning experiences.

Student Reflection with Digital Portfolios

Teacher Reboot Camp

Pablo Beltrán (@pbeltranp) December 9, 2014. Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. – Peter Drucker. A year ago, I created a technology course on Moodle for Spanish teachers as part of the Ministry of Education of Spain.

Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers

Teacher Reboot Camp

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” by Plato. Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Throughout my teaching years, I’ve struggled with getting my students or trainees to readily participate. Learners are shy about exposing themselves to peers, especially if they do not know them well.

Ways to Get Technology into Your Classrooms

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! I’ve been quite blessed to travel to over 20 countries and help teachers integrate technology even in places with very little funding. You can watch a video of me helping students in Ogulin, Croatia to get an idea of what this looks like in action. Often, we are not fortunate to work in schools that provide us with the budget to get the technology we want.

Closing the Global Education Gap

Digital Promise

Applicants to the 2014 Digital Innovation in Learning Awards in the “Busting Boundaries” category asked themselves this very question, and their submitted videos serve as striking responses. Scott Bedley ’s classroom became famous for two seconds during Microsoft’s 2014 Super Bowl ad, where they were featured enthusiastically screaming hello to peers in Mexico City during a session of “Mystery Skype.”