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.

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. CBS Channel 2 NYC visited NMHS again on May 16, 2014.

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.

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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.

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The Conversation We Need To Have With Leadership

Teacher Reboot Camp

This post is part of Scott McLeod’s Leadership Day 2014. PD should give your Ts a GEM: it should “Grow You”, “Engage You”, and “Mean something to you” — GNichols (@Think_teach) August 6, 2014.

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.

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:

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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.

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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.

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.

ASHA 2014 Orlando Session


I am excited to be presenting in Orlando next week, as well as having the opportunity to see great friends and get lots of ideas from attending sessions! This year I am presenting another sequel to my Pairing Picture Books with Apps series.

Our Work Defines Our Legacy

A Principal's Reflections

This post is my contribution to Leadership Day 2014. 21st Century Leadership Change Digital Leadership Innovation Jared Wastler Laura Fleming Leadership Day 2014 legacy Spike Cook Legacy is such a deep and meaningful word in my opinion.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun Photo courtesy Rod Searcey 2009


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. Dinner with my best friends - Atlanta 2014 ISTE is about the learning experiences.

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.

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.

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.

Top 100 Sites/Apps of 2014

Technology Tidbits

mobile app Top 100 Sites/Apps of 2014 Been for Education - A innovative site for Social Learning that allows educators to surf and collaborate on the web w/ their students in a safe environment where educators create/manage student accounts.

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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. asha14 #a1718 — Angela Saus (@CrissXAppleSaus) November 22, 2014 PHEW! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

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BYOD Equity Panel at #SXSWedu 2014


On March 5, 2014, I was privileged to moderate and participate on a panel on Bridging the Digital Divide with BYOD Equity at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas.


6 Second Learning with Vine: 22+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the Byte-sized Potential and Mobile Learning categories. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera. – Yousuf Karsh. Most of our students love learning and creating even if they do not express this in our classes.

Mobile Momentum: Internet Trends Report 2014

elearning, mobile learning, gamification and more

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. Source: INTERNET TRENDS 2014 – CODE CONFERENCE. Mary Meeker May 28, 2014.

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.

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A Curation of Resources for The Hour of Code 2014 (and Beyond!)

2014 Coding Computer Science CS CSEdWeek edtech Hour of Code ipad programming The Hour of Code will soon be upon us and it''s going to be the largest global learning event in history! Last year the Hour of Code reached 15 million users and 10 million girls just within 5 days!

Teach Them Kindness

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change. – Bob Kerrey. Teaching citizenship isn’t an additional part of the curriculum.

Social Thinking Providers' Conference 2014


This past weekend, I was thrilled to be part of the Social Thinking® Providers'' Conference in San Francisco, CA.

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.

7 ISTE 2014 Conference Mega Resources to Share Widely!

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Nikki D Robertson ''s Pinterest board What I Learned at ISTE 2014 is a hand-picked treasure trove. ISTE 2014 Session Notes , was created by +Tzvi Pittinsky and fleshed out by dozens of contributors.

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.

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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.

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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.

Making Time vs Finding Time

A Principal's Reflections

One of the most utilized excuses in education when it comes to change is lack of time. At one point or another, we have all used the time excuse when it comes to our professional work.

Teach Them Kindness

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change. – Bob Kerrey. Teaching citizenship isn’t an additional part of the curriculum.

Byte-sized Potential: Can Compassion & Citizenship Go Viral?

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the category, Byte-sized Potential. The number one benefit of educational technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive.

31 Days of Digital Goodies

Teacher Reboot Camp

December is the month for advent calendars, so I’ve created the Digital Ideas 2014 Advent Calendar to give you a hands-on example of how this works. Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar. One way to engage students is to create interactive digital calendars. Throughout December, you will discover free web tools, apps, and resources by clicking on each day in the calendar below. You will also be given a challenge so that you are motivated to try out these ideas.

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.

2014 Global Education Conference - Day Four

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Thursday, November 20th, is day four of the fifth annual Global Education Conference. Actually, it started already, but I was so exhausted yesterday I fell asleep without realizing I hadn''t posted the next day''s schedule!)

Students Yearn For Creativity, Not Tests

A Principal's Reflections

The other day as I was sitting in my office, sophomore Sarah Almeda popped into my office, as she usually does. After day three of PARCC field-testing I was catching up on some dreaded paperwork, one of the least favorite aspects of my job.

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The End is Only the Beginning

A Principal's Reflections

In order to stay relevant myself, part of my new responsibilities will be maintaining a residency in schools, mostly in the Northeast (as of October 2014 I am now also the K-12 Director of Technology and Innovation for the Spotswood School District in NJ).

A Wake Up Call For School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

So the other day I tweeted out this comment, “I am amazed each day to see so much educational progress in my Twitter feed. This should be the norm, not the exception.”

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