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.

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.

Ways to Get Technology into Your Classrooms

Teacher Reboot Camp

Pilot programs - Often big companies like MicroSoft or Verizon will want to run pilot programs worldwide and provide your school with tons of their devices. 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.

Schools That Work For Kids

A Principal's Reflections

It had the golden arches as well as the color red associated with the company’s brand. My son, Nicholas, is your typical child growing up in the 21st Century. He loves to play outside, swim in the pool, golf in the NYC Junior Golf League, have friends over, and feast on McDonald’s.

What 2015 Holds for the Future of Education

Digital Promise

As we all take time to reflect on 2014, now is also a good time to look forward to 2015. At Digital Promise, we saw tremendous growth in 2014. “In 2015, I think school districts, ed-tech companies, and researchers will emphasize the student as a key element of learning.

Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments #DigiLead

A Principal's Reflections

Our virtual environment will be made possible by a solution called ProtoSphere , a 3-D collaboration environment created by a company called ProtonMedia that connects people from all around the globe, at any moment in time, from virtually any device.

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design!


I''ll share that information below (during the Twitter chat, I''ll even be giving away two interactive white board systems and a document camera - compliments of the fantastic company, IPevo )!

Words Matter: Let’s Talk About Learning, Not Technology

Digital Promise

When the marketing head of a company started connecting with others through LinkedIn, he didn’t say he was “building a PLN.” I still remember the first time I held a voluntary workshop on Google Docs for a staff of 100 teachers.

Teacher Lesson Planner + Personal Organizer + Data and Assessment Binder = Teacher Anchor (All in One Awesomeness!)


When I knew she was coming out with her newest item, Teacher Anchor , I decided to hold off on purchasing my new planner from another company.

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Ways to Get Technology into Your Classrooms

Teacher Reboot Camp

Pilot programs - Often big companies like MicroSoft or Verizon will want to run pilot programs worldwide and provide your school with tons of their devices. 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.

BEST Back to School App for ALL Teachers!


This is the story of how the company began. Connect with Your Class via Remind It''s never about "the app" but rather what is done with the application that makes it so special.

Access TONS of Free Digital Content via @EDpuzzle and Personalize It for Your Class!


As any other Imagine K12 company, they built this product listening to teachers like you. Access TONS of Content & Remix It to Fit Your Class! -

7 Ways to Creatively Ask Questions in the Classroom Using iPads!


The Answer Pad is the company that launched the app, TapIt Free. The Answer Pad I started using Go Interactive from The Answer Pad last year. I LOVE it! What I love most is that I don''t have to change the way I teach, alter my curriculum, or jump through hoops to use the technology.

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Kicking the Tires: A Pathway to Better Ed-Tech Pilots

Digital Promise

We found that school districts don’t always trust the product information that tech companies provide them and don’t regularly use third-party sources of information, either. Would you buy a car without taking a test drive?

Happy Teacher Appreciation - a Free 25 page Printable Pack for your Classroom!


Happy Teacher Appreciation Month Two of my favorite companies, Scholastic and BuySellTeach , have teamed up to give the gift of freebies to teachers all month long! To honor educators, both companies are mailing out resources you can use in your classroom for free.

TONS of #RightDevice Tech Resources from @IntelEDU 's New Learning Community to Support Teachers!


I was recently contacted by Intel, a technology company that hopes to assist educators all over the world with their newest technological advancements and devices. This must be completed before June 2, 2014 - 12:00pm PST.

Learning That Matters

A Principal's Reflections

I should have clarified my comment a bit more by explaining that I was referring to repetitive standardized tests being taken while in the same job with the same school, company, or corporation. Why do companies like Google go out of their way to provide their employees with spaces where they can play and relax ? The other day I posted the following statement on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, "When was the last time any of us had to take a standardized test in our careers?

Google+ Cheat Sheet - shortcuts and tips

Educational Technology Guy

I use it to connect to other educators, IT directors, EdTech personnel, tech companies and edtech groups. Google+ is Google''s social network. It''s easy to use and has more features than other social networks. Here is a great cheat sheet with shortcuts and tips for using Google+.

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Communicating in the Information Age

A Principal's Reflections

Image credit: [link] Fast forward to 2014 and my district, like many others, now uses an automated notification service. In case you didn''t know we had quite a bit of snow last night in the Northeast.

Interactive Language Arts Practice From @IXLLearning for Grades 2-6


Though I share many resources on my blog, I only honor long-standing partnerships with companies that I feel great about. I only endorse companies I firmly believe in for education.

Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing

Digital Promise

Many providers have a hard time learning what districts are looking for and how they do business, leading these companies to spend a lot of time on selling and compliance. For the promise of learning technology to truly become reality for students and teachers, classrooms have to be equipped with the tools that fit their needs. There are a lot of factors to finding the right match. One of the most important, we’ve found, is also one of the most overlooked – procurement.

Five Recommendations for Developing Better Education Technology Products

Digital Promise

The best education technology companies address specific user-identified needs, consider user feedback essential, and prioritize customer service to attend to reported problems. What other best practices do you value in education technology companies, nonprofits, and startups

Find and Pin All of Your Favorite Common Core Activities with @MasteryConnect!


Mastery Connect in a Nutshell, Part 2 Click here To view Mastery Connect in a Nutshell, Part 1 For those of you who may be unfamiliar with MasteryConnect , they are a company that makes focusing on the core easy via their apps, online tools, and learning community.

Bucking the Trend

A Principal's Reflections

In a world where politics and education are colliding more than ever, there is a desperate sense of hopping onto the latest trend or buzzword from educational companies and authors that will fix all of our educational problems.

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3D Virtual Learning a New Reality

A Principal's Reflections

Using her connections, she formed a partnership with a company called Proton Media that provides essentially an enterprise solution called Protosphere intended for corporations to explore the possibilities of 3D virtual learning and collaboration in the cloud. It has been yet another exciting year at New Milford High School. We have continued to sustain numerous innovative initiatives while looking for other opportunities to improve the learning experience for the school community.

Using @RemindHQ For Leadership

The Web20Classroom

So much so, I am an advisor to the company. In the past, I''ve written about how much I love using Remind. But even if I wasn''t an advisor I think the simple way the service allows for educators to connect to students and parents via text messaging is elegant and so simple to use.

Creativity and Orbiting the Giant Hairball of School

User Generated Education

On the way to getting big, most companies [schools] turn into Giant Hairballs. Unfortunately, while the heart of Hallmark (and many schools) sings the virtues of creativity, the company’s intellect worships the predictability of the status quo and is, thus, adverse to new ideas.

Free resource from Discovery Education about Manufacturing

Educational Technology Guy

These externships pay teachers to spend the summer at a local manufacturing company learning about their industry and coming up with ways to get more students involved in engineering and manufacturing. Discovery Education has a new free resource: Manufacture Your Future, which has free STEM lessons and resources for grades 6-12 related to manufacturing. This is an excellent resource. Manufacturing is a great career and there are a lot of openings in the field.

Tillis, McCrory, Berger & Company's Hidden Anti-Public Ed Budget

The 21st Century Principal

In this News and Observer article entitled "A Hidden, Drastic Change in NC School Funding" Helen Ladd and Edward Fiske describe more sinister legislative action taken by our North Carolina Legislature and Governor during this last legislative session. In the past, school districts received funding based on projected enrollment. This allowed school districts to plan for growth, and if their enrollments did not pan out, adjustments to funding were made.

Classroom prizes and grants available!

Educational Technology Guy

Project Tomorrow is celebrating Speak Up America Week 2014 this week with opportunities for schools and classrooms to win prizes and grants by participating in this year''s Speak Up surveys. As part of this special week, Project Tomorrow will be releasing preliminary findings from the 2014 surveys completed so far. See a short video of the findings and the Speak Up 2014 Snapshots for Educators blog post. The online Speak Up 2014 survey s close on December 19 th.

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Collaboration between companies + school district = Connected educators

The Innovative Educator

Wouldn’t it be great to have a direct connection to the people who work at the companies of the very resources you are using for teaching and learning? Are you gaga over Google? Do you think Microsoft is magnificent? Do you excel at using Edmodo? Do you think PBS is the perfect platform for digital media content? Wouldn’t it be great to find others in your district using the same tools as you?

Sleep Pod Companies Want to Disrupt Naps on Campus


Franklin Harrison, director of recreational sports, goes as far to say there is a “sleep crisis” on campus and that health experts were looking for ways to promote sleep health when they purchased their own tubular sleep device in 2014. Another sleep pod company on the horizon is hoping to address cost concerns by dropping sleep pods onto campuses for free—and instead rely on a paid advertising model.

Digital Promise 2014 Digital Innovation in Learning Award Winners Announced

Educator Innovator

To that end, they’ve partnered with EdSurge to celebrate the leadership and work of teachers, administrators, and organizations with the 2014 Digital Innovation in Learning Awards (DILA). Attainment Company , Verona, WI. Digital Promise believes that in order for innovation to spread in education, we first have to elevate the visibility of where it’s already in practice.

Five Tips for New Teachers to Become Connected Educators

Teaching With Soul

. (Originally posted in August 2012, updated for October 2014.). The power of an online community is that you can probably find someone else who’d like some company. This month, the U.S.

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10 Guidelines for #EdTech Companies + Social Media - It's All About Relationships

The Innovative Educator

Instead with social media, like never before, there is now two-way communication allowing companies to have conversations with their customers. Social media has changed how vendors do business. It is no longer one way communication. Those who are doing so effectively. Those who are doing so effectively, grow customer loyalty and respect. Those who are not doing it well, will be perceived as out-of-touch and will move further toward irrelevance.

3 Principles for Creating a Culture of Creativity in Schools to Unleash Technological Innovation

The 21st Century Principal

According to Catmull, "Even though copying what''s come before is a guaranteed path to mediocrity, it appears to be a safe choice, and the desire to be safe to succeed with minimal risk can infect not just individuals but entire companies."


The Thinking Stick

I personally choose option one; I believe that companies are truly doing their best to keep information protected. Yes…every company should do everything in their power to keep your data safe…but will there be hacks? Photo Credit: MSH* via Compfight cc.

Ten Possible Education Headlines For 2015 : Happy New Year!

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Now, did someone tell the filtering companies! Happy New Year! I would like to thank all of you for your kind words and support as I write my sixth annual New Years Post. Please continue to write and comment!

#ISTE2014 A Special Post for a Few **Spaeztle** Friends

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

kcalderw @liz1544 @PrincipalArc @chemicalsams & Nathan Stevens — Kate Baker (@KtBkr4) June 30, 2014 Look who is sitting across from me! ISTE2014 — Kyle Calderwood (@kcalderw) July 1, 2014 P.S. Speaking of Spaetzle.

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Scrapple: Easy-to-Use, Low-Cost Mind-Mapping Tool for Writers

The 21st Century Principal

Literature Latte, the company that also provides the writer software Scrivener, also has an education version available for $12.00. Scrapple is an easy-to-use software tool that allows users to get ideas down quickly, then generate connections between those ideas quickly.

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