Professional Opportunities for Educators in 2014


2014 has been fantastic so far! I love meeting those who share the same passion for creativity in the classroom that I have. This year, I was awarded the 2014 Pre-K - 12 MACUL Teacher of the Year Award. of Education : June 6, 2014 Washington D.C.

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. This year, I was able to meet Mr. Byrne for the first time.

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Planning for #ISTE14 - Check out these tips from an OCD educator to stay organized!


Planning for ISTE 2014. My ISTE 2014 Sessions I would love to have you at one of my sessions this year. Tip 4: Enter All of Your Social Events After I have the important information recorded, I then go into my "ISTE 2014 Events" email folder. can be a bit overwhelming!

Using @RemindHQ For Leadership

The Web20Classroom

So much so, I am an advisor to the company. Besides the obvious ways of posting meetings, reminders, and events, use the Voice Memo feature to send short, personalized, audio updates. Staff Reminders and Meetings-I''ve written about flipping meetings in the past.

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. I thought it would be fabulous to talk about student growth during team planning meetings if we all had similar assessment templates and tools.

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


Eyes meet mine once they''ve recorded their response. 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!

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Ed tech companies promise results, but their claims are often based on shoddy research

The Hechinger Report

Examples from The Hechinger Report’s collection of misleading research claims touted by ed tech companies. All three of these companies try to hook prospective users with claims on their websites about their products’ effectiveness. Companies need to convince districts to participate.

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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The Summer of COVID-19 Presents a Unique Opportunity for Education Companies


For companies that target teachers, this is a good time to do some contingency planning as well—to be ready to assist educators no matter what scenario they find themselves in come fall. Companies that provide this assistance to teachers directly will be rich in prospects.

Teachers Who Take Risks and Share Their Experiences- They Make the Difference


He and his classes were scheduled to meet with the front office of the Chicago Bulls and a CBS news anchor in Wisconsin, both moderated by Google’s Global Education Evangelist, Jaime Casap.

Join the H&R Block Budget Challenge–It’s Back for 2015!

Teaching With Soul

Students will encounter real-world personal budgeting situations, problem-solving, and decision-making through an online simulation and accompanying lessons that meet national standards.

The H&R Block Budget Challenge–Love this!

Teaching With Soul

Your students will encounter real-world personal budgeting situations, problem-solving, and decision-making through an online simulation and accompanying lessons that meet national standards. With six sessions offered October 2014 through April 2015, teachers will have six opportunities to participate. PS: This is a sponsored post by H&R Block, but I only recommend products or services I believe will benefit my readers and are from companies I can recommend.).

Sketchnoting in the Classroom

Kathy Schrock

He told me he knew nothing about the content we were discussing and his company did this same type of visual notetaking for any content area or company. The first, as my story outlines, is about the notetaker visually recording what is taking place in a meeting or lecture.

What Are the Real Motives Behind the Common Core State Standards? Let's Be Honest with Ourselves!

The 21st Century Principal

That post, entitled "Common Core Standards Will Help NC Meet Its Challenges," was written by Caroline McCullen, the director of education initiatives at SAS which already has a multi-million dollar contract with North Carolina to provide value-added teacher data analysis software for teacher and principal evaluations. Then there are companies like SAS waiting in the wings to sell data analysis software to all 50 states.

Top 100 Sites/Apps for Game Based Learning

Technology Tidbits

This is going to be one of my most ambitious posts yet, as I have curated a gigantic list of my favorite sites/apps for Game Based Learning (a.k.a Gamification).

Teachers: Meet Katy Perry, Win $50,000, Fly to LA! Join #StaplesForStudents


As a classroom teacher, it warms my heart to know that such incredible companies and celebrities not only support teachers but they understand our passion for what we do in the classroom each day for our students.

The drama of Facebook

Learning with 'e's

The world''s largest and most successful social network, Facebook - celebrated its tenth anniversary in February 2014. In its short lifetime it has become the most popular virtual meeting place for millions of friends, family, and long-lost acquaintances worldwide.

Interview with Terry Anderson

Learning with 'e's

Being an Academic has allowed me to travel widely, to meet some very interesting people and to set my own research agenda. Unlike most research centres, even those at Open Universities, at Athabasca our faculty work from home offices and we may never meet our graduate students face-to-face.

Being Right Isn't the Most Important Thing: Getting Leadership Right

The 21st Century Principal

Even when I was a teacher, there were those few parents I just hated to get a phone message in my box or an email requesting a meeting. Sure, he and his company were highly successful, and some others have argued that his "blunt and direct" way of speaking to others was the reason. "One of the biggest problems we encounter is verbal communication that is misunderstood or unskillfully handled."

Creating Products to Show and Share Learning

Learning in Hand

6th grade students run the concession stand after learning about money and profit #pbl #hotdogstand — Linsly School (@linslyschool) February 5, 2014. PBL #CCNTH #historyisfun — Brandon Sligh (@SlighBrandon) October 10, 2014.

Pearson, AFT Square Off Over Company’s Profits, Focus

Marketplace K-12

The American Federation of Teachers is pressuring Pearson PLC, the global education company, to conduct a business strategy review with an eye to becoming more profitable. “Our strategy is clear,” the company said in the March 17 statement. posing a threat to the company.


Learning with 'e's

He warns that sometimes companies innovate too quickly, and end up trying to ship products that nobody is interested in. Retailing high cost products to meet the demands of the most affluent customers may not be enough to sustain a business. There are two kinds of disruption.

The History of School Websites

Slate and Tablets

I’ve seen many teachers get angry at students for not checking the website for meeting information, summer work, and the like. People tried to copy the late genius’ style, but now there are plenty of companies branching out and inventing their own style. One of the most important and under-scrutinized pieces of a school is its website. School websites are often the first place teachers and administrators go to post important information, news, and curricular materials.

Learning Revolution Free PD - 100+ Library Sessions This Week - GlobalEdCon Deadline - Membership Milestones

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update October 7, 2014 A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library. Read more about the 2014 Connected Librarian Day speakers here. LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular "live" web meetings. Deadlines Global Education Conference , November 17th - 21st, 2014 Upcoming deadlines: The call for proposals for the 2014 Global Education Conference are open.

Company Exec. for Ed-Tech Company Testifies in Ala. Politician’s Trial

Marketplace K-12

Michael Humphrey, executive vice president at Edgenuity , testified in the ethics trial of state House Speaker Mike Hubbard , who is accused in a 23-count indictment of using his clout to attract business for companies he leads. “My idea was to use Mike to say, ‘Get me a meeting with this guy, let me go meet him,’ ” Humphrey said, according to the Associated Press. The post Company Exec. for Ed-Tech Company Testifies in Ala.

Learning Revolution - Week's Free Events - Reinventing the Classroom - Library 2.014 - The Real 1:1 - Reclaim Learning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This ISTE webinar will focus on ways teachers can create active, student-centered, digital age classrooms that help students meet the Common Core and ISTE Standards. LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular "live" web meetings. Deadlines Learning Revolution Conference Online , April 24th - 25th, 2014 Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals are being accepted between now and April 15th for the inaugural Learning Revolution Conference Online.

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Notes From the Session By Jeremy Sambuca @ #EDCAMPSTEAM

Saving Socrates

Makerbot acquired by Stratasys, major 3D printing company. I use "inventables"plastic which is a colorado company and is cheaper. Use twitter to find the STEAM, Makered, edtechchats, DTCHATK12, and these people actually meet weekly and you can google twitter chat times. This post is a bit unconventional, but I found this session particularly useful today and thought I would share my notes from it.

Learning Revolution - Week's Free Events - ISTE Unplugged - Homework - Emperor's New Clothes

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update June 24th, 2014 The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. Over the last two months we worked with an email list company in an attempt to avoid this duplication, but unfortunately, we were reported as a spammer (ugh!) NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition. This year''s Dinner Event at ISTE will be on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Marriott Grand Marquis Ballroom in beautiful Atlanta!

Getting started: Your E-rate cheat sheet

eSchool News

At the end of 2014, the Federal Communications Commission voted to increase funding to the federal E-rate program by $1.5 This generally means meeting the program’s definition of a school or library.

Dark fiber could be the future of school networking

eSchool News

After taking steps to update and increase funding for the E-rate program in 2014, this year the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began allowing applicants to apply for discounts for dark fiber and self-provisioned fiber.

Learning Revolution Free PD - Google Online Summit This Weekend! - Gaming in Ed - Support Free PD

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update September 2nd, 2014 Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming. LIVE on September 6, 2014.

Strategy Shift Leads to Layoffs (and a Rogue Ex-Employee) at Coding Kit Company Pi-Top


A London-based company in the crowded market of do-it-yourself programmable hardware for students seeks to shake off negative headlines as it restructures and changes focus to the U.S. The company first announced its strategic shift with a capital injection of about 3.3

New Social Network Is All College, All the Time

Wired Campus

The service is the creation of two Princeton University undergraduates, Michael Pinsky and Vaidhy Murti, who hope to help facilitate connections among college students who might otherwise never meet. “It’s Company Watch Software Startups

A step in the right direction: UAE’s investment in Africa’s youth

The Christensen Institute

This isn’t the first time the UAE has offered significant aid to Africa; from 2014 to 2018, the country provided close to $17 billion in aid. The company now boasts close to 90 million customers in Africa and Asia.

The 2013 Highlights from Kleinspiration!


Because of these experiences, I''ve had the opportunity to meet many of you in person. I love meeting my blog friends at conferences and workshops and meet ups. I hope to meet many more friends over the next year.