October, 2012

Twitter For Little Folks

The Web20Classroom

Yep, another Twitter post. This time, I want to focus on another popular question I get. "If If Twitter says you have to be 13 to use Twitter, how do I use it in my elementary classroom?" (See See the Update below.) Great question! Twitter''s Privacy Policy says each user has to be at least 13 in order to have a Twitter account. This is to comply with privacy laws and non-collection of data of children.

How I use the new @ClassDojo App as a class job


Letting Children Monitor Their Own Behavior I have written about Class Dojo on several occasions: Your Simple Classroom Solution for Active Engagement , Class Dojo wins at NBC''s Education Nation , and Easily Send Behavior/Academic Report Cards to Parents - Weekly - with Just One Click. However, my purpose for this post is to share their new app and how I''m using the free service in my classroom.

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How to Get Students to Pay Attention Using Technology - guest post

Educational Technology Guy

Remember the days when you would sit in a classroom listening to the monotone voice of a teacher buzzing in the air and fight a bout of sleepiness? How many times did you have to mentally shake yourself awake or wish that bell would ring? Today, however, teachers can engage their students in a variety of ways using technology. Many teachers have found that the implement of educational technology in their learning environment encourages students to learn.

Getting Professional Development Right

A Principal's Reflections

We have all had our own unique horror stories when it comes to professional development. From a one size fits all approach, to unqualified presenters that lack passion, to leaving a session or entire day for that matter with no applicable ideas and strategies to implement into practice - poor professional development has left many scars. Another glaring void has been the availability of quality opportunities to learn about the latest Web 2.0

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

Remote Desktop Just a Tab Away

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

When at home I use the Remote Desktop Connection to access the remote servers at school for all the curricular content I''ve created over the years. Remote Desktop has been invaluable especially when I have to call out unexpectedly and need to create sub plans ( ah, the life of a mom ) or when I want to tweak lessons at home, and now Remote Desktop-ing is even easier by adding the AccessNow RDP Client by Ericom to my Chrome browser.

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Share The Knowledge With Claco

The Web20Classroom

A while back I wrote about Class Connect. Founded by a pretty awesome guy, Eric (you remember, the kid who slept at AOL while coding in the middle of the night?), the goal was to provide a platform for teachers to share resources, easily, in an organized way. Now, Eric has expanded Class Connect and changed the name to Claco. And he has created a service that could be very valuable to classroom teachers. Teachers create free profiles and get 300mb of storage.

Save, Share, and Organize each Lesson and Classroom Activity with @TeamClaco


Share your Content, Find Great Resources, and Organize your Material Claco is a free site for teachers to add their favorite content and find great resources to use. Compared to Pinterest : Claco is similar to Pinterest because you can view content on the main page. When you find something you like, you can snap (pin) it to your own binders (boards). You can set up as many binders (boards) as you''d like. You can add your own content, too. Others begin snapping your content to their binders.

MyPhysicsLab - Free Physics Simulations

Educational Technology Guy

MyPhysicsLab is a free site that contains, you guessed it, physics lab simulations. They are simple and created in Java, but illustrate the physics concept quite well. They are organized into topics: springs, pendulums, combinations, collisions, roller coasters, molecules. There is also a section that explains how they work and the math/physics/programming behind creating them. Simulations are a great way to really explore and visualize a topic.

What Matters to Students

A Principal's Reflections

It is always great to hear back from alumni once they have left our buildings. The feedback we sometimes receive provides us with a sense of whether or not we are doing a good job preparing them for success at the next stage in their lives. Below is an email that I recently received from Amanda Howell, a 2012 graduate of New Milford High School. Amanda''s reflection on her time at NMHS put into perspective what really matters in an educational experience.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

The War on Writing Without Red Pens: Winning?

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

"The conditions of conquest are always easy. We have but to toil awhile, endure awhile, believe always, and never turn back." - Marcus Annaeus Seneca I''ve been struggling with the logistics and assessment of student writing for my entire academic career and I''m not using hyperbole (again). I''ve written about peer editing and I know that works to help improve students'' writing, but when it comes to the teacher putting a grade on the paper, I have issues.


Parent Concerns in a 1:1 iPad Initiative


Used With Permission Under a Creative Commons License Last Sunday, I received a note via the contact form on my blog that was a first for me in many ways. It was the first time I had ever been contacted by a parent via my blog, the first time I could not put a comment out of my mind until I had addressed it, and the first time I ever thought about the impact a school''s 1:1 take-home technology initiative could have on a family.

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Leadership Is.Reflections On #ISTELF12

The Web20Classroom

I just got back from a wonderful few days in Indianapolis. No, it wasn''t to see a race or for the fabulous food. I went to engage with other thought-leaders from around the world (yes over 10 countries were represented) and talk, share, learn and grow. The ISTE Leadership Forum (#ISTELF12) was a new event this year. The idea was to bring together district and school level leaders to talk about what issues we are facing with technology and to learn with each other.

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Which Presidential Candidate do you side with in this election? Take this quiz to find out.


Take a quick survey to see who you side with on important issues I recently found about about this survey tool from one of my favorite blogs, FreeTech4Teachers , by Richard Byrne. You can click here to see his full post. I Side With is an easy tool that asks a series of questions based on social, environmental, economic, domestic policy, healthcare, foreign policy, immigration, and science issues. Each category contains about four questions.

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Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

The Physics Front - teaching resources for Physics

Educational Technology Guy

The Physics Front is a free site that contains teaching resources on Physics and Physical Science. The resources are searchable and are arranged by level: K-8 Physical Science, Physics First, Conceptual Physics, Algebra Based, and AP / Calculus. Resources are then organized by topic. It''s part of the ComPADRE education community resources. There are lesson plans, links to other resources, technology, links, and other resources to help educators when teaching Physics or Physical Science.

NMHS Social Studies Teacher Brings Technology to Capitol Hill

A Principal's Reflections

Two of my Social Studies teachers were recently invited to Washington DC on October 4, 2012, to deliver a model lesson that illustrated the effective use of technology. The following is a guest post by Rebecca Millan who attended with her colleague Nicolette Perna. For more information on this event check out the summary provided by ISTE. As a social studies teacher, being asked to take a professional development trip to Washington DC is an extremely exciting offer.

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Claco: Teachers & Technology Team Up

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Claco (in Beta right now, but you can request an invite ) provides a place for educators to store all their resources including files, bookmarks, websites, videos and just about any other content imaginable in organized and tagged online binders. Claco also allows for easy sharing with other educators, parents, and teachers with the ability to "snap" binders and files from other Claco users or share via Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.


Blogging has been around 20 years and CUE is just launching a blog?


By Mike Lawrence – CUE Executive Director When CUE launched our new blog last month, the question arose, “Blogging has been around close to 20 years and CUE is just now launching a blog?” The answer is…“yes!”. While CUE has a reputation for being on the leading edge and an early adopter of innovative tools, […]. The post Blogging has been around 20 years and CUE is just launching a blog? appeared first on OnCUE. Professional Development Technology in Education

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Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

Things That Have Me Thinking-Oct 30

The Web20Classroom

A while back a friend of mine, Patrick Larkin , was a high school principal. (He He has since moved up in the world to Asst. Superintendent ) He was regularly blogging for his staff and at the end of his weekly posts of updates, things to remember and such he had a list of things that had him thinking. It might have been a video, blog post, article, something, that had piqued his interest and he wanted to share. It was such a great idea, I decided to steal borrow the idea.

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Magnetic Elasped Time Set Give-Away from @LearningHandsOn


14 Piece Magnetic Elapsed Time Set by Learning Resources We study time a lot in second grade. When Learning Resources asked me to select products to review and give-away, I knew I wanted to find a product that focused on telling time via an analogue clock. The Magnetic Elapsed Time Set works to build a complete understanding of elapsed time.

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Symbolab - Science and Math Search Engine - search with symbols too

Educational Technology Guy

Symbolab is a site I learned about from David Kapuler on his blog. It is a "Science and Math Search Engine" and makes it easier to find science content online. It specifically searches for science content using semantic search tools. You can search from the site, or use a free download for Chrome and Firefox. The other unique feature that truly sets it apart is that it lets you use math and science symbols and equations to search.

Next Generation Adobe Acrobat XI

A Principal's Reflections

Adobe recently announced its next-generation Adobe Acrobat XI software, complete with cloud services to help K-12 and higher education teachers and administrators handle complex document challenges and alleviate productivity inefficiencies. Additionally, AXI’s new, more intuitive editing and exporting tools helps students showcase their academic achievements more easily. Educators involved in the beta process are already impressed with AXI’s capabilities.

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Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

Heroes & Big Huge Labs (I'm not talking about Brody)

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Both my 9th grade Honors students and my one section of 12th grade general-level students start the year off studying the Hero''s Journey concept and connect it to literature. The freshmen work with their summer reading books ( The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and Abarat by Clive Barker) and the seniors apply the concept to Beowulf.


CUE Announces Kevin Honeycutt as the Closing Keynote Speaker for the Annual CUE 2013 Conference


The Annual CUE 2013 Conference in March is the premier educational technology and professional development event in California. CUE’s Annual 2013 Conference “CUE to the Core” has two of the powerhouses of education technology and professional development, providing what promises to be an innovative and enriching experience. Sir Ken Robinson will provide the opening keynote and Kevin […].

Indicators of a World-Class 21st Century Education System

The 21st Century Principal

With all the talk about having a “world-class education system” from politicians and policymakers, one would think that our schools would be undergoing major reforms designed to create exactly the kinds of schools that foster 21st century learning and education.

SMART Board Tip: Hundreds Grid


Using the Hundreds Grid for Counting Patterns Sometimes the best discoveries happen by accident! I''ve been using SMART Notebook for about five years. I always enjoy learning new tricks the software, Notebook, is able to do. Two years ago, I became a SMART Exemplary Educator, SEE. I''ve been able to attend various trainings and meet many professionals who are very skilled in this area. Though I can do many tricks with the software, I''m always excited when I stumble upon a new function.

The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

SciencePrimer - free site with science resources and activities

Educational Technology Guy

SciencePrimer is a free web site that has some great science resources. The site has illustrations (animations with explanations) of concepts, practice questions and problems with hints and solutions, calculators and conversion tools, and a science glossary. The illustrations are really good. They include interactive animations that let you change different specifications or characteristics, an explanation of the topic, and videos.

Doing What It Takes To Support Learning (Part 2)

A Principal's Reflections

A few weeks ago I published a post titled Doing What It Takes To Support Student Learning (Part 1). In a continuation of that piece I am posting a second student reflection on a summer learning experience that our school supported for one of our students. Mr. Sheninger, I would like to thank you for generously supporting my trip to the Foundation for Free Enterprise’s Summer Business Camp.

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Easy as Fish in a Barrel: Structured Socratic Discussions

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Having all students involved in a focused class discussion instead of being prompted and lead by the teacher, requires all students to be invested in the process. When the discussion is structured so that all students are vested in the process, students can use critical thinking to practice crafting and supporting arguments.