November, 2012

10 Apps & Sites for Digital Storytelling & more!


Have your Students Tell their Stories Digitally! What is digital storytelling ? Students can tell their story in a digital manner the same as they would orally or on paper.

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Think Globally, Act Locally

The Web20Classroom

I have had the honor and privilege of spending the last week in Doha, Qatar at the World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE) Conference. This has been an incredible learning experience for me. Reflection is a big part of my learning so I have many thoughts, and ideas going through my mind.

Creativity and Why it Matters

A Principal's Reflections

A recent U.S. study, Creativity and Education: Why it Matters , sheds new light on the role of creativity in career success and the growing belief that creativity is not just a personality trait, but a learned skill.

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Free computer training resources and courses

Educational Technology Guy

As technology changes and schools upgrade software, add new apps, change hardware or operating systems, and more, faculty, staff and students need training and support. GCFLearnFree is a program of Goodwill Industries of Eastern NC and provides quality online learning courses for free.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Everything BYOD!

The Mobile Native

Here are some resources to help start a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiative. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) LiveBinder 2. Infographic: Are Your Going BYOD? Forsyth County Schools BYOT 4. Building on the "Bring Your Own Device" Revolution 5. BYOD Responsible Use Policy 6.

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More Trending

The Perfect Pencil. old school tech!


Quality Pencils for your Classroom This summer, I received a variety of pencils from the company at Pencils.Com. My daughter used them a lot over the summer, and they were great! However, I didn''t realize how truly wonderful they were until the other day.

Things That Have Me Thinking-Nov 28

The Web20Classroom

Wanna know more about my Things That Have Me Thinking series? Read more here. Practical PBL-The Challenges of Ongoing Assessment : Problem-Based Learning is growing in its use thanks to multiple resources available.

A Blueprint Worth Following

A Principal's Reflections

As part of the PDK International Emerging Leader Award , I had the opportunity to attend an amazing professional development experience in Washington DC.

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Another great feature of Evernote - integrated in Outlook

Educational Technology Guy

I love Evernote. It''s no surprise. I use it for everything and even more now in my new job as Chief Information Officer of the district. It allows me to keep everything - notes, files, and more all accessible anywhere on any device.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

If We Could Write 10,000 Words.

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I''ve been thinking about writing and how to evolve my students into better writers, but to be honest, I don''t really consider myself an accomplished writer. The irony should be slapping you, dear reader, in the face: I am an English teacher, so shouldn''t I be an accomplished writer?

An Interactive Tutorial: Google Presentation

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Google Presentation is a great tool for helping students construct knowledge about a topic as they create. Here is an interactive tutorial designed to demonstrate how to use some of the handy built in features.

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Introducing @LiveScribe Sky: the first Wi-Fi Smart Pen with @Evernote Integration


Imagine an Interactive Pen for the Classroom! Launching the World''s 1st Wi-Fi Smartpen - I received the LiveScribe Sky Pen last weekend. before it officially launched this Monday.

2012 Edublog Award Nominations

The Web20Classroom

It''s that time of year again when the Edublog Awards aim to recognize the best Bloggers, Tweeters and Products. The process to nominate is simple and you can read about it here. I hope you will check out all those that I have nominated and all those nominated by others. The lists of winners and nominated are great ways to build your network and find new voices to follow and read.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

Use of Blogging to Address the Common Core

A Principal's Reflections

First year New Milford High School teacher Mrs. Westbrook has been tackling the Common Core in an engaging and innovative fashion. One major instructional shift required by the Common Core Curriculum Standards is the increased emphasis on the use of informational texts.

Collection of free training resources for Windows, Office, Google Apps, and more

Educational Technology Guy

I was putting together a list of free training resources and decided to share it with everyone. If you have some good ones, please share them in the comments.

Guest Post: MJ Fletcher-- Opening the Door to Writing

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

GUEST POST: Continuing the conversation on writing, author MJ Fletcher explains how he first began his adventures with the written word. What''s that?" I asked my mother as I stared at the explosion of color and action on the cover. "It''s It''s a comic book, do you want it?"

Edmodo & ThingLink: Extend the Walls of Your Classroom

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Edmodo is a free and secure social learning platform for teachers and students to collaborate and connect in the 24/7 classroom. The design and functionality of Edmodo is similar to Facebook, but the focus is on teaching and learning within a protected environment.

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Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Scholastic: Common Core Fact vs. Fiction


My Interview with Scholastic Common Core: Fact vs. Fiction Scholastic is the home to some of my favorite teaching resources, and I''m honored to be included in their most recent edition of Scholastic Instructor.

Get Connected, Globally-#WISE2012

The Web20Classroom

I have traveled to Qatar for the World Innovation Summit on Education. In it''s 4th year, WISE aims to draw together the major players in education to have conversations and create actions to make change in education. Over 1500 people and 100 countries are represented. During the 3 days of the conference folks will come together to talk about access to education, technology, sustainability of educational initiatives and more.

NJED Disaster Relief: Educators Helping other Educators

A Principal's Reflections

Original post can be found at Teachercast. Dear Friends, The last few days have seen some of the most heartbreaking photos and videos coming out of the state of New Jersey. Even days after the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy, over 1 million New Jersey residents are still without running water or power. Today, we are announcing, along with other great educators across the state the #NJED Hurricane Sandy Supply Relief program.

Google Lesson Plan Search - easily find great lessons

Educational Technology Guy

Google , one of my favorite resources (in addition to Evernote ) has lots of great things for education, including free apps and services. They also have a great library of lesson plans for educators. There are thousands of lesson plans available and all are searchable and sortable.

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EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Real-World Consequences of What We Post On Social Media


Do We Understand We''re Shouting to the World? Photo Used With Permission Under a Creative Commons License Wow! Talk about a chance to really teach students about the consequences of what they post via social media.

A ThingLink Toolkit for Teachers

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I am excited to share a ThingLink Teacher Toolkit of Resources. The toolkit is designed to provide teachers and students with all the resources needed to use ThingLink as an efficient and effective tool for teaching and learning. Several samples of Common Core aligned projects by grade level.

Giving Thanks to Teachers Giveaway Day 3


Hi all! Thanks so much to Erin at Kleinspiration for hosting me today!

Things That Have Me Thinking-Nov 5

The Web20Classroom

Wanna know more about my Things That Have Me Thinking series? Read more here. Why I Unfollowed 5000 People -It was really Tony who did the unfollowing and this post is thoughtful, full of things we all need to think about when it comes to our own social networks and social learning. George wrote a follow up post that takes the opposite point of view, both of which have thinking about my own place in my social networks. I see both sides. On the one hand, I couldn''t follow everyone who follows me.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.