November, 2012

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. Anyone who knows me well understands my compulsive behavior towards pencils and sharpeners. I feel like I''ve been burned too many times with poor pencils and sharpeners. I also get annoyed by the sound of the sharpener during class.

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. They have a large amount of free computer training resources that are well designed, easy to use and understand, and great for sharing with faculty, staff, and students.


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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. Global Thinking-While here I have been exposed to so many different parts of the world and heard about how education works (or doesn''t) in all corners of the global.

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. During the first session there was a presentation on the Finnish Education System and the characteristics that make is the most successful system in the world in terms of student achievement. Here are some aspects that called out to me: Culture of trust and moral/social responsibility.

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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.

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? Other than the publishing I''ve done on the copier at school, what I''ve written here on this blog and starting to write for Teachercast , the answer, sadly, is no.

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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. It took everything I had to not post early about it, so I took the week off to redefine the way I originally planned on writing the post. Originally, I wanted to share how amazing the tool was; however, after a lot of thought, I''ve decided to share how I''m using the tool in my classroom.

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. I use the web clipper, Livescribe SkyPen , Android App, web app, and Windows Desktop App. As a teacher, we all used the web version of Outlook. Administration and office staff use the desktop version of Outlook because we utilize more features.

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.

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. As students engage nonfiction, they learn to grapple with complex ideas and arguments and use those ideas in forming their own opinions.

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).

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?" Two men locked in mortal combat, one wearing a massive red cape while the other, some type of alien, attacked him. How could I not want it?

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Giving Thanks!


Guest post by Mark Hammons, CUE Communications Committee Chair In technological years, my time in educational technology has been short lived…I think I’m on my fourth cycle of Moore’s Law, but who’s counting. During this time, the growth of the educational media available to teachers, students and professional developers has grown from a Wayne’s World […]. The post Giving Thanks! appeared first on OnCUE. Learn Education Technology Professional Development

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. The article I''m featured in focuses on the inclusion of expository text in reader''s workshop. One of my favorite researchers, Nell Duke, states a surprising statistic highlighting how little non-fiction we tend to incorporate in our teaching. I find that students are naturally curious.

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. Free Training Resources Windows and Office [link] - great help with Windows and Windows applications [link] - free help and training from Microsoft on their products. Scroll to bottom for older versions. link] - lots of great resources and tips for teachers.

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.

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. However, one of the challenges that remains is how do we ensure each student in the groups "pull their weight?" Assessing student participation has always been a sticky subject for me. Rewarding or punishing kids with grades and scores doesn''t sit well with me.

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.

LBI & Hurricane Sandy- Links & Resources

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

No words can convey the sense of loss and devastation. This is the irony of being an English teacher: I cannot articulate my feelings over this disaster. The island has shaped who I am today and who my children will be. Rebuilding will be a long process that will be ongoing even after the media has turned their eyes to a new story and the fervor for donating has diminished. If you can help, please do so. If you cannot contribute now, please contribute in the future.


Blended Learning – So What is it?


1st in a series on Blended Learning by Catlin Tucker CUE Member guest blogger The term ‘blended learning‘ is catching on in education, but the definition is somewhat vague and many teachers are not exactly sure what the term blended learning means. The lack of clarity about this term is a source of potential anxiety […]. The post Blended Learning – So What is it? appeared first on OnCUE. Blended Learning

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.

Giving Thanks to Teachers Giveaway Day 3


Hi all! Thanks so much to Erin at Kleinspiration for hosting me today! We wanted to do something special for you all since it is the time for giving thanks to those we are truly thankful for and since I am thankful every day for my readers and my bloggy friends, I thought a fun giveaway was in order. :) We have teamed up with some super fun friends below who have agreed to help - yay!

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. Sorting can be done by type of Google product used, subject, or age group. The search and sorting is almost immediate and there are some great resources here.

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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.

Video as a Tool to Understand CCSS Mathematical Practices

A Principal's Reflections

Success at the Core is a free resource available to teachers and leaders to assist in the successful implementation of the Common Core Standards. All materials are designed to complement—not supplant—existing school improvement initiatives. Video, print, and online materials can be selected by leadership teams or teachers, and tailored to fit their needs. One of the powerful aspects of Success at the Core is the use of video to to illustrated effective pedagogical techniques in mathematics.

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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!

Idioms, Not Idiots, for Promoting Speaking Skills

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Students often view presenting in front of the whole class with the same disdain as facing a firing squad or are so self-conscience that they act like idiots. Additionally, finding precious time for whole class presentations can eat into high-paced curricular calendars. We are still trying to get back on track from Hurricane Sandy, so this project was a quick way to get students to present and share without the stress of being in front of the class or take up class time.

Blend Baby Blend – Infinite Thinking Machine


The Infinite Thinking Machine has been nominated for the 2013 International Academy of Web Television’s Best Educational Series. The post Blend Baby Blend – Infinite Thinking Machine appeared first on OnCUE. Blended Learning

Web 2.0 Sharing Tools: A Quick Guide


Web 2.0 Tools in Education Series Sharing Tools: A Quick Guide Wouldn''t it be nice if there was a resource that explained, in detail, everything you needed to know about sharing ideas and work online: what tools were available, how to sign up, getting started, etc.? There are a lot of great web sharing tools out there today, and many can save you a lot of time.

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Prezi Interactive Presentation Tool gets a new interface

Educational Technology Guy

Prezi, the zooming presentation editor , has a new version of it''s interface. Prezi is a nice alternative to things like PowerPoint for making presentations. Instead of slides, you create presentations using any thing as the basis, from a word to an image. You can change how the presentation moves from part to part and integrate video directly into the presentation. The new interface is cleaner and standardized and looks more similar to other apps.

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.

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.

What is the True Value of Technology?

A Principal's Reflections

Cross posted at the Huffington Post. This past month my family and I suffered a devastating loss as my grandmother passed away only a few weeks after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Abiding by her wishes not to inconvenience anyone, my parents arranged for friends and family to call an hour prior to the funeral, which was then followed by a short service. Because the funeral was held just days after her death, her two sisters were not able to physically attend the service in NJ.

7 Kinds of Thinking Keeping Your School or District from Transformation

The 21st Century Principal

Is your school or district “missing the wave of change” that is propelling many other innovative schools and districts forward? What exactly is it within the DNA and thinking of your educational organization that is causing it to resist efforts to reform, transform, or change? We only need to look to business in recent times to learn what the consequences are for “failing to adapt to the enormous wave of change” that is all around us.