November, 2014

Seven takeaways from ConnectED to the Future

Tom Murray

On Wednesday, November 19, 110 of the nation’s top superintendents, U.S. Department of Education officials and representatives from a myriad of organizations, convened at the White House for theSuperintendents’ Summit, declared “ConnectED to the Future,” by President Obama. The event was an an extension of theConnectED Initiativelaunched earlier this year. Obama kicked offFuture Ready, a bold new effort to maximize digital-learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward

Three PowerPoint Alternatives You Need in Your Classroom

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

There are an estimated 300 million PowerPoint users in the world delivering an estimated 30 million PowerPoint presentations each day. Here are some other options that might work better in the classroom. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Research & Insights eduCanon blendedclassroom differentiationtools edtech flippedclassroom formativeassessments interactivelearning realtimemonitoring screencasting teacherpreneur video videoscreencasting


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Closing the Global Education Gap

Digital Promise

High-quality educational content is for everyone. Professional tools to create music, video and art are for everyone. Access to expertise is for everyone. And, everyone needs the opportunity to collaborate and communicate as part of the educational experience. No longer are the best learning opportunities exclusive to certain people -- technology makes these opportunities more widely accessible. If we can close the digital learning gap , we can empower everyone to be a lifelong learner.

Sustaining Outdated Practices Will Not Transform Schools

A Principal's Reflections

When one looks at education in general there is very little change from over 150 years ago. Back then the education system was designed to serve an industrialized world that was in desperate need of skilled factory workers. What resulted was the quick development of a system to educate as many students as possible in a fashion that was cheap and easy.

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.

Growth Mindset: GoBrain and Making a Splash

User Generated Education

A recent interest of mine has been the Growth Mindset. I have blogged and presented on this topic: The Educator and the Growth Mindset. The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop. Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection. How Educators Can Assist Learners in Developing a Growth Mindset. Due to my interests, Carol Reiley contacted me about her initiatives about growth mindsets. First, from her and her team’s website, GoBrain , is the following: [link].

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Why #Internet4Schools Matters

Tom Murray

Personalized learning. One-to-one implementation. Bring your own device initiatives. All of these, when combined with high-quality instructional practice, can systemically change a classroom learning environment. However, these instructional practices and tools are essentially useless without an infrastructure that can properly support them. Although the topic of E-Rate has come to the forefront in recent months, in the not-too-distant future the program will turn 20 years old. Section 254 of

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New, Free, Collabrified Apps for iPads: WeWrite+ & WeSketch+

The Journal

In this blog we introduce two new, free, collabrified apps for iPads: WeWrite+ (a collabrified text editor) and WeSketch+ (a collabrified drawing and animating app). The collabrification of educational apps continues! That’s good news: making collaborative learning apps ubiquitous means that a learner never has to learn alone again

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Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing

Digital Promise

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. If it’s not your day job, it probably sounds pretty boring. It makes you think of bureaucracy and rules and everything that gets in the way of innovation. But procurement matters.

A Wake Up Call For School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

So the other day I tweeted out this comment, “I am amazed each day to see so much educational progress in my Twitter feed. This should be the norm, not the exception.” Many people in education talk a great game when it comes to the effective use of technology, but the results (lack there of) speak for themselves.

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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).

Educators Across the Country Challenge the @FCC to Bring #Internet4Schools to ALL of Our Kids!


40 Million K-12 Students Do Not Have the Level of Internet They Need in Schools The Federal Communications Commission, FCC, is considering expanding access for kids across the country. We need your help to convince them to vote "YES" in order to expand E-rate so that our students can benefit from the access they need in our schools. Your Voice Matters How Can You Help ? Educators across the nation are creating 15 second videos to share via social media expressing the need for #Internet4Schools.

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Learning Beyond The Classroom Walls

The Web20Classroom

When I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology, I started out like many students do. I sat down at my laptop, went to Google and started searching. Eventually I landed on a program at an in-state university that was one of the first of its kind. Everything was virtual. Not once in the 18 months I was in the program would I set foot on campus. I completed everything from the comfort of my home or the road.

Demand, district adoption, and silver bullets

K12 Open Ed

A few us have been pondering the question “ How can we best advance the adoption of OER in K-12? ” both online in this document and f2f at the Open Ed 14 conference. As I’ve thought about this, a few conclusions I’ve come to are: The demand problem is more significant than the supply problem. There is currently a good amount of high quality, standards-aligned OER in K-12 with lots more coming online.

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Ivory Tower University Researchers: Making Valuable Contributions to Classroom Practice

The Journal

In this second installment of our “Learnings from Singapore” blog post mini-series, we focus on the critically important role that “Ivory Tower” university researchers can play in improving classroom practice

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.

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

Digital Promise

I still remember the first time I held a voluntary workshop on Google Docs for a staff of 100 teachers. I called it “10 Ways to Use Google Docs in Your Classroom.” ” Five people showed up. A week later, I was eating lunch in the staff lounge and heard a colleague say, “They always have an excuse for not turning their work in. They forgot to bring it home, they lost their flash drive, their printer wasn’t working, yada yada.”

Stop Ignoring Google+

A Principal's Reflections

In case you didn''t know there are thousands of educators and an array of learning communities over at Google+. The bottom line is that many people are missing out on some great content, resources, and conversation. From my point of view educators become quickly attached to one specific social media tool as their go to source for his/her Personal Learning Network (PLN). Take Twitter for example.

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Ten Engaging Digital Education Sites For Any Social Studies Classroom

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I took some time to look over my past posts and decided I needed to provide Social Studies Teachers with some great resources for their classroom. Rather than get into any one specific Social Studies area, I thought best to find some resources that might work in just about any Social Studies Classroom. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0,

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Overcoming The Barriers To Creativity And Innovation

The Web20Classroom

It''s been a few weeks since I returned from Doha, Qatar and the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). If you aren''t familiar, this conference centers around scalable, actionable ideas for the future of education worldwide. It is, by far, my favorite conference I get to attend each year because of the level of conversations that are had there. With some conferences the focus is on hot topics or what will bring in the biggest crowds.

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.

The Mindset of the Maker Educator: K12 Online Conference Presentation+Slides

User Generated Education

Here is my presentation, The Mindset of the Maker Educator, that I recorded for the K12 Online Conference: Slidedeck for The Mindset of the Maker Educator: Here is a direct link to my K12 Online Conference Presentation: [link]. Education growth mindset maker education mindset professional development reflective practice

STOP… NOMINATE… and Listen (or Watch)


Written by CUE Member (and Vanilla Ice fan, apparently) Mark Hammons @mhammons The ITM is ‘Kickin’ it’ with a brand new season! That’s right folks… the show you’ve come to know and love is back for a whole new season! Season 4 of the Infinite Thinking Machine launched this past summer with great acclaim! After a […]. The post STOP… NOMINATE… and Listen (or Watch) appeared first on OnCUE. ITM-Infinite Thinking Machine


Connected Superintendents Help Drive Innovation

Digital Promise

Superintendents set the tone, vision, and direction of their school districts. They determine district priorities, choose where to invest oft-limited funding, and develop policies that reflect the perspectives of schools, administrators, teachers, and, ultimately, students. In short, superintendents prepare their school districts for the future. Today, that means supporting students with high-quality learning technologies that provide new opportunities otherwise not possible with textbooks alone.

#Internet4schools: Make Your Voice Heard

A Principal's Reflections

Back in 2009 when we began to transform teaching and learning at New Milford High School we were extremely fortunate at the time to have wireless Internet access throughout the school. This was an extremely big deal five years ago and ultimately gave us an edge in terms of the many successful initiatives we rolled out including Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and digital learning across the curriculum.

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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!

Free Digital Formative Assessment Tools… Important Thoughts Before Implementing

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

As you might know there are some amazing formative assessment tools on the web. In this post I wish to share some of those with you, along with some things you should think about before using. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter ( @ mjgormans ).

When Amazing is Failure

My Paperless Classroom

Working as a technology integration specialist in a small school is the best job I have ever had, and I love it. All good jobs are challenges at points, and I worry that I am getting half of my job wrong. The most visible work I do, teaching kids technology, is going really well. We are programming in grades K-8, students make videos and post them to the class blogs, the 3rd grade even made bird puppets and 7th grade is going to be making puppets soon.

New Teachers Won’t Save Us

The Thinking Stick

This is going to come as a shock I know…but pre-service education programs are not preparing teachers for a technology rich classroom teaching experience. Or to put that another way the classrooms of today. According to a Project Tomorrow Report. …principals concluded that they want to hire new teachers with creative ideas about how technology can be leveraged to create authentic and differentiated learning experiences.

Encouraging Autonomy Using QR Codes in the Primary Classroom


Written by CUE Member and Guest Blogger Michael Tillyer @mtillyer For the past twenty years as a public school teacher (18 of that in Kindergarten), I have constantly been searching for ways to utilize technology to transform the educational process for my young students. I used and created videos with my students, made the most […]. The post Encouraging Autonomy Using QR Codes in the Primary Classroom appeared first on OnCUE. Blended Learning

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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.

Four Steps to Building a Thriving Online Community for Every Teacher

Digital Promise

Many connected educators tout the value they’ve found in developing a Personal Learning Network, or a “PLN.” ” Yet, the online communities that are built often become graveyards of unclicked links to the latest app or education technology idea. Dawn Martesi, the learning coach at Armstrong Middle School, stumbled upon four key actions that helped her ensure her online community would be a thriving place where ALL teachers felt included to learn and share.

Real World Ready

A Principal's Reflections

This past September I was honored to have been asked to speak at TEDxBurnsvilleED. The theme for all of the TEDx talks was Real World Ready. When looking at the structure and function of the majority of schools across the globe it was quite evident to me that students are being prepared for a world that no longer exists. Compounding that issue is the fact that school traditionally works better for the adults than the kids who are there to get an education.

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You Can Still Search Thinkfinity’s Digital Content Resources …. Learn How

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I want to share a number of databases of incredible resources for any digital classroom. I know you will find this must read article, one that you will also want to share. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter ( @ mjgormans ).