November, 2014

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.

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 websupport@epe.org.

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iPads and Science in Kindergarten

iTeach with iPads

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” Chad Sugg. Fall is my favorite season, but living on the coast of South Carolina, we see very little evidence of the season. We experience fall for about a week and a half in late November or early December.

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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.”

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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.

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.

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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.

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

2-Page Spreads in iBooks Author

iTeach with iPads

Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching. author unknown. Recently, I was presenting on iBooks Author from the Early Childhood perspective along with 2 other Apple Distinguished Educators presenting from the middle school perspective.

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.

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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.

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

Kleinspiration

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.

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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.

How to Lead: Meet Our Five DILA Administrator Winners

Digital Promise

This blog post was originally published by EdSurge. Guest co-author Mary Jo Madda is an Associate Editor at EdSurge. Being an administrator is a tough job, but administrators make all the difference when it comes to leading schools and districts towards innovation and change.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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].

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.

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.

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.

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

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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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.

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Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

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,

STOP… NOMINATE… and Listen (or Watch)

CUE

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!

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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.

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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EdTech at School

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