March, 2010

Lightning in a Bottle: My GTAdmin Experience

A Principal's Reflections

As I sat in the Houston airport waiting for my flight back to Newark, I couldn’t help but to sit and reflect on my experience at the first ever Google Teacher Academy for Administrators. The conference was held on March 5, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas.

Social Media In The Classroom.

The Web20Classroom

Recently at NCTIES Kevin Honeycutt spoke on Personal Learning Networks. I did not attend the session however a quote from it, tweeted and retweeted several times really resonated with me (and several others). He said, "I am smart. But with my PLN, I am brilliant!" So true!

CrocoDoc: Collaborative Documents

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Crocodoc is a simple, online document sharing tool that provides users with the ability to edit and collaborate on documents without requiring an email address. Stickies and drawing tools are available and they can be applied to several types of files, including PDF files. The ability to password protect an online document is an added bonus that makes this tool potentially useful for teachers, students, and parents. Upload a document for collaboration, then share the link via email.

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Student Cell Phone Etiquette


Recently one of the K-5 campus technology facilitators in my district contacted me to see if I had any resources regarding cell phone etiquette for elementary students. It seems that some students from her campus were passing along spam text messages along the lines of "forward this or something bad will happen to you". I looked through my digital citizenship and cell phone bookmarks and didn''t see anything specific to "spam texting".

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.

The PowerPoint Coma

The Electric Educator

Lately I have observed my students entering a state of mind I like to call the "PowerPoint Coma." As soon as I throw some slides up on the screen their eyes glaze over while their pens continue to move, taking down the required notes. PowerPoint used to be a cutting edge technology.

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Magical Google Forms

A Principal's Reflections

Through my recent experience at the Google Teacher Academy for Administrators I learned about the form feature in Google Docs. Up until this point I had only used the word processor and presentation functions in Docs. I''d be lying if I didn''t state that I was so fascinated by forms.

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What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate!

The Web20Classroom

One of the toughest issues facing my school (and district for that matter) is parent communication. Yesterday in a meeting after school our leadership team discussed ways to have more parents involved in what we are doing.

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Flat Stanley in the 21st Century

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Flat Stanley has been embraced by teachers and students since 1964. Originally a character featured in a Jeff Brown''s children''s book, Stanley''s most appealing trait is that he has the ability to visit his friends by being mailed in an envelope around the world. Kathy Rolfes and Veronica White have found a much more efficient way for Stanley to travel, using VoiceThread, a Cool Tool often featured here. They have modified Flat Stanley and sent him into a 21st Century learning environment.

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Common Sense Tech


Ken Royal of Scholastic Administrator Magazine recently wrote a blog post which resonated with me. As much as I love the world of social media and all of the benefits it has to offer education, I, too, worry about educators who run headlong into using free web resources with K-12 students. Are they really thinking about all of the possible implications of what they are doing?

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.

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Defining culture

Connecting 2 the World

Perhaps one of the most difficult things in speaking of culture is determining what we mean by "culture."

Winds of Change: Student Style!

A Principal's Reflections

This morning I had a breakfast for all members of student government. Over the course of the year I like to have at least three meetings like this to hear their ideas on the culture of New Milford High School and ways to improve it.

My Blog On The Go.

The Web20Classroom

Flickr CC-Colleen AF Venable You might notice a new feature on each of the posts in this blog. Under the heading of each post you will see a "Listen Now" button. By clicking this you can hear the post''s audio version, supplied by Odiogo.

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.

Multimodal Fluency -- What does it mean?

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

The four literacies: visual, multicultural, media, and digital. This 43-slide show wraps up neatly and concisely what a 21st century classroom should like, and why. Multimodal Fluency: Classroom to the Cloud View more presentations from Sean Cordes. Sean Cordes is an Assistant Professor of Western Illinois University. Thanks to Bobbi Newman of Librarian by Day , who shared this on her Libraries and Transliteracy page. (??? ? This post was originally published at mauilibrarian2 in Olinda.

Animation ABC's - How IT works

The Daring Librarian

Amusing and informative (but snarky & slightly inappropriate) overview of how animation works from Cirkus of New Zealand. Thank goodness for new animation resources & sites like Go!Animate Animate and Xtranormal that take all these steps out of the way for you!

My 2010 MACUL Conference Sessions

The Electric Educator

I am currently sitting in the opening keynote session of the 2010 Michigan Association in Computer Learners Conference (MACUL) with 3,000 fellow educators. It will be a full two days of learning related to educational technology. Here are the sessions that I''ve chosen to attend in the next few days. Hope to see you there! Thursday: Transforming the Classroom With Google Docs Forms Grand Gallery E 10:00 AM 11:00 AM.

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Ideas to Increase Parent Communication in Schools

A Principal's Reflections

Last night I participated in #edchat on Twitter and the topic of discussion focused on techniques teachers could use to improve communication with parents. I added my ideas on the topic and attempted to link techniques and strategies I utilize to both teachers and administrators. Educators must be experts in effective communication techniques, especially when it comes to parents.

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.

The Importance of Building Connections

A Principal's Reflections

This past Friday an exciting event took place at my high school due to the efforts of Colleen Tambuscio, who is a fantastic Holocaust teacher. The U.S. Department of Education visited with a group of Polish educators to learn more about how our school teaches the Holocaust and genocide. The nine educators who visited New Milford were part of the International Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of Education.

More Administrators Need to Blog

A Principal's Reflections

Let me just come out and say it, I need more administrators (Principals and Superintendents) to blog. I would be willing to guess that I am not the only educator that feels this way. Below is a hypothetical letter that explains my rationale. Dear Principal/Superintendent: Good morning! You are probably wondering why you are receiving this letter out of the blue. Let me quickly explain. I am a 35-year-old high school principal who has many years of educational administration ahead of him.

A New Way To Timeline

The Web20Classroom

There are lots of Web 2.0 Timeline applications out there. I even wrote about one of my favorites, Timetoast , a year ago. Last week I came across a new player to the timeline game. Preceden is free to sign up and use.

Reflections on NCTIES

The Web20Classroom

Last week I attended the North Carolina Technology In Education Society''s Annual Conference. For 3 days almost 2000 educators from across the southeast gathered in Raleigh, NC to share, produce and learn about technology in education and have a little bit of fun.

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EdTech at School

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

Morale.Get Some!

The Web20Classroom

In my second year of teaching I dreaded going to work.every single day. Hated it. Wanted to be somewhere else each of those 180 days. It wasn''t my classes. I had some of the best kids that year. It wasn''t my responsibilities or grading or anything even remotely related to my teaching.

Why A PLN?

The Web20Classroom

Later this week I will be presenting at the North Carolina Technology In Education Society (NCTIES) Annual Conference. For one of my sessions I will focus on how I discovered the power of the Personal Learning Network (PLN), how I built mine and how other educators can do the same. Whenever I do sessions like this I always get the question, why? Why a PLN? Why do I need to connect to other educators? What is the point? For me, the advantages are obvious.

New Posted Resources 03/31/2010

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New Posted Resources 03/30/2010

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6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

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