February, 2014

Digital Learning Day Ignites the Blended Flame

Tom Murray

As part of the 3rd annual Digital Learning Day, educational leaders from all over country descended upon the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. on February 5th. I had the honor of participating in a live panel ("Digital Learning: The Journey So Far") with former Governor Bob Wise, now the President for the Alliance for Excellent Education, and Mrs. Rebecca McLelland-Crawley, a science supervisor from the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School Districts in New Jersey (all pictured below

Digital Learners Need (and Deserve) Digital Leaders #DigiLead

A Principal's Reflections

I recently read this Education Week post by Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers titled We Have 21st Century Learners Who Need 21st Century Leaders. I couldn''t agree more. They go on the summarize the following: "Essentially, the 21st century leader has to develop a renewed understanding of how children are learning now. It isn''t about using technology because it exists. It is about how the technologies of the world have already influenced how children are learning.


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Fun Math Practice For Grades 1 - 5 from @SplashMath that is Common Core Aligned!


Splash Math apps for iPhones/iPods and iPads and web-based system that cater to Grades 1 to 5 - 10 Download Give-Aways for the App: Enter Below! Splash Math apps have been downloaded by over 4 Million users, and for good reason. The winner of the Best App Ever Award 2011 in Elementary Student App category; they have been regularly featured by Apple in their hand-picked lists on the iTunes App Store- New and Noteworthy, What''s Hot and Staff Favorites.

Digital Learning Day Is Coming! #DLDay

The Web20Classroom

Digital Learning Day is coming Feb 5. Here is what you need to know. What: Digital Learning Day is a nationwide celebration of innovative teachers and common-sense, effective applications of digital learning in America’s schools that support teachers, improve learning, and provide options for students to achieve at their highest potential.

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.

Google Doodle contest for students - be creative, win a scholarship

Educational Technology Guy

Doodle 4 Google is a great project for students. They get to be creative and get a chance to win a scholarship. The theme this year, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…” is all about curiosity, possibility and imagination.

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Edmodo Quizzes: Tips & Tricks

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Edmodo''s quiz feature is a versatile tool that saves teachers time. Whether used for quick informational checks or unit tests, the quiz feature enables teachers to assign formative and summative assessments with ease. I use Edmodo Quizzes for assessing students'' knowledge acquisition, practicing PARCC related digital literacy skills, and demonstrating students'' application of knowledge learned through out the marking period.

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Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments #DigiLead

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past couple of months, the staff at New Milford High School has been diligently creating our own unique learning environments for our students. Building on the success of our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative and with the addition of a new, innovative staff member two noteworthy advancements have been made since September 2013. That new staff member is Laura Fleming and she has done nothing less than blaze a trail since joining the NMHS team.

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The NEW app @TellAboutThis Offers: A Creative Way to Inspire and Capture Children's Ideas or Stories!


Guest post by Brad Wilson, adapted from his Dreambitions blog Capture Thought and Stories - click here to check it out in iTunes - If you’ve ever searched for an iPad app to use for elementary writing, you might know of Write About This , a visual writing prompt and creation platform made based on my experiences teaching 4th grade.

Favorite Apps For Learning On The Go

The Web20Classroom

I spend a great deal of time on the go. From working with all the schools in my district to traveling to far off lands to work with teachers, I sometimes feel like I am disconnected from my learning. And that bums me out! There are a few apps (and some sites too) that I rely upon to keep me updated with whats happening and to teach a me a thing or two as well. Here are a few of my favorites. Zite -A lot of folks reading this have probably heard of Zite.

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).

Rube Works: "The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game"

The Mobile Native

Rube Works is the official Rube Goldberg invention game. This app is quite impressive. It is designed for ages 9 to adult, but my six year old son is able to manipulate the contraptions to solve the puzzles. The game is based on all of the cartoon inventions that Rube Goldberg has made famous. I have used this app within my classroom to promote problem-solving and critical thinking skills that go above and beyond the core curriculum. Rube Works currently consists of 18 different levels.

Common Core and Backyard Chickens


By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Sean Williams Really it is all Kevin Brookhouser’s fault. While visiting him a few years ago, he went out in the back yard and brought in fresh eggs for breakfast. That was all it took really, but later in the morning when we went to visit his hens, it […]. The post Common Core and Backyard Chickens appeared first on OnCUE. Common Core Standards

FINALLY! Chrome Screencastify!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

As a work around for not having screencasting capabilities on my Chromebook, I would do a Google Hangout by myself, capture to YouTube, and screenshare to record the screencast. Then I''d have to go back and edit out my initial clicking around to screenshare. While this worked, it was cumbersome and inefficient. I''ve been patiently waiting a Chrome screencasting app that doesn''t use Java, and have instead been using Screencast-o-matic on my school and home computers.

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The Next Generation in Student Flashcards

A Principal's Reflections

People have been using flashcards as a revision aid for decades, but now it is time for learners to step away from their papers and pens, and move towards using internet-based flashcards instead. But why step away from a tried and tested method, and put your faith in something new? The reason that you should give it a go is that there are a number of important reasons why online flashcard systems, such as that which is provided by Cardkiwi , are better than the old-fashioned pen and paper method.

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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.

Using Venn Diagram App in First Grade to Sort Frogs from Toads

My Paperless Classroom

CLASS NOTES [Here is a lesson using the great Venn Diagram app by the international reading association from readwritethink.org. I had the first graders partner up on an iPad to work together] Today we are going to make a Venn Diagram with this app , But before we get started lets have Wokka Tell us what a Venn Diagram is.

Get Your MOOC On!

The Web20Classroom

Massively Open Online Course. Wikipedia defines MOOC as "an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user fora that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs)." Simply, a MOOC is a online class you take that might have 100''s or 1000''s of people are participating at a time.

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Time for School Leaders to See Teaching as 21st Century Profession, Not Assembly-Line Work

The 21st Century Principal

School leaders and policymakers have a serious misperception about the role and job of teaching that undermines teaching as a profession and perpetuates the view that the role of teaching is akin to being an assembly-line worker. It is no wonder American politicians, policymakers and corporate reformers have bought wholeheartedly into the idea of value-added teacher evaluations.

Essential Reading for Technology in Student Affairs v1.1


A few weeks ago, I posted a set of recommended readings that I originally sent to a colleague who asked me what I would recommend as essential reading for understanding technology in student affairs. I’ve updated this list adding two sets of resources. First, I included danah boyd’s new book It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens now that (a) I have read it and (b) it’s available for purchase and download (for free!).


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.

Shall We Play a Game (& Learn)?

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Since chatting with Tom Driscoll via Google Hangout and Brian Germaine at the EdSurge RIDE event in the Fall , meeting up with Chris Aviles at Techspo14 , viewing Mr. Lewis'' Edmodo Webinar on Gamification , and engaging with my #TeamMAITs in class, I''m intrigued by the didactic nature of games. I''ve been thinking about how to use gamification with my students to restructure the learning activities to mimic aspects of a video game that encourage student involvement in the classroom.


Control or Ownership

A Principal's Reflections

For over a century, the industrial model of education did a fantastic job of preparing students for careers. Those careers are no longer relevant in today''s rapidly changing world. With obvious remnants of this system still in place, new changes are being pushed through under the guise of education reform.

Do Ink Green Screen on iPad Walk through

My Paperless Classroom

This is a quick walk-through of how to use the Green Screen app by Do Ink. We are going to start by clicking on the app: Next we begin a new project by clicking on the "+" in the upper right hand corner. This brings you to the compose window. The layers are at the bottom of the screen. You want to make sure your Camera with the green screen is in the top layer, so when you use the chroma filter to look through the layer you see the images UNDER it. Click the plus and add a camera, image or video.

The Common Core of Movie Making: Student Film as a Performance Task


By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Jessica Pack, @Packwoman208 The library is eerily quiet when we enter, and the students are all business, their voices hushed, as they quickly set about rearranging furniture. The digital clock on the wall reads 3:30, and on a Friday afternoon, when school dismisses at 1:50, the library is one […]. The post The Common Core of Movie Making: Student Film as a Performance Task appeared first on OnCUE. Common Core Standards

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!

Google Glass in Class

Kathy Schrock

I was contacted to have an interview with a CNN reporter about Glass use in the classroom. I knew I could not participate in the interview because of some family events, so I just wrote a lengthy email with my thoughts. The article came out on February 10, 2014 , included a a bit of what I wrote about, but I wanted to share the full text of my thoughts.

Digital Storytelling and Stories with the iPad


Digital storytelling is an art form conveying a message. It uses images and voice narration to convey emotion with the message, and to ignite empathy from the audience. It incorporates storyboarding and writing a script. It is created with digital tools and published on the Internet. I often think of digital storytelling as something done in first person because it creates that personal connection. Whereas, I think of a digital story as an anecdote or story typed or narrated in third person.

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Tag and Chat

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Confused colleagues will ask me about Twitter: What are those number sign thingies? How do you chat? Do I friend or follow someone? Where do I find people to follow? Hashtags (those number sign # thingies) are used to tag posts and help organize people in a chat. Tagging means to label with a keyword. The number sign provides a visual cue signifying the label. Tags can be self generated or recognized by groups of people as "official". When tweeting out links to resources, I tag the tweet (ie.


Snow Days Don't Stop Digital Learning at #NMHS

A Principal's Reflections

The now annual Digital Learning Day was set for Wednesday February 5, 2014. The only problem was that no one told the weather gods this. As a result, the Northeast was once again hit with a huge winter storm, which came on the heels of one earlier in the week that dumped over 8 inches of snow. This monstrosity brought more sleet and ice, which necessitated yet another day off from school. Image credit: [link] Many of my teachers had specific activities planned for Digital Learning Day.

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.

Where I Am From poetry movie, format model

My Paperless Classroom

Where I Am From poetry movie, format model This is an example imovie for the fifth grade where I am poem project. Digital media creation

Private intuition: public expertise

Ed Tech Now

As well as debunking numerous teaching myths, Tom Bennett’s book Teacher Proof reasserts the common view that teaching is a sort of private craft. I disagree. I was not able to attend ResearchEd2013 back in September 2013; but ever since … Continue reading → Pedagogy causation correlation David Hume edtech education education technology researchEd2013 Teacher Proof technology Tom Bennett

Got Twitter? Make it Better! #TCEA14


At the 2014 TCEA Convention and Exposition , I presented a concurrent session called Got Twitter? Make it Better! I have presented several workshops over the past few years which introduce folks to using Twitter for professional learning, but have also wanted to share other tips and tools that have made my use of Twitter more productive. So I was excited to get to do just that this year! Here is a quick summary of what I shared.