February, 2014

Digital Learning Day Is Coming! #DLDay

The Web20Classroom

Digital Learning Day is coming Feb 5. Here is what you need to know.

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.

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

Kleinspiration

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.

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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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.

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.

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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!

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.

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

Kleinspiration

Why not us?

The Playground Advocate

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Harriet Tubman I worry sometimes that we''re too focused on what is achievable.

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.

Create Interactive Albums with ThingLink Channels

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Now teachers and students can create collections of work within the safety of their own T hingLink EDU classroom with an exciting new feature known as Channels. ThingLink Channels provide users with the ability to organize images into embeddable interactive albums with the click of a button.

Got Twitter? Make it Better! #TCEA14

EdTechSandyK

At the 2014 TCEA Convention and Exposition , I presented a concurrent session called Got Twitter? Make it Better!

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.

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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?

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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.

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.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Meet a Challenge

The Playground Advocate

Risk-Taking One of the ways that we grow creatively is by challenging ourselves to do something new or to push ourselves farther than we have been. I''ve often said that learning is a continuous act of managed risk-taking.

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.

Flexible Learning Tools at ICE 14

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

This is part of a Digital Differentiation model, my way i of weaving a web of flexible tools together for teaching and learning. To keep the model relevant, frequent updates are required, as new tools and trends emerge.

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.

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.

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.

#TCEA14 Legislative Panel 2/4/2014

EdTechSandyK

Notes from TCEA 2014 Legislative Panel 2/4/2014 Notes are summaries of what I understood the panel members and questioners to be saying, and as such should not be taken as direct quotes.

Using Google to Enhance Teams

The Playground Advocate

My school district embraced Google Apps for Education a few years ago, and since then we have been working to help our administrators, teachers, and students move to these tools to enhance teaching and learning.

EdTech at School

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

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.

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3 Ways to Use ThingLink Custom Icon Sets

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

ThingLink Custom Icon Sets are a new feature available to teachers with premium accounts. They offer a whole new layer of opportunities for using interactive images for teaching and learning.

Using Your Kindle Tablet App and Chrome 'Send to Kindle' Extension to Read Web Articles

The 21st Century Principal

There is not a single day that goes by that I don''t use my Kindle apps on my iPads. I have indicated many times before that I am a converted e-book reader, and I can honestly say that I rarely purchase a book now in any other format.

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.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

What is digital learning?

Learning with 'e's

Over the next two weeks I''m in New Zealand, doing a series of keynote presentations to teachers on the future of education and technology supported learning.

A Few (LATE) Valentine's Day Resources

The Playground Advocate

Dear Valentine, I''m sorry this is late, but I found a few things that I really liked as potential Valentine''s Day resources for your classroom. Will you use them this year?

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.