February, 2014

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.

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. 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.

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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

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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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

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

Kleinspiration

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.

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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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. Teachers and students have the flexibility to build Channels that are connected to learning goals and compliment classroom routines.

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 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.

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.

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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Common Core and Backyard Chickens

CUE

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

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

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.

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.

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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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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. To access the most current resources, please click on the tab at the top of this blog: Digital Differentiation - Current Flexible Learning Tools - Winter 2014 Scroll over this interactive image and click on any hot spot to view resources for each of the tools.

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.

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.

How to showcase #TeacherEffectiveness using digital portfolios

The Innovative Educator

Districts across the nation are asking teachers to provide artifacts and evidence of effectiveness aligned to the four domains of the Charlotte Danielson framework. ( You can download the full evaluation instrument here.) This model provides an incredible opportunity to do something that is rare in the teaching profession. It provides an opportunity for teachers to release the great work they are doing from the classroom and share it with the world.

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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.

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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.

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Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

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.

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. Think of Custom Icon Sets as visual labels that can be used to further define an image and provide a glimpse of the type of content to be explored behind the link. Learn more on the ThingLink Blog

Essential Reading for Technology in Student Affairs v1.1

Mistakengoal.com

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!).

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Showcasing artifacts & evidence to demonstrate #TeacherEffectiveness with #Danielson Domains

The Innovative Educator

Crossposted at Smartblogs Districts across the nation are determining teacher effectiveness in part using a rubric created by Charlotte Danielson. The rubric contains four domains and 22 components. You can download the full evaluation instrument here. The framework below outlines exactly what administrators will look for when evaluating teacher practice.

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.