April, 2013

Autonomy Breeds Change

A Principal's Reflections

A year and a half ago I decided to implement a job-embedded growth model at the suggestion of some of my teacher leaders. They desperately sought time during the school day to engage in professional growth opportunities, learn how to integrate Web 2.0 tools, and develop their own Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s). After some thinking and looking at various options inherent in the current schedule, I decided to cut all non-instructional duties in half to create a Professional Growth Period (PGP).

So.You Wanna Use Blogs In The Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Blogging is an important part of who I am as a professional. I can use this space to share resources with you, reflect on my own practice and try to figure out how to be a better educator. It is my public reflection on technology, leadership and learning. Think about when you were in school. You write an essay. Who read it? Most likely the teacher and that is where it ended.


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A Free Search Engine (@Gooru) for Learning! Try it.


A Safe, Refined Search Engine for Education The theme of ''organization'' seems to be popular in my posts lately. I find myself gravitating towards resources that are easy to use. With so many available options, I don''t have the time to learn the ins and outs of every resource. After seeing someone share Gooru on Twitter, I decided to check it out. I believe it was my friend, Joan Young ( @flourishingkids ), who shared the resource.

Quick and easy way to add memory to your Chromebook

Educational Technology Guy

I''ve been using a Chromebook since getting a CR-48 from Google a few years ago, and I love it. I am currently using a Samsung Chromebook, and our district is deploying over 5000 of them. The Chromebooks, and Chrome OS in general, are fast and work great, but every once in a while they can bog down when doing serious multitasking. Many only have 2GB of RAM and do not offer the ability to add more RAM physically.

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.

Talking Squirrels & Ninjas: Silly Technology Use

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

While browsing through the Language Arts community on Edmodo, I came across a post by Kalina Noelle, who shared a simple and easy n ewspaper clipping generator , and Mrs. Osborne who replied with another site with even more newspaper templates. While the newspaper clipping tool is very useful for creating story starters or fake articles about content studied in class, I also came across something even cooler on t he site and generator blog : Talking Squirrels. Really?!

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Leading With No Regrets

A Principal's Reflections

Yesterday I had a conversation with one of my teachers who has future aspirations to become an administrator. The two of us had set some time aside for her to discuss my many roles as a principal. During the conversation she asked me if I regretted any of the decisions I had made. I paused, thought about this for a minute, and responded that I did not. This is not to say that I was happy with some of the decisions I have made during my nine years as an administrator.

Professional Development On Your Time, Your Way

The Web20Classroom

As someone who helps develop and deliver professional development to teachers, I''ve heard lots of reasons why some of the PD schools offer to teachers might not be a good fit. It''s not relevant to me. It''s a waste of time. Boring. I am sure if you ask, most teachers can recall some PD they''ve suffered through with great detail. PD should be something that we look forward to. It should be something that we are excited about. It should be something we are in control of. In control of.

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Join the @MasteryConnect Community and Connect with A World of Common Core!


Mastery Connect = Your Home for Common Core Mastery Connect was putting together resources for the Common Core before the Common Core was even adopted by many of the states. They truly are the leader in all things Common Core! Grab the Free Common Core App! available for iOS & Android - click here When you Sign Up for Free - You Join a Whole Community! Mastery Connect makes it super simple to connect with teachers around the country that teach the same content you do.

Google Keep, Google's Note Taking App, get's some improvements and new features.

Educational Technology Guy

Google’s Keep , Google''s easy to use note taking app, has some new features, improved features and bug fixes. Here is the list of new features from the Google Play Store.

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).

Writing about Grading Writing (Again)

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I''m constantly writing about the dilemmas of student writing and how to grade student academic writing in an efficient and effective manner. This is probably borderline obsessive. but, I am the type of learner who when faced with an issue/problem/question, obsesses until. Options for Grading Writing: Traditional : teacher does all the grading and marking up of students'' writing.

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Interactive Art Show w/ QR CODES


QR CODES are just so amazing. Last night, we had our annual Spring Art show, with a little twist. We made it interactive with QR codes! I recorded the voices of all 400+ students on the website vocaroo.com. This website is so simple to use, and the best part is it allows you to create a QR code right on the website, and even share via email, facebook, or twitter. I sent an email to parents prior to the event to download a QR code app reader.

The Runaway Train

A Principal's Reflections

As the end of the school year draws near, the education reform rhetoric is heating up. This means states like New Jersey and New York are closer to implementing new teacher evaluation systems as a result of Race to the Top, NCLB waivers, and other mandates adopted through recent legislation. It seems like we are now at a crossroads between what the reformers think is best for elevating education in our country and the opinions of actual educators who work with students day in and day out.

Empowering the Learning Cycle Through Educational Technology


Captured on March 15, 2013, in Palm Springs, California, Ramsey Musallam, a California-based high school chemistry teacher, shares tools and discusses the principles and practices of teaching utilizing the technology of videos in creating blended classrooms using the flipped learning model. Rasmey Musallam is one of the pioneers of the flipped classroom. Recently tapped to […]. The post Empowering the Learning Cycle Through Educational Technology appeared first on OnCUE.

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.

Get the @Remind101 Widget for your Site!


Communicate with your Class & Stay Connected! Remind101 is a tool that I''ve grown quite reliant on over the past couple of years. I use it this year more than ever. At Open House, I have my parents subscribe to our class Remind101 account. I also have print outs of the PDF available that the Remind101 site provides. This way, my parents can have a step by step guide as they sign up. Plus, I''m there to answer any questions if they get stuck.

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StudyBlue announces annual teacher appreciation program “Thank a Teacher a Latte.”

Educational Technology Guy

Mobile and social study platform, StudyBlue today announced the launch of its annual teacher appreciation program “Thank a Teacher a Latte.” As the largest digital library of peer-sourced study materials, StudyBlue is inviting students, parents and industry leaders nationwide to join in building a virtual Wall of Thanks to give back to the educators who have made a difference in their lives.

Voice Comments on Google Docs!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Check out this video, fellow teacher Carolyn P. and I made introducing Voice Comments as a cool tool for the 21st Century. Primarily used for the teacher to record voice comments on a student''s Google doc, I anticipate that the capabilities will expand to include use for peer editing with classmates, and, as you will hear, use for classes that require audio. Major props to Sam Patterson for sharing this tool with me!

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4 Principles for Designing 21st Century Learning Spaces

The 21st Century Principal

“School buildings must change because instruction must change. We need creative new designs that will support 21st century learning.” Frank S.

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.

Apps and Social Media in the Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

It is springtime at New Milford High School and new ideas are flourishing. Teachers are consistently empowered and given the autonomy to take calculated risks without the fear of failure to enhance the teaching and learning process. The end result is that our students benefit from lessons that combine sound pedagogy with the effective integration of technology. Below are two highlights from the month of April.

2013 CUE Annual Conference – Common Core: Transforming Teaching and Learning


March 14, 2013 kicking off the Annual CUE Conference, teacher Catlin Tucker, kickoff keynote speaker, shares her perspectives on embracing the Common Core Standards as a transformative leap in teaching and learning. Keynote Session Description: Many teachers across the nation are groaning at the mention of transitioning to a new set of standards. Most don’t […]. The post 2013 CUE Annual Conference – Common Core: Transforming Teaching and Learning appeared first on OnCUE.

Twitter Tips & Resources for Teachers


My Thoughts on Social Media - How I stay ''in the know'' - I was excited to wake up the other day and see that my Twitter video had been posted by my buddy, Jeff, on Edudemic. This made my day! If you''ve searched any topic relating to education and technology, I''m sure you''ve landed on his amazing site. I''ve been fortunate enough to have guest blogged for him a few times and been featured in his very first iPad magazine.

What's your digital footprint? Take this quiz and find out!

The Innovative Educator

I developed this quiz with members of my personal learning network (found at end of post) to get students thinking about their digital footprint. The quiz was created at the request of high school students I spoke with who thought the creation of a such a quiz could lead to a smart conversation about ways students can update their digital footprint so that it is one that leads to college and career success. Check it out with your students and let me know how it goes in the comments below.

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!

Online Mentoring via Edmodo & Google

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

In December, Dean Shareski , professor at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, put a call out on Twitter for teachers who would be willing to pair with his pre-service student teachers for a virtual mentoring project. While I''ve mentored pre-service teachers in person (and in New Jersey), doing so online was new for me, and I jumped on the opportunity. Using Edmodo for the virtual classroom space, teachers and students connected from 1,972 miles away.

7 Must-Read Resources on Social Media for School Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

There are obviously quite a few social media resources available to school leaders on the Web, but finding high-quality information can be difficult. Here are some books that I consider vital for school leaders seeking to learn as much as they can about its potential to enhance leadership and education. Each of these books are excellent sources of information for the school leader trying to learn about social media and potential in educational leadership.

Tracking Your Digital Footprint

A Principal's Reflections

I was devastated to learn a few weeks back that Google Reader was getting the ax. I took solace knowing that many of the other Google tools that I have become quite attached to were still around. That was until I read a tweet about Google Alerts quietly being shutdown. I paused and then quickly realized that something was amiss, as I had not been regularly receiving my alerts. Now I was downright frustrated.

The Flipped Classroom: Beyond the Videos – Part 2


By CUE guest blogger Catlin Tucker In my presentations on the flipped classroom model, I advocate for 3 things I believe will make this model more appealing to educators who are new to the flipped classroom. Take advantage of ready-to-use content. Ready-to-use content is plentiful on the web and teachers can us what is […]. The post The Flipped Classroom: Beyond the Videos – Part 2 appeared first on OnCUE. Flipped Classroom

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.

Have Fun with @ABCyaGames Counting Money App (set up for your whole class!)


My Favorite App for Counting Money ABCyaGames makes some of my absolute favorite interactive games for students. The best part is - my kids just love their games, too! Though ABCya is a sponsor of my site, I continue to be surprised by the games I find. I recently ran across their Counting Money App for $1.99 in iTunes. I did not receive this app for free. I paid for it and can honestly tell you that I love it!

Remind 101 provides simple & free texting tool to enrich teaching and learning

The Innovative Educator

Remind101 provides a safe, one-way, mass text messaging system created specifically for use in Education. It keeps your phone number, and the phone number's of your subscribers completely private, stores all of your sent messages, and it's completely free to use. Just sign up and create a list for others to join via a simple text or email.

#OdysseyExperts & Showcasing Student Work

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

In my last post , I discussed that academic writing needs to be put on display and showcased to motivate students to write well. Writing is meant to be read, not to be locked up in a folder in a file cabinet or later tossed in the trash after the grade received. Students think that when they turn in the assignment and meet the teacher''s due date, the writing is good & done.