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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Blueprint for Moving to 21st Century Student-Centered Schools and Classrooms

The 21st Century Principal

“Too many organizations not just companies, but governments and nonprofits as well still operate from assumptions about human potential and individual performance that are outdated, unexamined, and rooted more in folklore than in science.”

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.

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.

Close Read Complex Text, and Annotate with Tech--Part 1


Students need to be taught how to read complex texts. One of the strategies for learning how is close reading. It slows the reader down to notice and ponder more. It also connects meaning and builds systems of thought. Text complexity with close reading Complex text requires a close reading.

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.

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.

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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.

Great Resource for Helping Students Manage Their Online Reputations

The 21st Century Principal

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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!

Digital me, digital you

Learning with 'e's

Increasingly many of us are spending more of our time online, creating, repurposing and sharing content, searching and consuming content and communicating with others. All of these activities leave behind a trail, a digital footprint, a record of where we have been and what we have done.

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EdTech at School

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

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.

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.

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The Best Keynote Ever

A Principal's Reflections

I have been extremely blessed to be invited to speak and work with administrators all over the country. There is nothing more exhilarating than sharing the work of my students and teachers as it has radically changed how I lead.

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.

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.

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.

Free Plagarism Checker for the Classroom

The Electric Educator

The internet has given us unlimited knowledge and information at an instance notice. Generally, this is a good thing, but sometimes students get lazy and use the web in ways that are inappropriate in an academic setting -- plagiarizing work from web sources.

Empowering and Educating Students About Cell Phones: Ending the Bans

The 21st Century Principal

School’s continuing to ban cell phones and smartphones are fighting a losing battle. In spite of administrative efforts to keep cell phones out of our schools, our students are becoming “cell-only” internet users according to a recent report, entitled “ Teens and Technology 2013,” released by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project.