September, 2010

What Does Classroom Innovation Look Like?

A Principal's Reflections

Innovation and 21st Century learning mean different things to different people. This little girl sums up my views in a simple, yet direct fashion: The role of an educator in the 21st Century relies on transformations in teaching and learning to meet the needs of students in today''s society.

Lets Rap About The News.

The Web20Classroom

Last week my good friend Richard over at the Free Technology for Teachers blog posted what has to be the coolest video ever. Ok, well maybe not ever. But it is still pretty cool.

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Flip your classroom through reverse instruction

The Electric Educator

Have you ever experienced the unique and rare moment when, after doing something the same way for year and years, you have an epiphany and wonder, "why am I doing it this way?" Most of the time the answer is tradition, that''s the way we''ve always done it.

Intro to Movie Maker Video Podcast

EdTechSandyK

The following video was created to satisfy requirements of my Week 2 assignment in EDLD 5363 Multimedia and Video Technology to create a brief video editing software tutorial.

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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.

Grow Your Own Personal Learning Network

Nik Peachey

Well this is my first blog posting for quite a while, but I'm hoping to have a lot more coming up very soon. This is just a quick posting to share a session on building your own Personal Learning Network, that I did for teachers in British Council Bilbao recently (25th September 2010).

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You Can't Beat Free Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Tomorrow I welcome back my teachers and am extremely excited to share with them some of the things I have been working on over the summer. Probably the most significant is the Tri-State Educational Technology Conference (TSETC) that will be held at New Milford High School on Saturday October 2, 2010.

New Posted Resources 09/30/2010

The Web20Classroom

Build Literacy Skills with Wordle - Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas tags : literacy wordle favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

Unfriend, Unfollow, Unsubscribe: How to turn people away

The Electric Educator

As social media has gained popularity, many books and blogs have been written, many videos recorded, and many prezi''s built on how a person can increase their friends, followers, and subscribers.

Video Editing Reflection and Software Evaluation

EdTechSandyK

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.

Elevating the Education Reform Dialog, Live on Monday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Between the NBC "Education Nation" Summit , Waiting for Superman , The Oprah Winfrey Show , and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg''s $100 million gift to Newark city schools , there has been a lot of media attention focused on the topic of education reform. Unfortunately, much of it has excluded actual educators, let alone students. Furthermore, and perhaps as a consequence, the dialog has become divisive, blaming, and ultimately counter-productive.

Remove Distractions from YouTube

SpeechTechie

Our students tend to be distractible. Correct me if I am wrong.

New Year, New Adventures

A Principal's Reflections

Each September I am excited like most educators to get back to business doing everything I can to help students succeed. Don''t get me wrong, the summer months are invaluable to me as I spend my time immersed in the flow of information that my social networks provide, developing action plans, analyzing data, and hiring staff. Many of the initiatives that I am about to pursue either came directly or indirectly from my Personal Learning Network (PLN).

New Posted Resources 09/29/2010

The Web20Classroom

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.

How Web Video is Driving Innovation

The Electric Educator

There has been a quiet hum concerning a recent TED talk presented by TED Curator Chris Anderson. I watched his talk this evening and was blown away (again) by Anderson''s insight. His basic thesis is that web video is driving innovation at a pace never before seen.

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Reflection on Collaboratively Producing a PSA: Be Careful What You Post Online

EdTechSandyK

In a talk given at the 2008 Apple Education Leadership Summit , Randy Nelson, Dean of Pixar University, defined collaboration with these words: Collaboration for Pixar means amplification. The amplification you get by connecting up a bunch of human beings who are listening to each other, interested in each other, bring separate depth to the problem. Bring breadth that gives them interest in the entire solution. Allows them to communicate on multiple different levels.

Awesome Highlighter

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

The name says it all. This cool tool allows anyone to highlight text on any web page, add a sticky note, and share the link. It seems like a very useful and friendly tool for teachers and students. A bookmarklet can easily be installed to your bookmarks bar as a Firefox add-on to allow for highlighting on the go. If you find something you like when browsing the web, highlight it and get the link with the click of a button. Try it for yourself by selecting the highlighted text below.

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FREE Apps Today: Montessori Crosswords and Draw With Stars

SpeechTechie

Please check out Moms with Apps today for a description of two great free apps available from the U.S. (I I feel I need to qualify that after a Canadian reader- thanks Janelle- pointed out that a free app wasn''t free there) iTunes store today, Friday, September 3.

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.

Social Media in Education

A Principal's Reflections

The other day Bill Ferriter told me that he was working on an article for ASCD and asked if I would answer a few questions. Of course I obliged as we are working on a book together for Solution Tree Press and I have come to know and greatly respect him as a member of my PLN. He is the author of The Tempered Radical. If you have never read his blog I highly suggest you do! My answers to Bill''s questions provide a snapshot of my social media in education journey.

New Posted Resources 09/28/2010

The Web20Classroom

Doing a "FLIP" Across the Curriculum tags : flip flipvideo favorite What is Prezi?| The Committed Sardine tags : prezi favorite Learning with ''e''s: The truth about blogging tags : blogging favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

"Google: More than Search" published in MACUL Journal!

The Electric Educator

I''m happy to announce that the article I submitted to the MACUL journal was published in their Fall issue (see pg. 14-15). The original idea for this article stems from the video podcast series [iTunes link] that I published on the MI Learning channel of iTunesU K12.

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Web Conference Experience

EdTechSandyK

The following blog post is a requirement for an assignment in Lamar University course EDLD 5363 Multimedia and Video Technology. I attempted to attend a web conference live on August 31st for EDLD 5363 Multimedia and Video Technology, but due to a glitch I was never admitted to the conference. I was grateful, however, for the conference chat log and link to the recorded conference that was sent out the next day.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

AP: Libraries launch apps to sync with iPod generation

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Our library is a warm and fuzzy place in an idyllic setting. It''s also a place where exploring new ways to infuse technology into the curriculum is encouraged and celebrated. This news story tells is like it is -- libraries are keeping up with the times, and should always be part of the mix.

Constitution Day is Coming Up!

SpeechTechie

Constitution Day is October 17. All classrooms (really not including you, necessarily, but it couldn''t hurt) are required to conduct a lesson on the U.S. Constitution on that day.

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Community Conversations: Using Google Forms, Docs & Wikis to Connect Outside Your School

The Daring Librarian

((re-post from my MHMS Media Blog - showing how we use our Google Forms, Google Docs and Wikspaces to have a conversation with our community!)) Murray Hill Middle School strives every day to put into practice our motto “excellence is our standard” and in doing so we need your help and your action!

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Tell Arne Duncan What Is On Your Mind.

The Web20Classroom

Recently Microsoft, MSN and Bing launched Redu , a platform for conversations centered around school reform. Over at the Redu site there are lots of articles on what is working in public education and how simple changes can make big differences. One project they have going on right now is Ask Arne. In case you didn''t know Arne Duncan is the U.S. Secretary of Education.

EdTech at School

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