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.

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).

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

FREE Apps Today: Montessori Crosswords and Draw With Stars


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.

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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.

Intro to Movie Maker Video Podcast


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.

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.



iCivics is an incredibly rich and well designed site conceived by Justice Sandra Day O''Connor, who has been (rightly) concerned that civics is not well-taught in our schools because teachers lack effective materials (um, and time, Your Honor).

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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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

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.

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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Video Editing Reflection and Software Evaluation


Selection of Apps Available for FREE All Weekend


Thanks to Moms with Apps for hooking us all up with a bunch of free apps (in USA) this weekend. Please check out her full post to see all the wonderful free offerings, but I wanted to highlight a few that have particular potential for speech-language interventions.

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.

EdTech at School

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

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.


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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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.

Remove Distractions from YouTube


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

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


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.

New technology demands for the 21st century classroom

Connecting 2 the World

Let me begin by defining the 21st century classroom. It is not the stagnent classroom of my childhood or university. Rather it crosses grades, generations, locations, and cultures. And yet, walk into any classroom today and it will physically look like the classroom my father sat in over 70 years ago. Education today is life long, formal and informal, and dynamic.

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.

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.