September, 2010

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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. Innovative instruction contains many of these elements: Are you an innovative educator?

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New Posted Resources 09/29/2010

The Web20Classroom

'Facebook tips for Educators | eLearning Blog Dont Waste Your Time tags : facebook favorite Google Profiles, Online Reputation Management, and Digital Footprints « Moving at the Speed of Creativity tags : digital_citizenship footprints favorite A Dose of School Pride and Critical Thinking | Redu: Rethink / Reform / Rebuild Education tags : criticalthinking favorite Critical thinking In the classroom tags : criticalthinking favorite 5 Ways Higher Education Can Use GeoSocial | The DoubleDutch Blog

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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. At one time, there probably was a sound, logical, reasonable explanation for the decision to do it that way.

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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.

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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Selection of Apps Available for FREE All Weekend

SpeechTechie

'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. Lula''s Brew is a digital storybook with audio. This cute story would be great to grab now and use for some October interventions.

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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. Although only an audio podcast was necessary for this assignment, after reviewing Windows Movie Maker and learning about its features, I wanted to use it to create a project.

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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.

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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. An entire mini-economy has sprung up promising to provide friends, followers, and subscribers, for a nominal fee. However, to my knowledge, very little research has been done on how to get your current friends, followers, and subscribers, to unfriend, unfollow, and unsubscribe from you.

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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). The session was part of a larger conference that was happening all over Spain to celebrate 70 years of the BC in Spain.

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Remove Distractions from YouTube

SpeechTechie

'Our students tend to be distractible. Correct me if I am wrong. I believe YouTube has enormous potential for instruction (hopefully your district does, too, and doesn''t block it), but nothing annoys me more than when I take the time to locate a fun instructional video on YouTube, and while I am presenting it, student B says "OH, there''s a link to _, can we watch that too?

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Reimagining Chickering & Gamsons Principles Post-Pandemic: Technologys Central Role in Modern Edu

This white paper examines and proposes revisions to the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" introduced by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson in 1987 for today's technology-driven world.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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. Watch it, you won''t be disappointed. Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I always appreciate feedback on my posts.

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Behind the Bell: The Underlying Impact of Tardiness in K-12 Schools

Managing a K-12 campus with constant pressure to meet performance metrics is challenging. And tardiness can significantly limit a school from reaching these goals. Learn more about why chronic lateness matters, and key strategies to address the following impacts: Data errors caused by manual processes Low attendance and graduation rates that affect a school’s reputation Classroom disruption, which leads to poor academic performance High staff attrition and “The Teacher Exodus” Unmet LCAP goals t

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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. The desirable bottom line? Access to information for all.

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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 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. Montessori Crosswords (only on iPad, sorry, and now that I have one I could test it out!

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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.

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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!

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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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New Posted Resources 09/24/2010

The Web20Classroom

'AllThingsPLC — Research, education tools and blog for building a professional learning community tags : plc favorite Five Ways Twitter Will Make You Smarter — Communications Catalyst tags : twitter favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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"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. Most people think Google is just a search engine, being unaware of the other innovative products they have produced.

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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.

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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. I really like working on concepts around government with students- it''s a topic that is way abstract for them, but so functional and important to learn. Try starting with this classic available on YouTube- Three Ring Government: Kids love Schoolhouse Rock videos- they are catchy and get stuck in their head, thereby

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The Roses and Thorns of an LMS Strategy: How to Flourish with the Right LMS

Speaker: Amanda Davis, Chief Experience Officer and Liam O'Malley, VP of Association Solutions

The "new normal" is now a little less new, a little more normal. Does that mean your current LMS strategy is in need of a refresh? Is your organization or association leaning into the always-evolving eLearning environment to ensure you have the tools and content to remain relevant through all this change? There are many complex decision-making processes within your learning & development strategy and LMS lifecycle management, including: Selection.

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Video Editing Reflection and Software Evaluation

EdTechSandyK

'NOTE: This reflection is part of an assignment requirement for Lamar University course EDLD 5363 Multimedia & Video Technology “Media production engages and excites; it leads to unexpected discoveries, increased self-awareness and esteem, sharpened critical thinking, analytical skills, group work skills, and ability to communicate ideas” ( Garrison, 1999 ).

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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! Utilizing Google forms, docs, and wikipages we provide many ways for you to feel connected to our school and to have a voice!

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New Posted Resources 09/23/2010

The Web20Classroom

'Digital Storytelling: A Tutorial in 10 Easy Steps tags : digitalstorytelling favorite Collaboration: The Lost Skill? | Dangerously Irrelevant tags : collaboration favorite Langwitches Blog » Getting to Know Your Blog: A Beginner’s How-To-Guide tags : blog blogging favorite Teach Science and Math tags : livebinders favorite 75 really useful iPad tips and tricks | News | TechRadar UK tags : ipad favorite Notes From McTeach: Learning to Blog Using Paper tags : blogging favorite Posted from Diigo.

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iTouch Success!

The Electric Educator

'Every once in a while I have an idea that turns out as well as I envisioned it. Today was my lucky day. Today was the first full day of school. In my 9th grade biology class I gave an overview of the year using PowerPoint. While I was talking about the various units, projects, and assignments for the year, I asked the students to complete a short survey using my iPod Touch.

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Building the Foundation for a Modern K-12 Classroom

K-12 looks different these days. But one thing remains the same: you need a reliable learning platform that serves as the foundation for teaching and learning––for all students, in a variety of learning experiences. Discover how the Instructure Learning Platform supports today's K-12 classroom through: A central, consistent, connected hub of the digital learning environment.

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The discussion about US education

Connecting 2 the World

Recently, there has been a national discussion of education in the US within our media. NBC and the Oprah Winfrey Show both had programs about education in the last two weeks. The final verdict: tenure is the reason our schools are failing and the responsibility of education is in the teachers' hands alone (they must be accountable for failing schools).

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iCivics

SpeechTechie

'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). iCivics features many simulations allowing students to make decisions from the perspective of government participants (e.g. attorneys arguing an issue before the Supreme Court), and I feel like I would like to revisit it and review specific simulations a

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The History of School Reform, Live with Paul E. Peterson from Harvard

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

'Join me Tuesday, September 28th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com interview with Paul E. Peterson , author of Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning , the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, Harvard University, and the Director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance. This is a particularly timely interview, as we''ll let Professor Peterson describe the "unintended consquences" of mission-drive school reformers of the past, and discuss what may be

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Video Book Trailer Awards

The Daring Librarian

'From Joyce Valenza, on the NeverEndingSearch Blog: New Book Video Trailer Awards! "On September 27th, School Library Journal will ask readers to vote for the best video trailers that promote books and encourage reading. Voters will be asked to select the best video in six categories: Publisher/author created for Elementary readers (PreK-6) Publisher/author created for Secondary readers (7-12) Student created for Elementary readers (PreK-6) Student created for Secondary readers (7-12) Adult (any

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Transform Your Classroom with Apple

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

Apple empowers educators and students by design. Whether using Macs, iPads, or Apple TV, Apple devices encourage creativity and can simplify teaching with apps to make the classroom more flexible, collaborative and personalized for each student. To unleash the full potential of the technology and create the best learning environment, you need to understand the tools and resources available, and develop an education-focused, comprehensive plan, from equipment purchase to deployment, management an