February, 2012

Misguided Efforts in Educational Reform

A Principal's Reflections

A few weeks back I passed along an Education Week article to administrators in my District that highlighted the many technology challenges that states anticipate with common tests.

How Things Changed With @Evernote

The Web20Classroom

I''ll admit it. I have to be one of the most unorganized people on the planet. I have notebooks in just about every bag I carry. Multiple calendars and I still miss appointments.

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Murky Reef: Great App for 1-2 Science, Math, & Reading


I had recently heard some good things about the new updated version of Murky Reef - Think & Play , a science, reading and math app from Frolyc; and I decided to check it out for myself.

Digital Differentiation

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

This Digital Differentiation model is my original example of weaving a web of flexible tools together for teaching and learning. The model was designed in February, 2012. To keep the model relevant, it is frequently updated as new tools and trends emerge.

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.

Have You Been Ignoring or Are You Oblivious to Google's March 1st Privacy Policy Change?


Our district technology director mentioned Google''s impending privacy policy change to me weeks ago, but I was not paying too much attention until this last week. A pretty significant privacy policy change takes effect March 1st (tomorrow).

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Exploring the Educational Value of Pinterest

A Principal's Reflections

After hearing about all the hoopla surrounding Pinterest , I decided to check it out a few days ago. Up until this point I really didn’t have a clue as to what it was all about except that it was a social media tool that functioned like an electronic bulletin board. After requesting an invite, I was all set to go a day later and began to create my first pin board.

What Do You Mean Evernote Could Get Better?

The Web20Classroom

Last time I wrote about the way I organize myself completely changed for the better with Evernote. Really, I can''t talk enough about this program and the endless possibilities there are for it. Just look at the comments from that post.)

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19 Pencils: Save your favorite online content!


19Pencils Tutorial from 19 Pencils on Vimeo 19Pencils is the easiest way for teachers to discover, share and manage web?based based educational content with students. 19 Pencils set out to simplify and improve access to online content in the classroom and at home.

Use GoogleDocs Self-Grading Quiz as an Exit Ticket

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Update 3.3.13: Try Flubaroo to automate and add functionality to the GoogleDocs Self-Grading Quiz. View new post on this blog - The GoogleDocs Form is an efficient way for teachers to collect small pieces of information because it automatically displays the information in a spreadsheet.

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.

Supporting Teachers and Students in the Curation of Their Digital Footprint


Today I am presenting a breakout session on digital footprints at the 2012 TCEA Campus Leadership Academy. Below are the slides I''ll use during my discussion with the participants. In addition to the links embedded throughout the presentation, I invite you to visit my Diigo links on digital footprint. The list is constantly growing! If you have any questions or comments after viewing the presentation (or attending it live!), please do not hesitate to post them below.

Instructional Practices with Huge Impact


So, you''ve done some formative assessment , and the results show you that the route you had planned to take with your instruction actually needs to adapt to where the students are at. Lesson planning and formative assessment remind me of planning a day trip.

The Truly Flipped Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

Several years ago, two high school chemistry teachers from Colorado shifted their teaching practice dramatically. Where previously they had lectured to students during class time, then assigned their students homework tasks meant to reinforce the lecture, they flipped that model around.

Everyone Needs A Classroom Champion

The Web20Classroom

Recently I became part of one of the most awesome projects anywhere around. Imagine you are 9 years old.

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.

Guest Post: Top Ten Creative Online Activities For Your Children


Top Ten Creative Online Activities For Your Children With the Easter holiday fast approaching and schools up and down the country breaking up, many children are looking for fun activities to do at home. But with the country coming out of a credit crunch, many can cost a small fortune.

Wikispaces Projects Feature - Manage Projects Efficiently

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Last fall Wikispaces added a new feature to the free education version of their collaborative website platform called Projects.

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Technology Alone is not a Silver Bullet for School Improvement.


On Monday, February 13th, the New York Times published a story which profiled Mooresville Graded School District in North Carolina. They have implemented a 1:1 laptop program for students which due to its success in improving student achievement has become a model that is being looked at by schools across the nation. The article was intriguing to me in at least two aspects.

Animonths! Shaun the Sheep: Netflix and Home Sheep Home Apps


This post continues Animonths, a two-month focus on animation resources on SpeechTechie. Shaun the Sheep is a terrific series from Aardman Animation, the UK studio that brought us Wallace and Gromit , among other gems.

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.

A Commitment to Digital Learning

A Principal's Reflections

New Milford High School proudly joined 37 states, 15,000 teachers, and over 2 million students on February 1 for the inaugural Digital Learning Day.

Safer Internet Day 2012

The Web20Classroom

Teaching students how to use online resources effectively and appropriately should be an everyday occurrence. All members of the education community (students, teachers, administrators, parents, community) are responsible. So understanding what that responsibility means is a first step.

Why is Technology Important to You?


You could win some great prizes for your classroom just by letting VideoBlocks know how important technology is to you. ?

The #Chromebook Classroom

The Electric Educator

This week I spent a couple of days at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA learning more about Google''s plans for the Chrombook. Joining me were 25 educators and resellers from around the country. It was a good crowd of familiar Google Certified Teachers and Apps Certified Trainers.

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.

New Kinds of Tools for New Kinds of Learners: Assess This!


Notes from TCEA 2012 Workshop Presented by Hall Davidson , Discovery Education Session PowerPoint posted at [link] Why do we do standardized testing the way we do it? Because it''s easy and cheap. In the last 18 months to two years, a lot has changed. McArthur Foundation says students need to be able to thrive in a Web 2.0 world. They also need to be able to thrive in a mobile world. When students create multimedia, it has a high effect on student achievement.

Learning pathways

Learning with 'e's

I recently heard a story about the building of a new university campus. Unusually, the architect hadn't designed any pedestrian paths into his plan. When asked why there were no pathways between the buildings, he replied cryptically that he was waiting to see what happened.

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An Inside Look

A Principal's Reflections

One of New Milford High Schools crowning achievements is our Holocaust Study Tour. Students that participate in this experience visit Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland. The creator and facilitator of the program is Colleen Tambusico.

Getting To Know The now!Board

The Web20Classroom

Over the past few days I have been trying out a now!Board. Board. What is a now!Board Board you ask? Well, its a portable system that, when combined with a computer and projector you can turn any surface into an interactive space.

EdTech at School

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