March, 2013

With @ClassDojo - Go Paperless, Reach Common Core Standards, & Enhance Engagement!


Class Dojo is more than a behavior tool. My relationship with ClassDojo goes back a long way. I started beta testing their product before it launched to the public when they were working with ImagineK12. I remember when Sam, one of the co-founders, emailed me to first connect about the product. I initially dismissed the email thinking it was a rewards and punishment based application.

Grade Change: Moving a School Culture Forward

A Principal's Reflections

Recently Jeff Fiscina , one of my math teachers, submitted a guest post on my blog that emphasized some of his grading practices that best support and promote student learning. That post got me thinking about the process we went through to assist Jeff in developing and embracing his current grading practices as well as that of other teachers.


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Using Technology In The Classroom? Keep Parents In Mind

The Web20Classroom

I was having a conversation with a colleague the other day. We got to talking about parents and the struggle he was having getting them to realize that all these social media tools and Web 2.0 tools were worth the time and effort the teachers were spending to enhance learning in the classroom. So I asked, what had he done to get the parents involved in the conversation? It seems simple but parents have to be involved in that conversation. School is different now than it was 5, 10, 20 years ago.

Google Keep note taking service launched

Educational Technology Guy

Google has just launched Keep , a note taking service, that is free. It is a cool note taking system, that allows you to quickly jot down notes, checklists, transcribe a voice memo, search your notes, and more. Your notes are saved in Google Drive and synced to all of your devices. There is an Android app for Android 4.0+ and you can access, edit and create new notes on the web at [link] and Google will be adding these functions directly in Google Drive shortly.

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Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

MOOCs: the big…err, massive…new thing

Mobile Musings

(cross-posted from K12 Open Ed ). ISTE’s Learning and Leading with Technology (L&L) just published an article I wrote about MOOCs. This article was a step in the progression of some thinking I’ve been doing about deeper professional learning. Stay tuned for more on that.). As is often the case with print publications, there were several months between the writing of this article and its publication, and a lot has happened since then!

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More Trending

Turn your iPad into a Clicker for Students!


The Answer Pad. turning your iPad into a Clicker System A friend of mine, David ( @ dkapuler ), just sent me an email about a great new app that can offer teachers immediate feedback so that they can adjust their instruction in real time. You can also click here and read more about it on their website. Here is a portion of David''s email that explains the app: The Answer Pad is a free way (1 class per teacher up to 200 students) to use the iPad as an interactive answer sheet.

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Second Chances

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post from Jeff Fiscina , one of my math teachers at New Milford High School. Today is the day after a test. I walk around to hand back tests to the students. Students, who did well, put a smile on their faces. Students, who did poorly, sink into their chairs in displeasure. I come back to the board to review the problems which created the most difficulty. The students who did well are so excited they don’t want to listen.

Why Everyone Needs A Champion

The Web20Classroom

I am a proud part of one of the most awesome projects anywhere around. Imagine you are 9 years old. You and your classmates are watching and learning about the Olympics, talking about the importance of fitness, graphing the stats of athletes in the various competitions, and discussing goals you have for now and the future.

It's ALL ABOUT TIME! Mobile Projects in Minutes


As educators we want to create awesome lessons and projects for our students, but we all struggle with just one problem. Our days, weeks, and hours are structured as such that we always have very little time to cover very complex content. Prime example: You have this great idea for your students to create a video project to show their learning of a science lesson they just completed, but you don''t have a week to spend doing it with iMovie, so you just X the whole project.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

9 Characteristics of 21st Century Mindful School Leadership

The 21st Century Principal

“Mindfulness is simply noticing the way things are. By being mindful you can transform your life, your organization, and even your community. The first step is to transform yourself.” Maria Gonzalez, Mindful Leadership: The 9 Ways to Self-Awareness, Transforming Yourself, and Inspiring Others “During difficult times,” writes Maria Gonzales, “anyone in a leadership position is scrutinized more closely.

Blended Learning – A Bright Spot in Education


By CUE guest blog writer Michael B. Horn Blended Learning – People are fond of complaining about the dire policy environment for education in California. From funding woes to restrictive regulations, California seems to have the deck stacked against it. And yet, in spite of these constraints—or perhaps in some cases spurred on by them—there […]. The post Blended Learning – A Bright Spot in Education appeared first on OnCUE. Blended Learning Technology in Education

iFake Text - Having fun with Dialogue!


Create a Fake Screenshot of Text Dialogue between Characters I ran across this fun web tool last night on Pinterest. I linked the resource back to Tammy''s site where she shares wonderful technology resources for the classroom. You can click here to see more examples of using this fake texting feature in your classroom from visiting Tammy''s site. Tammy also walks you through how to use this web tool. It''s very simple. I created the above text screenshot in a matter of minutes.

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The Device Conundrum - 1:1 vs BYOD

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at the Huffington Post. As we continue to advance in the digital age schools and districts are beginning to re-think pedagogy and learning environments by instituting either 1:1 device programs or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. In my opinion, schools that wish to create the most relevant and meaningful learning culture will go in one of these directions.

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Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

The Administrators Toolkit Updated and Refreshed

The Web20Classroom

I originally wrote this post way back in 2009. Lots has changed since then. So let''s dust it off and do some updating. Most schools and districts spend lot of time and effort trying to get their teachers up to speed on technology and its use/place in the classroom. And honestly that is where a majority of effort should be spent; working with those on the frontlines of instruction.

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Skip high school. Go straight to college. Here’s how!

The Innovative Educator

By Rylie VanOrsdol In my fourteen years of life, I have been public schooled, online schooled, charter schooled, private schooled, Montessori schooled, and homeschooled. I’ve skipped a grade and completed a grade in three months online. After all the learning options I have experienced, what I have found is that the traditional path was unable to meet my needs. A recent adventure was collegiate middle school. This school seemed like a perfect fit for me!

5 Ways School Leaders Can Immediately Capture the Power of Social Media

The 21st Century Principal

“Customer engagement means trusting, listening, and learning from your stakeholder communities, and responding to their comments with quality content in an honest, authentic manner.” Andy Beal and Judy Strauss, Radically Transparent: Monitoring and Managing Reputations Online The conventional way many administrators use social media is as a “21st century announcement system.” Using it in this manner is certainly worthwhile, but that is using only one facet of social media.

Common Core Standards Featured Prominently in 2013 Annual CUE Conference


Educational leaders know that any change in pedagogy, standards and assessment would require large doses of quality professional development to implement effectively. So what do you do when all three are changing? Send your team to the CUE Conference, of course! This year’s event will return to Palm Springs for three days this week: March […]. The post Common Core Standards Featured Prominently in 2013 Annual CUE Conference appeared first on OnCUE.

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

Interactive Math Practice with @IXLLearning that is Common Core Aligned!


Online Support for Pre-K - 8th Plus Algebra & Geometry - click here to try IXL - I''ve been using IXL for the past several months with my own two children, Jacob (4) and Riley (8). As a parent, I love how organized the site is to use. I do not have time to teach myself how to navigate a site prior to signing up. That is the reason I decided to go with IXL.

Initiating and Sustaining Change

A Principal's Reflections

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to present at the 2013 Annual ASCD Conference in Chicago. This conference is one of my must attend events of the year and I use it as an opportunity to develop new presentations based on my leadership experiences at New Milford High School.

Why Every Conference Should Be A Connected Conference-#ASCD13

The Web20Classroom

I''ve spent the last several days attending the 2013 ASCD Annual Conference in Chicago. Educators from across the country and across the globe gathered to discuss pressing educational issues and talk about how we can all make teaching and learning better for kids, no matter where they are. I have always been impressed with the caliber of speakers here and the level of educational discussion. I feel like something is missing. There has been a huge push from ASCD to get educators connected.

7 free ways to capture student responses without costly clickers

The Innovative Educator

Most educators are familiar with student response systems (SRS) a.k.a. clickers. Common brands are eInstruction, Sentio, TurningPoint, Activote. Those who use the systems know they run about $2,500 - $4,000 (depending on various options selected) for a class set and allow educators to track student learning, engage an entire class as they collect real-time responses from students, and enable them to quickly assess understanding and achievement.

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

5 Guidelines for Rational School Leader Response to Social Media Issues

The 21st Century Principal

What should be a school leader’s response when a student uses social media in an inappropriate manner? This Winston-Salem Journal Editorial “More Education, Guidelines Needed for Officials, Students on Social Media and School Security,” makes the usual call for more rules and education about improper use of social media. But was this event a “social media problem” or was it “a behavioral or crime problem?”

From Blended Learning to a Robust Infrastructure: Questions for Technology Leaders


Part 2 of 2 – by Catherine Banker and David Tokofsky Applying technology to create the most effective blended learning environment should begin with asking a lot of questions of experts in education and technology. It’s easy to think that harnessing technology in education is a matter of buying computer hardware, setting up a wireless […]. The post From Blended Learning to a Robust Infrastructure: Questions for Technology Leaders appeared first on OnCUE.

Tips for Attending #MACUL13 this March


MACUL Conference 2013 The MACUL Conference is being held from March 20 - 22 in Detroit, MI at Cobo Center. This is always one of my favorite conferences each year. It''s a time to connect with fellow educators, learn new ideas to bring into your classroom, and explore new technologies that may have been unfamiliar. I''m honored and excited to be among the fantastic group of featured speakers at the conference this year.

Unwrapping the Common Core Standards

A Principal's Reflections

Love them or hate them, the Common Core is a reality for the majority of educators and schools across the country. As a principal I am always on the look out for resources that can aid my teachers with the successful implementation of these standards. While attending the 2013 ASCD Conference in Chicago I attended a session entitled Unwrapping Standards to Drive the Adoption of the Common Core State Standards. The presentation was facilitated by the Clark Country School District in Nevada.

The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

Jesus is Risen, and I Believe.


God works in mysterious ways. This week, He brought a couple of things across my virtual radar and convicted me to share on my blog some truths I believe to the core of my being. These are not truths that have to do with education or technology, but eternity.

John Stossel hated school. Investigates unschooling.

The Innovative Educator

In case you missed it, last week, John Stossel did a segment on unschooling as part of his “ Education Blob ” special. In the segment he pointed out that the number of homeschoolers is on the rise nationally, a whopping 75% since 1999. This puts the number of homeschoolers in the nation about equal to those attending charter schools.

Tips for Google Reader Users Moving to Feedly

The 21st Century Principal

For those users who, like myself, who are migrating to using Feedly due to Google Reader''s demise, here''s an excellent blog post from Feedly to help you with that migration process. Tips for Google Readers Migrating to Feedly" The tips provided even help you customize your RSS reading experience to be more like you are accustom to in Google Reader. The folks at Feedly seem to be glad to have all of us Google Reader users. I would also suggest you check out Feedly''s iPad app as well.

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