March, 2013

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.).

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Why Blog?

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Teachers who regularly blog are creating chronological and searchable records of their own growth and development. This is a good reason for teachers to blog. Why Teachers Should Consider Blogging A blog is a journal that is filled with ideas, your ideas. It is flexible, visual and user friendly.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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Can BYOD Narrow the Digital Divide? #SXSWedu


Notes from SXSWedu presentation by Dr. Michael Mills [link] BYODResources byoddocs rubrics Follow #BYODchat on Twitter Nothing is the magic tool for getting our kids where they need to be. But we can use mobile devices to help.

Mix Images and Animation on Your Mobile

Nik Peachey

A couple of years back I wrote about a really nice web based tool called Xtranormal and since then I've heard from so many teachers saying how useful their students have found it, so I was delighted yesterday to find that the same makes had now produced a free mobile / tablet app called Tellagami.

3 Engaging Note-Taking Apps

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

As a teacher and life-long learner, I take a lot of notes. One of the best changes for me has been taking notes on my iPad because now I often find myself having fun trying to create attractive and useful notes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Our Doors Are Always Open

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Steve D’Ascoli. Steve visited New Milford High School on Thursday February 28, 2013. NMHS routinely hosts visits from outside educators, schools, and organizations in an effort to provide insights on our initiatives. Below is a reflection by Steve on his recent visit.

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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.

EdTech at School

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