June, 2011

Twitter In Schools-A Getting Started Guide

The Web20Classroom

The end of the school year is upon us however many are looking forward to next year. You may be thinking what can you do differently next year? How can you stand out above the crowd? How can your school become a larger part of the school community? While Twitter is beginning to catch on with many educators, schools are lagging in their adoption of the platform. But let''s think about it.

Learning Shouldn't Stop When the Last Bell Rings

A Principal's Reflections

A few months back Verizon Wireless visited New Milford High School and we had a fantastic meeting. The end result was the formation of a pilot program where students and a teacher would be given a tablet device and then be tasked with developing a plan to extend learning beyond the school day. About a week later the devices arrived at my office. Each of the ten tablets (5 iPads and 5 Samsung Galaxy tabs) came with 3G access for the duration of the pilot program.


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Crowdsourcing Knowledge with Students

Nik Peachey

Over the last few weeks I have been playing with a very simple brainstorming and voting website called tricider. The great thing about tricider is that it is incredibly quick and simple to use, and yet it enables users to collect information and opinions from all over the web in a very easily digestible and powerful way. It's very easy to create a tricider topic or question and you don't even need to register, just type your topic or question into the field.

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NC House Speaker Tillis Gives 27% Pay Raises to His Staff: Cuts Education Severely

The 21st Century Principal

An article today on the News & Observer''s web site , states that North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis gave his staff fat raises. He tries to justify it by saying overall he''s spending less, but I''m not sure that argument flies with all the North Carolina state employees who have seen their own pay frozen for the past three years. tell that to the thousands of teacher assistant and other school employees who will receive pink slips this week or next.

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.

An exciting week in Mac vocabulary


Apple is having its annual developers'' conference this week, and this always brings about some exciting announcements. While we wait to hear what''s really coming up in MacLand, I thought I would cover some vocabulary that will help you stay up to date (more later this week when we find out the actual announcements).

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Making Connections

The Web20Classroom

Take a look at this short video. So I saw this video on Twitter yesterday (thanks to Alec Couros and Steve Ransom ). It really spoke to me. Connections are so important. Watch the video again and look at the different emotions on the faces of the folks. Some think it''s a joke. Some are just happy-go-lucky. Others genuinely needed the connection and were glad to make it. Now take the idea of connecting and turn it virtual. Social media has made it so much easier to connect with others.

Summer Learning Loss: A National Dilemma

A Principal's Reflections

As the summer break quickly approaches in the Northeast I have come across various articles focusing on summer learning loss and the negative impact that time off has on students. In 2010 Time Magazine published an article that clearly articulated The Case Against Summer Vacation. Even though there is a great deal of research on the loss of learning that occurs during the summer I am perplexed by the fact that many schools and parents are not doing more to prevent this.

Lady GaGa Librarians Unite!

The Daring Librarian

I was asked recently for a quote by a N.Y. Times editor for their opinion page : Here''s the question: "School librarians are on the chopping block as states and cities seek to cut their education budgets. Do superintendents and principals see librarians as more expendable than other school employees? If so, why?" Here''s my response: "From the Daring Librarian to Teacher Librarians everywhere with love, albeit tough love - but full on love! Times are tough all over for education.

NC House Speaker Thom Tillis Says Educators Don't Care About Kids

The 21st Century Principal

Across the United States, politicians have decided that it is permissible to mis-characterize educators and educator organizations instead of listening to them. This past Saturday, and the North Carolina GOP Convention in Wilmington, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis took an opportunity to take a jab at the North Carolina Association of Educators, and perhaps by default educators everywhere in our state by making the following remarks as described in this Charlotte Observer article.

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).

Social Thinking Providers' Conference Links


Hey Folks, Just finished presenting at the Social Thinking Provider''s Conference in San Francisco. Thanks so much to Michelle Garcia Winner and the Social Thinking team for having me. I''d like to share with you my presentation (so click here for that) and a few people had some difficulty accessing my links page (a little glitch- I guess we have to get used to glitches when using technology) so I thought I would simply publish those below.

Are Technology Trainers No Longer a Need in Education?


I have to start this post with a disclaimer. Please note that in this post I am referencing "second-hand" information from a meeting/workshop I did not attend. I was conversing with a colleague today and he shared that at a recent gathering of K-12 Chief Technology Officers, the topic of training educators on new technology came up. There seemed to a prevailing tendency reported among the CTOs to roll out new technologies without setting up formalized training for the end users.

A Livebinders Contest

The Web20Classroom

In celebration of 100,000 binders created, Livebinders is having a contest to find the most popular. So shameless plug time again. I have 2 that were nominated. The first was my Twitter binder and the other is my QR Code binder. Wanna show some love and vote for them? Click the binder below and check the box for my 2 and any others you want. Mike Fisher''s iPad binder is pretty awesome too.) Nominations for Your Favorite LiveBinder Rock On! (Oh

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Curriculum 2.0

A Principal's Reflections

I came across this interesting video this morning entitled "Curriculum 2.0". Check it out below: This video, as well as the information found at the Curriculum 2.0 wiki , reinforces what I and many others believe, that technology is just one of many tools to assist in engaging students in the 21st Century. As technology and access to information continue to evolve at a rapid pace my question is when will we see curricula in schools shift accordingly? 21st Century Education

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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.

Is Apple's iCloud a Google Apps Killer?

The Electric Educator

Image: Flickr Via Dakiny In a word, no. Here''s why. Collaboration While it is nice to be able to edit iWork projects from any of iOS/OS X device, there is no collaborative editing feature. Six people on an assortment of iDevices can''t work together. Browser vs. Desktop Apple continues to develop software that is dependent upon the hardware on which it runs.

My Top 8 Google Apps for Administrators

The 21st Century Principal

This post actually started out as a post of my favorite Web 2.0 applications, but once I started examining my list of Google Apps, I knew I could devote one entire post to those apps alone. Google offers so many useful applications to school administrators, I would find it hard to live without those apps now. Here is my most useful Google Apps list. Every administrator needs to know how to use these applications.

Resources and Links from Social Thinking™ Providers' Convention


I am sitting at San Jose International Airport in the Jet Blue Terminal as I write this (Sunday), exhausted yet also energized and inspired from my experience at the Social Thinking ™ Providers'' Convention in San Francisco. I first learned about Social Thinking in probably 2003 (?)

Please Share Your Favorite Web Search Tools, Techniques, or Lessons


Search Engine Roundtable Wordle used under a Creative Commons License courtesy of Flikr user toprankonlinemarketing. I am putting together a three hour staff development session for K-12 teachers entitled Google Search and Beyond. I get kind of excited about search tools and digital literacy, so I''m having fun working with this theme. I know many in my PLN have excellent ideas for teaching teachers about effective search strategies and ways to pass them on to our students.

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.

From The Shamelss Promotion Department

The Web20Classroom

I don''t often promote my own stuff but in this case I am going to do a little shameless promoting. Tomorrow I am doing a free webinar for Simple K12 entitled, Navigating Social Media Policies, One Schools'' Journey. I get asked a lot about what policies schools should have about social media and what guidelines they should have to teach their students about social media.

How Are You Changing the Culture of Teaching and Learning?

A Principal's Reflections

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First Glimpse: Google+

The Electric Educator

I was fortunate enough to be granted an early invitation to the new Google social media experiment called Google+ today. I would recommend that you take a quick look at the Google Blog for a quick overview I approached Google+ with great skepticism. And for good reason: Orkut : Fail (in the US anyway). Google Knol : Fail Google Wiki Search : Fail Google Wave : Fail Google Buzz : meeeh. Google "+1 ": meeh.

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Steps Toward Becoming a Technology Leader: Advice to School Administrators

The 21st Century Principal

“Change is a subtle thing. Change is sneaky. Although most of us are aware that something has changed in our lives, it is often very difficult to put our finger on exactly what has happened, how things have changed, or why things are different.” Ted McCain and Ian Jukes, Windows on the Future McCain and Jukes wrote that statement ten years ago, and the change they spoke of then is still raging today.

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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!

Hyperbole And A Half


Hyperbole and a Half is a narrative/comic blog created by Allie Brosh that will likely make you giggle quite a bit. Allie relates her experiences in her own unique way, and draws very funny pictures.that I can relate to.

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Do You Make Your Learning Transparent to Others?


Life-Long Learner Wordle by EdTechSandyK Feel free to re-use, but please give credit. To be a good educator is to be a life-long learner. I''ll never forget hearing over and over in my first few years as a teacher that it was important to be a life-long learner. There I was, believing that with a B.A. under my belt I had arrived at a destination, only to discover that a journey encompassing the rest of my time on the planet had just begun. Do you make your learning transparent to others?

New Posted Resources 06/10/2011

The Web20Classroom

Technology Tools to Get Teachers Started | Edutopia tags: technology web2.0 favorite When Wikipedia Is the Assignment tags: wikipedia favorite What About That Twitter Thing?

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Edscape 2011: Innovation Now

A Principal's Reflections

Last fall I hosted a conference at my school that turned out to be a great success. The idea was to create an event at a high school like no other in the area where passionate presenters and a major conference feel would have attendees leave inspired to initiate innovative change in their instructional practices. Building upon last year''s event I am proud to officially announce Edscape 2011 will be taking place at New Milford High School on Saturday October 15, 2011.

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.

Google on the iPad

The Electric Educator

This past week I had the privilege of training the middle and high school staff at Southfield Christian School on how to integrate Apple''s iPad with Google Apps. As part of my training I put together a Google site containing instructions, handouts, and resources. You are welcome to browse and borrow as well! <p><br /> <p>Your browser does not support iframes.</p></p>

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4 Reasons Google Docs Is a Good Idea for Educators

The 21st Century Principal

In a time of tight budgets and few resources, administrators need to find as many ways to save money as possible. In an earlier post , I suggest Google Docs as an alternative to purchasing Microsoft Office as an office suite. Google Docs does provide users many useful features that extend far beyond what can be obtained from a locally installed office suite like Open Office or Microsoft Office. Here''s four things that set Google Docs apart from an installed office suite.

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10 Peer Coaching Tips in 10 Minutes at ISTE


I was asked to present ten coaching tips in ten minutes at ISTE. Here are the ten I presented today: 1. Building relationships is key. It takes time and energy to build those relationships, but it''s the key in coaching. Work with the willing. It is more effective to work with those who are willing, and forcing someone won''t get the results the students deserve. If this were an ocean, I probably couldn''t turn a whale.