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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Thursday, June 9th - Live with Troy Hicks on Digital Writing

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, June 9th, for a live and interactive Future of Education with Troy Hicks, co-author of Because Digital Writing Matters: Improving Student Writing in Online and Multimedia Environments and author of The Digital Writing Workshop.

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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Learning with 'e's

"Miss, where does Pooh come from?" asks the little boy. The teacher raises her eyebrows, takes a deep breath and then proceeds to explain all about nutrition, eating food, the digestive system, and how waste products are eliminated from the body.

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.

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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How Are You Changing the Culture of Teaching and Learning?

A Principal's Reflections

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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.

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.

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.

Online Bulletin Board of EdTech Blogs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

As a tech facilitator much of my success can be attributed to what I learn through the contacts I''ve made via my P ersonal L earning N etwork.

Save the Dates - Announcing the Worldwide Library 2.011 Virtual (and Free) Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We are pleased to announce the Library 2.011 worldwide virtual conference, November 2 - 3, 2011. The conference will be held online, in multiple time zones over the course of two days, and will be free to attend.

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.

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.

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.

An exciting week in Mac vocabulary


Apple is having its annual developers'' conference this week, and this always brings about some exciting announcements.

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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.

EdTech at School

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

E-Reader Wars: The Best E-Book Software for the Educator

The 21st Century Principal

E-books are here, at least for me. For the past three months, I haven''t purchased a single book in all my excursions to the local Barns and Noble bookstore in my hometown. I have, though, purchased several ebooks instead.

VocabGrabber: Generate Vocabulary Lists from Digital Text

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

VocabGrabber is a Cool Tool that makes it easy to generate vocabulary lists from digital text. Just copy and paste text into a box and watch the tool generate a word cloud in which the most frequently used words appear larger in size.

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?

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.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

Google Drive and the iPad: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Electric Educator

Note: this is an updated version on the post I wrote in June of 2011 when both the iPad and Google Docs (now Drive) were relatively new. This has been one of my most popular posts with over 11,000 views, underscoring the importance of both the iPad and Google Drive.

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Need Help With Disqus Commenting


After seeing Disqus commenting on a few blogs I read, I installed it here on the EdTechSandyK blog over the weekend. I also imported all of my previous standard Blogger comments into Disqus.


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.