December, 2010

The Super Book Of Web Tools For Educators

The Web20Classroom

There is lots of great information on there on Web 2.0 and using technology in the classroom for teachers. Heck, just check out the name of this blog. But often if you have teachers that are just starting out or need some help figuring all this tech stuff out, it can be a daunting task as there is lots of information.

Tools 171

Defining Student Engagement

A Principal's Reflections

In my District I am part of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) with other administrators. The focus of our PLC is the Classroom Walkthrough practice as a tool to improve student achievement. During our professional day in October we decided to collect data on whether or not student-centered learning was taking place and present our finding to our respective staffs in January.


Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

10 Google Voice Tricks That Will Rock Your Phone!

The Electric Educator

Phones are remnants of the analog world. Google Voice adds your phone into the cloud! If you aren''t currently using Google Voice, I would recommend my my previous post for a basic overview of the service. If are a user, here are 10 tips to rock your phone! If you have other creative ways that you have used Google Voice, please leave a comment! Call from Gmail. Connect your Google Chat account to Google Voice. You will be able to send and receive calls and SMS messages from within Gmail.

5 Tasks to Teach Yourself to Teach with Technology

Nik Peachey

Some months ago I had a plan to write a book of tasks to get teachers using technology. As with so many of my plans and ideas, time and circumstances over took me and I never got further than the first 15 tasks.

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.

SpeechTechie Shortlisted for Best New Blog!


The 2010 Edublogs awards are here, and I am REALLY excited and thankful to have been shortlisted in the Best New Blog category (thanks again to Chris Burgaj ). Voting is open until December 14, so please click on over and give me a vote! Click on the Badge to vote for SpeechTechie in the Best New Blog Category!

More Trending

QR Huh? What The Heck Is A QR Code?

The Web20Classroom

Have you seen these around town where you are lately? I was a little surprised when I saw them all over the Black Friday ads back in November. This is a QR or Quick Response Code. Simply, put it is a 3D barcode. It''s a much more sophisticated version of the barcode on your bag of Lays Potato Chips. QR Codes are popping up everywhere and are gaining in popularity in education.

Failing to Fail

A Principal's Reflections

After reading a great blog post this morning entitled " The Wisdom to Learn From Failure " I quickly began to reflect on how the majority of educational systems are set up in a way where failure, or even the thought of it, is unacceptable. Early on in both my teaching and administrative careers I often found myself trying to avoid failure at all costs. I now see it in the eyes of non-tenured teachers during pre-conferences and observations.

Google Moderator: Cast Your Vote!

The Electric Educator

At their Mountain View, CA campus, Google hosts regular " Tech Talks " in which Googlers or other invited guests speak on various topics for the general benefit of the Google Community. Question and Answer sessions were a bit disorganized so Google engineers Dave S. Young, Taliver Heath, and Colby Ranger decided to spend their 20% time creating a tools to manage questions during these session. The result, was Google Moderator.

Prezi, a new way of thinking about presentations

Connecting 2 the World

Yesterday I gave my first presentation using Prezi. I had heard about the software and had even registered for the educational version, but then had promptly forgotten about it. Then one of my students used it in a class assignment. So giving a presentation on Presentations to my daughter's class, I decided to try it out. As this is the first presentation I've given using Prezi, it is still in the basic mode.

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).

It's all about Sharing.


and don''t miss the commitment to sharing Karen Janowski is making over at her blog, EdTech Solutions- Teaching Every Student , where she is embarking on a trip "Around the Web in 80 Days." She plans to dedicate the next 80 days to highlighting "free, online resources to help meet the needs of struggling learners in innovative and creative ways."

QR Code AT-A-Glance Comic Tutorial

The Daring Librarian

(Click above for more sizes & to download or to embed! ) As promised! Please feel free to Take, Use, Share! Creative Commons - Share Alike! Like these Comic Tutorials? I have a whole slew of ''em! From Blabberize, Customizing Blogger & blog design, downloading YouTube videos to your HD to a Two part Twitter Primer - I seem addicted to creating these bright fun direction sheets! Enjoy! What Techie Topic or subject would you like to see me do next? Leave a comment with your suggestions! (ps.

QR Codes: The Desktop Version And A Follow-Up

The Web20Classroom

When I wrote my post yesterday about QR codes I was just tossing around some ideas and putting some things out there that I had seen. I never expected the awesome feedback I have gotten and people wanting to know more. I have gotten lots of questions and have been thinking lots about practical ways to use these in the classroom. First, QR codes definitely have the cool factor. Get your mobile device, scan, and be taken away to the magical world of the Internet to get some great information.

Are You Meeting the Needs of Today's Learner?

A Principal's Reflections


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.

Review: Google Body Browser

The Electric Educator

Google''s overarching corporate goal is to "organize the world''s information." This vision drives all of their product development and is undoubtedly the foundation of their latest addition-- Google Body Browser. Slapped with a Beta tag (it wouldn''t be Google if it didn''t say Beta!), the Body Browser is a bit rough, but has tremendous potential. The Google engineers responsible for Body Browser borrowed a few parts from other Google products.

Three models for a new higher ed economic model (part 2)

Connecting 2 the World

This has been some time in coming. I wanted to think through some of the options based on my earlier post on this issue. In reviewing all the factors, I wanted to develop an economic or funding model that could be implemented sooner, rather than later. However, I realized that I have seen at least 3 models in use that have been effective over the last decade. So why reinvent the wheel?

The FIVES Booklet


Blog posts are kind of ethereal- they are there in the feed for awhile and then buried under a series of "older entries" clicks or somewhere in the Labels cloud, or your bookmarks, or where ever. I wanted to do something a bit more permanent with my posts on the FIVES criteria for selecting good tech resources, as that whole schema is pretty much a unifying statement for this site and my work as a whole.

iPad 53

Livescribe Pencast Book Reviews & More!

The Daring Librarian

Or.Craft Time with the Daring Librarian! Addmitedly, the Daring Librarian is a geeky gadget grrl! I''ve been talking about the Livescribe pen on my Gadget-A-Go-Go wiki & in presos for years now! Finally, I got one! Woohoo! now.what to do with it? Hmmmm SO many ideas! Background information: the Livescribe pen will record audio and writing/drawing and can play back with just a tap of the pen.

Wiki 54

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.

Lessons From A Smackdown.

The Web20Classroom

One of my favorite parts of many conferences is the Smackdown. What is a Smackdown you ask? Well, it can take on many differnt forms depending on who you ask but for the sake of our discussion a Smackdown is when people get up and they have a very limited time to share information about their favorite technology tool or trick. It could be anywhere from 60 seconds to 3 minutes. Here is a video of one I did at #NTCamp in Philly over the summer.

Video 106

Discovering Inspiration

A Principal's Reflections

Last year I had the honor of sharing two guest posts written by New Milford High School Students. I am excited to welcome senior Meredith McCann to A Principal''s Reflections. This is the first of two posts written by Meredith that I will be sharing. Please leave comments as they will be shared with her. Decision-making is not always easy, especially when one decision will affect how you will spend the next four years of your life.

Add your Phone to the Cloud with Google Voice!

The Electric Educator

Telephony has been around for a long time, however despite advancements in some areas (cordless phones, cell phones, voicemail etc), some aspects have remained archaic: We frequently need to call multiple numbers and leave multiple messages before getting locating the person we need to talk with. Voice mail is tied to each phone number. I have to check my voice mail on each of my phones. My phone isn''t smart. It treats every call equally.

Filter Google Search Results by Reading Level


This morning a post on the Free Technology for Teachers blog alerted me to a new Google search feature which will let you filter your search results by reading level. There are three generic levels: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. In the Google web search forum and Google web search help , I didn''t find any age/reading level correlations for these categories or information on how the levels are determined. I still think it''s a tool worth investigating for many purposes.

Tools 50

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!

Screencast Saturday: The SLP Blogs Bundle!


Google Reader allows you to create and share "bundles" of feeds with others, so that they can easily follow blogs of interest. I made a bundle of SLP blogs, and show you how to access it here: You will need to sign into Google Reader before going to this link to subcribe to the SLP Blogs bundle. Good thing you can edit your bundles, because I realized after shooting the screencast that I accidentally left out the PediaStaff blog - a great blog that is there in the bundle now!

Blogs that I read regularly (top blog list for 2011)

Connecting 2 the World

About twice a year, I review my igoogle home page, editing out those blogs that I don't read and adding blogs that I may find myself accessing more often. I decided that others might want to see who I read on a regular basis and perhaps find new sources of information (which I do on a regular basis). Daily reads These blogs are ones that I read as soon as they are posted. While the authors may not post on a daily basis, I look for any new posts almost daily.

New Posted Resources 12/21/2010

The Web20Classroom

Googlios tags: ePortfolio google favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

Turning Dreams Into Reality

A Principal's Reflections

I''ll admit, I am a technology junkie. In my opinion it is not very difficult to quickly become one as a result of the world that we live in. The challenge for people like me is to develop a school culture that not only places an emphasis on academic rigor and excellence, but also one that promotes learner creativity and imagination.

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 Webinar Tomorrow!

The Electric Educator

December 21st, 2010 at 7:30 ET I will be leading a webinar on collaborative projects for STEM classrooms using Google Apps for Education. This is a free, 1 hour webinar. Please join the discussion! To register for the webinar, click here. For a glimpse at the topics and tools that will be covered, click here. See you tomorrow night! Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I always appreciate feedback on my posts.


Live Thursday Dec. 16th with Writer Alfie Kohn (note early time)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, December 16th, for a live and interactive webinar with Alfie Kohn, author of eleven books, including The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing and Punished By Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A''s, Praise, and Other Bribes. Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting.

A Call From Santa!


Santa.tricky I know in the public school setting, and with good reason. However, this is such a fun resource I figured I''d let you know about it, and you can use your judgment. Send a Personalized Call from Santa is really a giant ad for Google Voice that has a number of other purposes (one of which may be sending a call to a friend or significant other just for giggle''s sake).