February, 2011

Simply Ridiculous

A Principal's Reflections

I don''t know about all of you, but I am really getting tired about the relentless attacks on teachers as states grapple with their budgets. Are they kidding me? Really, educators and other state workers are to blame for out of control costs and spending?

Get Your Search On!

The Web20Classroom

Over the weekend my good friend Gwyneth Jones tweeted about an interesting search engine called Heapr. I am all about search engines so of course I had give it a go. Basically Heapr is a quad search engine. With one search you get results for 4 different searches all on one screen.

Keeping Up to Date: Texas Education Budget Crisis


Letting Your Voice Be Heard ?With With so much information crossing my screen on the Texas Education Budget Crisis, I thought it would be useful to pull together a few places where folks can stay up to date. I hope you do more with this information than stay "in the know" though.

Must Read for School Administrations Who Want to Be Technology Leaders: Horizon Report 2011

The 21st Century Principal

One of the documents I would recommend as a “must-read” for administrators is the annual Horizon Report, developed ever year by the New Media Consortium.

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.

Live Interview on Tuesday, February 22nd - John Seely Brown on A New Culture of Learning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Tuesday, February 22nd, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with John Seely Brown, co-author of A New Culture of Learning.

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Educational Options for a Changing World

A Principal's Reflections

This week we officially unveiled The Academies at New Milford High School to our junior and sophomore students (next week we will roll it out to the freshman and eighth graders). The three academies are Arts & Letters, S.T.E.M.

When We Will Start Our Egyptian Revolution In The Classroom?

The Web20Classroom

It has been an interesting past few weeks around the world. First the govenerment in Tunisia was brought down. Then a similar situation in Egypt. And now people are taking to the streets in Bahrain , Iran and other places.

It's Raining! Why Texas Should Use the Rainy Day Fund


I am home today with a sick pet. While she rests and we wait to go to the vet, I have been reading up on the latest information to cross my screen regarding the Texas education budget crisis.

5 Considerations for Using Electronic Books in Schools

The 21st Century Principal

At the top of the 2011 Horizon Report’s technology adoption list is electronic books. This is not surprising since more and more people are turning to reading electronic books.

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.

Live Interview on Monday, March 7th - Kevin Kelly on What Technology Wants

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Monday, March 7th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Kevin Kelly, author of What Technology Wants.

Collaborative Data Collection Using Google Apps

The Electric Educator

To help familiarize my 9th grade students with Google Docs, I set up a simple collaborative data collection exercise involving M&M''s. I gave one small bag to each group of three students.

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The InFocus IN3916 projector

A Principal's Reflections

Earlier this year NMHS had the opportunity to take the new InFocus IN3916 projector for a test drive. Vikki Smith, a science teacher, utilized the device in her chemistry and integrated science courses. The following is her review of the projector.

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Why Can't We All Just Get Along.

The Web20Classroom

So, I just realized this is my 400th post. Thanks for reading and all your support over the past 2 years! This is a post that has been brewing for a while now. But after a conversation I had this weekend I think it''s time to get some of my thoughts out there for reflection.

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.

It's Important to Talk With Your Friends About the #TxEdBudget Crisis!


Because Texas school districts are already announcing layoffs and program cuts, I think there is a perception among the general public that the state budget is a done deal and there is nothing they can do. That''s far from the truth.

Lessons in Providing Students Wireless Access in Our School Building

The 21st Century Principal

In an earlier post, entitled “Giving Students Wireless Access to Use Personal Computing Devices,” I described our procedure for providing wireless access for students to use their own personal computing devices. Our school has been experimenting with providing our students with WiFi for about three weeks now. All around our school and in our classes students are using their own laptops, netbooks, and smartphones to access the Internet for instructional purposes.

Live Interview Early Wednesday, February 23rd - Steve Wheeler on "The Future of Web 2.0 Technologies in Learning"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Wednesday, February 22nd, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Steve Wheeler on "The Future of Web 2.0 Technologies in Learning."

5 Technologies to Watch In 2011

The Electric Educator

Note: This is the fifth and final installment of my "5 things to watch in 2011" series. Five companies to watch in 2011 Five trends to watch in 2011 Five people to follow in 201 1 Five Blogs to read in 2011 Josef Dunne, Via Flickr 1. HTML5 The development of HTML5 has been underway since 2004.

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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.

How to Create and Use Benchmark Assessments to Improve Student Achievement

A Principal's Reflections

The following guest post was submitted by April Davis. Schooling is as much about learning as it is about testing how much we’ve learned. Benchmark assessments are testing tools that are used throughout the year, as opposed to final examinations, which are taken at the end of each school year.

What Is It About #Educon? My Reflections.

The Web20Classroom

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend Educon 2.3 in Philadelphia. For those who don''t know, Educon is an educational conference that us put on by the students and staff of the Science Leadership Academy , lead by Chris Lehmann. Really, it is more the students who do everything. From running the live streaming to the EduConcierge who would tell you the best place to eat and print your boarding passes for you, kids were everywhere doing any number of jobs.

Moving from Web 2.No to Web 2.Go


I spent the week of February 7-11 attending the 2011 TCEA Convention and Exposition in Austin, Texas. The theme for this year''s gathering was "No LimITs", and it was an appropriate theme for my biggest takeaways from the conference. For years I have been hearing and reading about the need to open up Web 2.0 tools for student and teacher use in schools as well as moving toward 1:1 computer/device access for students.

5 Reasons Administrators Need to Use Google Reader

The 21st Century Principal

One of the questions that face those with a growing Professional Learning Network is: How can you effectively manage the flow of information? Also, a related question is: With all of the information available at any given moment on the Web, how can I possibly hope to keep abreast of the cutting edges issues in education? One of these information management tools for me is Google Reader. It is my front-line solution in staying on top of education issues.

EdTech at School

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

Projects are not Project-Based Learning


A project may look appealing, but is it project-based learning? My answer to that without hesitation is no. The focus of a project is the product , while the focus of project-based learning is the learning that occurs through the development of the project.

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[Trying] To Start a New Trend

The Electric Educator

I''m single handedly trying to start a new trend: conference session trailers/commercials. The next time you present at a conference, put together a >1 minute video highlighting your session. Epic music is a must!

Rag Linen: Teaching History with Historic Newspapers

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Rag Linen is an online museum of rare and historic newspapers which serve as "first drafts of history".

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New Posted Resources 02/24/2011

The Web20Classroom

QR Codes In The Mainstream tags: qrcode favorite A Step-by-Step Guide to Global Collaborations tags: collaboration favorite iPads for Education | Victoria, Australia tags: iPad favorite What is a QR Code? tags: qrcode favorite Creating Content with iPads tags: iPad favorite Student Learning with Diigo tags: diigo favorite 5 Tips For Assessing What Students Know tags: assessment favorite Defining Professional Learning Communities (PLC) tags: plc favorite Posted from Diigo.

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.

Knowledge as currency

Connecting 2 the World

I currently am working on the theme that knowledge and expertise is used as currency within the workplace (as part of my dissertation). As I have been analyzing the data from my study, I realized that knowledge and expertise used as currency needs to be identifiable. This got me to thinking about "identifiable knowledge." Notice I don't say tacit or explicit knowledge.

Before You Press Send: 3 Quick Rules for Email Responses

The 21st Century Principal

Here’s an interesting story I stumbled upon while reading the site charlotteobserver.com entitled “Insulting Email and Vanishing Comments.” Apparently, a school board member responded to a constituent by email and violated the important rule of “reading your response from the perspective of the recipient.” Now, that school board member is having to endure a situation where the parent is sharing the email with everyone.

A Day in the Life: Google Apps for Teachers


Notes from a breakout session at TCEA 2011 Google Academy A Day in the Life - Google Apps for Teachers Julia Stiglitz - Business Development Manager Google Apps for Education 50 Ways to Use Google Apps in the Classroom - Great presentation with links to many of the examples!