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? As long as I can remember anyone that went into the field of education was ridiculed for the main reason that the profession makes no money.

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. While built using Google search you also get returned results from Wikipeda related searches, WolframAlpha search and Twitter instant results.


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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. A BISG (Book Industry Study Group) survey in 2010 stated that “E-book sales grew exponentially in first quarter 2010 jumping from 1.5% of total US book sales in 2009 to 5% of the market in first quarter of 2010.” According to the American Association of Publishers , E-Book sales were up 193% in October of this past year.

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. I hope you take this knowledge and use it to write and phone your legislators and let them know how you feel about what they are doing to our schools if they pass their currently proposed budgets.

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.

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. If that just sounds like pitter-patter , then let''s just focus on the quality of the project or project-based learning. How do I evaluate the project''s caliber?

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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. science, technology, engineering, mathematics), and Global Leadership.

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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. For whatever the reason the people in these countries were upset with their government and protest to the point where they brought down governments, some that had been in place for 30+ years. Now, I am not a political expert.

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. While this report is not predictive, it does provide valuable information that administrators can use to develop a vision for technology’s role in their schools or districts. It’s three main sections provide specific kinds of information useful for technology leaders.

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.

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).

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.

Calling All Daring Librarian Superheroes!

The Daring Librarian

Shamelessly I will report on this - Why S hameless ? capitol S) Because, of course, this is the answer to my every fevered redheaded dream to be nominated for a special Superhero lunchbox ! So just even reporting it makes me feel all squirmy & excited & dreaming of it! And of course if any of my dear gentle good readers think.no.even I can''t go that far!

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.

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.

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.

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 Blogs to Read in 2011

The Electric Educator

Note: This is the fourth part in my series "5 things to watch in 2011" Future installments will include: Five companies to watch in 2011 Five trends to watch in 2011 Five people to follow in 201 1 Next Monday: Five technologies to watch in 2011 Here are five blogs that I''m reading in 2011: The EdReach Network (Collaborative) I''m excited to announce the launch of a new collaborative blog dedicated to giving education a BIG voice.

Run a Valentine's Day Store!


I found this resource on Karen Ogen''s awesome blog, InTec Insights. Thanks, Karen! Be sure to visit her blog for more Valentine''s ideas. Games such as the classic Lemonade Stand involve a lot of language and executive functioning: planning, ability to modify a plan, etc. My Money Valentine is a version of this game, but involves running a Valentine-themed store, where you sell candy, cards, teddy bears, etc.

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.

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. The InFocus IN3916 projector is an interactive projector that allows a teacher to change her regular whiteboard into an interactive whiteboard. The projector can be connected to a laptop computer or directly to a TV/DVD player.

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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. I totally get passion in education. And really can you be an educator and not have passion for education? Perhaps that is a post for another time. But the way I see it, many have moved passed passion and moved to anger.

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.

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. The budget won''t be finalized until the end of the summer; unfortunately, districts have to begin planning now for the worst case scenario.

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!

Classroom Technology that Works!

The Electric Educator

The use of technology in the classroom provides a great way to increase student understanding, encourage collaboration, and provide an authentic way for students to share their knowledge with others. Effective use of technology takes carefully planning and execution.



I recently received a great email from Jen, a reader, that can serve as a post all on its own. I asked her if it was OK for me to post it as such, and she said yes, so here it is! Hi Sean, I''m a new follower of your blog (on Facebook too!) and I thought I''d send you a quick e-mail about a neat use for Scratch (which you probably already know about - from the MIT Media Lab - a programming language for kids that allows them to make interactive projects).

Blogging with Students: Internet Safety & Digital Citizenship


We have entered the Edublogs Challenge , and set up a class blog. I am so excited to be part of this 4th grade team-teaching experience! Wordle Today, we are focusing on introducing the students to why we are setting up a class blog, digital citizenship, and Internet safety. Purpose of Our Blog : T he purpose of this blog is to learn the art of writing and lessons of language arts through a real world experience with a real audience.

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.

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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.

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!


The Electric Educator

Today is the official launch of EdReach.us , a collaboration by educators from all over the United States. I am proud to be a contributer to this endeavor through a bi-weekly post and the Google in Education podcast. This week my post on EdReach.us was about Schoology, a cool company I visited at the Illinois ICE conference. Why EdReach? Do we really need another Educational blog? There are so many others out there- aren’t there enough? Well, that is true, there are a lot of voices out there.