September, 2013

Eight Leadership Essentials

A Principal's Reflections

The beginning of the school year always renews my focus on how to improve my leadership skills. Each year I critically analyze ways I can improve as well as what I feel I am doing well. To my mind, we all have the capacity to lead. It is through leadership that we become catalysts for positive change. Once sustainable change takes hold, we will see the fruits of our labor in the form of transformed teaching and learning practices amongst learners and in ourselves.

An App to Assess Reading Fluency: @FluencyFinder!


FluencyFinder V. FluencyFinder the popular educational iOS app for determining Reading Fluency has just recently released their long awaited update. What is FluencyFinder? FluencyFinder is a fantastically simple teaching tool for educators wanting to assess student’s Reading Level (Grades 1 st -8 th ). This is done by printing out a Reading passage (6 per grade level w/ more on the way) and then having the student read while following along on an iOS device (iPad/iPhone).


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Connected Educator Month.What You Need To Know #CE13

The Web20Classroom

"Alone we are smart but together we are brilliant." October has been declared by the U.S. Department of Education to be Connected Educator Month. Started in 2012, an entire month of webinars, blog posts, ideas, discussions and more are dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of educators to get connected.

Forensic Science Resources for teachers and students

Educational Technology Guy

My wife is teaching Forensic Science this year so I was helping her find some resources for the class. I decided to share the resources here. NCIS - another great show to get students interested in science [link] [link] Great listing of resources and sites. link] - high school forensics class site [link] High School Forensic Science curriculum and resources [link] Forensic Science for high school students. link] - New Rochelle High School Forensic Science Page.

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.

The Internet According to 9th Graders

Philly Teacher

To start off the year, I decided to make sure that all of my 9th graders understand what the Internet really is and how it works before they get their Internet-ready laptops in a few weeks. When they came in, they had the first five minutes of class to “draw the Internet.” ” I got a lot of quizzical looks. “What do you mean?” ” “You can’t draw the Internet!”

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BYOD Begins With Trust and Respect

A Principal's Reflections

I have written extensively over the past couple of years about our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative at New Milford High School at the Huffington Post and on my own blog. It has been interesting to look back at all my blog posts to see how far we have come with BYOD at NMHS. My first ever post on the topic just provided a small glimpse at the possibilities inherent when students are empowered to use the technology that they already posses to enhance their learning experience.

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5 Creative Apps to Connect with Parents from your Classroom!


My 2nd Scholastic Post Having a positive relationship with the parents of your students can help your year get off to a great start. I''ve found that parents often just want to feel connected and involved. Many potential issues can be resolved when they feel like they understand what is going on inside the classroom. As a parent, I know that my husband and I often feel the most uneasy when we don''t know when an event is happening or how to help with an assignment.

The @ASCD Arias Series-Teaching With Tablets

The Web20Classroom

Recently ASCD released 4 short books that are aimed at packing a big punch in a small package. Each are less that 100 pages but have loads of quality information. Over the next few posts we will look at each one to see what they are all about. Then we will give away 1 copy of each. Sound like fun? In the first post we took a look at Fostering Grit. Today we take a look at Teaching With Tablets.

To Blog or Not To Blog Is No Longer a Question: Part 2


By CUE Member and guest blogger Jennifer Wagner As many of us begin our new school year, our plates are already full- piled high with things we already know we can’t get done: new students to get to know, new standards (for many), perhaps a new principal, a new grade, or even a new campus. […]. The post To Blog or Not To Blog Is No Longer a Question: Part 2 appeared first on OnCUE. Google Certified Teacher Personal Learning Network (PLN

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).

The First Day of a New School: We Built This

Philly Teacher

Morning grade-wide meeting in the cafeteria this morning. I am so exhausted I can barely keep my eyes awake, but it’s a good kind of tired. After weeks of team building, inquiry into our own pedagogical practices, building units, discussing and working out details on school operations from scheduling the first day to student flow through the building, loading up UHaul trucks with furniture and carrying a conference table up three flights of stairs, today was the ultimate truth.

5 Obsolete Practices and Ways of Doing School We Need to Abandon

The 21st Century Principal

“The nation has become obsessed with ‘seat time,’ assuming that this ‘hunkering down’ at desks and tables will result in higher test scores.” Ron Nash, From Seatwork to Feetwork What are some outmoded educational practices and ways of schooling that we need to change the most? Like the concept of "seat time" mentioned above, many of our ways of doing school and educational practices are obsolete.

Inspiring Students to Think About College

A Principal's Reflections

One of our goals at New Milford High School is to present as many college options as possible to our students if that is the direction they want to pursue. When hiring some new guidance counselors a little over two years ago I asked them during the interview process how they would increase access to higher education options upon graduation.

If I Could Get 1 Piece of Technology for My Classroom, It Would Be.


A Chromebook of Course! - a review of the Acer and Samsung Chromebook - Imagine being able to open up a world beyond your classroom walls without breaking the bank. I''ve been wanting to get my hands on a Chromebook ever since I did a presentation up north with my friend John Sowash. John and I spent a day working with a district that was rolling out iPads and Chromebooks. I did the morning session on iPad training, and John did the afternoon session on Chromebooks. I was blown away.

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.

The @ASCD Arias Series-Grading And Group Work

The Web20Classroom

Recently ASCD released 4 short books that are aimed at packing a big punch in a small package. Each are less that 100 pages but have loads of quality information. Over the next few posts we will look at each one to see what they are all about. Then we will give away 1 copy of each. Sound like fun? In the first post we took a look at Fostering Grit. Then we examined Teaching With Tablets. In this post we dive deep with Grading and Group Work.

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Twitter is a Teacher Superpower! Part 3 of Our Series About PLNs


By CUE guest blogger Jo-Ann Fox Twitter has become a powerful place for educators to collaborate and to build a strong Personal Learning Network (PLN). Social media has redefined how teachers connect and collaborate with each other. At one time collaboration meant meeting with your grade level teams once a month within your own school. […]. The post Twitter is a Teacher Superpower! Part 3 of Our Series About PLNs appeared first on OnCUE.

Overview of iOS7 for SLPs and Educators


You may have heard that a new version of iOS- iOS7- is available! This gives your iPad operating system a new look and feel and additional features. This new operating system is accessed (for free) in your Settings app under General>Software Update for iPad 2s and later, including the mini. I did my updates after a backup and "over the air" (i.e.

From BadAss to Batty. Activist teachers lose progressive focus.

The Innovative Educator

You may have heard of the Badass Teachers group. Back in June they started a recruiting campaign and used questionable practices to put 25,000 members in their group very quickly. The group had promising beginnings. It was started by Mark Naison a progressive college professor and a homeschooling mom who connected in a group that explores alternatives to traditional public school education. It was formed for reasons that resonated with many teachers, students, and parents.

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 Art of Storytelling

A Principal's Reflections

I decided to hold back (for now) on a rant that has been brewing for the past two days and instead have decided to take a more constructive approach on my blog. A great debate that has emerged over social media channels has been how we honor and acknowledge our educators and others in the profession. During many insightful and constructive conversations with Chris Wejr we went back on forth on the merits and challenges inherent in this complex process.

Next Generation Science Standards By @MasteryConnect


Put Science Standards in Your Pocket With Next Generation Science Standards! If you''re like the 700K+ people who already have the MasteryConnect FREE app, then you already know how amazing it is. However, you will be most impressed with the fantastic upgrade they just rolled out. The MasteryConnect Next Generation Science Standards App is provided in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association and allows you to search science standards at your fingertips.

Establishing a PBL-Friendly Culture in Your Classroom, School or District

The 21st Century Principal

“PBL (Project Based Learning) offers a unique opportunity for teachers and students to join together in the inquiry process.” Thom Markham, Project Based Learning: Design and Coaching Guide With the advent of Common Core Standards, there''s a great deal of talk from school districts about moving to Project Based Learning because the kinds of learning asked for in those standards can better be approached through a PBL model.

Flipped Learning: So You Want to Flip Your Math Class? Start Here. Part 3 in Our Series on Flipped Learning


By CUE Member and guest blogger Crystal Kirch This Post Will Focus on Flipping the Math Classroom- Post 3 in Our 6-Part Series Flipped Learning: Have you heard of this trend? Most commonly referred to as a flipped class, it enables teachers to make the best use of the face to face time they have with their […]. The post Flipped Learning: So You Want to Flip Your Math Class? Start Here. Part 3 in Our Series on Flipped Learning appeared first on OnCUE. Blended Learning Flipped Classroom

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!

iPad Mania with ThingLink


Using ThingLink is a cool way to embed videos, websites, and other tools into an image. Check out this iPad Mania thinglink created to share useful iPad information. Try using Thinglink to highlight student projects, using a class picture. Sort of like a digital portfolio for your classroom. Check out the example here More examples here

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5 Ideas Essential to #1to1Tech Learning Success

The Innovative Educator

This article originally appeared at Partners in Learning - 1:1 Hot Topics. It’s no secret that successful 1:1 learning goes beyond simply getting devices into the hands of students and teachers. Many schools have had 1:1 programs long enough that challenges have been identified. However, valuable solutions exist that can be put into place to help ensure such challenges don''t get in the way of a successful 1:1 learning implementation.

Connecting the People on the Scene of an Emergency at Your School

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Erik Endress. In the days following December 14th, 2012 school administrators, educators, law enforcement personnel and parents have undertaken the most comprehensive look at school safety since the Columbine massacre of 1999.

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Back To School With @TenMarks, New and Improved


Just In Time For Back To School? - try TenMarks. new and improved - The dedicated team of educators, instructional designers, and engineers at TenMarks are passionate about math and education. They''ve been working hard all year to create and provide the resources needed for a successful and seamless transition to CCSS. In addition to the core, a new-and-improved interface are sure to make going back to school a great experience for you and your students.

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.

We Must Redesign Our Public Schools or Else!

The 21st Century Principal

Small high schools are necessary because they help school districts fill a niche, that if left unfilled, parents will seek alternatives outside public schools. While I do not consider myself an avid supporter of increasing the number of charter schools and school vouchers, I understand why there''s interest in options for schools.

Words of Wisdom: An Introduction to the Flipped Classroom Part II


By CUE Member and guest blogger John Stevens This Post Will Focus on Tips for Flipping Your Class- Post 2 in Our 6-Part Series Let’s get down to the nitty gritty here. There are so many variables in play with the flipped classroom, and this is far from the norm in a traditionally constant profession. As […]. The post Words of Wisdom: An Introduction to the Flipped Classroom Part II appeared first on OnCUE. Flipped Classroom

Access Your Stuff with Parallels Access

Kathy Schrock

Parallels Access screenshot Parallels Access is the coolest new program for your iPad and your Mac or Windows computer! It allows you to work with all of the programs that are on your computer on your iPad! Parallels calls it "applifying", since the programs run full screen on the iPad, but also allow you to use tapping, pinching, swiping, and scrolling as if you were using an iPad app! When tapping, the taps are right on, even on the iPad Mini!