September, 2013

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Infographic: How Students Use Technology in School and Out

The 21st Century Principal

What are we getting students to do with technology in our schools? Here''s an interesting infographic from Education Week that offers some answers to that very question.

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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.

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.

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.

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Teacher Creativity Skill: Explore and Wonder

The Playground Advocate

Take a moment to assess the times in your day when you explore a topic purely because it interests you and the times when something you hear or see acts as a catalyst for your curiosity and imagination. This happens to me quite a bit, and I take it as evidence that I am a learner by nature.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Tellagami is Super Cool!

The Playground Advocate

My colleague Kris Gordon introduced me to an amazing app the other day, and I haven''t stopped thinking about its classroom applications since.

4 New Ways to Use a Google Docs Forms with Students

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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5 to 6 Hours of Basic Training on iPads? What?


Photo Used Under Creative Commons License My last post was on the plan the educational technology team in my school district came up with for iPad Basic Training for Teachers.

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.

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.

Learners as producers

Learning with 'e's

For the longest time teachers and lecturers have held the monopoly on the production of academic content. They create lesson plans, produce resources, devise marking schemes and search around for activities and games they can repurpose to use in teaching sessions.

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.

This is Tim

The Playground Advocate

My friend Michelle Green asked me recently to share a vision of what a day in my life as a connected educator looks like for her team''s Connected Educator Month activities. She didn''t give me any specifics on what this needed to look like, but she did give me a pretty tight deadline of a few days.

EdTech at School

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

Making the leap from a teacher to an Edtech coach

Kairos EdTech

Image by Vishal Patel from Flickr. (CC-BY-NC-ND CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0) I’ve just started my first year as an edtech coach at Colegio Inglés. For two years, I worked as a language arts and history teacher in 8th grade.

Evaluating authentic mobile apps for learning

Nik Peachey

Back in April 2013 I delivered a workshop at the IATEFL 2013 conference in Liverpool. The topic of the workshop was ' Criteria for Evaluating Web Tools and Apps ' and in the workshop I encouraged participants to share and explore their subconscious criteria for deciding which apps and web based tools they used with their students. I particularly encouraged them to think about 'authentic' apps rather than those made for learning.

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.

5 technologies to promote creative learning

Learning with 'e's

Teachers are constantly searching for new ways to promote good learning. If those methods can also encourage creative thinking, they are even more welcome in the classroom. Technology can provide some of those creative solutions.

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.

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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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.

Excited to be participating in #RSCON4

The Playground Advocate

In a few days, thousands of educators from various countries are expected to attend a free 3 day virtual conference, The Reform Symposium, #RSCON4. RSCON will be held October 11th to 13th in conjunction with Connected Educator Month.