June, 2012

10 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have

Educational Technology Guy

This past January I wrote "10 Tech Skills Every Student Should Have" and I have decided to modify it for the "10 Tech Skills Every Educator Should Have". Here''s my list.

The Power Of The Lurker

The Web20Classroom

Any one who knows me or reads my blog and Tweets knows I am a big advocate of social learning. The idea that we don''t have to be the smartest or be an expert in everything should be a big relief in the classroom.

Coming Soon: EduClipper-It's Like Pinterest for Teachers!


Pinterest has been well publicized as recently becoming the number three social media platform, and the teaching community is a big reason for their success.

A Multi-Faceted Approach to Engaging Parents

A Principal's Reflections

Educators must be experts in effective communication techniques, especially when it comes to parents and other key stakeholders. As the times and tools have changed we now have a variety of means to disseminate information in a more efficient and cost-effective fashion.

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.

1:1 iPads In A Third Grade Classroom


Photo Source On Tuesday, June 19th, 2012, I attended iPadpalooza at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. This conference about all things iPad in education was co-sponsored by Eanes ISD and TCEA.

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Excellent Online Professional Development Resources for Teachers

Educational Technology Guy

Professional Development for educators is something that I believe still needs to be improved. Many educators have turned online for some of their professional development. Social media provides a great resource for educators, especially Twitter, to connect, share and learn with other educators.

Reflections On #ISTE12 Day 1-The Power Of Connectedness

The Web20Classroom

I''ve spent the better part of 3 days taking part in various parts of the #ISTE12 experience. Basically, if you don''t know, ISTE is the international conference for technology educators. This year it''s in sunny San Diego.)

Introducing: Marquin Parks and Wrinkles Wallace: New Series Great for Bookclubs!


From Teacher to Author - Congrats to my dear friend, Marquin Parks Last summer when I joined the National Writing Project, I had the pleasure of working with a truly creative and inspirational author named Marquin Parks ( click here to follow him on Twitter).

Why Blog?

A Principal's Reflections

As I reflect on my continuous evolution as an educational leader I am constantly amazed at how things have changed over the course of three years. It was in March of 2009 that I decided to give this social networking tool Twitter a try.

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.

Twitter: Easiest Way to Get Connected for 21st Century Administrators

The 21st Century Principal

If you''re looking for a social media tool to get started with in your role as a 21st century administrator, start with Twitter. It is one of the easiest to set up and use, and also the one you will experience the most immediate results.

Teacher, Teach Thyself! Free Quality PD Resources


You don''t have to take or attend formal classes to extend your learning. Photo Source It''s summer in the northern hemisphere, which is a great time for educators to take a break from the daily bustle of teaching.

Physion - free Physics Simulation Software

Educational Technology Guy

Physion is free Physics simulation software that can be used by educators to create physics simulations for their class or by students to create physics simulations to explore concepts or as part of a project. The teacher can even create experiments for the students to use in class (virtual labs).

Why You Should Sign Up for @eduClipper

The Web20Classroom

I have written about the awesomeness that is eduTecher before. Created by my good friend Adam , it is always one of the first places I go to learn about new tools and resources for the classroom. He has amazing collection of apps, sites and more that you can spend hours looking through. Building on that success Adam is at it again creating a free tool for teachers (and students.well anyone really) called eduClipper. The idea is that there is so much out on the web that you want to save.

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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.

Bring the Zoo into Your Classroom: Awesome Live Animal Cams at The Columbus Zoo!


An Interactive Zoo Experience for your Students bring the animals into your classroom - live! Can''t take a trip to the zoo, try bringing the zoo to you. Nationwide Insurance and Jungle Jack Hanna have partnered with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to let you see animals in real time.

Learning Tool or Educational Distraction?

A Principal's Reflections

I thank many of us can agree that schools are split on the value that social media plays in the teaching and learning process. Ok, who am I kidding! The majority of schools see absolutely no inherent value as a result of the stigma that social media carries with it.

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3 Free Social Media Monitoring Tools for the 21st Century School Leader

The 21st Century Principal

In one of my previous posts, “ 4 Social Media Strategies for 21st Century School Leaders ” I described general social media listening strategies from the book Why Social Media Matters: School Communication in the Digital Age by Kitty Porterfield and Meg Carnes.

InstaGrok - Visual Search Engine & Interactive Learning Tool

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

InstaGrok is an intelligent visual search engine and interactive learning tool that collects educational content and displays it in the form of a cloud of related words. The tool is very appealing because it offers a variety of multimedia features to meet the unique learning needs of students.

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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.

Wonderville - awesome, fun, educational science resources

Educational Technology Guy

Wonderville is a great, free site I just learned about from an article in Tech & Learning magazine. Wonderville is an award winning site that has interactive science activities that are fun and educational.

2012 Top @Livebinders Voting Open

The Web20Classroom

Y''all know how much I love Livebinders. Around our office we use them all the time to organize resources and share the good stuff with our teachers. Tina and Barbara (the Founders) have created a great product that really meets a lot of needs for teachers and are always willing to listen and seek out advice for changes they want to make. Last year they unveiled a contest to have educators vote on the Top 10 best Livebinders around.

Digital Storytelling via Little Bird Tales by Jeannie Partin from Kindergarten Lifestyle


Welcome guest blogger, Jeannie! I encourage Kleinspiration readers to check out Jeannie''s site and become a follower of her blog. You''ll certainly want to start following her on Pinterest ( click here ), Facebook ( click here ), and Twitter ( click here ).

Learning on My Terms

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Bedros Kharmandarian, a junior at New Milford High School. Throughout his high school career he has been exposed to many elective courses in the areas of graphics and technology that have allowed him to unleash his creative talents.

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EdTech at School

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

3 Easy Things to Do with Your School or District's Facebook Page

The 21st Century Principal

The negative press about educators'' indescretions in Facebook posting is enough to send the 21st century school leader running in the opposite direction when someone talks about engaging in the use that media for school communication. But such thinking ignores the fact that other media has been, and will be abused in the same way. When a school staff members uses the phone line to engage in illicit activity, we don''t take our the phone lines.

Bloom and bust

Learning with 'e's

Bloom's Taxonomy has been hailed as a template for best practice in course design. It has been a part of the bedrock of teacher education courses for over half a century, and is a model just about every learning professional is aware of, and has used at some point in their teaching career.

More Great Uses for Binder Clips

Educational Technology Guy

Last month I wrote an article entitled " Binder Clips - lots of great uses for these little guys " with some ideas and resources for finding new uses for Binder clips. Here are some more. Binding student work (kind of obvious) but use different colored ones to code your classes and assignments 2.

1:1 iPads and Digital Learning in Belton ISD


Image Source On Tuesday, June 19th, 2012, I attended iPadpalooza at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. This conference about all things iPad in education was co-sponsored by Eanes ISD and TCEA.

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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.

20 year old edtech entrepreneur secretly lived inside the AOL office in Pal Alto, CA


Imagine living in the AOL office. and not being an AOL employee Last night, I was passing time while browsing Facebook when I realized my friend, Eric , had a lot of unusual buzz going on regarding some recent media attention.

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Tapping Into Technology

A Principal's Reflections

With the rise of mobile devices and tablets in the classroom, I’m finding so many examples of organizations that are capitalizing on these tools to create new resources for teachers and students.

Are You a True 21st Century Leader? Importance of Courage and Character

The 21st Century Principal

"Courage trumps authority. It even trumps physical violence," writes Gus Lee in his book entitled Courage: The Backbone of Leadership. There is no doubt that courage is central to leadership, and Lee''s book emphasizes that over and over.