June, 2012

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. There are new forms of in-person professional development, like Edcamps , that are also a great way for educators to learn new things.

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. The ability to see an image, lesson, or idea and "pin it" to share with a thousand or so of your closest allies is a feature that has differentiated Pinterest from other social media platforms in a way that has produced unparalled growth.


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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. When I started teaching I did everything I could to make sure I knew more than my students. Looking back, I know I wasted a great deal of time and many teachable moments with that attitude. I don''t have to know everything.

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. In my experience I have identified 4 key principles that lay a foundation for communicating effectively with parents: transparency, honesty, accessibility, and flexibility.

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.

BYOD in the 21st Century

The Mobile Native

Here is a must watch video about "Bring Your On Device". Published by Marc-Andre Lalande @malalande


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4 Ways Technology Helps To Diversify Education

Educational Technology Guy

Written by Jonathan Trent — Writer for NextUC.com , providing expertise in everything from Microsoft Lync to video conferencing to online collaboration software. As technology advances, a greater number of countries are embracing the use of it in classrooms. While the U.S. is moving in that direction there seems to be some hesitation in deciding what technology should be used. Other countries are focusing on how to integrate it while we determine if we should.

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). Marquin was always very excited about the book series that he was working on and ready to share his creation with the world.

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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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. At the time I was skeptical about whether my time was going to be well spent posting updates in 140 characters and whether or not people would actually care or be interested in what I was doing.

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).

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.

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Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I <3 Edmodo! After hearing about Edmodo for about a year now, finally joining it this past Spring has revitalized my homework and project assignments. As an English teacher who loves creating assignments using Word , I have always been inundated and swamped (redundant on purpose) with paper, often drowning under buckets and baskets of assignments I''ve created on paper. Like a turtle caught in a crab pot, I could not figure out how to get out of the paper trap (Leslee, that simile is for you!


Qwiki Creator - easily create engaging multimedia projects

Educational Technology Guy

Last year I wrote about Qwiki , which is a site that takes your internet search and creates a multimedia presentation with resources about your search term. Text, images, audio are all part of it. It''s a very cool way to quickly create a presentation about a topic. I just learned from my Edtech colleague David Kapuler on his site , that Qwiki now has Qwiki Creator available.

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. They have live video cameras that you can control (scroll up, down, side to side, etc) to see the exhibit in real time.

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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.

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.) I have had the chance to meet with educators and friends from all over the world. I''ve sat in on sessions and had conversations in the Bloggers Cafe and in the hallways and the one theme that keeps coming up over and over is connectedness.

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. I encourage you to watch the video below as it really puts into perspective not only the potential role that social media can play in education, but also the essential role of the teacher that uses it.

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6 Reasons School Leaders Shouldn't Ignore Social Media as Communication Tool

The 21st Century Principal

In their book Why Social Media Matters: School Communication in the Digital Age , Kitty Porterfield and Meg Carnes make a strong case for school leaders engaging in the use of social media as a means of communication. As they so clearly point out, "School leaders must be able to communicate with all their stakeholders, from the staff members in their buildings to the parents and other stakeholders in their communities."

iPad Essentials: Using Images


The iPad is naturally a wonderful visual tool, with its bright, colorful screen. There are so many ways we can leverage its capability to provide clients with visual stimuli to elicit speech and language, but one of the simplest is using Google''s Image Search. In the past, SLPs have spent tons of money and/or time to obtain stimuli pictures from commercial publishers or magazines, but now countless images are literally at your fingertips using your iPad.

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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.

Assignment Planner - free Android app for Students

Educational Technology Guy

I just learned about Assignment Planner from Edudemic. Assignment Planner is a free app for Android that keeps track of assignments, homework, projects, course and class information, and grades. It includes the ability to sort assignments by due date or course and set reminders for assignments. It''s easy to use and got excellent reviews.

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 ). She also has amazing products at her Teacher Store, please click here to follow her on TpT! Hello all! My name is Jeannie Partin. I am the author of Kindergarten Lifestyle and I am super excited to be at Kleinspiration today!

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.

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. In this piece he discusses his use of Adobe tools to create our recent Holocaust Study Tour book. You can view last year''s book created using Adobe Creative Design Suite HERE.

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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!

5 Aspects of Social Media Leadership for School Administrators and Other Educators

The 21st Century Principal

Twenty-first century school leaders need to become masters of social media leadership. Those who don''t, or those who dismiss it as a fad, are failing in one of the major responsibilities of being a 21st century educational leader. What does being a social media leader look like? Here''s some items to consider: Being a social media leader means you see the technology of social media as a way to invite stakeholders into conversations, not as an announcement system.

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. Laura Wright, a third grade teacher at Eanes Elementary School , gave a wonderful presentation with many practical tips for implementing the use of 1:1 iPads in an elementary setting. Wright used the iPads in her classroom during the 2011-2012 school year.

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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. Cable organization - clip them to your desk/table and feed the cable through the handle to keep them organized.

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. You might remember Eric from my posts on ClassConnect - a FANTASTIC and Free resource for teachers and students. After a quick visit to his page, I was amazed to see the following two short videos. Both are a must see!

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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.

Reflections on Summer Travel: What do Social Thinking® and Executive Functioning have to do with Speech-Language Pathology?


In a word: everything! I was thinking of all I have learned, and still need to learn, about executive function and social behavior as I prepared to head from the conference center where this year’s Social Thinking Providers’ Conference was held. It had occurred to me recently what an enormous task it really is to get even my (probably) neurotypical self to the airplane gate on time and without major self-imposed calamities.

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. I was recently introduced to an education reform model called TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement that is making really great use of the tablet and mobile platforms to provide teachers with better access to teacher resources with an iPhone or iPad app.

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. In no time at all, you will find yourself connected with educators world-wide. If you are at a loss for some ways to use this technology, here''s some suggestions based on my own experience. Twitter as a listening tool : I have access to two Twitter accounts.