June, 2012

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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.

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).

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).

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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.

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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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.

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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A Day of Learning

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

The folks at SimpleK12 are hosting several Days of Learning this summer featuring free webinars for educators which are certainly worth exploring.

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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.

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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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.

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 ).

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

Developing Your Digital Study Skills

Nik Peachey

Making the move from our safe and trusted traditional literacy habits to newer digital skills can be quite a challenge, but as teachers I think we are really unlikely to be able to use technology and help our students use technology really effectively unless we are prepared to face this challenge.

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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.

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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.

Bloomin' Apps - Apps to Support Bloom's Taxonomy - updated!

Educational Technology Guy

I''ve written about the interactive app charts that Kathy Schrock has created that organized different iOS, Android, and Google and Web 2.0 apps based on the Bloom''s Taxonomy level. They are a great way to find Apps based on what you are trying to have the students do.

EdTech at School

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