March, 2012

Free Common Core Aligned Lessons and Web 2.0 Games to Play on your SMART Board!


Attention: FREE Lessons and Interactive Resources! I am a BIG FAN of open source sharing and teacher collaboration. Blog superstar Richard Byrne was my inspiration for starting my blog. to share free and amazing resources with teachers.

Taking A Step Back And Thinking Critically About Technology

The Web20Classroom

I am probably going to take a lot of heat for this post. But maybe that''s a good thing. Perhaps more conversation is needed. I remember where I was when I heard the iPad announced. I was sitting in my office when I was still working at a school.

Children Stressed to the Breaking Point Due to Standardized Testing

A Principal's Reflections

Recently New York City made public teacher evaluations based on student standardized test scores. This proceeded the state of New York''s decision to change how educators are evaluated, in part by connecting the standardized test scores of students into final ratings.

Great Ways to Use Google Docs - Presented Visually

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

These days a good way to capture the attention of an audience is to present information visually. For this reason, I created a glog of popular ways to use Google Docs for Learning to share with the teachers at our middle school.

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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.

Trying to Ban Facebook is Not the Answer.


Image Source It is our professional opinion that you get your child off Facebook.

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Dropbox + Pinterest + SMART Exchange for Teachers + Common Core = ClassConnect


Flip your Classroom, Just Store your Favorites , Find Common Core Content, and Share your Lessons “ ClassConnect saves me time building lessons so I can focus on engaging & inspiring my students.

Checking Out Class Connect

The Web20Classroom

I am always interested in easy ways to share content and collaborate on projects with others in quick and easy ways. So when I heard about Class Connect and it''s ability to do just that, my interest was piqued. First some back ground.

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The Best Ideas for Our Schools

A Principal's Reflections

This past week I was fortunate to attend the NASSP 2012 Annual Conference as a presenter, 2012 Digital Principal Award recipient, and most importantly a learner.

Design Your Digital Classroom

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I have just returned from the Illinois Computing Educators Conference where I had the opportunity to facilitate a full day session titled Design Your Digital Classroom. This session wasn''t about the ratio of students to machines, nor was it a prescription for using one type of technology.

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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.

@EdTechSandyK at #SXSWedu via Storify


Instead of doing the usual summary/wrap-up blog post for the SXSWedu 2012 conference, I decided to try a new-to-me tool I saw used a few times throughout SXSWedu week. Apparently, it went into public beta in April 2011 , but I''ve missed it or glossed over it since then.

School Administrator Uses of Evernote & Must-Have Evernote Extensions

The 21st Century Principal

Evernote is a must-have application for the school administrator. This week, I conducted a concurrent session on it and other web tools at the North Carolina Technology in Education Society’s annual conference.

Win a Document Camera and a HearALL Assessment Recorder from Learning Resources


HearALL™ Assessment Recorder ( click here ) Product Description : Hear way beyond! Authentically assess students’ skills and participation in small groups. Designed with 4 omni-directional microphones to capture clear recordings with dramatically reduced background noise.

#ASCD12-A Presentation On Creating Social Media Policies For Schools And Districts

The Web20Classroom

Earlier today I had the honor and pleasure of presenting at the Annual Conference for ASCD. It felt like more of a homecoming as the conference this year was in Philadelphia, a city I have been to several times over the past 2 years for conferences and meetings.

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.

Moving Schools Forward With BYOD

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest blog post by Dr. Greg Farley. Greg is the Director of Technology at Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District and an Adjunct Professor and course developer at the Graduate Schools of Education at Monmouth University and Drew University.

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Promoting Visual Literacy

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Visual literacy is a 21st Century Skill that requires students to interpret, use and create media in ways to encourage critical thinking, decision-making, communication and learning. With easy access to copyright-friendly digital images and a growing number of web 2.0

iPads in Students' Hands


This was our first year with iPads in the elementary classrooms, purchased with Title funding. Training with Tony Vincent We''ve had several trainings with Tony Vincent , starting with a three hour introduction and a two hour follow up with fabulous center ideas for literacy, fluency, and spelling.

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How to Become a Connected Educator: Developing an Effective PLN

The 21st Century Principal

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.

Interactive White Board Apps for iPad: ScreenChomp, ShowMe, Educreations


The ShowMe Story - HD from ShowMe on Vimeo 3 IWB Apps - My Personal Review of Plus and Minus Features click play on each IWB video below to see the features of each app There are many interactive white board apps; however, these are my 3 favorite !

Why You Should Give Edmodo A Try

The Web20Classroom

Recently I attended the North Carolina Technology In Education Society''s (NCTIES) Annual Conference. Each year it gets bigger and bigger and we try to find more and more ways to engage with the attendees to make the conference more meaningful and to carry on conversations beyond just the sessions. So this year we did something new. We partnered with Edmodo to create the NCTIES community.

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Connect, Share, Learn

A Principal's Reflections

It has been an incredible journey since I decided to become a connected educator back in March of 2009. As I sit here writing this post, I cannot help but reflect on the positive changes that have taken place at my school and with me professionally.

Use Glogster & Screencasts to Maximize Student Presentations

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

If you''re a classroom teacher using technology to helps students uncover knowledge and create something original, you are certainly making good use of technology as a tool for learning.

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EdTech at School

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

Have You Ever Been Asked to Guest Blog? Advice Desired!


Used With Permission Under Creative Commons License When I first started this post I thought my answer to the question of being asked to guest blog was "no," but then I remembered an opportunity I did have a couple of years ago.


Why Mobile Learning?

The Mobile Native

Mobile Learning

Interior Design for your Classroom!


Photo Credit: Schoolgirl Style by Melanie That''s right - Classroom Couture ! When I ran across Melanie''s photos on Pinterest, I went crazy! I spent three years at Michigan State studying Interior Design prior to entering teaching.

A Brief History Of #Edchat

The Web20Classroom

As one of the founders of #edchat I get a lot of questions about the what, where, when and why. So here is everything you need to know (or wanted to know) about #edchat. The History #edchat started out of a series of conversations between myself, Tom Whtiby and Shelly Terrell. Tom is a bit of an instigator and likes to push people''s thinking about various topics in education. One day he was asking several of these though-provoking questions and he was getting comments from all angles.

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.