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.

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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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GameSalad Turns Game Players Into Game Makers!

GameSalad lets students build their own web & mobile video games! Students learn anywhere with our Chromebook friendly creation tools and step-by-step tutorials. Our PBL lessons teach the fundamentals of Computer Science & Game Design as students create.

So, You Want An App?

The Mobile Native

Here are some sites that provide a wide variety of resources on apps. Teachers With Apps APPitic Smart Apps for Kids I Education Apps Review Moms With Apps Apps in Education Android 4 Schools Fun Educational Apps Best Kids Apps Tony Vincent provides great ways to evaluate educational apps.

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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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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

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.

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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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.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

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

How to Become a Connected Educator: Developing an Effective PLN

The 21st Century Principal

According to Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall, “Teachers must learn to model connectedness and enable students to develop personal learning networks, made up of people and resources from both their physical and virtual worlds but first, teachers must become connected collaborators themselves.”

Why Mobile Learning?

The Mobile Native

Mobile Learning

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.

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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The Seeds of Innovation

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest blog post by Dr. Franklin Turner who recently visited my school. A few weeks ago, I made a commitment to visit schools that are using social media, smartphones, texting, and other digital technologies, as a vital part of daily classroom instruction.

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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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.

4 Ways School Administrators Can Use Dropbox

The 21st Century Principal

Dropbox is on my short list of must-have school administrator web tools. It offers users and easy-to-use application and any-device access. Dropbox is my virtual file cabinet that follows me around 24 hours a day.

Announcing Fun & Functional (v. 1.1)


One of my first clinical experiences in graduate school involved planning and implementing classroom-based lessons in the school setting. It really shaped my thinking for the years to come, as I learned how important semantics was to students'' functioning in the classroom.

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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.

EdTech at School

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