May, 2013

Going Global-Tips And Resources For Global Collaborations

The Web20Classroom

I had a wonderful conversation this morning on Twitter with a teacher from New Zealand that commented on a tweet about using Skype Classroom to go global. She mentioned how her students were going to Skype and talk to kids in Iowa. How awesome is that! I just love the fact that the world gets so much smaller when we use technology like that. There really are endless learning opportunities for students (and teachers as well).

Tons of Classroom Examples Using Augmented Reality with @Aurasma - A Complete How-To Guide!


How to Use Augmented Reality in Your Classroom this post is read best via a desktop due to the embedded video content Augmented reality allows someone to add another layer to an existing image. For example, imagine holding your phone over a poster on the wall as if you were going to take a photo of that poster, and then instantly a video starts playing to offer you additional information about that particular poster. Pretty cool, right? The first time it happens, it seems like magic.


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Google Apps and Chromebooks Training Resources

Educational Technology Guy

I put this list together for our district as we are going with GAFE and Chromebooks and I figured I''d share it here too.

Game Design as a Catalyst For Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Over the course of this school year, I have been fortunate enough to share ideas on technology integration with Judy Wilson , my children’s principal at P.S. 3 in Staten Island, NY. Many of these conversations focused on my own son’s use of technology as a catalyst for creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking developed by playing Minecraft and using iMovie to storyboard and create his own movies.

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.

May this Gobstopper (Now Called Curriculet) be Ever Lasting!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

UPDATE AS OF 1/15/14: The company Gobstopper has changed its name to Curriculet, but this update hasn''t changed how I use Curriculet with my students. The stories and information in the below post still hold true despite the change in company name. While I''ve written quite a bit about assessing writing (ad nauseum) via digital means, reading instruction and assessment have remained a primarily paper-based enterprise in my class.

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Google Tools To Check Out

The Web20Classroom

Most folks are familiar with the most common Google tools. Search, Hangouts, Docs, Mail, Drive all are used by countless folks around the world. In fact this blog is written with Google Blogger. I use Google and live there most days. But did you know there are some under used features outside of the typical ones that have great value? Here is just a handful of some of the Google Tools to check out for your classroom. Google Custom Search Engine -This tool is one of my favorites.

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My favorite iPad case for kids!


Durable. Portable. Colorful. Gripcase I recently had the pleasure of being a featured presenter at our state technology conference, MACUL. With over four thousand in attendance, you could image the cool gadgets, wonderful ideas, and inspiration being shared throughout the week. One item I kept seeing everyone walk around with were these really cool iPad cases. Sadly, I only made it to the exhibit hall once during the conference.

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Google accepting applications for next Google Teacher Academy (GTA) in Chicago July 24-25

Educational Technology Guy

Google is now accepting applications for the next Google Teacher Academy (GTA) in Chicago, Illinois on July 24-25. This is a great, free, professional development experience for educators that Google runs around the world. Teachers who have attended always give it rave reviews. If you use Google''s tools, or plan to, and want to learn how to use them more effectively in education, this is your chance.

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Authentic Learning Can't Be Standardized

A Principal's Reflections

This year’s Holocaust Study Tour took place from April 1 through 14. I am proud to say that this unparalleled learning experience, under the direction of Colleen Tambuscio, has taken place for the last twelve years at NMHS. Students that participate in this experience travel to Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic as they learn firsthand about one of the most traumatic events in human history.

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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).

Happy Birthday Blog!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

My blog turns one-year old today! 21,263 page views Thank you to all who have read my blog this year! I know I haven''t posted much lately, but I have a list of topics to write about once I get through the end of the school year. Please continue reading and sharing my posts! Coming Attractions: Gobstopper Edcanvas Voice Comments & 121 Writing Thinglink Padlet Class blogging And in case you missed them, here are some of my favorite posts.


4 Ways to Provoke Change In Our Education System

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by Jaime R. Wood In his most recent TED Talk , Sir Ken Robinson says, “There are 3 principles on which human life flourishes, and they are contradicted by the culture of education under which most teachers have to labor and most students have to endure.diversity.curiosity.creativity.” What does it take to infuse these principles into the education systems we build?

The New @eduClipper

The Web20Classroom

I have been a big fan of eduClipper and an even bigger fan of the their founder, Adam Bellow. Adam is a great friend of mine and I have seen, first-hand, the dedication, countless hours, and sweat he has put into eduClipper. And it definitely shows in this latest round of updates. What is eduClipper? Think of it as Pinterest, only more awesome and with an educational focus. You browse the web for content for teaching, resources for learning, or just stuff you want to save and share.

iCommonCore with @MasteryConnect - CommonCore at your Fingertips!


The MasteryConnect App just got a Beautiful Upgrade If you''re like the 700K+ people who already have the MasteryConnect FREE app, then you already know how amazing it is. However, you will be most impressed with the fantastic upgrade they just rolled out. Currently, the upgrade is available for Apple devices, but they are working on an Android upgrade to launch soon. click to download The MasteryConnect CommonCore App allows you to search the CommonCore at your fingertips.

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.

PBS KIDS' Design Squad Nation - great STEM resources and lessons

Educational Technology Guy

PBS KIDS'' Design Squad Nation is an Emmy Award winning program with STEM related videos, activities, games and an interactive community. There is also a Parents and Educators section with lesson plans, curriculum guides, and more.

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Personalizing Learning for All Students With OpenCourseWare

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at SmartBlog on Education. Around this time last year I received what I thought was an odd request. Juliana Meehan, a teacher from a neighboring district, contacted me and asked if I would agree to mentor her as part of her training to become an administrator as part of the NJ EXCEL program. Now at this time my plate was extremely full and, as a result, I was very reluctant to take on this additional responsibility.

The Existentialism of Candy Crush

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

So, I''ve been playing a lot of Candy Crush lately. yeah, that addicting Facebook game. yup, that one. I know I shouldn''t admit it, but. there is some relevancy. While I usually write about technology in the classroom, I think it''s appropriate considering the events of the past two weeks to talk about how seemingly silly games serve an important purpose. I''ve been playing a lot of Candy Crush as a distraction.


Autonomy for Teachers Breeds Growth and Change


By CUE Guest Blogger Principal Eric Sheninger At the suggestion of several of my teacher leaders, I decided to employ a job-embedded growth model. They wanted time to expand professional growth opportunities, see how to integrate Web2.0 tools and develop Personal Learning Networks (PLN examples). After checking the schedule, I reduced all non-instructional duties to […]. The post Autonomy for Teachers Breeds Growth and Change appeared first on OnCUE.

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.

Common Core Academy Learning Opportunities From Discovery Education

The Web20Classroom

A long time ago, Francis Bacon said that knowledge is power … This summer, teachers can empower their teaching with meaningful and actionable knowledge about the Common Core Standards at Discovery Education''s Academies! As a trusted educational partner, Discovery Education has worked with thousands of educational leaders to transform teaching and learning.

Web 2.0 Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tools: A Quick Guide


Web 2.0 Tools in Education Series Mindmapping and Brainstorming Tools: A Quick Guide A mind map is a visual representation in which a person or group is able to share, store, and reference their thinking. In education, we typically begin teaching mind-mapping at a very young age. My daughter Riley, who is in 3rd grade, made a wonderful mind map on sketch paper this year to help her get organized for a class project. She spent hours drawing it out and getting it balanced and correct.

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CloudConvert - online file format conversion

Educational Technology Guy

CloudConvert is a free, online file format conversion service that lets you easily convert files from different formats. Simply select, or drag and drop, your files, select options (email when done, send to Dropbox, send to Google Drive) and off you go. As it''s name implies, everything is done in the cloud with no software to download. It also works in mobile browsers so you can convert files on the go to be able to view them on your mobile device.

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The Capstone Experience

A Principal's Reflections

One of our guiding beliefs here at New Milford High School is that our students will find purpose and meaning in their respective learning experiences. Over the years we have added a series of new courses (19 in just two years), re-written the curriculum of existing courses, made available online courses as part of the VHS Collaborative , and developed numerous authentic learning experiences focusing on the unique interests of our learners.

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!

3 Ways to Create a Climate of Possibility and Creativity in Our Schools

The 21st Century Principal

“The real role of leadership in education is not and should not be command and control. The real role of leadership is climate control; creating a climate of possibility, and if you do that, people will rise to it and achieve things you did not anticipate and couldn''t have expected.” Sir Ken Robinson, TED Talk "How to Escape Education''s Death Valley" What is ultimately wrong with No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and the Common Core State Standards?

Was #JeffBliss disrespectful for using his #StuVoice to demand a beyond-the-packet education?

The Innovative Educator

By now, you''ve probably seen the video of high school student Jeff Bliss demanding an end to what he calls "packet teaching." Instead he puts out a call to action for teachers to work to touch the hearts of kids to open their minds. The interaction was ignited when his teacher told him to stop his b g about the test and kicked him out of class. A student flipped open the cell phone, caught his reaction on tape, and published it.

Close Read Complex Text, and Annotate with Diigo--Part 3


Close reading is a strategy for reading complex text. In Part 1 , the focus is how to do a close reading. The focus in Part 2 is how to annotate with iPads. The focal points of this post are the teacher steps in close reading; how to create text dependent questions for informational text in 6th-12th grades; annotating in Diigo; and creating writing activities to go with close reading. Click here to download as PDF Below are the teacher''s steps for creating a close reading lesson.

Giveaway: @itooch Giving Away a Full Set of Common Core Apps Created By Teachers!


There is an app for that. I n January of this year we feature d a fantastic app devel oper named iTooch Elementary. You can view the full re view here and also see some excerpts below. iTooch was one of our mos t viewed posts this year and I ha ve heard nothing but outstanding comments on their work since first being int roduced to the product. Now , our f riends at iTo och are back, with an exciting giveaway offer for a set of 3rd, 4th, a nd 5th grade set of apps.

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.

Wonderopolis - free resource for find the answers to what students wonder

Educational Technology Guy

Wonderopolis is a great, free resource that has some great resources to help students learn and explore all kinds of topics. It has topics ranging from the science of why the sky is blue to how sound effects are made to pretty much any question, or "wonder" a child has. There are quizzes to help reinforce knowledge and connect to related ideas, mobile design and navigation, social networking features, ways for users to share ideas, and over 900 different topics of wonder.

If You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, You’ll End Up Somewhere Else

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Juliana Meehan. As I sat with my stack of 100+ personal narratives waiting for grading, the enormity of the task threatened to swamp whatever energy I had. After thirteen years of teaching high school and middle school language arts, the idea of having to mark those papers with notations like “run-on” and “fragment” ad nauseam drove me to seek a different solution.

Teaching Active Reputation Management: 5 Steps for Sanitizing Facebook Accounts

The 21st Century Principal

“Collectively, all of the digital content you create, and that others create about you, becomes your online reputation. And today, that’s the reputation that matters the most.” Matt Ivester, lol…OMG! What Every Student Needs to Know about Online Reputation Management, Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying In his book, lol.OMG!