May, 2013

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.

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!

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Mobile and Project-Based Learning

The Mobile Native

Here is a list of resources to help you get started with Project-Based Learning. 1) Exploring Resources for PBL 2) 10 Practical Ideas for Better Project-Based Learning in the Classroom 3) Leading PBL Schoolwide?

I Teach Above The Line

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

At an Apple ShowCase Event in Chicago yesterday I had the pleasure of listening to the advice of many talented educators who have successfully launched and implemented 1-1 Mac learning environments.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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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.

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!

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LearnZillion - Help Students Avoid the Summer Slide

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

As another school year comes to a close we will soon be sending our students home for a much needed respite. It''s time for them to play, focus on developing their nonacademic talents, and enjoy a break from the everyday routine of school.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

Letter to My Representative Regarding Needed Changes to TRS SB 1458


Texas Senate Bill 1458 has passed the Senate in an unanimous vote and is making its way to the House as early as Tuesday, May 14th. The details on what the bill includes can be found here: [link].

Twitter - Powerful Bursts of Information

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Twitter is a resource I often tap into. I am not a Twitter expert, nor do I utilize Twitter to it''s greatest potential, but it is certainly one of my go to tools when I''m looking to share and learn from the ideas of others. Many people don''t understand how Twitter can work efficiently.

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.

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.

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.