January, 2012

It is Time For Schools to Seriously Consider BYOT

A Principal's Reflections

This piece is cross-posted at the Huffington Post. As we continue to move even further into the 21 st Century, technology becomes more embedded in all aspects of society. As a father, I see this firsthand with my son, who is in first grade.

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Introducing Learning Resource's brand new Interactive White Board: now!Board


How would you like an Interactive White Board for $399? Most interactive white boards cost around $2000. There are more affordable IWB products such as the Mimio ; however, you''re still going to pay around $800.

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So.You Wanna Be A Blogger

The Web20Classroom

So this is a blog. It really is, or at least I want it to be. This is a space for me to reflect, share, learn and grow with anyone who stops by. It has been a wonderful experience for me and I really do enjoy working on this.

Twitter Questions and Tips


I''m prepping for a workshop on Twitter for Professional Learning that I will be facilitating at the TCEA 2012 convention in a couple of weeks. Today, as I was discussing my agenda with a colleague, she offered up a suggestion for something I should include.

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.

Screencasts -Tech Support to Maximize Instructional Time

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

As educators in the 21st century, one of our goals should be to design student driven experiences that offer flexible learning paths, using a variety of tools to meet the diverse needs of all students.

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Creativity Fuels Innovation

A Principal's Reflections

I am a firm believer that creativity fuels innovation. The problem though is the the majority of schools all over the world work as hard as they can to get learners to conform to a curriculum and standards while preparing them to perform at a level on standardized tests.

Vocabulary Spelling City


I LOVE this website, Spelling City. however, I''ve just recently upgraded my account to gain access to some of their premium features (and I''m loving that, too!). I especially like being able to save my lists that I''ve created for my students to practice. This is s nice feature.

Looking Back At 2011 And Looking Forward To 2012

The Web20Classroom

For the past few years ( here and here ) I started a tradition (if we can call it that) where I look back at the year in #edtech and try to make predictions as to what''s going to take hold in the coming year. No science behind any of this.

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Keeping in Touch and Touching Lives


Last Saturday, I received one of those phone calls no one ever wants to receive. On the other end of the connection was the husband of a dear friend of mine, calling to tell me that my friend''s parents had just died in a car accident.

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.

Oolone and More Search Engines for Students

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Oolone is a new visual search engine that displays results as web previews instead of text, offering a nice option for efficient and intuitive searching.


Comfortably 2.0

"It is today we must create the world of the future." Eleanor Roosevelt I did something in class today that doesn''t happen very often. I had EVERY SINGLE KID engaged. As educators, we all strive to differentiate our lesson so that it caters to all of our students. Yes, it is hard to do.

A Worthy Widget

A Principal's Reflections

Dell has been identifying new ways to support the education community on the web. One of their developments is a Wordpress plugin called Education Connect that will help connect education blogs to each other.

What are your favorite Common Core resources?


Finding Resources, Assessing Progress, and Adjusting Instruction As a classroom teacher, I really enjoy finding resources that help me with my practice and that help me professionally. Mastery Connect does just this. I first started using the Common Core App by Mastery Connect.

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.

Watch, Know and Learn With @WatchKnowLearn

The Web20Classroom

A few weeks ago You Tube announced their commitment to education by moving a lot of their educational content to a separate domain, [link]. This allows schools and districts to, depending on their filtering, unblock the videos found there for use in the classroom.

Achieving Goals in the New Year


Happy New Year! While I was scanning a few "Top 10" lists that are all over the place this time of year, the famous Darth Vader Volkswagen ad from last year''s Super Bowl came up on my screen. Even after watching it multiple times, this video still makes me smile!

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Mobile Learning Blogroll

The Mobile Native

Here is a list of great Mobile Learning blogs to follow.

Developing 21st Century Learning through Coaching Conversations


My passion and goal is to see 21st century learning (innovating, creating, collaborating, communicating, and critical thinking) in our classrooms. How can I spread that passion so the goal of 21st century learner-centered classrooms becomes a reality?

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 Real World, Not MTV Style

A Principal's Reflections

One of the main objectives of a sound lesson is for students to find meaning and relevancy in terms of what they are learning. Typical questions students ask include the following: Why do we need to know this? What am I going to do with this later in life? How is this going to help me get a job?

Graphic Organizer Packet Give-Away


21 Cross Content and Cross Grade Level Graphic Organizers Give-Away I just finished creating my graphic organizer packet, filled with reading strategies that can be used with a variety of topics and ages. So to launch this packet, I''m offering a give - away to 2 lucky winners!

Making The Right Digital Decisions

The Web20Classroom

Recently, my district began a huge initiative to combat bullying/cyberbullying and to help students become more aware of the choices they make both in their face-to-face lives and their digital decisions as well. There is no one right way or right answer that will stop the problems. However, I do believe that the classroom and our schools are the places where tough conversations need to be had. I have been collecting several resources and I want to share.

Learning, unlearning and relearning

Learning with 'e's

We all value learning. And much of what we have learnt can be difficult to unlearn. Usually that's a good thing. But there are times when unlearning just has to be done. Sometimes it's impossible to learn new things if you don't unlearn some of the old stuff you are hanging on to.

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.



There have been a number of "Facebook emulators" that allowed you to create profile pages and posts for a fictional or historical person, but ClassTools.net''s Fakebook, seems to be the easiest to use, and I am also glad to see that it has stuck around (some of these have been a bit ethereal).

Quality Blogging and Commenting Audit Meme


Silvia Tolisano (@langwitches) challenges us in a meme to audit blogs and comments to raise awareness of quality blogging. I''m honored that both Kathleen Morris and Sheri Edwards tagged me in this meme.

Using Innovation to Combat Texting While Driving

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Doreen Zacher, New Milford High School''s Student Assistance Counselor. She recently collaborated with graphics teacher Walt Pevny and NMHS students in the U Got Brains Challenge 2nd Annual Champion Schools Program.

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Enhance Writing by Building Vocabulary


Words We Love In our room, we do a lot of reading. I do a lot of reading aloud. The students love to notice rich vocabulary other authors have used. We began jotting down these interesting words onto anchor charts; however, we weren''t always able to reference each word, and our paper became crowded.

EdTech at School

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