January, 2012

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.

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.

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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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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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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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.

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.

Lessons from Our One-Year Experiment with BYOT

The 21st Century Principal

Schools can successfully implement the practice of allowing students to use their own technological devices on school networks. Early next month, our school will mark the one-year anniversary of our implementation of a policy that allows our students to use their own laptops, tablets, iPods, and smartphones on our school WiFi. Last February, I posted " Lessons in Providing Students Wireless Access in Our School Building."

We learn by teaching

Learning with 'e's

Although I am employed to teach, I consider it something of a disappointment if I don't learn something myself during my teaching sessions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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InBox Zero in Gmail

The Electric Educator

It''s January second and all across American people are starting their New Year''s resolutions. The gyms are packed, the cupboards are empty of junk food, and storage bins are on sale in all the big box stores! If getting organized is one of your resolutions, let me give you a hand.

Build a powerful PLN

Learning with 'e's

If you are a professional, you should have a PLN. Your PLN (personal or professional learning network) is the community of people you interact with and learn from on a regular basis.

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.

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.

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?

Top 10 Tips for Using Social Media for Administrators & Other Educators

The 21st Century Principal

According to Andy Beal and Judy Strauss, authors of Radically Transparent: Monitoring and Managing Reputations Online , “Shifting from traditional to social media requires new skills, new tools, and an understanding of social media platforms.” Any school leader bringing an archaic understanding and knowledge of old media to social media is in danger of looking foolish and perhaps in danger of getting himself in major trouble with stakeholders.

EdTech at School

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

10 Ways to Re-Imagine the Classroom: 9. The Focus of Education

The Playground Advocate

This post is part nine in a series in which I offer some ways that we can work together to re-imagine our classrooms so that students are more engaged, our work is more relevant, and student learning is more enriching.

The sharp end

Learning with 'e's

Last year's #pencilchat hashtag was probably the best Twitter discussion I have seen or participated in.

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.

Guest Post-1:1 Technology in the Math Classroom

The Web20Classroom

To start the year I have a guest post all about 1:1 in the Math Classroom. Enjoy! Perhaps the single subject area that stands to gain the most from the introduction of a 1:1 technology program is math. Math classrooms with 1:1 technology can greatly expand the differentiation of content provided to students, can prevent student misconceptions from developing, and can free the teacher to focus on teaching and planning rather than grading. Let’s look at each of these benefits in further detail.

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.

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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Comments in Google Docs

The Electric Educator

When Google updated the Google Docs framework, many new features were added and/or improved. One such feature was the comment or " discussion " feature. The old comments looked like this (left). They were flat and very ordinary.

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.