July, 2011

Turning the Tide

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past two years I have seen some dramatic shifts in an effort to transform New Milford High School into a 21st Century institution of teaching and learning.

The Blooming Orange

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I''ve always been interested in new ways to view and think about Bloom''s Taxonomy and the folks at Learning Today have created a poster worth sharing.

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Digital Cleansing.

The Web20Classroom

7 days I was unplugged. For some one who is plugged in just about 24/7, having nothing that connected me to the outside world was interesting to say the least. I normally have a computer, iPad or Galaxy Tab, and phone within reach at all times.

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My Preliminary Google+ Resource List for Educators

The 21st Century Principal

I have been exploring the capabilities of Google+ for just a few days, and I can already say there are f eatures that might make it so much more functional for administrators and educators. Select Sharing: The Google Circles idea is genius.

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.

Video on Direct/Indirect Language


RSA Animate is a wonderfully creative resource that provides sketch visualizations of interesting talks and lectures. I recently watched this one by noted linguist Stephen Pinker, discussing what we would refer to as "indirect and direct" language and social relationships.

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Framework for Embedded Professional Development

A Principal's Reflections

Life-long learning is an essential characteristic found amongst effective educators and something that should be modeled for our students.

Cool Tools for Teaching Vocabulary

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I spent the first part of my summer working with teachers to help them learn to use technology as a tool for differentiating reading instruction to help all learners succeed. During that time we experimented with many different tools for teaching vocabulary.

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Where Am I?

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Flickr CC-Puffsdaddy So if you are seeing this post you might be wondering where I am. Or maybe not. But the story is still interesting none the less. Each year I go on vacation. And starting 2 years ago when I go on vacation, I go on vacation. I don''t take any technology with me.

Is Education Your Job, Your Career, or Your Calling?

The 21st Century Principal

I n his success psychology book entitled The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, Jonathan Haidt states that there are three ways people approach their work.

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.

I'm on the EDceptional Podcast this week!


I was really honored to be asked to be part of the EdCeptional podcast offered through the EdReach Network of education-related audio broadcasts.

Learning is learning

Learning with 'e's

I got embroiled in a Twitter discussion today with Mark Childs and Fred Garnett on whether the word andragogy is actually helpful to our understanding of learning. I'm not convinced. As ever, I like to promote argument, so here on this blog, I offer you my own views on what is quite an old debate.

Qualities of Effective Principals

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at the Huffington Post: Effective Leadership in the Age of Reform. School improvement efforts rely heavily on quality leadership. Educational leaders are tasked with establishing a collective vision for school improvement and initiating change to spur innovation, ensure student learning, and increase achievement.

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Simplify and Summarize Digital Text

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

In nearly ever y classroom there are a number of students who do not have the reading level needed to comprehend written content-based material. O ne of the biggest challenges teachers face is providing text for struggling readers. Technology is a tool that can help.

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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.

Reading Classics By Email

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I enjoy to read, although I don''t make enough time for it. And there are any number of excuses I could give but I will spare you. So when I hear about DailyLit , I was intrigued and decided to give it a go. Here is how it works.

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Change or We Die: Lessons from the Borders Experience for Education Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

This evening I received a email from Borders that basically thanked me for my patronage and for being a "Borders Reward Member." The truth of the matter is, I haven''t been in a Borders store since our local store closed about a year and a half ago.

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Are Technology Trainers No Longer a Need in Education? - Part II


Last month when I first posted on this topic , I stated I would share my own thoughts in the comments or possibly in a follow-up post after giving readers a chance to comment. Reader comments were wonderful for adding to my perspective; thank you!)

Thursday, July 7th - Carol Black on "Schooling the World" and the Failures of Institutional Education

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, July 7th, for a live and interactive Future of Education interview with Carol Black, director of the film Schooling the World: The White Man''s Last Burden.

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.

The Noblest Profession

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at the Huffington Post: What is Wrong With This Picture? All across the country, education is under attack on numerous fronts. No matter where you look, educators are to blame for the economic woes in many states. This is extremely puzzling to me, as it is well known that this downturn in our economy was a result of misguided, unregulated, or greedy practices of the private sector. Educators then became the scapegoats as a message of “shared sacrifice” swept the country.

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Scoop.it - Collect and Share Information Visually

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Scoop. it is a curation service that allows users to collect information about a topic of interest and display it all on one attractive visual page.

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More PD In Your PJs-The Reform Symposium #RSCON3

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Starting today is the Reform Symposium. It is 3 days full of free, online professional development. Started by several of my friends, most notably Shelly Terrell the Reform Symposium brings together educators from across the globe to learn from and with each other. There are several keynotes over the 3 days, lots of panel discussions and you could even win an iPad. You can read more about the Symposium itself here and be sure to check out the list of sessions here.

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2 Ways For Administrators (And Other Educators) to Use Evernote

The 21st Century Principal

Evernote is one of the most versatile note taking tools available on the web today. With it''s syncing desktop app, iPad apps, and smartphone apps, it is the most useful application in a school administrator''s arsenal.

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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.

Facebook for Professional Learning


If you''re reading this post, I''m going to assume you are an active reader of blogs or Twitter or both. Are you also leveraging Facebook for your professional learning? Many of the educators and educational organizations you follow through Twitter or on blogs are also maintaining pages on Facebook.

Tuesday, July 5th - Live with Sandy Hirsh on the Future of Libraries and Librarians

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Tuesday, July 5th, for a live and interactive Future of Education interview with Sandy Hirsh, the director of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University.

Digital age learning

Learning with 'e's

In my Learning is learning post yesterday, I started a debate about andragogy and pedagogy. I held the position that the theory of andragogy (Malcolm Knowles) adds very little to our understanding of learning.

ThingLink: Make Images Interactive

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Thinglink is an interactive image tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into a multimedia launcher. Users can create multiple "hot spots" on specific parts of an image a nd turn the image into a multimedia launcher.

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EdTech at School

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