September, 2011

Do You Teach or Do You Educate?

A Principal's Reflections

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire" - William Butler Yeats I am across this video recently and wish I had it for my opening day with teachers.

Twitter Series-What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Twitter

The Web20Classroom

This is the second in a series I am doing all about Twitter. You can read the first post here , where I discuss the need to change the way we teach about Twitter. Today, lets go back to the beginning and look at what we wish we had known. If you have read any of my leadership pieces before, you know I am big on reflection. As educators, looking back on our practice is one of the most important things we can do.

If you're a K-2 Teacher. ESGI is for YOU!

Kleinspiration

I''ve been working with Greg, founder and developer of ESGI, Educational Software for Guiding Instruction. He''s created an amazing tool for K-2 reading teachers. even parents are welcome to use this tool! Right now, if you''re a reader of Teaching Blog Addict , Greg is offering a FREE full year subscription to three people. Click Here to connect to Teaching Blog Addict and read about how to enter. Regardless, you can always click here and try ESGI out for Free for 60 days.

Teaching Students 6 Strategies for Responsible Online Behavior

The 21st Century Principal

Note: I posted a variation of this to my parents in my Parent Weekly Email Update. This version, I address more to educators and 21st century educational leaders.

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.

Resources for Teaching About September 11th

EdTechSandyK

With the 10 year anniversary of September 11th just one week away, it is difficult to imagine any classroom in the United States not discussing a day that challenged and in some ways forever changed our country.

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It's All in the Design

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I was fortunate to attend a training session on the new Chromebook at Google''s New York City offices. The Chromebook itself turned about to be an intriguing device that clearly has an upside as an educational tool in schools.

Twitter Series-My Super, Top Secret Tips And Tricks For Getting The Most Out Of Twitter

The Web20Classroom

This is the last in my series on everything Twitter. You can read this first on How I do Twitter PD and the second on What People Wish They Had Known Before They Started. Today lets look at all my tips, tricks and resources for getting more out of Twitter. I get asked all the time one of three questions: 1) Where do you find all those links you post? 2) How do you make sure you don''t miss everything without staying on Twitter 24/7? 3) How do you organize everything you find from Twitter?

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Sharp practice

Learning with 'e's

During my keynote for the Zukunft Personal event in Cologne, I publicly announced that I would no longer publish my work in closed journals. In truth, the last time one of my papers was published in a pay-to-subscribe journal was quite some time ago.

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.

Live Interview Thursday Sept. 29th on "iPads in the Classroom--a Success Story"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Working in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Education and Emmy Award Winning Director, Allyson Rockwell, the Mason-Lake and Oceana ISDs are working on a documentary film chronicling the success in the pilot kindergarten and second grade iPad classrooms in Ludington, Michigan.

Teaching Is a Business of the Heart

The 21st Century Principal

NOTE: I included this segment in my weekly staff email update for this past week. Writer Parker Palmer has so much to say about the importance of taking care of the inside as we go about the business of being educators. I hope readers will find these words helpful. Celebrated author of the book The Courage to Teach once wrote: "We became teachers of the heart, animated by a passion for some subject and for helping people to learn. But many of us lose heart as the years of teaching go by.

Desire

A Principal's Reflections

"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure" - Bill Cosby As I welcomed my staff back two weeks ago I wanted to craft and deliver a meaningful message that would hopefully resonate with them throughout the school year. So I stepped out of my comfort zone (as a science teacher I tend to be very concrete sequential and analytical) and developed an acronym focused on the word "desire".

Twitter Series-A New Kind Of Twitter PD

The Web20Classroom

This week I am going to do a series of posts on Twitter. I get asked a lot of questions about it so I though, why not write about it and put all the details in one place. You can read Part 2 here and Part 3 here. Today I am starting with Twitter Professional Development. As many times as I have talked to folks, done workshops for and even preached about Twitter, there are some that just won''t (for whatever reason) jump in. When I first started I didn''t understand.

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.

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I think, therefore I blog

Learning with 'e's

There seems to be a growing divide between teachers who share their content, and teachers who don't. In a recent blog post, I gave seven reasons why teachers should blog.

We Are Strong: The United States After September 11th

EdTechSandyK

These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. President George W.

Exercise and Physical Activity Must Be Part of 21st Century Learning

The 21st Century Principal

John Medina, developmental molecular biologist, has written an extremely readable book entitled Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. In it, he provides readers with a list of "12 Brain Rules" to guide them in getting the most from their own brains. The first principle he discusses in the book is "Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power."

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.

Book Review: The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education

SpeechTechie

If I were to make an FAQ page--I can''t think of questions that I get asked frequently enough to form a critical mass--one that would be there would go something like: "We just got an iPad. What do you recommend?" This is an understandable but unfortunately sort of prohibitively broad question.

Find New Resources For Your Classroom With eduTecher

The Web20Classroom

I dunno about you but I spend a lot of time looking for instructional and technology resources for use in the classroom. I spend lots of time using Twitter and Facebook and various other social networks. For some, using all or any of those sites can be overwhelming, intimidating, or time consuming.

Dear Kleinspiration Friends,

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Not so tasty now

Learning with 'e's

"You are salt for the earth. But if salt loses its taste, how will it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled on by people". Matthew 5:13 (New Testament) The Delicious social bookmarking site used to be one of my favourite social media tools.

EdTech at School

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

5 Goals for the School Year

The Electric Educator

Every year I pick five professional goals to work on during the school year. This marks my third year of this process: 2009-2010 Goals. 2010-2011 Goals. So, here it goes, my goals for the 2011-2012 school year 1.

Must Have Chrome App: Kindle Cloud Reader

The 21st Century Principal

A few weeks ago I began using a great new Chrome App called the Kindle Cloud Reader. Every once in awhile someone develops one of those simple, but have to have applications and this is one of those. I already have access to my Kindle library from my iPad and my Kindle.

The iPad as a Window.

SpeechTechie

Picking up a caseload of, say, 35 kiddos can be a bit daunting. You do your best to schedule and group, read IEPs, and then you have your first sessions.

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Some Google Searches You Might Not Know About

The Web20Classroom

I am an admitted Googler. I probably do about 300 Google searches a day and rely on it for all facets of my life. From looking for definitions and spellings to directions, to research for my teachers I Google and I Google a lot.

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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.

Earn Money for your School while you Shop!

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Fire and brimstone

Learning with 'e's

I spoke earlier today at the Concede User Generated Conference in the venerable surroundings of the old Palace of the Marquis de Pombal, here in Oeiras, Lisbon.

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Agile Development, Meet Online Learning

The Electric Educator

Lately I have been thinking about Agile Software development. In a nutshell, Agile development is a software development philosophy that favors incremental development and response to change over planning, documentation, and final-release software.