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.

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


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Resources for Teaching About September 11th


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.

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.

Use Google Docs to Facilitate a Digital Writer's Workshop

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

As a longtime user of Google Docs, I am very excited that all students in our schools have been given their own Google Apps accounts because I recognize the tremendous potential that comes along with using these online digital tools. One of the things I''m most excited about is using Google Docs to facilitate the writing process.

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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?

Winner: My Grafico Clip-Art Give-Away


Congrats to #18 - Mrs. Mac for winning the My Grafico Give-Away Please contact Judy at: Prize: $30 Gift Card to shop their great store


We Are Strong: The United States After September 11th


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.

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.

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


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.

Bloom's Taxonomy and a Praying Mantis


Several mentioned that even though they knew Bloom''s Taxonomy , they hadn''t put a Bloom''s microscope to their lessons until designing PBL. Once they designed a PBL, they realized a rigor boost in Bloom''s Taxonomy was needed.


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.

A Gift for Kleinspiration Fans!


Be sure not to walk away from this great feature! Click here to get your Alexa Toolbar via Kleinspiration. Be able to view the ''rating'' of each site you visit on the web with your new Toolbar. Plus, stay connected with fun technology tips and ideas for your classroom. As a bonus, with being just one click from Kleinspiration, you''ll be able to enter give-aways and download freebies as they''re published! Click Here to Install the new Feature for your Browser.

10 Tech Tools for Teacher Training Courses

Nik Peachey

Over the summer I was running a number of two week ICT in language teaching courses for teachers from around the world. The courses were part of the Bell summer campus at Homerton College Cambridge.

The iPad as a Window.


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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YouTube for Teachers

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

As educators, most of us recognize the benefits of using video for learning and we also realize that exposing students to the wide array of content available on YouTube can be dangerous. Finally, it''s here. The site! Launched this week, the folks at YouTube appear to have been listening to teachers and edtech gurus. At first glance, I''m quite impressed with the new education site for many reasons.

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.

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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.

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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Essential Questions


In my last post, I reflected on a conversation that clarified PBL. When we crafted the Driving Question or Essential Question , the teachers became comfortable with their PBL. What is an Essential Question?

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!

First World Problems


The beginning of the school year is a great time to talk about essential concepts around being part of a group(see the Social Thinking ® approach)- whether that group be a pull-out or private social skills group, or an entire classroom.

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.

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.

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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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.