September, 2011

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.

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. It is definitely a discussion starter in regards to what should be occurring in the classroom, our respective roles in the profession, and how we should be working with our students to unleash their potential. Is there more that can be added to this discussion? educator Opinion teacher


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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. In her book Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats , Nancy Willard states, "Cyberbullying and cyberthreats are new concerns that have not been fully addres by the academic community." In fact, our students are receiving very little instruction from anybody regarding responsible online behavior and being an effective online citizen.

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

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.

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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?


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".

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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.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

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. Actually working with the kids is at once a reminder of why we do this work, and also sort of scary.that many kids at that many different grade levels and developmental zones- I have found my iPad to be a huge help.

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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.

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.

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. It boots up in 8 seconds, has a sleek user interface, is very light, and allows you to pick up right where you left off when you log onto another device.

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

Dear Kleinspiration Friends,


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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."

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. Some rights reserved by Mantid Man Bloom''s Taxonomy and a Praying Mantis About ten years ago, I had a third grade student bring a praying mantis to our class, and we placed it in a terrarium. The students were fascinated with it.

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. One of my favorite resources in this regard are the opening lessons of Think Social! , the character of GlassMan (for younger students) and The Incredible 5-Point Scale.

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

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. And it''s true. There are lots of places to look for "stuff" for the classroom. Fear not!

QR Code Scanning for Parents

The Daring Librarian

Back to School Night is Coming: Marketing to My Parents In a couple weeks we''re having our Back to School Night (BTSN) at my middle school & it''s a GREAT opportunity to start my year off right by giving my parents ALL the resources they need to be in constant communication with us! A friend & fellow teacher librarian in my district Barb Randolph mentioned that the teachers who posted QR codes in their classrooms had parents lining up to scan them on BTSN!

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Social Media Is Here to Stay: Get Out of the Way or Become Roadkill!!

The 21st Century Principal

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

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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 purpose of an essential question is to connect relevance of the main concept or big idea back to the learner. It focuses the learner on what''s important. Essential questions are: Thought-provoking, higher level thinking questions, and complicated with more than one answer.

Smyface! Explore feelings and responses.


Smyface is a simple interactive website you can use to emphasize feelings vocabulary and the connections between real-world events and internal responses. Use the slider to view a huge variety of facial expressions, match them to emotional vocabulary, and work with students to link feelings to events.

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. But did you know there are some really cool, specialized search engines that can really narrow your searches and help you discover some really nifty things about this world we live in.

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Using Mobile Learning Devices In & Outside the Classroom

The Mobile Native

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the Reform Symposium. This was an amazing conference that connected educators from around the world. Here is what I had to say about using mobile learning devices in education

The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

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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. I'm not the first academic who has made this stand and hopefully I won't be the last. Many others now only publish their work in open access journals, and I intend to do the same.

Introducing Your Class to Your Blog


Blogging is a fabulous way to connect with an authentic audience. Like everything else, there is a transition process for learning how. Some rights reserved by T Hall Foundations for Blogging Houses need a sturdy foundation to remain standing. Likewise, blogging needs a sturdy foundation of digital citizenship and quality commenting. Digital Citizenship Introducing your class to digital citizenship is the first step. They will learn most of this in the context of blogging.