August, 2011

Taking Care Of Your Digital Self

The Web20Classroom

One of the areas of focus for me in my district this year is teaching teachers and students how to take control of their digital identity and turn it into something positive and something they can be proud of.

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Advancing Mobile Phones as Learning Devices

A Principal's Reflections

This morning I read a great article on PBS Media Shift by Audrey Watters entitled " Why Schools Should Stop Banning Cell Phones, and Use Them For Learning." Up until this past year the rule of thumb was that students could bring their phones to my school, but they could not be on, seen, or heard.

Finding Hidden Talent in the New School Year


Summer break is over and schools are starting up again in the U.S. over the next few weeks. As you contemplate the upcoming school year, I want to issue you a challenge. But first, sit back and watch the video I have linked below. Watch it from start to end (six minutes isn''t a lot to ask).

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YouTube Tools: Maximize Instruction and Tame Videos

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Video in the classroom is a dynamic resource for supporting the curriculum and engaging students. A wide range of video with educational value is available on YouTube , but sometimes those videos need to be tweeked to maximize instruction.

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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.

Games for Children with Autism


Whiz Kid Games is a British resource of repetitive, well-paced and language-based games designed for kids with autism, but adaptable to other populations of students.

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Back To School Follow Up-How Do You Have A Great Start To The Year?

The Web20Classroom

Last week I asked what you do to have a great start to the year. The results are pretty cool. Loads of great ideas you can take into your first couple of days with your kids. Here are a few of my favorites: Take the time to smell the roses! Listen - really - listen to the kids and enjoy the moment of the first few days. There will be plenty of time to catch up after the first few days. Get to know the kids, the staff, and parents. You can''t turn back time no matter how we try. "I

A Milestone

A Principal's Reflections

Never in a million years would I have imagined that I would be here writing my 100th blog post. I never considered myself much of a writer. To be quite honest, I actually hated it. As I began my journey into the world of web 2.0

A Conversation Starter for Digital Citizenship


This video from Birdville ISD in Texas is well done and covers several digital citizenship and online safety situations which are relevant to the young students in our classrooms. Additionally, it serves as a great example of a student project.

Technology: A Tool to Support All Learners

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

The Goal of Education by George Couros | Flickr - Photo Sharing

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.

The Lion Roars! An SLP-friendly summary of Mac's New Operating System


The big buzz in the Appleverse lately has centered around the recent release of Mac''s new operating system OSX 10.7, better known as Lion. I thought it might be a good topic to post about, to let you know why you should care about this if you are a Mac or iDevice user.

Who put the 'ass' in assessment?

Learning with 'e's

This week's eAssessment Scotland Conference was an interesting and thought provoking event.

Five Questions To Start The Year

The Web20Classroom

In most places students are either starting school or getting ready to go back. But before we get to far into the year it is a good idea to step back and reflect a bit about our place in the classroom and the year ahead.

Moving Forward

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at Edutopia. School leaders across the country are meticulously planning for the upcoming year. This process has become more difficult as mounting challenges such as budget cuts and what seems like a relentless attack on the profession of education have taken their toll on staff moral.

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.

Leaving Tumblr


This is a cross-post from my soon-to-be-gone Tumblr blog, with a few minor revisions to make it make sense here. Photo Used Under a Creative Commons License [link] Well, I gave Tumblr a try.

Comics in the Classroom

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Comics are a powerful teaching tools that provide educators with engaging visual content to support all learners.

Dear Facebook, We Need to Talk

The Daring Librarian

We need to talk. I''m seeing other people. I know I''ve been distant lately. In fact, we never really talked about why I walked away from you for a while two years ago and I really feel bad about that. You wanna know why?

Common Sense Social Media Policies in Schools: Working with It Instead of Banning It

The 21st Century Principal

Since the state of Missouri passed a law banning teacher use of online social media communications with students, states and districts across the country are stepping up their examinations of social media and its place in schools. Social media in general, and Facebook in particular has become the tool of the boogeyman and predator to lure children to do things they wouldn''t do otherwise.

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.

Back To School-Leadership In 2011

The Web20Classroom

I orginially wrote this post back in 2009. Since that time so much has gone on in the world of Social Media in Education, I decided it needed some updating. There is so much pressure on school leadership in this day and age. School budgets are growing tighter and tighter.

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A Principal's Reflections

I routinely blog throughout the school year about my staff and the great work they are doing to create learning environments that are engaging, rigorous, and student-centered.

What's Up With QR Codes?

Comfortably 2.0

Some of you might be wondering what those funny looking cut-outs are all over York Elementary School. They are called QR (Quick Response) Codes. They are becoming pretty popular and I bet you have seen them in magazines, at the supermarket, or even in the newspaper.

Spell with Me: A Tool for Flickr

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Spell with Me is a quick and easy tool that translates letters in words into Flickr images. Type in any word and this tool will generate one image for each letter and then provide you with the embed code to include the image on your blog or website.

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EdTech at School

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

Powering Up in the Classroom

The Mobile Native

Defining Mobile Learning In education, the words "Mobile Learning" are starting to appear more often. Mobile learning is anytime, anywhere seamless learning. In other words, it is ubiquitous learning. A mobile learning device could be a laptop, net book, iPad, iPod Touch or even a smart phone.



Learning with 'e's

Below is an interview I did for the EU funded Links-Up Expert Testimonial video series on Web 2.0 and e-Learning, in the bright sunshine of Dublin, during the EDEN Conference. Halfway through, watch out for my Roy Orbison impersonation.

Thoughts On Leading For #LeadershipDay11

The Web20Classroom

Watch this video. Did you really watch the video or are you just keeping reading? Come on, watch it. I promise you will like it. This is my favorite You Tube video by the way.) Now ask yourself some questions. 1) Do you have guts? This guy is my hero. He felt something inside his soul. The music made him want to move. He didn''t care what others would think. He got up and started moving. Kinda like in schools sometimes.

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Glogster EDU Gets Even Better

A Principal's Reflections

For those of you not familiar with Glogster it is a fantastic web 2.0 tool that allows educators to create FREE multimedia posters called glogs. Here is how the company describes their product: Simply put, a Glog is a kind of poster —fully designed by you! A Glog is a unique creation made up of text, images, music, and video. It can be colorful, edgy, emo, or rock—it’s up to you to make your Glog stand out. Glogs are a perfect way to express who YOU are!

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.