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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10 Ways to Re-Imagine the Classroom: 1. The Role of the Teacher

The Playground Advocate

Image: Michelle Meiklejohn / Over the next few days, I want to offer some ways that we can work together to re-imagine our classrooms so that students are more engaged, our work is more relevant, and student learning is more enriching.

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.

Who put the 'ass' in assessment?

Learning with 'e's

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

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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

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.

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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10 Ways to Re-Imagine the Classroom: 5. The Focus of Class

The Playground Advocate

This post is part five in a series in which I offer some ways that we can work together to re-imagine our classrooms so that students are more engaged, our work is more relevant, and student learning is more enriching.

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 Tuesday August 16th with Gary Lopez on and Teaching with the Power of Open, Digital Resources

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Start Thrashing

The Electric Educator

"Travelanche" by Chiot''s Run via Flicker. Exam Cram by zslibrary via Flickr. Everyone thrashes. The question is when do you thrash? You''ve had this vacation planned for months. Your travel reservations were made well in advance.

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.

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

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.

4 Smart Rules to Guide Administrators in Selecting iPad Apps

The 21st Century Principal

One of the most difficult decisions in tight budgets and deciding how to spend what little technology money we have.If your school or district is like mine, you just don''t have money to spend on iPad apps that won''t be used.

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10 Ways to Re-Imagine the Classroom: 4. Our Definition of the Classroom

The Playground Advocate

Image: nuchylee / This post is part four in a series in which I offer some ways that we can work together to re-imagine our classrooms so that students are more engaged, our work is more relevant, and student learning is more enriching.

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.

Capacity. Are you Over it?

The Electric Educator

As a die-hard Internet user I live and die by the bandwidth of the network that I am using. The capacity of the network determines what I am able to accomplish. The principle of capacity applies to other areas of life as well: You can only serve someone else if you aren''t overextended.

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.

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.

10 Ways to Re-Imagine the Classroom: 3. The Act of Learning

The Playground Advocate

Photo by Tim Wilhelmus. This post is part three in a series in which I offer some ways that we can work together to re-imagine our classrooms so that students are more engaged, our work is more relevant, and student learning is more enriching.

EdTech at School

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

Technology: A Tool to Support All Learners

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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

Flipped Class Workshop Resources

The Electric Educator

This week I traveled to Wisconsin to help teachers at University School of Milwaukee flip their classrooms. In preparation for the event I built out a Google Site with tips, ideas, projects, and examples to help teachers get started in flipping their classrooms.

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.

Must-Have iPad and Smartphone Apps for Educators: Revised Edition

The 21st Century Principal

Next week, I will be presenting to a group of educators in my district on the subject of "Must-Have iPad and Smartphone Apps." I did a blog post a short time ago, and that list hasn''t change much, but there have been a few additions and deletions, mostly due to suggestions of those in my Personal Learning Network. Below is my current list of must have iPad apps that I will be sharing next week. Keep in mind I have not included content specific apps.

10 Ways to Re-Imagine the Classroom: 2. The Role of the Student

The Playground Advocate

Image: Adam Hickmott / This post is part two in a series in which I offer some ways that we can work together to re-imagine our classrooms so that students are more engaged, our work is more relevant, and student learning is more enriching.


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.