April, 2012

Common Misconceptions of Educators Who Fear Technology

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at teach.com. Education is currently at a crossroads as traditional methods and tools are changing as a result of advances in technology and learning theory.

Give-Away: 7 Habits of Happy Kids Game


Enter this great give-away below. I was very excited to see this package arrive a few days ago for a give-away. I had been recently looking for some new games and puzzles for my classroom collection and was having some difficulty finding something that was fun, easy to learn, and multi-dimensional.

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So.You Wanna Start Texting

The Web20Classroom

More and more students have access to mobile devices. In the last Pew Internet study , 77% of all teens have a cellphone. I wasn''t able to find research on pre-teens but from the work I have done in my own district I would say almost 50% of them have cellphones as well.

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Digital Notes: Combine Readability & Google Docs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

One of my favorite tools to share with students and teachers is Readability. This handy bookmarklet tool scrubs webpages clean of distractions by eliminating the ads and creating a more readable version of digital text.

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.

Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds With @CoolCatTeacher & @JulieLindsay


Notes from FutureofEducation.com Webinar Steve Hargadon , Moderator Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay , authors of Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds [link] Book was three years in the making. Steve says it''s like an encyclopedia of how to use Web 2.0 to make education connections.

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Changing Learners, Changing Methodologies

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Danielle McCartan. Danielle is a foreign language teacher at Ramapo High School in NJ and currently enrolled as a graduate student at the College of NJ. This is being posted with her permission.

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Breaking News: Citelighter Partners with Cengage - Redefining the way we Research


Explore your favorite topics for fun. yes - research is enjoyable! When I did debate in high school, I really enjoyed digging deep into the topics I knew I''d be expected to understand. I also did extemporaneous speaking. Gathering knowledge about various topics was exciting to me.

Some More Twitter Chats Worth Checking Out

The Web20Classroom

It''s been almost 1 and half years since I last wrote about my favorite Twitter chats. Since then many have come and gone, some have changed and some new ones have emerged worth checking out. First, to participate you don''t need a Twitter account.

SlideRocket Sample: Cool Tools for Vocabulary

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

As someone who creates and shares presentations frequently, I''m excited to add SlideRocket to my tech toolkit of cloud-based presentation tools. It''s slick, collaborative and available for free with a Gmail or Google Apps for Educators account.

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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.

Tools for Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN)


Today at the Spring TCEA TECSIG meeting, Kim Garcia and I are presenting on Tools for Building a Personal Learning Network in one of the breakout sessions. Below is a link to our Livebinder with resources for the presentation.

Where I'm At.


I think about this time last year, I wrote a career update. At that time, I was switching from my position as an Instructional Tech Specialist at a middle school in my district of Newton, MA, back to an SLP position at the elementary school level. So here I am again.

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Khan Academy: Friend or Foe?

A Principal's Reflections

While attending the NSBA Annual Conference this past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend Sal Kahn’s keynote on Sunday. Khan is the creator of Khan Academy. He began his keynote by sharing a video montage of Khan Academy highlights and then presenting some impressive statistics on usage.

Are Little Bits the 21st Century Lego Blocks?


Using Little Bits to Develop Elementary Engineers Little Bits: a little bit of geeky fun! On my 70 minute car rides home each day, I have a lot of time to listen to podcasts and TED Talks. One recent TED Talk captured my attention so much that I had to blog about it.

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.

Some Handy Tools For YouTube

The Web20Classroom

Today (April 23, 2012) is the 7th Anniversary of the first video ever being uploaded to YouTube. You can still see that first video here. Many districts are realizing the potential that YouTube learning can have in the classroom. There are lots of great videos and channels out there on 1000''s of topics. I have put together a list of some of my favorite tools to use with YouTube. Some are for the creation end, while some are for the consumption end.

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Getting Learning out of the Classroom with Augmented Reality

Nik Peachey

For a while now I have been expounding the wonders of augmented reality (See: Augmented Reality and Web 3.0 ) , so I thought it was time at last to give some examples of how we can actually get students using this technology and to show how it can superimpose the Internet onto their physical world.

Whom Do You Network With on LinkedIn?


If you are active on the professional networking site LinkedIn , I have a question for you. Whom do you connect with on Linked In? The reason I''m asking is because my understanding of LinkedIn is it''s a network primarily aimed at highlighting your professional experience and abilities.

How to Build a Course for iTunesU

The Electric Educator

This post provides an overview of iTunesU Course creation process along with suggestions and tips for creating an outstanding course. To view a completed course, I would recommend looking at the " Google in the Classroom " course that I developed.

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.

Getting to Know Celly

A Principal's Reflections

As we continue to move further to enhance our Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) initiative at New Milford High School we are continuing to look for cost-effective resources to support this endeavor. One such resource is Celly.

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Give-Away: Language Arts File Folder Games


Language Arts File Folder Games To Go I was very excited when Jim contacted me to partner with him through the great resources at Homeroom Teacher. This site has many must have items and essential goodies for classroom teachers.

Free PD In Your PJs From @Simple K12

The Web20Classroom

Some of you may know but, in my spare time I do presenting for Simple K12. These free webinars are on a wide variety of topics. There are loads of other great presenters too who present on a whole host of topics. Everything from iPads, to flipped classrooms, to time management.

Announcing Go-Togethers!


Developing students'' semantic abilities is one of my favorite parts of my job! I think words, and the connections between them, are just really fun! Building semantic networks provides students with a stronger vocabulary base, which in turn gives them points of reference as they learn new words.

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!

CK12 Flexbooks - FREE Customizable Digital Textbooks


Image Source Notes from TCEA TECSIG Spring 2012 Breakout Session Ope Bukola, CK12 Flexbooks Scott Floyd, Inst Tech, White Oak ISD Ope Bukola ope@ck12.org info@ck12.org www.ck12.org/flexbook New site in beta at beta.ck12.org CK12 Flexbooks is a nonprofit with over 70 titles including teacher editions.


Blogging with Freire

Learning with 'e's

not exactly. Paulo Freire, that great Brazilian educational thinker died in 1997, just as the World Wide Web was emerging in the Western world. So Freire didn't actually live to see the power and potential of social media, or the impact blogging would have on education.

Mobile Interactivity That Won’t Break the Bank

A Principal's Reflections

A few months back I read some articles on Twitter describing how educators were pairing the iPad, Apple TV, and an HDMI projector to create an interactive whiteboard experience. After reading these tweets, I realized that not only was this potential setup mobile, but it was also very cost-effective. As I ran the numbers through my head, I figured that this particular set-up would run me about $1500, almost $2000 less than if I were to purchase an interactive whiteboard with installation.

Short. Simple. Big. via @ed_insights


Thank you from Kleinspiration & Educational Insights As awesome partners of Kleinspiration, Educational Insights is giving away $50 to one of our amazing readers! Whoo-hoo. who couldn''t use an extra $50 bucks for classroom goodies, right?!? In order to enter, simply click below.

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.