April, 2012

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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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. We are beginning to see some schools across the country take the lead in merging sound pedagogy with the effective integration of technology.


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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. Many of the games we see in classrooms can very specific to their genre. Word games are word games, trivia games are trivia games, etc.

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How to Engage in Using Social Media as a School Leader

The 21st Century Principal

Many school leaders and policy makers still express a high level of skepticism regarding social media’s potential as an educational tool. This is evident by administrative efforts across the country to block and ban the technology rather than engage it instructionally. As authors Ronald Williamson and J.

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.

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. So here are some teaching suggestion which exploit two augmented reality type apps and gives students some reading, listening and speaking practice, as well as a bit of exercise.

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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. And these aren''t smart phones. Although, we know many have smart phones.) These are just plain, ol'', regular cell phones.

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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. Society has evolved from the days of the infamous phone call: “Hi, did you get my e-mail?” Push notifications take care of that problem. RSS feeds are delivering handpicked news stories directly to people.

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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. As I reflect upon my current thoughts of research, I don''t have the same passion for learning.

3 Lessons From the Dalai Lama on Being a Teacher

The 21st Century Principal

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama writes in the book In My Own Words: An Introduction to My Teachings and Philosophy : “As children grow older and enter school, their need for support must be met by their teachers. If a teacher not only imparts academic education, but also assumes responsibility for preparing students for life, his or her pupils will feel trust and respect, and what has been taught will leave an indelible impression on their minds.

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).

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. For several years academic institutions have posted content to iTunesU. The problem with this system is that there was no systematic way to organize this content into a coherent sequence. With t he iTunesU App this is now possible.

April Fool!


I am not a huge fan of April Fool''s tricks, but I do enjoy Google''s famous annual pranks. They used to have just one or two, but they have begun to announce a range of silly innovations each April 1, one for each of their products. This video is a compilation of four of the video "announcements" from this year: Exploring Google''s April Fool''s pranks can make for a good language lesson!

More Fun And Resources With QR Codes

The Web20Classroom

(So this is post #500. Thats pretty cool. Thanks for reading!) It''s been a while since I last wrote about QR Codes. Last year (and somewhat this year) QR Codes were a hot topic in the classroom. At many of the conferences I went to there were sessions dedicated to the use of QR and how kids from Kindergarten to college were using them. While the conversations are not as loud, I do believe that QR can be an easy way to access information. And really the QR codes themselves are not revolutionary.

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. To date, these statistics are: 140 million+ lessons delivered, 500 million+ exercises done, and 6+ million unique visits per month.

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.

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. Just as TED believe in sharing inspiring ideas, I know teachers share ideas with each other, too.

3 Practices for 21st Century School Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

In an interview with James Bellanca, education scholar Linda Darling-Hammond clearly delineates 3 practices administrators must engage in to bring our schools into the 21st century. The interview can be found in the book 21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn.) School leaders in the next decades need to engage in three practices that we haven''t always seen as part of school administration.

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. Julie says they really wanted to highlight the work of many great teachers. It is not just about Julie and Vicki. Vicki says they wanted the book to be an experience that is encouraging. Helping to take Web 2.0

Autism Awareness Month


As April- Autism Awareness Month- draws to a close, I wanted to share a presentation I made this weekend in Florida at NOVA Southeastern University, sponsored by the Florida DOE and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD). The focus of the presentation was technology resources (web-based and iOS) that are dedicated to or can be "re-purposed" for use with the population of students with autism at various levels of functioning.

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.

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. Chats are a great way to passively learn with lots of people. I am a big believer in the power of the network. And while eventually you will want to jump in you don''t have to at first.

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. Celly lets people create private communication networks that work really well for situations that other social networks and resources don''t. It also provides schools with a platform of tools that can be used to accomplish a variety of tasks. This Web 2.0

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. You''ll notice on their home page that everything is neatly organized by subject, grade level, or category. The website is easy to navigate and includes great images to see the products they offer. Plus, they offer many items at 70% off - what a deal!

MetroTwit: Twitter Client to Replace TweetDeck

The 21st Century Principal

I personally haven''t been pleased with TweetDeck since Twitter took over its development. Initially, it repeatedly crashed. Then, recently, it was taken down due to a rather large security hole. Finally, I have had serious issues with it not updating my tweets. It basically would sit idle on my desktop and not update for long periods of time. I''ve tried several alternatives. Those include Hootsuite, Seesmic, and even Yoono.

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

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. But what would he have said about blogs if he had been witness to the participatory web in all its present glory?

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. Enter Go-Togethers , an app I helped design along with Rosie Simms for Smarty Ears Apps. Go-Togethers targets identification of word associations as well as expressive naming.

Put The Internet To Work For You

The Web20Classroom

Let''s face it. The easier and more automated I can make certain things I do, the better off I am. While I haven''t perfected my "Get Out Of Bed, Dress Me, Make Me Bacon" machine.yet, I have found a site that puts the power of the Internet to work for me. If This, Than That (or IFTTT) is a powerful website where you set up triggers and recipes to do tasks for you.

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.

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.

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. You only need to enter once, but I''ll include three additional entries for good luck!!

Introduction to Google Docs Drawing

The Electric Educator

One of the more obscure parts of Google Docs is the drawing tool. This tool is best used for more intricate charts and diagrams that would be very difficult to create and work with in a document. Concept maps, organizational charts, and food webs are some examples of illustrations that would be best created in the drawing tool. Here''s a quick overview on the features of Google Docs Drawing. Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I always appreciate feedback on my posts.

Changing Education Paradigms

The Mobile Native

This is a must watch video from the amazing Sir Ken Robinson

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