April, 2012

Tools And Resources For Creating Infographics

The Web20Classroom

Infographics. You have probably seen them before. There are so many out there on a wide variety of topics. Here are just a few. Click the images to see more): The Computer Can Be A Dirty Place Visualizing Wikipedia Even Batman has an infographic These really are a great way to visualize data.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Live Monday, April 23rd - Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis on Flattening Classrooms

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Monday, April 23rd, for live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation with good friends Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis, authors of Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cultural hegemony and disruption

Learning with 'e's

The Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci is best known for his theory of cultural hegemony. In a Gramscian sense, hegemony describes the power exercised by the ruling class over the population in order to maintain control of the means of production.

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.

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.

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 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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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.

New on iTunesU: Google in the Classroom

The Electric Educator

iTunes has long been the go-to source for interesting, entertaining, and informative podcasts. A recent update to iTunes included an overhaul of iTunesU, the educational division of Apple''s web store.

EdTech at School

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

Creative learning spaces

Learning with 'e's

For me, one of the highlights of the Estonian Elearning Conference in Tallinn was listening to Stephen Harris , principal of the Sydney Centre for Innovations in Learning.

Live Tuesday, May 1st - Larry Johnson on the NMC Horizon Project

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Tuesday, May 1st, for live and interactive Future of Education conversation with Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the New Media Consortium (NMC). We''ll talk about the NMC Horizon Project the NMC Horizon Reports, their summer conference, and more.

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.

Exchange Ideas With a Growing Community

A Principal's Reflections

The Adobe Education Exchange is a central location for educators to meet, share, discuss, and collaborate on topics of interest to the Adobe education community.

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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.

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.

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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Lies, damned lies and the Internet

Learning with 'e's

Critical thinking is an increasingly important skill students need to acquire. Content is growing exponentially on the web, and students are exposed to increasing amounts of erroneous material, misleading, biased or opinionated accounts and false research.