December, 2013

50+ Free Interactive Games for Elementary

Kleinspiration

ABCya: The Leader in Education Computer Games for Kids! over 50 games for EACH grade level ~ ABCya.com is My FAVORITE website for elementary learning! There is not a day that goes by in our classroom where we don''t pop on the site for at least five minutes. The children enjoy the games so much.

Why You Should Give @ThingLink A Try

The Web20Classroom

I regularly use images in presentations. Pictures can be a great way to share a particular message, or can be used to create the imagery I am trying convey. But sometimes I want my images to have a little extra umph. I want to be able to use one image and have it contain lots of information.

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My Workflow as CIO - includes heavy use of Evernote

Educational Technology Guy

I am the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for an urban public school district. We have over 21,000 students, 3500 faculty and staff, 40 buildings, 15,000 devices, a full data center and fiber network, and an IT department staff of 15.

World Of Difference

A Principal's Reflections

I n my opinion one of the most important roles in any school is that of Media Specialist. Over the years I have longed to create a position that would serve a multi-faceted role of librarian, media specialist, and educational technologist.

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.

Utilizing Twitter Chats for Professional Development

Tom Murray

Each week, educators from around the world take part in various conversations on Twitter known as “chats.” These conversations have become an excellent way for educators to connect on relevant topics, share resources and best practices, all while challenging each other’s thinking.

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The Awesome @Remind101 just Got Easier for Parents and Students with Join Pages!

Kleinspiration

Remind101 Launches Join Pages Remind101 is a free text messaging service. It is safe and secure. Teachers can sign up for a free account. They are given a specific number that is different than their personal phone number. Then, they can invite others to join their class.

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Reflections On 2013-This Year's Most Popular Posts

The Web20Classroom

As 2013 comes to a close let''s take a quick look at the most popular posts here over the course of the last year. It seems the voices, both for and against the Common Core State Standards got louder over the past year.

Google Tips - quick, easy tips for using Google products

Educational Technology Guy

Google has just released Google Tips , quick, easy tips for using Google Products. It is setup in a card format, using simple, easy terms (not tech-speak). You can see them all, mobile, home, office, or by product. Click on the card to get more info.

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Be Present

A Principal's Reflections

There is no better way to get the pulse of a school as a leader than to be in classrooms. I have never considered myself one to be tied to a desk and/or office, but the managerial aspects of the position and ridiculous amounts of paperwork catch up to you at some point.

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.

Professional Learning Networks (PLN)

Tom Murray

Recently, I had the opportunity to record a Google Hangout with four connected educators on “Growing Your PLN.”

6 Must-Have Evernote iPad Apps and Chrome Extensions for Educators and School Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

Evenote, as I''ve posted many times, is such a versatile application that every educator is bound to find it useful.

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Fabulous Blogs to Follow From 2013!

Kleinspiration

Honored To Be a Finalist for 4 EduBlog Award Categories - You can vote directly from this post. simply scroll down! Before I started blogging, I always looked forward to the Edublog Awards. It was like getting new blogging presents. new great suggestions to follow.

Class Badges to Promote Digital Literacy

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Badge - I Teach Above the Line Class Badges is a free online tool designed to help teachers use digital badges as rewards for accomplishing learning goals. The badges can be a useful tool for teachers to keep track of individual student accomplishments as they help learners focus on making progress.

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.

Tips on getting started with Evernote

Educational Technology Guy

Evernote is my main tool for work and home. I''ve been using it for 5 years and love it. It can be tough for someone new to Evernote to get started with it. Here is a great article by an on-line friend of mine, Tim Stiffler-Dean, about how Evernote can be a little overwhelming at first and how to get over that. Here is also a great article, and video, from Evernote on getting started and my main Evernote page has ideas on getting started.

Making to Learn

A Principal's Reflections

The following post was written by Laura Fleming who is the Media Specialist at my school. It is also cross-posted at her blog Worlds of Learning. Here Laura describes our philosophy and journey to create a Makerspace for our students.

The Obsolete Tech Director

Tom Murray

The role of the typical school district technology director has become obsolete. Speak with your average teacher in many school districts in the U.S., and you’ll find the technology department is better known for getting in the way than for serving the educational needs of both staff and students. Many technology departments, led by obsolete tech directors, are inadvertently inhibiting learning. The mantra of “lock it and block it” no longer works in a 21st century digital learning environment

Animoby- Cool Whiteboard App for Creating Learning Resources

The Playground Advocate

Recently, I downloaded the Animoby App for my iPad. I''ve been looking for a whiteboard app that is free, teacher-friendly, and does what it says it will do, and Animoby definitely fits the bill. Here is an overview: To use Animoby you will need to set up an account.

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.

Creative Curriculum from the Roots Up: Buy. Sell. Teach offers Fun and Free Activities!

Kleinspiration

An Online Store for the Educational Community - click here to connect - Those of you that follow my site closely know that I typically share technology related resources and rarely share printables.

So, you have an iPad.now what?

The Mobile Native

Using iPads in the Classroom 1. Only One iPad in the Classroom? iPad Apps Separated by Subject Area 3. iPad and iPod Resources 4. The 55 Best Free Educational Apps for iPad 5. 15 Literacy Apps to Create Books on the iPad 6. 23 Ways to Use the iPad in a PBL Classroom 7. Middle School iPad Apps 8.

Google Apps for Edu: Learning the Ropes - guest post

Educational Technology Guy

By: Rob May, CEO, Backupify More and more schools today are moving their data to the cloud, and more specifically to Google Apps. In the past two years, there has been a 100 percent increase in the number of students using Google Apps for Education – with 72 of the top 100 Universities (based on US News & World Report) using Google Apps and saving upwards of $1.5M annually.

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Pillars of Digital Leadership Series - Branding

A Principal's Reflections

This post is the third in a series that will outline the foundational elements of my new book, Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times. It is set to be published by Corwin Press on January 14, 2014.

EdTech at School

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

Professional Development Reform: 8 Steps to Make it Happen

Tom Murray

Every year, school districts around the country waste a tremendous amount of time and money on ineffective professional development. The traditional model of “sit and get,” where a one-size-fits-all approach is utilized, yields abhorrent results. Ask teachers from typical school districts in America their thoughts on traditional in-service time, and the feedback won’t be pretty. Professional development in many districts must undergo radical reform, from a model that’s outdated and ineffective

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12 Days of #EdTech

The Playground Advocate

During this holiday season, I hope that each of you has the opportunity to reflect on the semester behind us, and dream big for the semester ahead. To help you on this journey, these are my virtual gifts to you.

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Tons of Materials for Using Mentor Texts in Writing Workshop for Small Moments!

Kleinspiration

An Elementary Unit for Writing Workshop Using Owl Moon When Scholastic asked what book selection I''d like to have to work with my students this year, without hesitation, I asked for Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. Yolen is one of my favorite authors.

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The Hour of Code - Join the Movement

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

We live in a computer powered world. Coding is the language our computers speak. Computer science is a top-paying college degree. Jobs in this market are growing at 2 x''s the national average, yet the number of students pursuing computer science degrees has dropped in the last decade.

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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.

#CEL13: Connections

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I couldn''t afford the cost of attending the entire NCTE conference this year in Boston, but I was able to attend and present at the Conference on English Leadership , an intimate conference tied to the main NCTE event that was held November 24-26.

Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Rethinking Learning Spaces and Environments

A Principal's Reflections

This post is the sixth in a series that will outline the foundational elements of my new book, Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times. It is set to be published by Corwin Press on January 14, 2014.

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Building a Positive School Culture

Tom Murray

Schools around the country are being cleaned, waxed, and made to look their best in preparation for another year. It’s about this time when principals begin planning for the new year. Data is analyzed, goals are formed, schedules reworked, communication to parents planned, etc. But where does school culture fit into planning for next year? What steps can principals take to build a positive school culture and strong team? Lead by example. It’s simple. As a whole, staff members watch and mimic

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