December, 2013

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

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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. When others join, their information is private, too. Once others have joined, teachers can send out information with the click of a button! Others can''t reply, so teachers aren''t overwhelmed with messages to reply to.

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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. Enter ThingLink. Thinglink allows you to upload an image, grab one from Facebook, import from Flickr or use a picture from the web.

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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.

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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.

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. The challenge for me though was that Shannon Miller''s , Joyce Valenza''s , and Gwyneth Jones''s don''t grow on trees. This mere challenge did not deter me in my search in the least bit as I had my eyes set on one such individual that fit this mold perfectly.

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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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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. I would spend hours scrolling through the fabulous blogs. Most of all, I enjoyed all of the wonderful and creative ideas I was learning that I could take back to my own classroom.

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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. Wherever you come down on the debate I hope we can all agree that, in most cases, summative assessments have their place. But in day-to-day learning in the classroom formative assessments give us a truer picture of how are kids are learning and how our teaching needs to adapt.

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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.

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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).

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. This year educators in NJ, like many other states across the nation, are still adjusting to new mandates related to teacher evaluation and tenure changes. Here we call it Achieve NJ.

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#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. The 2013 CEL convention focused on the theme of Transformative Literary Leadership and Learning, and my session was STOP BLEEDING RED INK: Using Paper and Online tools to assist in evaluating student work.

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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. The premise of a Twitter chat is simple. Each lasts for 60 minutes, moderators pose questions on a predetermined topic, and participants use a consistent hashtag (#) to communicate. Questions are posed in a sequential

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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. However, as an elementary teacher, I know the value of having children use pencils and scissors as a valuable form of technology. Additionally, having a five year old son, I see the importance of having Jacob practice his fine motor skills by cutting, pasting, and coloring.

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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.

9 Education Reform Fallacies Held to Be True by Current Education Reformers

The 21st Century Principal

"Since the formation of the United States of America, there has been debate over the roles and purposes of education." Christopher Tienken & Donald Orlich, The School Reform Landscape: Fraud, Myth, and Lies Because educational policymakers were so successful in using the Sputnik incident in promoting new education policy and change, it seems we have a new "Sputnik-moment" every 10 years or so, and with Arne Duncan, we seem to have one every time the latest round of PISA scores are released.

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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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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. Setting up a Makerspace has been a priority of mine from the moment I started here at New Milford High School , and it’s already well on its way to being achieved.

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Music Is Not Dead in Public Schools

CUE

By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Bill Selak a-b-c-d-e-f-g h-i-j-k-lmnop q-r-s t-u-v w, x y and z I know what you’re singing in your head right now. Now you know your ABCs, I hope.) This song is so ingrained in us, that we forget that it’s how we learned the alphabet. Even as adults, we […]. The post Music Is Not Dead in Public Schools appeared first on OnCUE. Blended Learning

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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.

Professional Learning Networks (PLN)

Tom Murray

Recently, I had the opportunity to record a Google Hangout with four connected educators on “Growing Your PLN.” Lyn Hilt (@l_hilt), Nick Provenzano (@thenerdyteacher), Lisa Dabbs (@teachingwthsoul) and Patrick Larkin (@patrickmlarkin) joined the conversation and shared a wealth of advice on how educators can develop a strong personal learning network. What is a personal learning network? A Personal Learning Network is an informal learning network that enables an individual to work

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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. Her ability to paint a vivid picture for her audience is a skill I share with my young authors throughout our studies of writing personal narratives, or small moments. My school uses the units of study created by a team within our district.

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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. Besides the fact that you can access the application across devices, there are some additional extensions and tablet apps that make it even more useful and versatile for the school leader and classroom teacher. C heck out each of these tablet apps and Chrome extensions to extend the usefulness of the application even further.

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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. Most have some kind of video to show you how to do it, or very simple instructions. This is a great resource for anyone, especially schools using Google apps. Related: Google for Educators Resources.

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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!

Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Student Engagement and Learning

A Principal's Reflections

This post is the fifth 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. Currently there is a pre-publication discount of 15% for any orders before this date.

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Mobile Photography in the Classroom

CUE

By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Stephen Davis Mobile photography in the classroom is quickly becoming an excellent tool teachers can use. After all, students and teachers think in images. Images in all aspects of life are increasing in number and sophistication. We have moved from a print-based society to a visual-based society for much of our […]. The post Mobile Photography in the Classroom appeared first on OnCUE. Learn Education Technology

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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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Touch Screen #IntelAIO Allows Easy Navigation for Students

Kleinspiration

The New Computer: Where to Start When I recently received my new Intel All-In-One PC (AIO) , one of my first goals was to make sure the device was something that was user-friendly and interesting to all of my students. The AIO has a lot of great features, but I wanted something to give it a "wow factor" for the students and bring them in as excited users.

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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.

SAMR and coffee

Kathy Schrock

Since this blog IS the Kaffeeklatsch, I thought I should share some of the ways people have been using coffee analogies to explain the SAMR model. I cannot vouch for the analogies, but thought it was interesting this seems to be a common practice! The SAMR Model The image below was created by Jonathan Brubaker and appeared in a blog post here. SAMR Model and Starbuck''s Coffee SAMR vs. Latte Email me with any other coffee analogies you find in the education arena!

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How to Stop Those Unwanted Auto Audio and Video Ads From Playing While Web Browsing

The 21st Century Principal

If your web experience has been like mine lately, you have probably noticed more auto audio and video ads playing as you access web pages. These auto-audio ads can really be a nuisance. Of course you can turn your Volume off, but every time you need the volume, you must turn it on again. I explored the web forums just a bit, and I think I have found a solution for Chrome Browser users. Here''s how: 1.

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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. Currently there is a pre-publication discount of 15% for any orders before this date.

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