June, 2013

If you like Pinterest and Edmodo, you'll love eduClipper!


Save Everything in One Spot : Word Documents, PDFs, PPT, Drive Files, Images, Links, Embed Codes, Flash Content, Excel Files, and more. all organized, all for free! If a teacher designed Pinterest, I''m sure it would resemble eduClipper. The amazing Adam Bellow recently relaunched his site, eduClipper. Last year, teachers were invited to test the private beta version.

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5 Leadership Questions To Finish (And Start) The School Year With

The Web20Classroom

In many places, the end of the school year is upon us. Students are eagerly waiting for that final bell to ring, and teachers are busy making those final preparations to finish things out. And while our thoughts may turn to summer vacation, this time of year is ripe for reflection, especially for the school-technology leader.


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Evernote releases some great new features

Educational Technology Guy

Evernote is my go to app. In fact, in my position as CIO, I use two apps for 90% of my work - Outlook for email and calendar and Evernote for all my notes, project planning and more. I keep meeting notes, project management, reference files, clip websites and even save emails with Evernote clipper for Outlook. I use it on all my devices: desktop, smartphone, Nexus 7, Livescribe pen, and ScanSnap scanner and Chromebook and it is an indispensable app.

Social Media Use Needs to Focus More on Learning Than Behavior

A Principal's Reflections

It pains me when I hear about school districts that are attempting to implement and impose social media policies that focus more on the "behavior" of educators as opposed to student learning. Last week I was fortunate to weigh in on one such district''s journey in this area and share my thoughts on where the emphasis should be. The video clip of the interview can be found below. After viewing it I would love to know what do you think.

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.

Gamification to encourage learner autonomy

Nik Peachey

This post tries to pull together a couple of things I have been thinking about recently. The first was a post I saw on the 21st Century Fluency Project blog a few weeks back. The title of the article ' How I Turned My Classroom into a ‘Living Video Game ’ caught my eye and before I even had time to read it I started thinking about how the factors that create motivation in computer games could be applied to the classroom.

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Kids Summer Writing Camp with Diary of a Wimpy Kid Author, Jeff Kinney, by @BoomWriterKids Register Today!


Imagine if your kid could do a week long writing camp with their favorite author! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER I am so excited to share this post with you. I recently found out that the award-winning educational company, BoomWriter , organized an online writing camp with Jeff Kinney (THE Diary of a Wimpy Kid author!). What a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity for your child! How special! Yes, I''m totally signing up my daughter, Riley. She will be thrilled!!

Mobile Learning and the Common Core

The Mobile Native

Here are some links to get ready for the Common Core: 1. 5 Apps to Help Teachers & Students Adjust to the C.C. 55 Resources for meeting the Common Core 3. 3 Tools to Tackle Common Core Math Standards 4. Common Core: Assessments 5. Common Core Math 6. 11 Tech Tools to Teach the Common Core 7. 3 Useful Web Tools That Meet Common Core Standards 8. Common Core State Standards Initiative. Common Core Mobile Learning

Google Reader is Shutting Down July 1st - here's a great replacement

Educational Technology Guy

Lots of people use Google Reader as their RSS feed reader, including a few thousand who follow this blog using the RSS feed. Google is shutting down Google Reader as of July 1st. Here''s how you can backup your subscriptions and a great replacement you can use. You can export your Google Reader Data (subscriptions) using Google Takeout. Google Takeout actually lets you export pretty much all your Google account data. You go to Google Takeout , and go to the Reader page and click "Create Archive".

Forging Ahead With Change

A Principal's Reflections

As the school year comes to an end at New Milford High School, I can’t help but begin to think about sustaining the many changes that have taken place over the past few years as well as identifying other areas where change is needed. My school is a shell of what it once was when one looks at how far we have come in terms of effectively integrating technology, re-envisioning learning spaces, and providing a foundation for a more relevant and meaningful learning experience for all of our students.

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).

Just When I Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse

Philly Teacher

Update: On Monday, June 3rd, the Briarcliff Manor Board of Education approved their 2013-2014 budget to include slots for Briarcliff students to attend the Walkabout Program. Many thanks from Walkabout alumni and next year’s cohort of students. As many who know me well are aware, I had the unique opportunity to attend the Walkabout Program during my Senior year in high school.

Edcanvas: The Art of Curating

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

One of my favorite tools for curating resources is Edcanvas. Over the summer, I''ve started creating "canvases" for each of the novels and topics I teach organizing links, documents, videos, and pictures as tiles on a grid. Edcanvas has a very versatile free version and a paid version for collaboration and audio features. In addition, users can search the gallery for canvases created by others.

My #ISTE13 Reflections from San Antonio!


Photo Credit: Todd Nesloney A Personal Post, Shared Publicly The moment you stop loving something, stop doing it. I work so hard to inspire my children to believe they can change the world; however, who am I to push that message off onto someone else, especially children, if I do not believe it for my own self. You Matter is not just a hash tag or a movement, it''s a simple reminder that each person''s voice has value.

CUE the Lights…on With the Show!


Preview of CUE CEO Mike Lawrence’s UpFront Column in the upcoming Summer 2013 issue of the OnCUE Journal. While my parents weren’t classroom teachers, it is clear looking back that they understood the power of media as an instructive tool. They surrounded me with opportunities to engage my young neurons using video, voice, art, and song. […]. The post CUE the Lights…on With the Show! appeared first on OnCUE. CUE News

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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.

Adobe Announces Updates to Creative Cloud

Educational Technology Guy

Adobe Creative Cloud was launched last year as a cloud offering of many of it''s most popular applications. This month Adobe has announced a major update to it. The update adds new features, including cross device collaboration, syncing, and publishing. There is also an expanded community of users. Adobe has also launched Create Now: a Celebration of Creativity, where Adobe will hots a variety of projects and programs and projects.

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Learning Artifacts

A Principal's Reflections

I routinely speak about the need for students to produce learning artifacts that demonstrate conceptual mastery. Knowledge often comes to us via transcribed content or artifacts, which is derived from other''s knowledge. These are facts, concepts, processes, procedures, and principles (Clark & Chopeta, 2004). Thus, artifacts are used in the learning process for creating knowledge, while in turn, knowledge creates new artifacts.

Rethinking “EdTech”

Philly Teacher

Art Bots at VentureLabs MakerSpace, San Antonio. As I prepare for the last day of my 5th ISTE adventure (and nurse the sniffles that I blame on 40 degree indoor temperatures and 95 degree outdoor temperatures), I have been reflecting on the dozens of conversations that I have been lucky enough to have on this trip. For me, this ISTE has been about making connections and sharing experiences in a way that has not happened prior.

Adopting a Digital Disruptor Mindset to Transform Education

The 21st Century Principal

“When people adopt technology, they do old things in new ways. When people internalize technology, they find new things to do.” James McQuivey, Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation When it comes to engaging in innovation with technology, the mindset we take toward technology is extremely important. We can either take a "technology adopter" mindset or we can take a "digital disruptor" mindset.

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.

Google Doesn't Care About Grades or Test Scores

The Electric Educator

In a recent interview with Adam Bryant of the New York Times , the Senior VP of People Operations at Google discussed how Google hires and how they analyze job performance and hiring data. One of the few things that the data has clearly shown is that there is no correlation between job success and GPA: Link to Full Article | Click image to enlarge I have been reminding educators that it is not about what you know, it''s about what you can do with what you know.

Time-Saving Tech Tips


You can eat, breathe, and sleep technology, and still not come close to knowing all of the short-cuts which could save you copious amounts of time at work or in your personal life. I was reminded of this when a David Pogue TED talk came across my radar earlier this week. I personally learned six new things from his less than six minute talk! The first tip he shares is my favorite. Take a few minutes to watch Pogue''s presentation. It''s entertaining as well as informative.

Who Says Kindergarteners Can't Use Digital Cameras?


Digital Camera Scavenger Hunt Project Lesson -Kindergarten Objectives: Students will learn how to use a digital cameras, learn the parts, and how to take pictures. Students will take pictures of commonly used objects found in the classroom. Students will complete puzzles using the digital images they created. Students will label the pictures in a presentation created in Keynote.

The Role of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Making Education Available to All

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Juliana Meehan - Teacher of English at Tenafly Middle School and candidate for New Jersey principal’s certification through NJ EXCEL, currently interning with Principal Eric Sheninger at New Milford High School. She is also co-creator of IOCS project.

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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!

Using Google in Interesting Ways--Learned at ISTE13


One goal at ISTE13 was to learn more about the hidden world of Google -- the scripts, extensions, and apps. I honestly wasn''t aware of them until I read Linda Yollis'' post after she went to the Google Teacher Academy. which led me to a post by Amy Mayer at friEDTechnology , with her video explanation/tutorial: After watching the above video, I decided I needed to learn more about what Google offers.


Why Wouldn’t We Let Students Blog? Reasons to Get Students Blogging

The 21st Century Principal

One of the greatest battles I fought as an English teacher was the in-authenticity of my students’ writing. English teachers know exactly what I mean. After slogging through a stack of literary essays, that only English teachers read, your eyes begin to glaze, and if you are really honest with yourself, you realize, “NO ONE READS THIS STUFF! WHY DO I SUBJECT MYSELF TO IT?”

Why I don't want an IWB (Interactive Whiteboard)

Nik Peachey

Recently, I have been asked quite few times about IWBs and which ones are best etc. My usual answer is 'none' and then I have to explain, so I thought, instead of explaining I would write this post so that I could point people towards each time they ask. So this is my classroom set up of preference and these are the key components.

10 Killer iPad Projects Students Will Love #ISTE13


Notes from ISTE13 Concurrent Session Holly Dornak and Jessica Dyer, ITS''s, Lamar CISD All presentation resources posted here: [link] - Goal is to use the iPad or whatever device it might be to do higher level skills/ higher levels of Blooms. iPad Essential Skills - allow students to teach you if necessary! Spotlight Search - Kinder on up can do this with training!

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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.

How connected is your school? Take this quiz to find out.

The Innovative Educator

In our Web 2.0 world, schools can communicate, connect, interact and engage like never before. As we leave 2013 behind and move into the 2014 school year it is time to think about how we will replace the one-way communication of the backpack note home with a truly interactive and connected experience for the school community. This quiz will help you take a look at where you are so you can think about where you want to go.

Update on SLP Blogs Bundle: Now Follow Blogs Using Feedly!


For a few years, I have been a strong advocate of following blogs using an aggregator tool such as Google Reader. I even created a "bundle" of SLP blogs that anyone could subscribe to all at once using Reader.

Keep up The Reading During the Summer K-2 Reading Resources


We don''t want our kiddos to lose what they have learned all year in the 3 months they are off this summer! Here are some great tools for students to practice those reading skills this summer! Some of the resources are free, but some have a very low cost. Sometimes its worth spending a few dollars on Apps so you don''t worry about all of the ads that pop-up. Apps for Phonological Awareness Dora Rhyme $1.99