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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Tell a Story

The Playground Advocate

Face it. We''re narrative creatures. We become engaged with learning (often despite ourselves) through the stories we discover in the content. It''s the only thing that explains my obsession with Duck Dynasty. We are so story-centric that we make ourselves the heroes of our own life-narratives.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Open School ePortfolio for Authentic Assessment

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

An ePortfolio is a collection of student work that is used to document effort, progress, and achievement over time. Students become actively involved in their own learning as they engage in goal setting, decision making and self-reflection.

My #ISTE13 Reflections from San Antonio!


Photo Credit: Todd Nesloney A Personal Post, Shared Publicly The moment you stop loving something, stop doing it.

How to Tap into Digital Resources in the Classroom?

Kairos EdTech

Photo under CC licence by Giulia Forsythe extracted from Flickr Our classrooms are becoming digital.

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.

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.

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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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Grow Your Twitter Network With a Spiffed Up Profile


Are you an educator just getting started on Twitter? Or have you been on Twitter for a while and would like to increase your ability to connect to others? From my experience on Twitter, here are a few simple tips about your profile that might help you connect to more people.

Pixntell - Create Narrated Photo Slideshows in a Snap

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Pixntell is free app that allows users to quickly create and share a narrated slideshow of pictures. Just add photos, record narration and share newly created videos via DropBox, FaceBook, YouTube or email. You can even apply special effects to photos if desired. The app couldn''t be simpler to use!

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.

Rethinking “EdTech”

Philly Teacher

Art Bots at VentureLabs MakerSpace, San Antonio.

Student-run Twitter chat to learn more about WW2

Kairos EdTech

It''s 10:00pm and kids are on Twitter. chatting with their friends. What''s surprising about that? Nothing really, if the topic of their chat were the usual, but tonight, they''re discussing major issues regarding WW2. Now that''s unusual!

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.

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.

EdTech at School

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

Collaborative Learning with ThingLink - Wagon Wheel

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Yesterday I created an interactive image to demonstrate how easy it is to engage in collaborative leaving with ThingLink. If you explore the live image, you will discover the Padlet online board that is being used to assemble collaborator''s thoughts.

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.

Bringing ISTE 13 home

Kairos EdTech

Photo by Larry S. Anderson ISTE''s Annual Conference is very simply the Mecca of EdTech learning. With an attendance of about 18,000 people* , it draws educators from all over the world.

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.

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?”

Sugata Mitra - Charlatan or genius?

Learning with 'e's

''It''s quite fashionable to say that the education system is broken - it''s not broken, it''s wonderfully constructed. It''s just that we don''t need it any more. It''s outdated.''

Edmodocon 2013

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I am so thrilled to share this news! My best buddy and partner in crime, Liz Calderwood, and I are presenting at Edmodocon 2013 this summer! We are one of 15 presenters chosen for this global, virtual and free conference. Our session is titled Classroom Gymnastics: How to Use Edmodo for BYOD, 1:1 (When you can be), Paperless, and Flipped Learning. I hope you will join us online on August 7th, 2013 and view all the presentations. Registration is now OPEN , so please reserve your spot!