April, 2011

Chrome Extensions for Educators

A Principal's Reflections

As a result of being off the entire week for spring break I have had the opportunity to explore the many extensions available for Google Chrome.

Taking organizing and planning lessons from Ben Franklin - great tips for educators too

Educational Technology Guy

I recently saw Ben Franklin’s daily schedule and planner on Larry Ferlazzo’s website (which is an awesome resource for educators).

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Skype In The Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Skype is a valuable tool that many teachers are discovering can break down the walls of their classroom. I have been doing several workshops lately to get teachers started with Skype and how they can connect their classroom to the outside world.

Seriously Silly Speech Therapy with Silly Bandz: Guest Post By Janelle Albrecht, SLP


I am coming to think of SpeechTechie as a blog not solely about technology, but about innovation in materials, therapy and interventions.

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.

A Message for Texans


This is why. Why I have been thinking and blogging about budgets and politics and legislation lately.

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Managing For Success

A Principal's Reflections

The other day one of my veteran teachers came to my office to tell me that she had decided to retire.

Test Pep Rallies: Good Practice or Waste of Time?

The 21st Century Principal

If you go into any elementary, middle, or high school this time of year, you are likely to hear shouting like “Ace that Test” or “Let’s rock that test!” emanating from the Gymnasium. For once though, the shouting is not part of a pep rally to try to pump up an athletic team for an impending contest. It is a pep rally to get students pumped up to take state standardized tests.

Meeting Parents Half Way

The Web20Classroom

If you have read any of my leadership posts in the past you know I am all about reflection. One of the most important things good leaders do is reflect. Time must be taken to think about the direction our organizations are going and if any adjustments, at any level, need to be made.

Speckle Games


Speckle Games is a page of interactives from Scholastic based on characters from Clifford. Younger or developmentally younger students would really enjoy these games! Technical Note: The site is Shockwave-based, and you may need to run an Adobe Shockwave update for the games to load.

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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.

@BingGives - By Inviting Others to Give


I just took advantage of the coolest opportunity to donate $100 to a classroom project which will leverage technology to help preschool students with special needs expand their communication skills. The opportunity came thanks to Bing - yes, the search engine folks!

Jog The Web

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Jog The Web is a cool tool that allows users to assemble tidy packages of web content. For teachers it can be a tool for providing students with easy access to guided learning. The websites within a Jog are live and can be explored right within the page frame, which solves problems related to students getting lost within multiple windows. Even better, Jog authors can annotate pages within the Jog and also create original pages with unique content.

Cultivating Authenticity in Learning

A Principal's Reflections

A slightly altered version of this post entitled "Learning Like Never Before" is cross-posted at the Huffington Post. Let me start off by saying that I work at an incredible school. When I came to New Milford High School in 2004 there were many amazing programs in place.

An Introduction to the Flipped Classroom

The Electric Educator

Last week I was asked to present on the Flipped Classroom at the Troy University e-Colloquium. Here is the screen cast of my presentation. If you''d like to click on the live links, use the presentation below. Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I always appreciate feedback on my posts.

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.

Get Connected Why Don't Ya!

The Web20Classroom

Last week I spent several days in San Francisco taking part in ASCD 2011. It was a great conference with lots of great sessions. I might even have a wrap up post in the works.

My Garden


My Garden is a great springtime activity that is part of the incredibly rich Busytown Mysteries site, based on Richard Scarry''s books. I think this site would be great to explore further and implement as part of programming for K-1 or developmentally equivalent students.

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Contact the TX Senate Finance Committee ASAP! #txedbudget #txbudget #savetxschools


I received an email this morning from Save Texas Schools reminding me that the Texas Senate is expected to issue its budget bill tomorrow, Thursday, April 21st. It is important that Texans concerned about school finance contact these Senate members and thank them for and encourage them in their efforts to create a budget that does not cut as deeply as the House version of the budget does.

Special Webinar - Live from the Middle East: Classroom Connections Amidst Political Changes

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join us on Wednesday, April 20th, for a very special live and interactive event with educators from Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Morocco.

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.

Spicing Up Spanish

A Principal's Reflections

This past week as I was collecting information for my monthly Principal''s Report I was happy to learn about how technology was being integrated into some Spanish classes. For example, students in Ms. Schwarz’s Spanish 1 class had to write a dialogue based on the following situation.

Surprising data on the growth of K12 online learning

The Electric Educator

I have been doing a lot of research on online learning lately. I''ve read several reports on the state of online learning across the country and around the world. Most of what I have read I had heard anecdotally from other sources.

The Connected Administrator

The Web20Classroom

Most schools and districts spend lot of time and effort trying to get their teachers up to speed on technology and its use/place in the classroom. And honestly that is where a majority of effort should be spent; working with those on the frontlines of instruction. However, rarely, if ever, is much time spent with administrators, working with them on ways they use technology to enhance what they are doing. What can administrators do?

Garageband for iPad


This post originally appeared on TherapyApp411 App Name/Publisher: Garageband for iPad/Apple Description : Garageband’s app allows you to explore musical instruments, make recordings of digital instruments and voice, and combine your recordings and prerecorded loops into songs.

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The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

Texas HB 400 is Bad News for Teachers and Students #txedbudget #savetxschools


The more I read about Texas HB 400 , the more concerned I become about its provisions, and the more grateful I am that it was sent back to committee on a technical point of order yesterday. I hope that time runs out on this bill before it passes. After reading the information below, if you agree that HB 400 is bad news for teachers and students, be sure to contact your representative today and let him or her know how you feel.

Politicians Don't Get It: Merit Pay Won't Work

The 21st Century Principal

In response to those politicians in Florida and elsewhere who have pushed their merit pay bills through in the face of research that says it won’t work, and also in the face of many experienced educators who tell them the same, I post Daniel Pink’s TED video “The Surprising Science of Motivation.”

Time Well Spent

A Principal's Reflections

A slightly altered version of this post entitled " The Social Media Time Debate " can be found at the Huffington Post There has been a great deal of discussion lately as to the necessity of Administrators utilizing social media as a part of their professional practice. There was even a comment on the Facebook page that I manage for my high school stating that I spend too much time on Twitter.

Are You an Artist?

The Electric Educator

Flickr Via Tomroid Are you an artist or a day-laborer? A day-laborer does the bare minimum, follows the rules, doesn''t go outside of his job description, clocks in on time and clocks out on time.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.