April, 2011

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Infograph Your Life

The Electric Educator

I like infographics, the cool artistic designs that display statistics. I''ve blogged about them both here and on the EdReach Network. Friend and fellow blogger Daniel Rezac sent me a link to Ionz , a neat little tool that will build an infographic representing your life.

A Message for Texans


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

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.

Why Glog?

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Glogster.edu is a cool tool for creating online multi-media posters that supports flexible learning paths. I created this glog to briefly introduce the concept of glogging to students.

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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.

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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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.

@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!

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.

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.

Chrome Diigo Extension: Collect, Organize, Annotate & Share Web Resources

The 21st Century Principal

For almost 2 years, I have been using Chrome as my default browser. I enjoy its simplicity, its speed, and most of all the extensions that are available for it.

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?

Rescheduled for May 11th - Interview with Hugh McGuire, Founder of LibriVox.org

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Wednesday, May 11th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Hugh McGuire , the founder of LibriVox.org , the terrific crowd-sourced audiobooks service. We''ll talk Web 2.0, books, learning, and more in the context of thinking about education.

EdTech at School

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

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.

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.

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.

4 Benefits of iPad Use for Administrators and Educators

The 21st Century Principal

I recently received a message from an administrator colleague who wanted to know how I use the iPad as an administrator. He was thinking about purchasing the device and was struggling with whether it would be a wise use of his money. I have been using the device for about four months now, and it is another tool in my educational device arsenal. The other tools include my two laptops and my Android phone.

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.

Making Complex Ideas Simple

The Web20Classroom

Whenever I do a workshop, training or talk I like to start out with a video. And I always try to find one to capture what I am going to be doing or saying. For example, in a recent talk about teacher leadership I showed this video to a group of administrators to get them thinking about how they lead and how teachers in their buildings might lead as well.

April 28 - Dale Stephens on "UnCollege"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, April 28th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Dale Stephens, who has received a great deal of public notice lately for his launch of UnCollege - a "social movement supporting self-directed higher education." Date : Thursday, April 28th, 2011 Time : 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day-- international times here ) Duration : 1 hour Location : In Elluminate. Log in at [link].


Challenging Educational Technology

The Electric Educator

I''m a big supporter of educational technology. This blog is primarily dedicated to sharing tips, tricks, and ideas on how to successfully use technology to increase student engagement, critical thinking, and mastery of learning objectives.