July, 2013

TONS of (free) 1-3 minute Engaging Math & Science Videos for Kids via @avheuv!


STEMbite: My favorite YouTube Channel for Learning! click here to subscribe - STEMbite is a YouTube Channel developed by Andrew Vanden Heuvel , one of the original Google Glass Explorers. On this channel, you can find over 60 informative and entertaining brief clips sharing how math and science relate to our everyday life. Though the segments are brief in nature, you will find they are extremeley helpful.

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Summer Learning Series-Doing More With YouTube

The Web20Classroom

This is the fifth post in my Summer Learning Series. These are short posts with tools, tips and resources for you to try something new this summer or something you can take to the classroom in the Fall. First was Collaborative Learning With Edmodo and then we followed up with Learning With Hashtags. Then we looked at TED Talks. Our last post centered around Twitter chats. Today we look at some simple, quick and easy tools to do more with YouTube.

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What Constitutes Good PD?

A Principal's Reflections

We can all agree that professional development is essential in any profession, especially education. It is an opportunity to become better at what we do as well as gain knowledge on new pedagogical techniques, learning theories, leadership strategies, technologies, and federal/state mandates. With budgets being continuously slashed across the country, Districts are beginning to tighten their belts. When this happens the first line item to get cut is professional development.

Edmodocon is Aug 7th - free online conference on using Digital Tools in the Classroom

Educational Technology Guy

Edmodocon is a free online conference on using Digital Tools in the Classroom. It will be held August 7th. It is hosted by Edmodo , a free online classroom management system. Edmodo features a social media section, class files, bulletin boards, and much more. Edmodocon is a great way to get some free professional development and learn some new things to use in the new school year. You could even attend while sitting at the beach or pool! Click HERE to register (for free).

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.

Enough Time for Two

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

So it is summer time and I''m supposed to have lots of time to do lots of things: blog, write content, create presentations, read, catch up on laundry, organize closets, clean those not regularly cleaned areas, watch movies, go on vacation. As I''m sure for many of us, there is struggle between devoting enough time to work, home, and self.

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TONS of Classroom Design Ideas for Setting Up Your Cozy Learning Space!


Thinking About ReDesigning Your Space This Summer? - 3 rich resources for all of your design needs - The layout and design of any space can impact the mood and productivity for the individuals intended to use the area. Prior to becoming a teacher, I studied interior design at Michigan State University for three years. I have come to learn how critical ergonomics and aesthetics can be when designing a space, especially for children.

Summer Learning Series-Doing More And Learning More With Diigo

The Web20Classroom

This is the sixth post in my Summer Learning Series. These are short posts with tools, tips and resources for you to try something new this summer or something you can take to the classroom in the Fall. First was Collaborative Learning With Edmodo and then we followed up with Learning With Hashtags. Then we looked at TED Talks. We moved on to Twitter chats. Then our last post looked at some pretty neat things you can do with YouTube.

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People Make the Difference

A Principal's Reflections

I often think back to my early years as an educational leader in order to gain a better perspective on how much I have grown. Almost all of this growth can be attributed to a point in time that I became connected using a variety of social media tools. Prior to this moment I would say that I led my school in an efficient manner as opposed to effective. More time and emphasis was placed on managerial tasks rather than those that could transform the culture of the school.

Flipped Learning in the Elementary Classroom


By CUE guest author Lisa Highfill for the Spring OnCUE Journal When asked what I teach, I like to say I teach thinking—how to think, not what to think. I strive to support my students’ schemas for learning by using inquiry-based lessons, which encourage self-discovery of concepts through exploration. These kinds of lessons have a very […]. The post Flipped Learning in the Elementary Classroom appeared first on OnCUE. Blended Learning Flipped Classroom

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).

#EdcampHome Promo

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

On Saturday, July 20th from 12-3 pm EST, the very first EdcampHome will be held. You DO NOT want to miss this FREE professional development event. You can attend in your PJ''s, bathing suit, or other attire via Google Hangouts and/or watching the live action on the EdcampHOME site. Everyone can participate via the backchannel following #EdcampHOME on Twitter. For those of you not familiar with the Edcamp Foundation.


Cleaning Up YouTube for your Classroom

The Electric Educator

Video is a powerful teaching tool. As the largest online video repository, YouTube is a popular destination for video clips however YouTube is blocked at many schools and teachers are often hesitant to use YouTube because of easy access to inappropriate content and the unpredictability of when inappropriate content can appear. The good news, is that there are ways to safely and effectively use YouTube in your classroom! Here are some tips and suggestions.

Setting Up Digital Workstations


Encouraging Choice, Collaboration, and Fun! give away at the bottom of this post - Have you ever ran out of time when teaching a lesson? Ever wish there was just twenty more minutes for your students to extend a lesson with an engaging game? Try utilizing existing tools in your classroom to set up digital workstations that allow for differentiation, collaboration, choice, and active engagement. Digital Workstations provide a structure without the confines of a script or a program.

Summer Learning Series-Starting A Classroom or School Twitter Account

The Web20Classroom

This is the seventh post in my Summer Learning Series. These are short posts with tools, tips and resources for you to try something new this summer or something you can take to the classroom in the Fall. First was Collaborative Learning With Edmodo and then we followed up with Learning With Hashtags. Then we looked at TED Talks. We moved on to Twitter chats. Then our last post looked at some pretty neat things you can do with YouTube.

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.

Sensible Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Social Media is bad and has no place in education. It is a distraction to the teaching and learning process. If students are allowed to use social media in school they will stay off task or exhibit inappropriate behavior. Worse, teachers will spend countless hours “socializing” instead of educating. This is the misguided stigma that social media carries and, as a result, it is often banned in schools.

7 Ways CUE Made Me a Better Teacher


By Nancy Minicozzi, CUE Member and Guest Blogger When I started the Innovative Educators Advanced Studies Certificate (IEASC), I expected to learn about innovative educational techniques. After all, it was in the name of the program. And since it came from CUE, I figured there would be computers and technology involved. The syllabus looked promising, […]. The post 7 Ways CUE Made Me a Better Teacher appeared first on OnCUE. Blended Learning Professional Development Technology in Education

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#EdcampHOME is Where the Heart is. for Learning

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

EdcampHOME demonstrated the power of organized mulitple Google Hangouts and educators'' desire to learn. In the 3+ hours of the un-conference, I can honestly say I did not move from my seat. Despite all the amenities at home & ability to multi-task with housework, I sat glued to my spot the entire time. I did not want to miss one second of the action. And I was sad to see the organizers'' GHO end.


Guiding Principles for Fostering and Developing the Compassionate Classroom and School

The 21st Century Principal

“When we wake up in the morning, the first thing we can do is to be aware of the gift that life is offering us. We have a gift of twenty-four hours.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Work: How to Find Joy and Meaning in Each Hour of the Day Finding meaning in what we do as educators should be a given. Most of us became educators because we wanted to compassionately touch the lives of kids, and that motivation is tightly woven into everything we do.

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.

3 Ways to Add Student Voice to Anything!


We Love Using LiveScribe Sound Stickers! Adding a Touch of Technology My two children, Riley and Jacob, love playing around with technology. When Jacob came home last year with a project for school, he wanted to use the iPad. He uses the iPad for everything. He even started making tutorial videos to teach others how to make forts. LiveScribe Sound Stickers As an affiliate of LiveScribe, you can click here to get 15% off a Pen now. Jacob was 4 years old when the above assignment was given.

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Summer Learning Series-It's All About The Hashtag

The Web20Classroom

This is the second in my Summer Learning Series, where I share "make-it, take-it" resources, ideas, tips and tricks for the summer and for the classroom. The first in the series was Collaborative Learning With Edmodo. Today we will look at how to utilize hashtags for learning and sharing. If you remember, in my 3 part series on Twitter , I wrote about how I completely changed the way I do professional development on Twitter.

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The Power of Video

A Principal's Reflections

Students in Mrs. Tambuscio’s World History class culminated a unit on the Holocaust by applying their historical knowledge to the viewing of survivor testimonies. Students were able to utilize IWitness , which is a computer-based program created by the USC Shoah Foundation’s Institute for Visual History. This educational tool includes over 1,200 video testimonies of Holocaust and genocide survivors.

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5 Best Practices to Consider When Using Facebook with Students

The Innovative Educator

This post was original featured on Smartblogs on Education Innovative educators realize that to run for office, run a business, or change the way things are run where you work or play, being savvy with the use of social media is important. Now you are ready to take the plunge with your students to help them change their lives and the world for the better. Before you get started, consult with your school or district to find out their guidelines and policies and keep these best practices in mind.

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!

5 Chrome Settings that will Make Teachers Smile

The Electric Educator

Google Chrome has been my browser of choice since it was launched in 2008. Chrome redefined the browsing experience for users and continues to do so today. Many new features in Explorer, Safari, and Firefox are responses to Google Chrome. Chrome is an awesome browser for the classroom. Here are my five favorite "tricks" for getting more out of Chrome. These tips do not require any special plugins, extensions, or applications.

3 Reasons Educators Need to Use Multiple Twitter Accounts

The 21st Century Principal

The widespread use of Twitter by educators is evident by the number of educators using it. Just following the Twitter stream during the course of a week, and you''ll see several "chats" devoted to education and educational practice. Also, it''s becoming increasingly hard to attend conferences where hashtags aren''t part of the experience.

Bring Your Coloring Pages to Life with the Free Augmented Reality App colAr Mix!


colAR App: Coloring pages come to life! *If If you want the pages I''ve embedded below, please print them ASAP!* I''m removing the Scribed document on July 28th because the colAR team''s promotion of offering the pages for free ends on this day. and, well. it just wouldn''t be right for me to have them up after that. colAr App is a new-ish app that I recently found out about and knew I had to share it.

Summer Learning Series-Twitter Chats For Learning

The Web20Classroom

This is the fourth post in my Summer Learning Series. These are short posts with tools, tips and resources for you to try something new this summer or something you can take to the classroom in the Fall. First was Collaborative Learning With Edmodo and then we followed up with Learning With Hashtags. Then we looked at TED Talks. Today we are diving deep into Twitter chats, looking at #edchat and other chats worth your time.

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.

Investigative Science

A Principal's Reflections

NMHS science teacher Ms Tahreen Chowdhury taught the work-energy unit through investigative science learning process. The students started off the unit smashing pieces of chalk using different methods such as a wood block, rolling cart and sling shot. From this activity students developed the idea that a system of objects can have different types of chalk smashing ability based on their location, speed, and stretch/compressibility.

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Create Narrated Slide or Video Shows with Videolicious


I am giving a session on Digital Storytelling in speech and language intervention at today''s ASHA Schools conference in Long Beach, CA, and thought I would feature one of my favorite tools in this genre. Videolicious is a simple video creator- it allows you select photos or videos from your photo library/camera roll and talk over them, effectively creating a narrated video. What a great language tool- and did I say it''s free?

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Bring Your Own Device #BYOD - 5 Lessons for Success

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by Craig Crittendon The Network Engineer’s Nightmare. I knew it was going to be an interesting phone call (any call usually is before 8:00 in I.T.). When the teacher asked why she couldn’t get to “insertwebsite.com” and her kids were arriving in 15 minutes for the first BYOD pilot class, I took my first deep breath of the morning….