August, 2012

So.You Wanna Make Your Own Books and Texbooks

The Web20Classroom

For many teachers the traditional textbook just doesn''t cut it any more. Between the rapid pace at which information changes and rising cost, many are looking for alternatives.

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Must Have Books for Reading Workshop!


Power Reading Workshop: a Step by Step Guide by Laura Candler This summer, my friend, Laura Candler , sent me her two most recent books on reading workshop. I was excited to receive these materials because we do reading workshop in my second grade class.

Google Docs and Evernote - when and why I use each one

Educational Technology Guy

This past Friday I attended EdcampCT and had a great time learning, sharing, and meeting new people. I facilitated a discussion about Evernote and one of the questions I got was "why not just use Google Docs for notetaking?"

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Connectedness as the Standard

A Principal's Reflections

I am extremely excited that August is Connected Educator month. In my opinion, being a connected learner, leader, and/or educator is no longer an option. My personal and professional journey in this area is well documented and something that I regularly present on.

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.

Back to School With Google Docs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Last year all of the students in our school district received Google Docs accounts and I was kept quite busy all year getting students up and running and then finding innovative ways to use the tools for learning.

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Questions To Ask For #LeadershipDay12

The Web20Classroom

Once again, its #LeadershipDay. For 6 years educators have been gathering together on this day to write specifically to address technology and leadership. And since I''ve had my blog I have participated. Here are my entries: 2009 , 2010 , 2011 ).

ArtKive: the clutter free way to save and enjoy children's artwork!


ArtKive: a free app to ''archive'' your ''artwork'' ArtKive is a free app that allows you to set up your account and add kids by name and grade level. Then, you can add people to your account, if you choose to do so. I added my two children: Jacob and Riley.

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What Can You Do With Google? Lots of things.

Educational Technology Guy

What Can You Do With Google is a nice infographic from GCFLearnFree that provides a nice summary of some of the tools and apps that Google has and what you can do with them. The web page also has an interactive with more details and information.

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Voice of the Active Learner

A Principal's Reflections

I was recently sent this video that puts into perspective the new type of learner that is entering our schools. The problem, however, is that the majority of schools across this country and beyond are doing very little to meet his/her diverse learning needs.

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.

Google Docs New Integrated Research Tool

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Google Docs has many useful features for helping students develop writing skills.

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Remind101 - A Safe Message System for Teachers

The Mobile Native

As a student at Michigan State University, Brett Kopf struggled with dyslexia and ADD.

Connected Educators Month.Make It Last All Month

The Web20Classroom

Kicking off today (Aug. 1) is Connected Educators Month. Through a partnership with the US Department of Education, the idea is to get the word out about what it means to be a connected educator and the importance of being connected.

Launching Writing Workshop: 25 Free #CCSS Lessons with Anchor Charts & Printables


25 Common Core Lessons to Launch your 2nd Grade Writer''s Workshop Fall is my favorite season for several reasons. I love the smell of my pumpkin vanilla candles filling the air, the crisp nip in the air, and the anticipation of returning to school.

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.

Interesting idea - Chromebook + Nexus 7 instead of just an iPad

Educational Technology Guy

At EdcampCT this past week, I was chatting with Greg McVerry ( @jgmac1106 ) about devices, 1-1 and BYOD and he made an interesting comment. Instead of a school purchasing an iPad and keyboard for all the students, what about a Chromebook and Nexus 7 for each student?

Jumping on the Bandwagon

A Principal's Reflections

I have been engaged with social media for over three and a half years now. As I often reflect on my journey, I can’t help but think about the early days and months after I first began to use Twitter and some other tools.

Engaging Students with High Yield Teaching Strategies and Technology

The 21st Century Principal

“Our students must learn not only how to use current technologies, but also how to evaluate which ones work best for particular tasks or projects,” write Howard Pitler, Elizabeth R. Hubbell, and Matt Kuhn in their latest edition of Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works , 2nd Edition.

Making a Case for Mobile Learning

The Mobile Native

Guest Post for SmartBlogs on Education Over the past four years, I have had the privilege of teaching in a forward-thinking school district that has embraced the use of mobile learning devices in the classroom. Mobile learning has become the new buzzword in many educational communities.

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.

Reflections On Being A Blogger

The Web20Classroom

Last week on #edchat the discussion turned to blogging and the importance (or maybe not) in and out of the classroom. As always the conversation was a lively one with lots of different ideas on student blogging, administrator blogging, platforms and more.

From AOL Squatter to Start-Up Sensation: The Eric Simons Story & Claco Launch


a student''s story through a teacher''s eyes. Eric Simons: founder of ClassConnectInc & Claco - As I stare at my blank writing canvas, I contemplate where to begin with the remarkable story of such a talented and inspirational person.

Evernote Clearly for Chrome gets some great new features!

Educational Technology Guy

Evernote , one of my favorite web apps (along with Google''s many apps), has a great product, Evernote Clearly which is a browser extension for Google Chrome (other browsers will be added soon) that allows you to read online with less distractions.

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A Science Resource for Principals

A Principal's Reflections

I am extremely excited that my second book is now available through Solution Tree entitled What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science. It was a great deal of fun co-authoring this book with Keith Devereaux , one of my Science teachers at New Milford High School.

EdTech at School

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

5 Things Teachers (And Administrators) Can Do to Make Learning Real in Their Classrooms

The 21st Century Principal

To paraphrase Marc Prensky from his collection of essays From Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom: Hopeful Essays for 21st Century Learning : “The easiest, executable solution to our education problems today “is to change what goes on in our classrooms.” We need to move from teacher-centered and teacher dominated learning models to more personal, student-centered learning models. In the process, we will do what Prensky calls “Making Education Real” for our students.

Wednesday Early - Reforming Ed Reform Panel with Downes, Gardner, Kohn, and Stager

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Wednesday, August 8th, at an early time , for a live and interactive panel with Stephen Downes, Howard Gardner, Alfie Kohn, and Gary Stager to talk about the need to reform the education reform movement.

TPACK Webinar.@Nearpod Style

The Web20Classroom

This Tuesday (Aug 21) at 2pm EDT, the folks over at Nearpod are starting their Educator Spotlight webinars and I am honored to be the first guest! Are you using technology as effectively as you could in your classroom?

Create Amazing Movies & Presentations with @PowToon for Free!


PowToon: Animated Presentations & Cartoon Style Videos PowToon is a brand new DIY Video creation platform that allows your creative side to shine regardless of your technology skills.

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.

Great cheat sheet on Ed Tech topics and terminology

Educational Technology Guy

Edudemic has a great infographic and cheat sheet on educational technology terminology from Boundless. This will help new and veteran teachers with some of the terminology being used in education. Check it out: This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

Adobe Educators' Choice Awards

A Principal's Reflections

Every year educators create outstanding lesson plans to help students learn, understand and uncover their passions. We want to ensure that the hard work does not go unnoticed.

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The Core Six: 6 Essential Teaching Strategies for Excellence

The 21st Century Principal

What if you only had time and money to use and purchase six tools to teach your entire curriculum? What would those six tools be? Authors Harvey Silver, R.