October, 2011

Why Diigo Rocks!

The Web20Classroom

Recently, I was asked why do I use Diigo for my social bookmarking tool. The more I thought about it the more I needed to write about all the great features Diigo is not just for regular ol'' users but has some great features for educators too. First, what the heck is Social Bookmarking ?

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45 apps in 45 minutes by iPadSammy


45 Apps in 45 Minutes by iPadSammy I recently ran across this great resource, 45 Apps in 45 Minutes , and wanted to share it with our readers. While I have many of these great Apps already, I always get excited when I find a few that are new to me and would be great for use within my classroom.

Simple Idea, Huge Impact

A Principal's Reflections

Recently we have been brainstorming ways to motivate students to begin thinking about college at an earlier stage while in school and believing that it is an attainable goal for everyone.

Manage Google Docs with an Assignment Tracker

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

One of the challenges of rolling out Google Docs for all students at our school is in managing all those docs students are turning in. Teachers are experiencing the frustration of cluttered In Boxes taken over by individual messages from students sharing their assignments.

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.

Crafting Quality Teacher Professional Development


Photo by catspyjamasnz Used with permission under a Creative Commons license I''ve been thinking a lot lately about educator professional development.

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Bring On The Text Messages With @ClassParrot

The Web20Classroom

Cell phones and other mobile devices are beginning to take whole in classrooms around the county. And let''s face it, even if our schools or districts haven''t embraced the technology for learning, kids are still using phones whether we know it or not. According to Pew Research the cell phone "has become the favored communication hub for the majority of American teens." I am not sure any of us would argue. Many kids, if not most, have a phone.

JiT2U: A Guide to Web 2.0 for your Class!


I often get excited about great new websites; however, JiT2U has me really excited! Many people contact me to write a review of their site, and I love to help out. When Mohamed Amin asked for me to check his site out, I was overwhelmed with the potential of this amazing tool.

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Instructional Upgrade

A Principal's Reflections

With the first month of the school year in the books, I am extremely pleased with how more staff members are embracing educational technology and effectively integrating a variety of tools into instruction. At New Milford High School we clearly articulate that technology is a powerful tool.

Collaborative Brainstorming with Google Docs Drawing Tools

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

To help students develop skills necessary for living and working in the 21st century, educators must provide them with learning experiences to allow them to master the 4C''s: creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.

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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.

QR Codes Part 1: What are QR Codes?


I am excited to do a few "theme" series on SpeechTechie that will explore topics and strategies in more depth, as I did with Glogster EDU. To that end, over the next month we will be looking at QR Codes, a hot topic and emerging technology in education. What are QR Codes, you ask?

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5 Can’t Miss Mobile Learning Resources

The Mobile Native

Guest Post for BrainPop Mobile Learning Integration via @kylepace If you are looking to integrate iPads and iPods into your classroom curriculum, this is the site for you! It has an entire section of apps that work well in the classroom. It also has user guides, pod casts and a user agreement. Another great aspect of this site is that it highlights tips and tricks for use in the classroom. Mobile Learning Portal This resource provides a vast array of mobile learning information.

What Is Innovation Anyway?

The Web20Classroom

What we need is more innovation in schools. Over the past few days I have been tossing around the idea of innovation, especially when it comes to schools and learning. And the more I think about it, the more I just don''t like that word.

Help kids master basic math facts: Xtra Math


A free web program for students, teachers, and parents. Xtra Math is a great free resource for students, teachers, and families.

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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.

Who's Your Buddy?

A Principal's Reflections

Who''s Your Buddy?Tonight Tonight my Student Assistance Counselor, Doreen Zacher, is running a program for parents called STOP Bullying.

GoogleDocs Templates: A Virtual Copy Machine

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

If you''re looking for an easy and efficient way to provide students with a starting point for a digital project, Google Docs Templates can help. You can save time and guide the learning by providing students with a consistent page format by using and creating your own templates.

Steve Jobs, Visionary. 1955-2011


I distinctly remember my first computing experience. My dad, the head of a public school "Library/Media" department, brought home an Apple ][ (2), and I was instantly hooked.

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Qualities of Leadership


Whatever your role in education (or any other profession), you are probably a leader of someone. The leadership role may be formal, such as that between a teacher and students or between a superintendent and district staff, but it may also be an informal role as well.

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.

A Tribute To #SteveJobs

The Web20Classroom

I know there will be lots of posts and commentary over the next several days and weeks to one of the greatest innovators that ever lived. While I have nothing profound to add I did want to take time and space out to offer a humble post to someone who influenced pretty much everything around us.


Introducing The Bedtime Book for Dogs!


Bruce Littlefield introduces his new book, The Bedtime Book for Dogs This is one of the most fun posts I''ve written. I''m so excited to share this with all of our Kleinspiration friends!

The Future is Here: Take Advantage of It

A Principal's Reflections

At New Milford High School we have begun to leverage technology that many students possess. This has led to a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) initiative, where students are encouraged to bring in their mobile learning devices, which include cell phones or personal computing devices (laptops, tablets, iPod Touches, eReaders, etc). Students that bring their own computing devices have the ability to connect to our secure wireless network.

GoogleDocs Presentation: New Look and Features

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Recently Google released a new version of its online presentation software and with it comes some additional features that have been available in traditional presentation software programs like PowerPoint and Keynote.

EdTech at School

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

Top 10 Signs Your School Is Caught in a Time Warp: List for School Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

Ian Jukes, Ted McCain, and Lee Crockett write in their book Understanding the Digital Generation , "Schools have not recognized the changes that have occurred in the world around them and have continued to teach as if it were 1980." In the spirit of David Letterman, here''s my "Top 10 Signs Your Schools Caught in a Time Warp." A list for school administrators. Your school policies work harder to keep web content out rather than bring web content in the school.

iPad Management in K-12


Notes from TCEA TECSIG breakout session, October 13, 2011 Carl Hooker, Eanes ISD Did a great deal of research via Twitter, Skype, in preparation for bringing iPads to students. Buy-in from the community - parents came to informational meetings. There was a lot of interest!

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Can Passion Cross The Line?

The Web20Classroom

Today I spent some time talking to a education related company, offering feedback on their various products and their social media presence. First, kudos to them for bringing in teachers and other educational professionals to have open and honest feedback about what they are doing right and a little about how they could be better. And here is where I am at a crossroads. Those who know me or read regularly know I love reflection.

Freebie: Homework for Absent Students


Enjoy this Freebie to Download created for: I''m a contributing author to Classroom Freebies ! HWAbsent[1]. absent student blog freebie CF classroom freebies Erin Klein Kleinspiration Scribd download

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.