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 ? Most people are familar with favorites or bookmarks in their browser.

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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.


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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. Thanks to iPadSammy for putting this together!

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Be the Change You Want to See in Education

A Principal's Reflections

“Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi On a beautiful Saturday morning in October hundreds of educators from numerous states in the Northeast descended upon New Milford High School for a day of learning, connecting, and reflecting at The Edscape Conference.

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. I know teachers everywhere will really fall in love with this resource. Please click here to read my full review on Teaching Blog Addict. If you''ve ever wanted to know more about a great web 2.0

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. As an instructional technology specialist, I have the privilege of helping my colleagues grow in their knowledge and implementation of technology in the classroom. This happens in a myriad of ways.

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).

Why Merit Pay Is Still a Bad Idea & Waste of Time

The 21st Century Principal

The Education Commission of the States (ECS), an organization whose stated mission is "to help states develop effective policy and practice for public education by providing data, research, analysis, and leadership" has released a report entitled "More on Pay-for-Performance." In that report it describes Pay-for-Performance models, and it reviews the current research regarding pay-for-performance policies in schools.

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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. The Apple computer offered a relatively user-friendly experience for the early 80s, and I quickly learned how to switch out floppy discs, endure the machine''s unforgiving "BRAAAAAP" sound that occurred when said discs caused an error, and enjoy games such as "Lemonade Stand" and " In Search of the Most Amazing Thing."

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. In its simplest form, the word innovation means "the introduction of something new." But when it is tied to learning I believe folks that want more "innovation" want something more than just something new.

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. One idea suggested by my two new guidance counselors (Michelle Harle and Rebecca Chabrow) was to host an event during the school day that would help us achieve the goal stated above. After intense planning NMHS held its first annual college mini-fair on Thursday, September 15, 2011.

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.

Teach the Common Core with Mastery Connect!


Mastery Connect: Teaching the Common Core just got a whole lot easier! My Fantastic Find I''ve been using the MasteryConnect App for a few months now, and I just found out they also have a website ! This is so cool because now I can sign up (for free - or upgrade) and start immediaely connecting with teachers around the country to find ''just-right'' activities and assessments that are already aligned to the common core. It''s like "Google for Effective Teachers." I''m blown away.

Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) Using Social Media


On October 13th I''m helping facilitate a breakout session at the TCEA Fall TECSIG meeting. The theme of the session is Social Media & PLNs , so I prepared a Prezi (my first ever; please take this into account if you peruse it below!) which provides an overview of how my PLN has been built over the past couple of years. Although meant as a visual aid for my presentation, I tried to put enough detail into the Prezi so it could stand somewhat on its own.

Class Size Does Matter

The 21st Century Principal

Most of us are well aware that our students all have brains that are wired quite differently. The idea that students all learn the same way and that their brains can take in learning the same way is an assumption of a 20th century factory model of education whose time of demise has come.

Check out Pediastaff and Pinterest for Halloween (and many other) ideas!


Pinterest is a site that is creating a lot of excitement. It is basically a spin on social bookmarking and allows members to create "Pinboards" (like a cyber bulletin board) of resources you find on the web. The site is very visual and facilitates sharing of ideas by searching other Pinboards and "repinning" items others have highlighted. The site is starting to be popular with SLPs and other therapists who are sharing items, most notably PediaStaff.

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.

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.

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. Together, with a sound pedagogical foundation, these dynamic 21 st Century tools have the ability to assist in transforming learning environments where students are engaged and excited to learn.

Class Dojo Wins at NBC’s Education Nation!!!


Some of you may remember our earlier post on ClassDojo from this summer and have been using their technology this year in your classrooms. Recently, ClassDojo was picked to be one of the three education technology companies featured on NBC''s Education Nation show in September. We''re incredibly proud that our friends at ClassDojo ended up winning that contest. You can check out the video of Sam delivering the winning pitch here or watch it below (I''ve clipped the segment to only show Sam)!

Creating 21st Century Classrooms


Teching it Up K-12 -- Success Stories, Part 3 In Part 2 of "Teching it Up K-12 -- Success Stories," originally presented at the Arizona CIO/CTO Forum 2011 , we focused on developing a learning culture through peer coaching. In Part 3, we focus on 21st century learning, blogging, and PLN. Pedagogical Shift There is a pedagogy shift happening in our district. Teachers are focusing on their learners.

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!

7 Ways Administrators & Educators Can Use Evernote

The 21st Century Principal

Recently, I received a email from someone in response to my post The 21st Principal''s Top 10 Web Tools for Administrators asking me to be more specific on how I use each of these tools. Here’s a bit more explanation on how I use Evernote. Evernote serves mainly as "an information collection tool",” though I use it as well for task management by placing my To-Do Lists there. I started out by creating seven notebooks, each of these notebooks serves a different purpose.

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QR Codes Part 8: Wrapping Up! More Ways to Use QR for SLPs


This series has been really fun to write, and I appreciate all the feedback! It''s been busy here with all this content- November will be a little slower! I have several presentations scheduled and have to start writing evals! This final post (for now) in this series deals with a bunch of ideas on how to use QR as suggested recently by some SLPs and other educators.

New Posted Resources 10/11/2011

The Web20Classroom

How Twitter in the Classroom is Boosting Student Engagement tags: twitter favorite Cyberbullying: An International Perspective | DMLcentral tags: cyberbullying favorite Tony Vincent''s Learning in Hand - Project Based Learning tags: pbl projectbasedlearning mobilelearning mlearning favorite What Does "Technology Integration" Mean?

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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. At NMHS we have always been proactive when it comes to protecting our students to ensure that they have a learning environment free from physical, social, and emotional distractions. Even so, the passing of N.J.S.A.

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.

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. The site runs itself and can serve as a supplemental support, enrichment for high studnets to practice higher skills, or intervention for those needing foundational skill review. Xtra math can be sued within the classroom - with zero teacher management. You can see the video by clicking here.

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Silver and gold

Learning with 'e's

Today my wife and I celebrate our silver wedding anniversary. Those 25 years have flashed by, and like most couples we have had our ups and downs, but I wouldn't change any of it. Our marriage has been the golden age in my life. I want to thank Dawn for all her support, love and commitment to me over those years. She has given me three beautiful children, and has always been by my side through good times and bad.

21st Principal's Top 10 Web Tools for Administrators

The 21st Century Principal

If you''re looking for some tools to put into your digital, administrative toolbox, or if you''re looking for Web tools to teach to an administrator, here''s my top ten that I use during the course of my job as a school administrator. Evernote : I''ve posted about this one many times, but it often is the first application I open in the morning. As I''ve said before, I use it to create my Weekly To-Do List and my Daily Administrator Log.