May, 2011

21st vs. 20th Century Education

A Principal's Reflections

I came across this video that compares and contrasts pedagogical techniques, learning environments, student/teacher characteristics, and expectations associated with education during the past two centuries. What are your thoughts on the various points made in this video?

Building Your PLN-A Primer For Anyone

The Web20Classroom

At ASCD2011 I sat down with the good folks over at Follett and talked about a wide variety of topics surrounding technology, leadership and more. Here is the first part of the interview on Building A PLN. What do you think? What are some other important aspects of PLN building or just network building in general. What works for you?

Governor Perry Is Wrong About Texas Teacher Layoffs & Public School Staffing Ratios


Official Photo of Texas Governor Rick Perry from about/ Yesterday, I listened to a radio interview Texas Governor Rick Perry did with KRLD 1080 AM radio in Dallas via Scott Braddock''s website.

What Do Servant School Leaders Do?

The 21st Century Principal

According to Ken Blanchard, what keeps people from becoming servant leaders is ego. Our ego gets in the way two ways, he says. The first way is false pride.

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.

Text Compactor: Simplify and Summarize Text

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Text Compactor is a free online tool for summarizing and simplifying text. It is extremely user-friendly and requires no login so it''s a perfect tool for students to add to their own toolkits of resources.

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Student Driven Schools

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Disha Dass and Jessica Milne, two New Milford High School students. They approached me with an idea and as a school we let them run with it. Nothing like this had ever been organized at NMHS.

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Next Vista For Learning

The Web20Classroom

Last week I talked a little bit about Common Craft and the In Plain English video series. (If If you missed it, check it out here.) So it seems I am hung up on videos because I have another great site that has tons of great videos to help you learn new concepts, present information in ways that might not be quite conventional and some that are just plain awesome. I consider Rushton Hurley one of the most forward thinking educators around.

YouTube's Google Search Stories Creation Tool


Update March 2013 - It appears the Google Search Stories Creation Tool has gone offline and is no longer being supported as of January 2013. Bummer! More information here.

I Have an iPad (Tablet), So What? Transforming How I Do Things

The 21st Century Principal

Keep in mind, I’m not really bragging with the title above, but recently, I sat down and did some thinking about my use of the iPad both professionally and personally. As an educator who likes to experiment with technology, I wanted to reflect on how I really use the device.

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 Art Project: Explore World Museums

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

As the end of the year approaches, teachers are often looking for engaging activities to keep their energetic students on task. Perhaps you might want to consider taking your students on a virtual field trip to explore art museums from around the world.

June 1 - Panel Discussion on "Unschooling"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Wednesday, June 1st, for a live and interactive Future of Education panel discussion on "unschooling." Our panelists are Clark Aldrich, Kate Fridkis, Monika Hardy, and Lisa Nielsen. We''ll use Clark''s recently-published book, Unschooling Rules , as the basis for the conversation.

Egg Babies and Wedding Planning

A Principal's Reflections

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself" - John Dewey There are many views on the role of schools and teaching in general. Education is everything. How we teach, assess learning, and engage students is crucial to their success once they leave our buildings.

Questioning The Value Of RSS

The Web20Classroom

I have been a big advocate of RSS. I have written about it , even included it as part of my Essential Tools for Teachers and my Administrators Toolkit. Being able to track blogs and websites as they change is a real plus for someone who constantly wants to be connected.

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.

Thoughts at the End of a Challenging Texas School Year


Photo by Flikr User redjar Used Under a Creative Commons License Today is the last day of school in my district.

Time to Toss Out Cell Phone Bans and SM Filters and Be True Technology Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

“It’s time to lift the cell phone bans, open the wireless for student personal devices, and stop filtering social technologies.” That seems to be the idea in a position statement released by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. NASSP in this statement includes recommendations to school leaders on what to do with mobile and social technologies. Here are those recommendations. And a bit of my own commentary of course).

The Flipped Classroom

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

As an instructional tech facilitator my goal is to help teachers progress through the stages of technology adoption to get to the point at which they are using technology as a tool for learning, rather than using it as an add on to supplement traditional learning activities.

June 2 - Interview with Cal Newport on "Being a High School Superstar"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, June 2nd, for a live and interactive Future of Education with Cal Newport, author of How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out).

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.

Small Changes, Huge Results

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at the Huffington Post. Last week my school was fortunate to have the NJ School Boards Association (NJSBA) visit to produce a live event called Learn@Lunch: Technology as an Engagement Tool. You can view the archive of the event here. A little over two years ago something like this would have never happened at New Milford High School.

Technology Training.In Pictures

The Web20Classroom

I love my job, but sometimes it can be frustrating trying to meet the needs of all the teachers and staff members in my district. I constantly look for ways to give teachers instruction that they can do on their own or in groups, together. These are not meant to replace the face-to-face training that I do or the other resources I create. They are merely there to provide that additional information some teachers/staff need. In the past I have blogged about TechEase.

To Our Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day


"Flags In" at Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day 2008 Photo by Flikr User The U.S. Army Used Under a Creative Commons License Today is Memorial Day in the United States.

Who Needs a Flashdrive Anymore? Two Technological Solutions to Storage

The 21st Century Principal

Storage is not one of the most exciting technological parts of a geeky discussion about computers, but there are two solutions that every educator should have. One is a Dropbox account and the other is a relatively new storage/cloud solution called Syncdocs.

EdTech at School

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

Speech Buddies: Innovative Technology for Articulation


I''m continuing articulation week here on SpeechTechie, but again, I have to disclose more specifically that I have not worked with an articulation client in two years; my private practice work has been confined to language and social communication.

May 25 - Interview with Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Wednesday, May 25th, for a live and interactive webinar with Sir Ken Robinson about the extensively revised and updated version of his best-selling classic, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative. We''ll talk about why it is essential to promote creativity, what happens in schools to make us think we are not creative, and what schools and organizations can do to develop creativity and innovation in a deliberate and systematic way.

Making Progress

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past 2 years I have worked collaboratively with my staff to cultivate a culture of learning that engages students, is meaningful/relevant, promotes critical thought/problem-solving, and is flexible in that risk-taking is encouraged in order to promote innovative practices. It has been a gradual transition and we are beginning to see shifts in instructional practices, staff members wanted to integrate technology, and students advocating more for the type of learning culture they prefer.

New Posted Resources 05/17/2011

The Web20Classroom

Project Based Learning-Prezi tags: pbl prezi favorite Project Based Learning | BIE tags: pbl favorite Neotake: Your ebook search engine tags: ebooks favorite Developing a ''Tech Bill of Rights'' tags: digitalcitizenship favorite Teach With Your iPad tags: ipad favorite How Do You Measure the Effectiveness of Professional Development?

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.

Successes & Challenges of a Bring Your Own Device Initiative


Photo Courtesy of User Denharsh on Flickr [link] Today at ESC Region XIII''s ViTaL (Visionaries in Technology and Learning) spring meeting, Joe Griffin, Executive Director of Technology for Keller ISD , spoke about Keller''s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Initiative.

NC State Senate Budget Puts NC Education in "Race to the Bottom"

The 21st Century Principal

This week, the North Carolina Senate released its version of the state biannual budget, and Senate Leader Phil Berger seemed to take it as a "bragging point" that they had actually decided spend more on education than the NC House. He especially pointed out their effort to reduce class sizes for grades 1-3, but apparently, that measure seems to be a ruse to deflect attention to what the real damage to education his budget will do.

iMovie on the iPad 2

The Electric Educator

I am helping launch an iPad initiative at my school and was excited to get my hands on one a couple of weeks ago. Last week I had the opportunity to try out iMovie for the iPad ($4.99) while taking 45 9th grad students on a field trip to the Detroit Zoo.

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