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.

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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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.

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.

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reflections on Edcamp Boston 2011


This past Saturday I attended Edcamp Boston, an "unconference" set in the wonderful Microsoft NERD center overlooking the Charles River in Cambridge.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Guest Post by Diana Richardson: Interactive Art Site for Use with Adults


Diana Richardson, a graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions here in Boston, emailed me with this great site. I encouraged her to write about it as a guest post and she agreed to do so (thanks, Diana!).

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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.

Edublogs Free Tools Challenge

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

The Free Tools Challenge is a great online professional development opportunity for busy teachers provided by Edublogs. Designed to help participants learn to use free Web 2.0

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EdTech at School

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

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.

Adventure Pack for Articulation


This week, I thought I should acknowledge the S in my title (should I have called this blog LanguageTechie?) and feature a few products that make good use of technology in articulation interventions!

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?

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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.