May, 2014

6 Second Learning with Vine: 22+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the Byte-sized Potential and Mobile Learning categories. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera. – Yousuf Karsh. Most of our students love learning and creating even if they do not express this in our classes. Millions around the world read, create, produce, direct, summarize, translate, edit, and share outside of learning institutions everyday on their mobile devices or through the web.

One Last Day

Tom Murray

Fourteen years ago I closed the door to a classroom that I could call my own for the first time. I was 21 years old, fresh out of college, and thought I had a clue as to what teaching would be like. Looking at 24 little ones staring back at me, I was nervous and in retrospect, pretty clueless. I remember that feeling like it was yesterday. My first year teaching was one of the most difficult years of my life, but a year that changed my course and provided me with incredible clarity. The day

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Teacher Lesson Planner + Personal Organizer + Data and Assessment Binder = Teacher Anchor (All in One Awesomeness!)


Stay Organized All Year Long - click here to see samples from the T e a c h e r A n c h o r - * scroll all the way down for a give-away * I''ve been following Chandra Jayne on Instagram for a while, so I was quite familiar with her teaching products. When I knew she was coming out with her newest item, Teacher Anchor , I decided to hold off on purchasing my new planner from another company. I wanted to see what Chandra would have to offer for teachers. What is Teacher Anchor?

Why Twitter Chats Matter

The Web20Classroom

As a co-founder of #edchat and a life-long learner I''ve had the opportunity to be a part of 100''s of Twitter chats over the past 5 years. From the beginning of #edchat when it was just a few people chatting to now state and specialized chats that get 100''s of people following, these chats matter. But why? Meeting New People -Social media is called that for a reason. Twitter chats expose you to colleagues and friends you might not otherwise engage with.

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.

Building Parent Engagement: Tell Your School’s Story

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post from Alison Anderson , who is a former teacher, tech integrator and now education blog editor. She is active an active member of the EdCampPDX planning team and continually focused on working to improve education for students in Portland and beyond. Parent engagement has always been a very bright spot on my radar when thinking about keys to success for schools. Lately, it feels important to distinguish between parent engagement and parent involvement.

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Scripts Aren’t Scary! Using Scripts to Automate Your Workflow and Simplify Your Life


Written by Megan Ellis @MeganRoseEllis “Scripts – programs written for a special run-time environment that can interpret and automate the execution of tasks which could alternatively be executed one-by-one by a human operator.” Is there anything that sounds more intimidating to a teacher tentatively dipping her toes into the technology waters than the idea of […]. The post Scripts Aren’t Scary! Using Scripts to Automate Your Workflow and Simplify Your Life appeared first on OnCUE.


Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

What does it mean to be ‘Locked Out’ and to be paid 10% less? “Effective May 26, 2014, and continuing until further notice, your members will be locked out as described in this letter,” Michael Marchbank, public administrator for the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association, said in a letter to teachers’ federation president Jim Iker.

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Interactive Exercises from @SnapLearning to Practice Close Reading


Product Review : Close Reading from Snap! Learning - click here to visit their site - What is it? The SNAP Close Reading Portfolio was developed to assist teachers from grades 2-8 in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Close Reading is a series of interactive exercises that guides students in reflecting on the meaning of words and sentences, the sequence in which these sentences are arranged, and how ideas are developed over the course of the text.

Why Curation Matters

The Web20Classroom

I spend a great deal of time looking up stuff. Whether that stuff is blog posts to get a pulse on what is happening in the edusphere or researching new tools to share with teachers, I come across a wide variety of resources that I need to save, catalog and be able to come back to later. Curation is a large part of my day. But what is curation? Why is it important and how can you do it easily ? I absolutely love this video.

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).

Childhood is Expendable to Some Education Reformers

A Principal's Reflections

The following piece is cross-posted at the Huffington Post. When I reflect on my childhood nothing but fond memories come to mind. Growing up in a rural part of western New Jersey sure had its benefits in the 1980''s. Upon returning home from White Township Consolidated School (K-8) my brothers and I would complete our assigned homework in well less than an hour, which was reasonable in my opinion.

Free resource from Discovery Education about Manufacturing

Educational Technology Guy

Discovery Education has a new free resource: Manufacture Your Future, which has free STEM lessons and resources for grades 6-12 related to manufacturing. This is an excellent resource. Manufacturing is a great career and there are a lot of openings in the field.

Creative Apps for the Common Core and 4 Cs: Part 1


Written by CUE Member and Guest Blogger Jo-Ann Fox @AppEducationFox One day after school I sat at my computer feeling a bit overwhelmed by the colossal amount of apps I had to sort through in my iTunes cloud, when I suddenly had my Newton moment. Except it wasn’t an apple that fell onto my head. […]. The post Creative Apps for the Common Core and 4 Cs: Part 1 appeared first on OnCUE. Common Core Standards

Embracing Change

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

{Full image below}. Update: See more on the topic of Embracing Change. in my May 19/2014 post on Leading Change.]. I’m working on my Spotlight Presentation for Connect 2014: Canada’s Learning and Technology Conference. Here is my presentation description: Shifting Education – Embracing the Transformation.

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.

3 Things My Kids LOVE About Their SMART Table


SMART Table 442i from SMART Technologies - Collaborate P L A Y that Makes Learning F U N - Last summer, I found out about the new SMART Learning Table that SMART Technologies was coming out with. I couldn''t wait to try it out. While I know that technology isn''t about which device or gadget one uses but rather about how the technology is used, I do tend to advocate for SMART products based on their reliability, user-friendly nature, and engaging features.

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Thinking About Redefining Professional Development

The Web20Classroom

As a former Director of Instructional Technology my job was to provide technology embedded professional development (PD) to a district of 4000 teachers. Each day was filled with new and exciting challenges, trying to figure out how we could best help our teachers understand technology integration, while keeping our PD fresh and engaging. I’ve been a part of a lot of successful PD and been a part of a lot of not so good PD.

Inquiry vs. Memorization

A Principal's Reflections

Memorization often gets in the way of learning and yet the practice continues unobstructed in schools. Fortunately the sciences provide schools and educators with many natural opportunities to move away from the boring, meaningless task of memorizing facts and information to a more constructivist approach associated with inquiry-based learning. Recently Ms Chowdhury’s Consumer Chemistry classes conducted testing on various consumer products as related to chemistry topics.

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30+ iPad Resources

The Mobile Native

Only One iPad in the Classroom? iPad Apps Separated by Subject Area 3. iPad and iPod Resources 4. The 55 Best Free Educational Apps for iPad 5. 15 Literacy Apps to Create Books on the iPad 6. 23 Ways to Use the iPad in a PBL Classroom 7. Middle School iPad Apps 8. Interesting Ways to Use iPads in the Classroom 9. 39 Sites for Using iPads in the Classroom 10. 50 Resources for Using iPads in the Classroom 11. iPad Resources Worth Exploring 12. Apps for Special Needs 13. 32 iPad Tips and Tricks 14.

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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.

Coding with Kindergartners

My Paperless Classroom

Last year at this time, I was trying not to think about Kindergarteners. I was still teaching 9th grade English and I had just accepted a job teaching technology to K-5. I was excited about the challenge, and I knew I had bitten off more than I could chew. As I was developing the tech curriculum, I had the challenge of teaching programming or at least computational thinking at each grade level K-5. Our school is mid pivot in technology.

What is Peer Instruction…in 2 mins

Turn to Your Neighbor

In this post, I give a 2ish minute video primer on Peer Instruction and how to implement it with fidelity. The video has about 50 seconds of preamble and closing for 2.56 minutes total. This basic introduction includes a handful of quick tips for avoiding common pitfalls.

5 Classroom Design Themes for Elementary Make-Overs!


From "White-Room" to Classroom - Enter the G i v e - A w a y at the Bottom of this Post - Prior to entering the profession of teaching, I studied Interior Design at Michigan State University for a bit more than three years. As my program moved less towards hand drafting, studying art, and creating with tangible materials and more towards the technical aspect using CAD Software, I became less interested and couldn''t imagine spending my days behind a computer. Technology frightened me.

Leading Change – 3 Images

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

I enjoy using images to share ideas. In my last post, I shared the ‘Embracing Change’ image, also shared below. As I said in the post: “…we’ need to recognize that: * Change isn’t usually easy. Change only happens when we create a need. Change is not a thought or a discussion, but an action. * The time to act is now. “If If it’s important, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”. The idea is simple.

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!

3D Virtual Learning a New Reality

A Principal's Reflections

It has been yet another exciting year at New Milford High School. We have continued to sustain numerous innovative initiatives while looking for other opportunities to improve the learning experience for the school community. This year alone Laura Fleming , our stellar media specialist, has successfully created a Makerspace for our students as well as a digital badge platform to acknowledge the informal learning of teachers.

30+ QR Code Resources

The Mobile Native

A Dummies Guide to QR Codes 2. QR Code Implementation Guide 3. Using QR Codes in the Classroom 4. QR Code Scavenger Hunt- Part Deux 5. QR Code Quest 6. Transliteracy- QR Codes and Art 7. QR Codes Help Paint a Deeper Picture Behind Art 8. Interactive Physical Education QR Skill Posters 9. QR Codes-Lesson and Resources 10. QR Codes in Higher Education 11. QR Treasure Hunt Generator 12. 40 Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes in the Classroom 13. QR Code Lessons and Activities 14.

Using Google Hangouts in Class

My Paperless Classroom

Here is my presentation about a good use of Google Hangout in K-1 weather study Here are some of the resources I found in my journey Resources Search Google Hangouts in EDU Google Plus community About this community This a community for educators who are using Google Hangouts in their classrooms. My hope is that this becomes a hub for teachers to connect, collaborate, and discuss how they are using Google Hangouts to enrich the learning experiences of their students.

Eric Mazur wins first ever Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education

Turn to Your Neighbor

The Minerva Project announced Eric Mazur, developer of Peer Instruction , as the first winner of the Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education. Minerva reports that the prize “recognizes one faculty member from any institution worldwide who has made a significant impact on student learning experiences through extraordinary innovation in higher education.”

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.

Leveled Math Practice for Pre-K - Algebra 2 and ELA Support for 2nd - 6th on the iPad and Web!


IXL: New Writing Pad Feature I recently had the pleasure of visiting my good friends from IXL while I was keynoting the awesome state technology conference in Nebraska, NETA. I stopped by their booth to say hello. That''s when I found out about one of their newest features, the interactive writing pad that is build directly in the app so that students can do their computations without having to search for scrap paper or even worse. guess.

The Learning Accelerator on blended learning: `In the future, we’ll just call it learning’

The Hechinger Report

If you’ve attended a major education conference this year or follow education trends, you’ve likely heard a phrase that is creating great excitement: blended learning. The concept is gaining traction because it allows teachers to work with students at their individual level and at their own pace. Via technology, students get real-time instruction and instant feedback as needed to help them master skills and content.

What Drives You?

A Principal's Reflections

In education, I think the driving force that compels us to join the profession is the innate desire to instill a love for learning among students and to help place them on a path to success. There is nothing more exhilarating than seeing, or knowing, firsthand that you played a small part in a student’s evolution over the years. Foremost is the desire to work with kids.