October, 2013

The Secrets to Creating a Positive School Culture

A Principal's Reflections

If someone would have asked me this question a few years ago I honestly would not have had a good answer. I always thought a positive school culture was one where strict rules were created and consistently enforced to keep students focused on learning.

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A Free App To Download Today and Use Tomorrow from @IXLLearning - Common Core Math: PreK - Geometry

Kleinspiration

Introducing the NEW IXL Math App! I''m so excited to share the new IXL math app with all of you. I''ve been using the IXL math website for a while now. It provides great reinforcement for the skills and concepts I teach in class. Now, they have an app that is super simple to use. and free!

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Quick List of Apps For Learners And Curators

The Web20Classroom

When it comes to mobile learning there are loads of great sites for apps for kids and teachers. Everything from apps organized by Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy to apps organized by grade level and subject area. It can be daunting to sort through all those apps to find the special ones for learning something new or curating information. What are they?

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Free Evernote Training Videos on YouTube

Educational Technology Guy

Evernote is one of my favorite and most used apps. I use it for project management, task lists, meeting notes, reference notes, web clippings, personal tasks and more. I just found out about some great training videos on YouTube that show you how to do different tasks in Evenrote. Check them out here: [link] If you don''t use Evernote , check it out. It''s free, easy to use, and cross platform.

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.

My Favorite Videos For Describing Educators' Professional Use of Twitter

EdTechSandyK

A snapshot of the information flowing through my Twitter stream today. I have been actively using Twitter for professional learning for a little over four years. It has become my most valuable professional learning resource during that time.

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The Impact of #Edscape

A Principal's Reflections

This past Saturday (10/19) marked the fourth annual Edscape Conference held at New Milford High School in NJ. The idea for this event evolved from a dire need to fill a void in the type of innovative learning experiences that educators were craving.

Keep Organized w/ Awesome Planners from @ErinCondren Designs! Built w/ Teachers in Mind!

Kleinspiration

Teacher Lesson Planners : Custom Built Just for You ! with a Give-Away below - By best friend and colleague, Cierra , couldn''t believe when I told her that I had never heard of Erin Condren. She told me I had to go home that night and check out her designs.

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Anytime, Anywhere Learning #CE13

The Web20Classroom

Picture it. Your feet up. Computer/table/whatever Internet-connected device you have in front of you. Snacks handy. You are ready. The world (and learning) at your fingertips. October marks Connected Educator Month. The idea is to help more educators look beyond the walls of the classroom and look to the brilliance of others to learn from and learn with. Want to learn more? Read this.) In the spirit of CEM I wanted to highlight just a few of the free, learning opportunities happening.

Evernote updates Windows version with over 100 new features

Educational Technology Guy

Evernote , one of my favorite and most used apps, has recently updated the Windows version of their software. If you don''t use Evernote , check it out. It''s free, easy to use, and cross platform.

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.

Create Short Animated Videos for Learning With the Tellagami App

EdTechSandyK

Through a teacher and an educational technologist in my school district, I''ve recently discovered the Tellagami app for creating short animated videos. The video below is only the third Gami (the app maker''s term for a finished product) which I have created.

Webinar: SAMR Through the Lens of 21st Century Skills

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

SAMR Through the Lens of 21st Century Skills October 15, 2013, 4:00 PM CST Are you looking for ways to leverage the power of technology to help students develop 21st Century Skills?

Integration of Digital Badges to Acknowledge Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The following is cross-posted at Laura Fleming''s blog titled Worlds of Learning. Laura is the new media specialist at NMHS and has been challenged to develop innovative ways to create structures to recognize informal learning of both teachers and students. As a 21st Century Library Media Specialist, part of what I strive to do is to serve as an instructional technology resource for both educators and learners. ?In

Tips for Setting Up Parent-Teacher Conferences!

Kleinspiration

Growing up in the south, I learned to always put guest''s needs above my own. I consider parents — as well as anyone in our classroom who doesn''t use the space on a daily basis — as guests and I work hard to make them feel welcome during conferences.

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.

Stop trying to figure out if screentime is good for students

The Innovative Educator

Brian Finke for The New York Times You may have read the recent New York Times story No Child Left Untableted. Like others before it ( Seeing no progress, some schools drop laptops ), these stories have the wrong focus.

Google Apps Experts: Ten time-saving features of Google Apps

Educational Technology Guy

[link]. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. Feel free to share summaries and links to these articles, but do not copy and repost entire article. Follow me on Twitter and Google

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Mobile Learning in Georgetown ISD

EdTechSandyK

Over the past year, the school district I work for has made tremendous strides in the realm of mobile learning.

Search by Reading Level Without Twurdy

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

For the past few years I have been introducing students, teachers and parents to a toolkit of resources assembled to help students use search engines that match their learning styles.

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.

The Best Feedback a Principal Could Get

A Principal's Reflections

The following post appeared on the blog of Robert Dillon. In this piece he describes what he saw at New Milford High School during his visit while the students were present the Friday before the Edscape Conference. His reflection has been posted with permission below.

Tons of Fun Classroom Halloween Activities!

Kleinspiration

Some of My Favorite Halloween Activities ABCyaGames is one of my favorite sites to use with my own children and in my classroom. They are an award winning educational site with a ton to offer. There isn''t a day that goes by that I don''t visit their site.

Addressing the #bullying problem starts with adults

The Innovative Educator

Editor's note: October is National Bullying Prevention Month. It was created to raise awareness about bullying prevention. This post brings attention to a problem that we sometimes forget or are too uncomfortable to discuss. Bullying does not discriminate based on age.

Fall CUE Conference: Survival Guide Top 8 Tips

CUE

Fall CUE Conference: Survival Guide – Top 8 Tips This year’s Fall CUE Conference, “Diving to New Depths with Common Core,” is SOLD OUT! Consequently, there will be NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

#EdCampOnline Experience 10-26-13 #ce13

EdTechSandyK

Yesterday I had the exciting opportunity to participate in the first ever EdCamp to be held online. If you are not familiar with EdCamps, they differ from traditional professional development experiences in that they are organized by the participants on the day of the event.

Lessons from WDW #9: Positive Messaging

The Playground Advocate

I''ve been thinking a lot about student happiness lately. We know that students learn better when they feel comfortable and happy. I also contend that learning itself can create happiness, but there are undeniably factors that can influence a child''s happiness that are out of our control.

Your Voice Matters So Use It

A Principal's Reflections

I often tell educators to be the change they want to see in education. This requires speaking up in any and all ways possible if you ever have the hopes of actually changing things.

Mini-Lesson Examples and Mentor Text Ideas for Workshop!

Kleinspiration

Teaching young authors is my favorite part of the day. Reading and writing go hand in hand in our classroom.

EdTech at School

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