October, 2013

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


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!

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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The World Innovation Summit On Education-#WISE13

The Web20Classroom

This week (October 29-October 31) I am in Doha, Qatar, attending the WISE Summit. Folks from over 100 countries are gathered to talk about what is working in education, examine current trends and discuss how countries can work better together, to provide kids everywhere a solid education.

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.

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.

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


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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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.

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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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.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Go Somewhere You've Never Been

The Playground Advocate

In the same way that meeting new people is a good catalyst for creativity, experiencing new places can change your perspective, can inspire wonder, and can lead to new ideas. Think back to the times in your childhood when you had the opportunity to visit a new place.

Create Short Animated Videos for Learning With the Tellagami App


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.

Tips for Setting Up Parent-Teacher Conferences!


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Educational Technology Guy

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Teacher Creativity Skill: Meet Someone Amazing!

The Playground Advocate

This being Connected Educator Month , I''ve been reminded over and over about the power of connections. Sometimes meeting someone new changes your whole perspective on the world, and collaborating with someone new can change how you understand the work that you do.

Common Core Connections: Halloween Writing

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

The Common Core Standards identify six instructional shifts necessary for effective implementation of the ELA/Literacy strand. These instructional shifts provide a framework to help us understand the big picture before diving into the specific individual standards.

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.

Tons of Fun Classroom Halloween Activities!


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.

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.

From Google Ideas: Conflict in a Connected World Summit, Oct. 20-22, 2013

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This looks amazing! A summit to explore how digital technology affects conflict. On October 20-22, "In partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Gen Next Foundation, Google Ideas hosts the ''Conflict in a Connected World''.

What effective professional development DOESN'T look like.

Kairos EdTech

Is this what you think of when you hear the word PD? Image courtesy of Cheryl Colan , extracted from Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0 Professional development (PD) is one for those things you either love or hate. A lot of those feelings are directly affected by how it is planned for and delivered.

EdTech at School

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

I am a Connected Educator

The Playground Advocate

I am a connected educator. I connect in person, through email, over the phone, through Skype, via social media, with collaborative web tools and through the social portions of the websites and blogs I read. This isn’t extra work. It’s part of the work I do.

4 Digital Citizenship Week Resources

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Click to to listen. C ommonSense Media has a comprehensive and free curriculum dedicated to Digital Citizenship. The activities are organized by grade level chunks and they include lesson plans, posters and videos to engage students in learning at appropriate levels.

Mini-Lesson Examples and Mentor Text Ideas for Workshop!


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

Teachers Hate Pep Rallies!

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Danielle Shanley, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for New Milford Public Schools, NJ. Here she reflects on what she say in New Milford HS on a Friday before our annual Spirit Week pep rally.

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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.

Mobile Learning in Georgetown ISD


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

How to get teachers on board?

Kairos EdTech

Image by marsmet546. Extracted from Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Walkthroughs and observations are part of my weekly job. People naturally resist change for a variety of reasons: fear of the unknown, complacency in their comfort zone, fear of failure and a number of other reasons.

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.