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. In my mind, the more I could control the environment that my students were a part of the better the results. There was not much flexibility in terms of the structure of the day and what students were “allowed” to do.

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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! My Favorite Parts: I love that the app is easy to use and free. Those are usually my top two must haves in order for me to continue using an application or website.


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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.

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.

Flipped Learning – Part 5: Flip Your English Class!


By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Troy Cockrum This Post Will Focus on Flipping Learning in the English Classroom- Post 5 in Our 6-Part Series I usually describe my flipped learning English classroom as sloppy. I like to say it is the writing process in action. I go in with somewhat of a plan, but my […]. The post Flipped Learning – Part 5: Flip Your English Class! appeared first on OnCUE. Blended Learning Flipped Classroom

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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

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. She even text me that evening to make sure I''d remember. Cierra knows me well - even my obsessive compulsive tendencies.

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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.

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

Educational Technology Guy

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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).

Gamification in the Classroom – Getting Started


By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Alice Keeler Gamification – what made me venture into the world of games as a teacher? One day I had a struggling student eagerly bring me his math homework and exclaim, “What is my grade?” Well… the student had not done any homework the whole year, failed every test and […]. The post Gamification in the Classroom – Getting Started appeared first on OnCUE. Technology in Education

My Favorite Videos For Describing Educators' Professional Use of Twitter


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. As a result of the tremendous value I''ve gotten from it, I''ve written about and presented on Twitter quite a few times.

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. As a result, a partnership between Teq and New Milford HS was formed to provide a cost-effective, meaningful learning experience for attendees.

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. Keeping a limited budget in mind, I seek ideas that will offer the greatest return on my investment. Class Books: In second grade, we make a few class books throughout the year.

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.

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. If you know better, you can do better. Don't sit by and watch on, stand up and speak out when you notice someone is the target of bullying. Educators and parents constantly discuss the nature of bullying.

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. I used it for lesson planning, lesson notes, class notes, student notes and logs, and more as a teacher. As a CIO I use it for meeting notes, project management, contacts, web clippings, research and much more. There are over 100 new features in it and I really like the new version.

Fall CUE Conference: Survival Guide Top 8 Tips


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. So if you are one of those lucky ~1100 pre-registered attendees – how can you prepare for a successful Fall CUE Conference? Here are my Top 8 […]. The post Fall CUE Conference: Survival Guide Top 8 Tips appeared first on OnCUE. CUE Conference

25 Ideas for Using Evernote as an Educator and More!

The 21st Century Principal

Evernote is one of the most powerful apps available. I''ve been a heavy Evernote user all the way back to 2010. It is absolutely one of the first applications I open on my desktop every single day. It''s power is greatly enhanced because it gives users access across many devices and the web. Its Trunk and Extension apps extend that versatility even further. Tomorrow afternoon, I have the pleasure of sharing my Evernote experiences with Phi Delta Kappa in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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.

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. Make sure to follow Robert on Twitter ( @ideaguy42 ). I have also added some of my personal thoughts at the bottom of this post.

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. We also have all of the amazing ABCya Apps , too. My kids love playing with the seasonal apps that ABCya has on their site. My son, Jacob, goes crazy over the " Make a Pumpkin " activity.

Ideas for supporting #TeacherEffectiveness with #EdTech - Domain 1

The Innovative Educator

Technology provides teachers with a great way to provide evidence with artifacts of their effective practice. Across the country this has been a priority for schools that are incorporating a teacher evaluation based on the Danielson Framework for Teacher Evaluation. The model contains various components organized into the following four domains.

Hey Edmodo Users, Are Your Groups Secure?

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

With the start of the school year off to a running start, it is important to address some key items that will insure success of your groups and prevent some not so nice things from occurring. I''m an avid Edmodo with Edmodo serving as the hub of my virtual classroom, but I learned a valuable lesson two weeks ago concerning the security of my groups and the trustworthiness of my students.

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!

Flipped Learning – Part 6: Social Studies Class


By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Tom Driscoll This Post Will Focus on Flipping the Social Studies Classroom- Post 6 in Our 6-Part Series Although Flipped Learning is most prevalent in math and science courses, adoption by educators teaching the arts and humanities is on the rise. In the three years that I have been […]. The post Flipped Learning – Part 6: Social Studies Class appeared first on OnCUE. Flipped Classroom

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iPad Essentials: 4 Tricks to Find Apps


The App Store is huge and overwhelming. It''s important to have some strategies to find apps; here are some I commonly share in workshops and thought you all might like to know about! Make sure to look at iPhone apps in the App Store App, if you can''t find the app you are looking for. At times people hear about an app and become frustrated because they cannot find it in the App Store. This could be because it is an app made for iPhone, not iPad.

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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. In education we often quip that our voices are not heard, opinions not valued, and our presence at the table when major decisions are made is absent. These statements are quite accurate from what I have experienced or seen as of late.

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. Though I do have a block of time set aside for reading workshop and writing workshop, we often use the term ''workshop'' interchangably since they are both so closley connected in our classroom. In reading workshop, my learners are often inspired by a technique they notice in a story that compels them to revise their current piece of writing as soon as they finish a book.

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.

Coding with the Littles, Where to Start on the Ipad K-4

My Paperless Classroom

Why Code with Kids Is it unfair of me to assume that coding is a language of power that my students need access to? If my students are going to be using apps, shouldn''t they know how apps work? Shouldn''t they be able to build an APP? My first coding with kids experience was through the Technovation Challenge , a great program that connects young women in high school with women in technology from companies like LinkedIn and Google.

Has Google replaced teaching?

The Innovative Educator

Student to teachers at #tltf13 "You don''t need to teach us. That is what Google is for." StuVoice #edchat — Lisa Nielsen (@InnovativeEdu) October 18, 2013 This is what a passionate student told a room full of educators at the 2013 Tech Forum in New York in response to a question from social studies teacher Melissa Seideman. She was asking how Digital Native students prefer learning when it comes to technology use.

eLearning Strategies Symposium: Early-Bird Deadline Extended to Oct. 22


By CLRN’s Brian Bridges and CUE ‘s Mike Lawrence, both CUE Members, natch… By popular demand, the eLearning Strategies Symposium (eSS) has extended the Early-Bird Registration rate until October 22, 2013. Individual registrations are currently $159 and groups of two or more may register for $149 each. After November 1st, individual registration rises to $199 and […]. The post eLearning Strategies Symposium: Early-Bird Deadline Extended to Oct. 22 appeared first on OnCUE.