July, 2014

The End is Only the Beginning

A Principal's Reflections

This is one of those difficult posts where I honestly am having trouble articulating my thoughts. It is bittersweet, as the time has come for me to make a decision on my future.

Check out the NEW site: ClassroomCribs AND see How-To Set Up Brain-Friendly, Beautiful Learning Spaces!

Kleinspiration

Free Classroom Design Webinar: I would love for you to join me on Tuesday, July 29th at 3pm ET for a free webinar all on setting up your classroom learning space. Prior to going into teaching, I studied Interior Design. Paying close attention to how we set up our spaces is very important.

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Let's Build Something Together-Maker Spaces and 20% Time

The Web20Classroom

Maker Movement 20% Time Genius Hour The idea of students looking away from ridged content focus all throughout the school day and giving them back some time to explore and make is gaining a foothold in many classrooms.

Infographic with Google Search Tips

Educational Technology Guy

Google is a very powerful search engine, but the way you search makes a huge difference in your results. The infographic below has some great tips on becoming a Google Search Power User. Check it out and share with your students. Google for Education Resources: [link].

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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.

Transforming Teaching & Learning with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

The experience of bringing together a group of teachers through a common learning goal this summer has been amazing. Now nearing the end of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge Week 7, participants are creating interactive images and self-publishing them all over the world wide web.

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Excuses Hold Us Back

A Principal's Reflections

When was the last time you came up with an excuse to get out of doing something that you did not want to do? Chances are it was today or sometime in the not so distant past. Excuses are just a part of human existence.

Blended Learning Reflections and Notes from the #NAISToF Conference

Kleinspiration

This summer I was selected, along with 34 other educators across the country, to attend the National Association of Independent Schools Teachers of the Future Conference to be held in Alexandria, VA on the beautiful campus of Episcopal High School.

Making Curation Easier With @IFTTT

The Web20Classroom

There is simply no end to the flow of information available on the Internet. When it comes to trying to organize it and do something with it you may run into some challenges. I know I regularly am looking for ways to make that process better. Thank goodness for IFTTT.

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Google+ Cheat Sheet - shortcuts and tips

Educational Technology Guy

Google+ is Google''s social network. I use it to connect to other educators, IT directors, EdTech personnel, tech companies and edtech groups. It''s easy to use and has more features than other social networks. Here is a great cheat sheet with shortcuts and tips for using Google+.

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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.

Free Online Event: Google Docs Writing Workshop

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

How would you like you like to improve your students'' writing skills along with their technology skills? In this webinar, you will learn how to utilize the many features available in Google Docs to facilitate a digital writing workshop and maximize writing instruction in the 24/7 classroom.

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Why do so many Moodle courses suck?

Nik Peachey

Moodle is a magnificent free product and has the potential to enable schools and teachers to build wonderfully unique interactive online learning courses in which learner interaction can be tracked, measured and responded to.

Schools That Work For Kids

A Principal's Reflections

My son, Nicholas, is your typical child growing up in the 21st Century. He loves to play outside, swim in the pool, golf in the NYC Junior Golf League, have friends over, and feast on McDonald’s. Then there is the technology aspect of his life, which is a very big part.

Stitch Fix: The Perfect Way to Shop for Busy Teachers!

Kleinspiration

I Went from Being Skeptical to Falling in Love - click here to start and fill out your style profile - I''ve contemplated about sharing about this service on my blog for a few reasons. First, this is a resource sharing blog. Second, it is an education blog. Third, I''d be pushing my referral link.

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.

Making The Best App Choices With @Graphite

The Web20Classroom

When I was beginning to roll out a Bring Your Own Device initiative in my previous district we spent a great deal of time sitting and talking with teachers.

#ISTE2014 Use Twitter & Voxer when Travel Plans Go Awry

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

My #ISTE2014 trip with Liz and Kyle Calderwood and Michelle Wendt was supposed to begin in Atlantic City with a flight on Spirit Airlines to Atlanta, Georgia, but after a cancelled flight and an unexpected roadtrip , we eventually reached our destination , 12 hours after our expected arrival time.

Tap Into Sound with ThingLink & Audioboo

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

This weeks ThingLink Teacher Challenged asked participants to focus on audio as they design lessons. We introduced Audioboo as an integrated web based platform and app that easily captures and collects audio for use.

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10 Activities to do on an iPad instead of a Worksheet

Comfortably 2.0

I always have teachers wanting to know how they can better utilize the iPad in their classrooms. I know that it''s very easy when first receiving an iPad to take a worksheet that you have done for several years, and convert it to glass. But glass can be boring too, so I created this Breakfast Club session to give my teachers some ideas on ways to better utilize this powerful tool in their

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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.

Roadmap to a Job-Embedded Growth Model

A Principal's Reflections

I remember a few years back during a meeting with teacher leaders, a tipping point that would ultimately change the direction of professional growth at my school. During this conversation I was passionately sharing my experiences as a connected learner.

6 Conferences In 5 Days at #SDEevents for Educators This Summer in Vegas!

Kleinspiration

SDE National Education Conference - Vegas 2014 I''m excited to travel to Las Vegas this weekend to spend the week with some of the most energizing and inspiring teachers across the country. SDE hosts a series of six conferences between July 7 - 11.

Fresh Resources For The Taking 07/09/2014

The Web20Classroom

A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods tags: visualization literacy favorite Digital Research Tools tags: tools digital favorite Blogging: Teaching Commenting Skills tags: blogging favorite Educational Leadership:Literacy 2.0:Anywhere Anywhere Learning tags: ascd literacy favorite Teacher Talent Toolbox | TNTP tags: toolbox leadership favorite Life of an Educator: 10 Steps for Educators New to Twitter.

Google Teacher Academy Welcomes New Members

CUE

Written and Edited by CUE Blog Editor Kate Petty with Special Consultants #GTAATL Google Teacher Academy Overview Last week the Google Teacher Academy, in partnership with CUE, welcomed its newest members from the 2014 Atlanta cohort (#GTAATL).

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EdTech at School

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

ThingLink UnPlugged & Self-Published

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Explore this interactive image by @pmmerlin on our wall This week''s ThingLink Teacher Challenged asked participants to grab their mobile devices, get away from wifi, and explore use of the ThingLink App beyond the walls.

Innovate, Don’t Automate

TeachBytes

A little something I whipped up, inspired by Alan November‘s conversation around redesigning the way we use technology in the classroom. Not necessarily a new idea, but a distinction that I think is often missing in classrooms: the difference between automating tasks and assignments with technology versus innovating the classroom practices. Continue reading → Professional Development Visualizations alan november automation blc chart innovation

Raising the Bar on Learning

A Principal's Reflections

In my opinion inquiry-based learning is one of the best pedagogical techniques available to teachers.

ClassDojo is now school-wide!

Kleinspiration

Hey Kleinspiration readers! Manoj here from ClassDojo :) Since 2011, millions of teachers around the world have used ClassDojo to save time and teach important behaviors like curiosity, grit, and helping others. And because teachers are so innovative, you''ve found really unique ways to work closer as grade-level teams or even across a school with ClassDojo — even though we never built the features to make it possible!

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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.