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. Today is the day that I formally announce my decision to step down as New Milford High School Principal, a decision that has been most difficult to make. My last day will be September 3.

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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. We must take into account the children when determining so many components that go into designing our spaces. You''re invited to sign up for free and attend this webinar. I hope to see you there!

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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. Educators are turning towards ideas like the Maker Movement and 20% Time to foster creativity and innovation in their classrooms and to get their kids thinking and doing more.

Google Teacher Academy Welcomes New Members


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). For these teachers, administrators, and educational coaches, it was more than another PD session, it was the opportunity […]. The post Google Teacher Academy Welcomes New Members appeared first on OnCUE.

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.

Flipping Your Class with Just in Time Recording

My Paperless Classroom

source: Wikimedia commons This week I am honored to be presenting at November Learning''s Building Learning Communities Conference. I have posted the slide deck I am using and links from the presentation here. Please join the conversation in the comments or tweet your ideas and questions to me @SamPatue and use #BLC14. Thank you for learning with me. The theme of the preso -> flipping your class turns you into a timelord.

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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. Many times they are just lighthearted attempts to get out of work around the house, cooking, going to the mall, attending a wedding of a friend who you have not seen in years, or walking the dog.

ClassDojo is now school-wide!


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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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. I''ve written about If This, Than That (IFTTT) in the past. Of the many tools I rely on each day, IFTTT that is one that I can''t live without. It''s so simple to use but so powerful too.

Creating Engaging Professional Development- Flipped-Style


By CUE Member Laura Conley @lconley86 When you think of professional development, does engaging come to mind? In the past, it hasn’t for me but creating engaging professional development is exactly my goal with Flipped-PD! I know it sounds very ambitious, but change requires ambition and sometimes a leap of faith! It’s A Need While […]. The post Creating Engaging Professional Development- Flipped-Style appeared first on OnCUE. Flipped Classroom Professional Development

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).

Walter White and Teachers as Makers

My Paperless Classroom

There are ideas that sit in the back of my brain for what seems like a long time. Slowly they bond with other ideas, growing imperceptibly. Bobbing to the surface, glinting just enough to be noticed. One of these is a moment towards the end of the series Breaking Bad.

More GoPro: Surfing & Stalking Hummingbirds

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I''m not stating anything new here when I say that the more I use my GoPro Hero 3 camera, the more I love it. From taking it to the beach to capturing images in my own backyard, I''m impressed with the quality and versatility. So far, there are only two accessories that I have invested in for the GoPro: the floaty backdoor and the handlebar mount. Being new to the GoPro, I did not want to spend money frivously on accessories and instead researched accessories that would be the most versatile.

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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. Who am I to deprive him access to an array of engaging tools that his generation is growing up with? It would be hard to, even if I tried, as the Sheninger household has 30 connected devices in it.

Blended Learning Reflections and Notes from the #NAISToF Conference


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. This year''s conference is titled "Exploring Together: Blended and Online Learning" and focuses on four themes: blended and online learning, student health and well being, student assessment, and accreditation.

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.

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. There are many misconceptions and questions that arise when we allow students to use their own technology in the classroom, so I wanted to make sure we addressed those right away so we could focus on the learning and not the classroom management.

Looking Back to Move Forward…


Written by CUE Member and Guest Blogger Barbara Barreda With the year winding down, it is important to carve out some time to reflect on the year’s successes and the opportunities for growth. It is a chance to separate the urgent from the important and take stock of how well I filled the role of […]. The post Looking Back to Move Forward… appeared first on OnCUE. Learn Education Technology

Babies and Mobile Devices. Where Are YOU on the issue?

Kevin Corbett

Everywhere I turn I see babies, toddlers and young children with tablets/ipads and smartphones. The glow of the brightly colored illuminated device is attractive and alluring for people of ANY age. But, at what age is it appropriate? Consider the following product from Fisher Price and the differing perspectives. Share your thoughts in the comments section at the end. The Newborn to Toddler APPtivity Seat. On the other side. Natali Morris in Mashable responds. Opinion.

#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. There are two tech tools that were essential for transforming this ordeal into an adventure: Twitter and Voxer.

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.

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. As social media embracement was not even a blip on the radar at this time, these teacher leaders were quite skeptical about the alleged benefits I described.

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


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. Well, after receiving my second shipment of items, I decided to rethink the idea of sharing this on my site.

RSCON July 11-13 check out this great FREE online conference

My Paperless Classroom

Join the annual Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON) – an online global event highlighting “wow” moments in teaching and learning. RSCON5, will take place July 11th – 13th, 2014 and will feature 60+presentations, 11 keynote speakers from across the globe, panel discussions, tech/app/lesson swaps, the EdInspire Awards, and plenaries Dean Shareski and Kevin Honeycutt.

ISTE 2014: Save the Date for Next Year!


Written by CUE Member Reuben Hoffman The convention center was sparse. The registration lines were empty. Where are they? I asked myself. Traveling down an escalator, I started to hear the buzz of voices. I turned the corner and there they were, sitting in groups of 10 to 30, circled up. Some were on the […]. The post ISTE 2014: Save the Date for Next Year! appeared first on OnCUE. ISTE Professional Development

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!

1112 Great GOOGLE CLASSROOM Tutorials by Early Access Testers

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

FINALLY got my invitation to Google Classroom today. Thank you, Google! I''ll be checking out these tutorials for guidance and inspiration: 1. Google Classroom - Teacher and Student View video by +Roger Nixon , June 15 2. The Electric Educator - Setting Up your Google Classroom , June 25 including a Google slide show 3. Preview of Classroom for Google Apps for Education from +Google Gooru , June 27 4.

#ISTE2014 A Special Post for a Few **Spaeztle** Friends

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

While at #ISTE2014 , I attended the TechSmith party at De Biergarten in Atlanta, GA. It was thoroughly enjoyable chatting with Twitter & FlipCon folks face to face over some GOOD German food. There was Foosball and even pictures with our heads atop German attired folks ( Here are some pictures from Kristin D.)


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. When activities are developed appropriately students are afforded the opportunity to construct new knowledge through exploration, problem solving, developing then answering their own questions, application, and trial & error.

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


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. Teachers, technology enthusiast, and administrators will gather to attend custom sessions that meet their specific interests. Over the past year, I''ve enjoyed being a consultant with SDE and traveling the country to connect with classroom teachers.

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.

Is teaching an Art or a Science?

My Paperless Classroom

The following was written as a homework assignment and is presented here for some educational conversation with others. Please feel free to comment below on your thoughts to the question “Is Teaching an Art or a Science?” ” Thx, Jeff A Universal Question: Is Teaching an Art, or Science? Is teaching an art or a science? […]. The post Is teaching an Art or a Science? appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Editorial

15-Year-Old explains the key to developing a #PLN

The Innovative Educator

Alex Laubscher and mentor Mike King at MoCCA Fest Alex Laubscher is a cartoonist who I met this year when his mother brought him to New York City for MoCCA Fest which is an art festival for illustrators. By the age of 15 Alex developed an extensive network of others who share his love for the zine culture and illustrating. Alex connected and developed relationships with some of the leaders in his field via Instagram. Laubscher has learned to produce and sell his own self-created zines.

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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