November, 2011

It's All About The Hashtag

The Web20Classroom

If you remember, in my 3 part series on Twitter , I wrote about how I completely changed the way I do professional development on Twitter. In a nutshell, I no longer start with signing up and tweeting the first day. I always show how to use Twitter without ever signing up. I believe it''s important to establish the value in using it rather than using it and attempting to find the value. What a lot of people don''t realize that Twitter is a very powerful search engine.

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The Questions I Ask

A Principal's Reflections

I have been fortunate over the past few days to have attended the Authorspeak Conference. This experience has allowed me to listen to and connect with some of the best minds in education (i.e. Robert Marzano, Rick DuFour, Carol Tomlinson, Doug Reeves, Will Richardson). Additionally, I have been able to network with other amazing educators from all over the world and actively share how we are transforming the culture at New Milford High School.


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Turn your Site into an App for Mobile Devices


Allow your audience to browse your site with ease: transform it into an App with Conduit ! I was super excited to find out about this service from Conduit. I was even more surprised to find that it was absolutely free to do! So, of course, I had to try it out with Kleinspiration. You can click here to download, for free, this site to continue to get cool tech tools and tips along with freebies and give-aways for your classroom. Please note that my screenshots aren''t good.

21st Principal’s Big List of Must-Have Administrator Tech Knowledge

The 21st Century Principal

Just the other day, I was asked, “What 21st century tools would you say every administrator needs to know and understand how to use?” It’s an important question, and I think I have tried to answer that question continuously through this blog. While there are the technological tools that help with administrator’s duties, there are other tools administrators need to know and be able to use simply because of their potential impact on instruction.

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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.

10 Tools for Increasing Engagement in Online Courses

Nik Peachey

Over the last few years I've done a lot of work developing writing and redeveloping online courses and course materials. In the initial rush to get learning online many organisations got themselves a Moodle platform and then attached a whole load of PDFs, added some forums and the odd video clip and called it an online course. It's no surprise then that drop out rates for online learning courses have been so high. The advent of Web 2.0

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Cool Classroom Projects With Skype

The Web20Classroom

A while back I wrote about Skype and how to get started using it. If you are new or thinking about starting definitely check out that post. Then yesterday I saw this: " Calling classes in North Carolina, USA or nearby states to join a book club [link] #wsfcs " So when I saw that tweet I immediately passed it along to all my NC folks. Then I got to thinking. There are lots of great projects out there that need a partner and people ask all the time how to get connected via Skype.

Profound Impact

A Principal's Reflections

As educators we routinely wonder whether or not the advice that we impart on our students actually has had a positive impact. Sometimes were are given direct feedback, but other times were are left to wonder. During the past couple of weeks we have organized two assemblies where I have educated the entire student body on cyberbullying, as well as digital responsibility and footprints.

Learn Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages on Your iPad!


Recently released from , Virtual Maniplatives is the newest and best tool for iPads to help children learn about some of the toughest elementary mathematics concepts fractions, decimals, and percentages. This app already has a Top 50 Free Educational App Status and an Apple Staff Favorite Status. When discussing the most difficult math subjects for students at an elementary level, we most often hear of two things: fractions/decimals or division.

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5 Ways to Engage Others Using Twitter

The 21st Century Principal

There is a bit of art in composing engaging and thoughtful tweets. The ultimate question as a tweet composer is, "How can I say what I want to say in only 140 characters? And, how can I convey tone and mood through as few words as possible?" The real fun of tweeting is trying to communicate the most you can with as little as possible, but you only know you have communicated it successfully when someone responds to your latest tweet.

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).

If You Could Only Follow 5 Education Twitter Accounts.


In February 2012, I will be presenting a workshop on Twitter for Professional Learning at the Texas Computer Education Association convention. As part of the workshop, I want to be able to recommend high quality Twitter accounts for the participants in the workshop to follow. Many of the attendees will be first time Twitter users, so I want to help them get a strong start on their PLN. I need your help! I''m hoping my own PLN will help me get a good resource list together.

PD opportunity- Ann Arbor, MI


Hi Folks, just wanted to let you know about this professional development workshop I am doing for SPEAK in Michigan. Outside the Box” iPad for SLPs- Apps Through a Language Lens! Friday, February 10, 2012 8 am to 3 pm (registration starts at 7:30) at the Washtenaw ISD Ann Arbor, MI. SPEAK is limited to 100 participants and need a minimum of 40 commitments by December 2, 2011 to make this course a go.

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You Know You Always Wanted To Know The History Of Searching The Interwebs, Didn't You?

The Web20Classroom

I dunno about you but I might do about a billion searches a day. From everything to how to unbrick a phone to a recipe for a holiday party to how to spell words, search is a natural part of how I browse the web. Sometimes its easier to just search for a site, even when I already know the address. (I I think that might be on the verge of lazy, but hey, I own it) Kids do a lot of searching too.

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Student Voice Matters

A Principal's Reflections

This past September I was fortunate enough to attend a professional development program on the Chromebook at the Google offices in New York City. At the conclusion of the workshop, I immediately began to think about the potential of this computing device in my school. However, something was missing. The missing piece to making a decision of this magnitude was the thoughts and advice from the most important constituency in schools, the students.

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.

Unlimited Music For Your School with Musicshake


New this year is an online tool Musicshake which will provide your students with an opportunity to create and share unlimited music that is copyright free. This is a fantastic tool for students, and will help children with all levels of musical experience, even those with none at all. Aspiring musicians can create and retouch content, while students with little to no musicality can simply find a song they like and use it or add effects.

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NC to Test Every Subject K-12 and Tie Teacher & Principal Evaluations to Test Scores

The 21st Century Principal

In a meeting this past Monday I attended, representatives from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provided educators with a presentation describing how our state is adding a sixth standard to our teacher evaluation and an eighth standard to our principal evaluation directly tying those evaluations to test scores. What I discovered at that meeting was that the standards proposed are worded innocuously and can hardly be questioned.

Mobile Connections and Resources

The Mobile Native

SIGML Wiki @sigml SIGML is an ISTE special interest group for mobile learning. This wiki provides mobile learning resources, webinars, discussions and a place to connect with other educators. A new feature added to this site is called "Mobilist Nation". This site is designed to promote the networking and integration of Mobile Learning into classrooms around the world.

Draw A Stickman


Draw a Stickman is an extraordinarily fun little interactive movie that caused some buzz on the Interwebs recently. The activity opens by asking you to, naturally, draw a Stickman. I don''t want to give too much away, but you will be asked to make a number of other simple drawings that save your Stickman from some predicaments that arise! Language Lens Draw a Stickman unfolds as a short narrative with a clear, if sometimes unexpected, connection between events.

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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.

New Posted Resources 11/30/2011

The Web20Classroom

Pencasting to Support Critical Thinking | Livescribe Education tags: livescribe criticalthinking favorite Google SketchUp-Tutorials tags: sketchup google favorite tutorials Quality Rubrics tags: rubrics favorite “Twitter? I Don’t Get It!”

The Flipped Classroom Explained

A Principal's Reflections

There has been a great deal of information lately on the World Wide Web and in the media on the flipped classroom approach. I still get the sense that many educators are unsure of what this actually means and entails. I myself have done quite a bit of research as of late to gain a better understanding. Image credit: [link] There are two main components associated with the flipped classroom approach to teaching and learning.

$1,500 for 3 Classrooms via Kumon!


I''m a Finalist and Need your Vote! It would be super duper awesome if you could (with a cherry on top) help to support my second grade classroom for this $1,500 opportunity. One of my student''s mothers has nominated me for the Kumon Thank a Teacher Contest. Today, we received notification that we were selected as one of the ten finalists. Kumon has opened the voting to the public now. Three lucky classrooms will be rewarded with an additional $1,500 to spend for their students.

7 Suggested Apps for the New Kindle Fire Owner

The 21st Century Principal

After working with several apps on the Kindle Fire during the past few days, I have struggled with the fact that some of my favorite Web tools like Diigo do not yet have an app in the Amazon App Store. Still, I have found the following apps useful so far. Evernote: Evernote, as I have posted many times before, is my favorite note taking app. I wasted absolutely no time downloading and installing this app for the Kindle Fire.

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!

A convenient untruth

Learning with 'e's

What do you think is the teacher's worst enemy? Some would say lack of time. Others would say unsupportive leadership, or the dreaded government inspection. Rigid curriculum, lack of resources and bad student behaviour may also be high on the list for many educators. For me, the worst enemy is bad theory. Bad theory, when accepted without challenge, can lead to bad practice.

My Edublog Awards Nominations for 2011


It''s that time already. The Edublog Awards were started about 7 years ago to counteract the trend of blocking social media in school districts and celebrate the educational power of these resources. Obviously social media has been transformative for me and my practice and I wanted to participate for that reason again this year.

My 2011 Edublog Award Nominations

The Web20Classroom

It''s that time of year again, when bloggers from around the globe submit the best of the best in the education world from the previous year for the Edublog Awards. This is always a tough spot for me. I think everyone is great at what they do. And we should honor everyone who works tirelessly in schools and in education everyday to make learning better for kids. However, there are some that deserve a little something extra.

Collaborative Writing to Develop the 21st Century Learner


Collaborative writing is strong for bringing ideas together, capitalizing on individual strengths, and building in feedback. When I walked into Mrs. Bliss'' 5th grade class to work on the Student Blogging Challenge #3 , "Me on the Internet," they decided to write their post collaboratively. How can students successfully write a collaborative post (or written work)?

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.

A Penny CAN Change the World


Friend and asset to the education community, Adam Bellow, is the author of EduTecher - a free site for teachers! Last year, Adam started a campaign for Change the World. Each click = 1 cent donated. Please enjoy the brief video below to see more about how: one click = one vote which is 1 cent donated to a charity. You can select the charity of your choice. The charity with the most clicks will receive the funds.

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21st Century School Leaders Are Bloggers Too!

The 21st Century Principal

I have been blogging for almost 4 years now. My first blog was an experiment on Blogger in 2008 that I''m not even sure anyone ever read. I posted to it infrequently, and to be honest, I can''t even remember the name of that blog. I''ve long since taken it down. My second blog was a staff blog I created while principal of a middle school. I used that blog instead of a weekly newsletter, or even an email update like this one. The problem I discovered was the same.

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Tools of the trade

Learning with 'e's

I was quite impressed by Joyce Seitzinger's Professional Learning Environment (PLN) model that she presented at Deakin University in Melbourne this week. The first slide on the left shows a quadrant model in which she has used a work/office metaphor to define four discrete functions of a PLN. The first, the Staffroom is quite public, calling on high levels of communication and high profile, and involves the use of microblogging tools such as Twitter.

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