November, 2011

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).

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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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.

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.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Google Moderator in the Classroom

The Electric Educator

Aaron Hammers uses Google Moderator in his 10th Grade Bible class each week. Google Moderator is a simple crowd-sourcing tool that makes it possible to better understand the thoughts, idea, questions, or motivations of a group, crowd, or audience.

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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.

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

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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.

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Suppose What I Teach Isn't What's Important

The Playground Advocate

I just came across an exceptional TEDx talk from John Bennett: What I like about this TED talk is that Mr. Bennett has the courage to answer the critical question, "When am I ever going to need this?" honestly.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

$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.

Improve Search Skills - A Google a Day

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Searching for information is a process that involves critical thinking. A Google a Day is a trivia game that provides students and grownups with a playful way to improve search skills. Every day Google posts a question that is complex enough that a regular Google search won''t yield the solution. Players have to put on their thinking caps to find the answers.

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.

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Viewing or Annotating ASHA Handouts on your iDevice


Personally, I welcome the demise of the traditional "Handout." All that wasted paper! When attending ASHA, you can still (pretty) easily view presenter handouts, take notes on sessions, and even annotate (write over) the handout files on your iDevice! Here are the steps: 1.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

EdTech at School

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

2011 Edublog Award Nominations


After watching the Edublog Awards process for a few years, and even voting in the final round before, I''ve decided it''s time for me to get involved at the grass-roots level by making some of my own nominations in 2011!

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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.

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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.

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!”

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.