November, 2011

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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).

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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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.

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.

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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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!

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.

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.

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.

$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.

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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Live Interview Thursday: Panel on Search Literacy with Google's Tasha Bergson-Michelson

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

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.

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.

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.

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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20th Century flops?

Learning with 'e's

I have just recorded an interview for my local TV station Westcountry Television.

EdTech at School

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

ScreenChamp Finalist!

The Electric Educator

I love Google Apps and use them with my students all the time. One day, on a whim, I decided to do a screen capture of the growth of a collaborative story that my 9th grade students wrote using Google Docs.

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.

The Second Annual Global Education Conference Starts Monday!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

It''s almost here! The second annual Global Education Conference is a week-long, and free, event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world.

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!”

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.

BrainPop: Daylight Savings Time


Be sure to check out the short animated video by BrainPop on daylight savings time. Also, see the related links: - click here : Time Zones - click here : Daylight Savings Time quiz - click here : Daylight Savings Time activity page - click here : Kleinspiration resources to Fall Back.

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Connected educators

Learning with 'e's

Are you a connected educator? Are you a teacher who has managed to harness the power of social media to connect with peers and experts around the globe? Coming hand in hand with these connections is a whole new culture of learning and teaching.

Kindle Fire: Perfect Media Consumption Device

The 21st Century Principal

Let me disclose upfront that I am a regular Kindle fan. Even though I now have a Kindle Fire, I refuse to give up my old Kindle, so don’t anyone ask if I’m willing to sell it. I love its compact size, it’s simplicity in use, and it’s no glare display.