February, 2013

iPad Apps 4 Schools - great site with info and resources for iPads in Education

Educational Technology Guy

iPad Apps for School is another site from Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers and Android 4 Schools.

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The Administrator PR Machine

The Web20Classroom

It seems like everywhere we turn, education is under the microscope. From members of Congress to the mother next door, everyone has an opinion on education. What we should do and how we should do it. And, to me at least, the focus is on the negative. This is what''s wrong." "Why

The Best E-Book Yet: 40Must-know Web 2.0 Edutools


Web 2.0 Tools in Education Series 40 Must-know Web 2.0 Edutools Followers of this blog may recall the fantastic Web 2.0 Tools in Education Series created by our friend Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi , as we have been publishing articles about his different works for over a year.

With Students Lagging Globally in Science, the U.S. Looks to Inspire an Untapped Resource

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Westfield Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Paul Pineiro. Underlying the lagging performance of U.S.

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.

Standardized Tests & Comparing Student Scores: Relics of 20th Century Ed Systems

The 21st Century Principal

“Developing better tests of student learning in the 21st century is as futile as attempting to find a faster horse and buggy would have been in the 20th century.”

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Dropbox adds new features - document preview and photo sharing

Educational Technology Guy

Dropbox , the very popular cloud file/sync/backup/sharing service , has announced some new features, including document preview and photo sharing and sorting. You can preview PDF, DOC, DOCX, and PPT files by double-clicking on them.

Communicate Differently With Tackk

The Web20Classroom

Finding ways for kids to communicate information can be a bit of a challenge. Its easy to fall into the Power Point or Prezi track. Or even easier to not offer up any technology opportunities at all. There are loads of great creation/presentation tools out there.

Can't Keep Track of Volunteers for Valentines- Let Sharipe Help You Out


I was recently contacted by a company named Sharipe (share-uh-pee) to help spread the word about their current beta test that they are conducting.

Students Discover Tackk For Creating Online Reports

A Principal's Reflections

It''s no secret that educators are always on the lookout for cool new methods to help engage their students and save time.

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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.

Knowing When Not to Say Anything: 4 Times Silence Is Better Than Words

The 21st Century Principal

"While embracing the value of straight talk, school personnel also need to realize often there is one communication tool that is even more powerful and effective: no talk at all," writes Robert D.

Visualead: Colorful QR Code Generator

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Visualead is a free and user friendly tool for generating colorful QR codes in three simple steps. Uppload an image. Drag the slider over the image. Click lick a button to generate the embed code.

TotSplash - organize and present ideas

Educational Technology Guy

TotSplash is a new site that combines online mind mapping and "Prezi-like" presentations. Users can focus on organizing their thoughts and ideas and then the app transforms them into a "Prezi-like" presentation. You can share and embed your TotSplashes also.

Finally, Something Good On The Radio

The Web20Classroom

It was said long ago that video killed the radio star. I dunno anything about that. But, radio (ok, podcasts) are alive and well. And lucky for you there are several good ones out there to listen to online or download on the go. I want to highlight 2 new ones.

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.

Turn your Photos into Stylish Creations with @Smilebox!


Turn your Photos into one of a kind Creations! print, post, and share - Looking to Make a Beautiful and Simple Class Memory This Year? I''ve used Smilebox for a few years now. For me, it was what PicMonkey and other photo embellishing sites now offer. only better!

Just Another Typical Day

A Principal's Reflections

This past Wednesday (February 6) was the second annual Digital Learning Day. New Milford High School joined thousands of other schools and educators across the country to showcase how digital learning is changing education.

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7 Steps to Optimize Your Social Media Presence as an Educator

The 21st Century Principal

In his book, The New Rules of Marketing & PR , David Meerman Scott perhaps captures why a number of us so heavily engage in using social media: “ It’s fun to blog and tweet, and it makes you feel good to get your ideas out into the world.” It is fun to blog and tweet, and there is satisfaction that comes from “getting your ideas out there.” But for me real satisfaction comes from making “connections” with other educators and growing my personal learning network.

The Digital Citizenship Survival Kit

Comfortably 2.0

It''s a simple little prop I use when teaching Digital Citizenship to our K-8 #aurorahuskies students. I love utilizing props to try to get my point across to students. To me, it helps a student retain the lesson better. Let me introduce you to Mr. Badura''s "Digital Citizenship Survival Kit." Each of the items has a purpose. We spend a considerable amount of time addressing Digital

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.

Simplify Project Based Learning With Biteslide - guest post

Educational Technology Guy

Simplify Project Based Learning With Biteslide Introduction What is Project Based Learning? What is Biteslide? Planning the project The Entry Event Researching the project Creating the project Presenting the project Conclusion Introduction In this article I shall give you a brief introduction to Project Based Learning (PBL) and show you how Biteslide can be used as an end-to-end technology solution for PBL projects. There is a dizzying number of EdTech tools on the market today.

Organize, Curate, and Share Your Online Resources - #TCEA13


Scan the QR Code to Go to the LiveBinder Today Kim Garcia ( @DigitalLearners) and I ( @EdTechSandyK ) are presenting on the topic Organize, Curate, and Share Your Online Resources. Posted here are a link and a QR code which will take you to a LiveBinder with the resources for our presentation.

Congrats to @MasteryConnect for New Million Dollar Investments!


I wanted to shoot out a quick email letting my readers know about an exciting landmark for one of my favorite education companies, Mastery Connect. As stated before, I''ve been using Mastery Connect before the Common Core was '' popular.''

The Meaning of Valentine's Day

A Principal's Reflections

I know I have said this before, but I really love my job. I love my job mainly because of the students and staff that I am blessed to work side by side with each day at New Milford High School. This morning Doreen Zacher, my Student Assistance Counselor (S.A.C.)

EdTech at School

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

Inspiration Maps for iPad: Excellent Mapping Solution for the iPad

The 21st Century Principal

Inspiration is an excellent choice for concept mapping because its features make it useful as a classroom tool and as a tool for anyone who uses mindmapping techniques. Now, Inspiration is available for the iPad with its Inspiration Maps for iPad app.

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Finally! Research-based proof that students use cell phones for LEARNING

The Innovative Educator

A new study conducted by TRU provides a body of research which supports the idea that students use cell phones to learn, and also that schools are not acknowledging or supporting them fully, yet.

LibreOffice 4.0 released - better performance and greater interoperability

Educational Technology Guy

LibreOffice is a free, open-source, powerful office suite software that is a great alternative to Microsoft Office. I use it on my home computers.

Why Tiny.cc is My New Favorite Link Shortener


One of my favorite things about attending the TCEA conference every year is the incidental learning that takes place. Incidental learning happens for me when I''m in a presentation or having a conversation with someone, and I discover a tool I didn''t know about before. It usually isn''t the focus of the particular presentation or conversation; it''s just something the presenter or person I''m talking with uses without a second thought. But to me, it''s an amazing discovery.


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.

Empires of the mind

Learning with 'e's

In a speech given at Harvard University in 1943, British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill famously declared: 'The empires of the future will be empires of the mind.'

Leadership Ignited

A Principal's Reflections

I have tweeted over the past couple weeks my excitement for the new structure of the NASSP Annual Conference. The leadership of NASSP is well aware of trends in and the value of connected learning and have created a learning experience that will meet the needs of all attendees.

4 Immediate Steps Teachers Can Take to Re-engage the Dis-engaged Student

The 21st Century Principal

“If tomorrow, every teacher in America spent 20 minutes of class time asking each student what her or his passion was, and then later used that information to understand each student more deeply and differentiate their instruction accordingly, education would take giant positive steps forward overnight.”