February, 2013

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. Dr. Amin has created some great guides to using Web 2.0 technology and I''ve received a lot of positive feedback on how these tools have helped many in the classroom.

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.


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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 Why aren''t these test scores better?" What was that teacher thinking?" But as someone who spends a lot of time walking the hallways and seeing kids in the classroom, there is so much good out there.

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. students in global assessments in math and science is another troubling statistic: According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, fifteen-year-old girls in 65 countries generally outperformed boys worldwide, but in the United States, boys outperformed girls in quantitative studies.

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.

It is Not a Project to Get Students Talking: Two Tools

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Teaching 150 high school students, there are bound to be some who get lost in the crowd, lack confidence, or distracted by personal technology usage, but with the following tools and techniques, the quiet students can have their voices heard, the text-ers can be academically occupied, and all learners can be engaged by using technology that taps into students'' behavior and aligns with Maslow''s Hierarchy of Needs , Humanism , and Social Learning Theories.

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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. Sharipe is a new site in which folks can send an invitation to a gathering of some sort - for instance a pot luck - and create a list of needed items in which the recipient of the invite can claim responsibility for an item.

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. In this site, Richard and his guest authors will be sharing resources and reviews of apps (mostly free) that can be used in K-12 schools, along with ways that those apps can be used in the educational setting by teachers, students, and administrators.

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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. Voicethread, Google Sites, Animoto just to name a few are some of the creative ways in the past I''ve covered. But I am always on the look out for something new and easy to use. And I think I might have found that. Tackk.

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. A new trend has emerged as teachers have discovered fun and creative ways to incorporate free online tools to accomplish both of those goals, and the value of such assignments is only becoming more apparent.

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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).

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. This research supports the work of innovative educators who are guiding today’s generation text and will help in the effort of getting more schools to stop fighting and start embracing student use of mobile devices for learning in school.

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

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! You can make a number of your photos all look incredible by uploading them to a pre-made, beautiful Smilebox template.

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. This way, you can see if that is the file you want, or even view what you need, without downloading it. Dropbox has also added some features for photos. When you click on "Camera" you will see all of the photos you have uploaded from your phone.

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.

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. It is a little self-serving as I am the host of one and a commentator on another but I hope you will look at the content and see some value there. Edtech Radio -My first shot at my own show. We talk about everything in the world of #edtech.

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. The only thing though is that this day was just like any other typical day at my school as digital learning has become an embedded component of our school''s culture.

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Common Core in the Cloud


With the 2013 Annual Conference, CUE to the Core coming up in two weeks, we wanted to focus our next blogs on Common Core. The video (below) Common Core in the Cloud, was captured on October 27, 2012, at the Fall CUE Conference. Teacher Vicki Davis presents the closing keynote on standards and technology. Session Description: […]. The post Common Core in the Cloud appeared first on OnCUE. Common Core Standards CUE Conference

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.” Douglas Reeves, “A Framework for Assessing 21st Century Skills” After last night’s #ncadmin chat about “21st Century Teaching and Learning” I could not stop thinking about questions regarding 21st century skills and assessment. One question continues to haunt me: "How can we devise an assessment for 21st century skills?"

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.

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.'' I used the app to reference standards and plan lessons accordingly; however, now there is SO much more that the company offers.

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. There is a free version with no login required. It''s easy to use and could be a great alternative for students and teachers. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

6 Principals of Secondary Education

The Innovative Educator

Alexander Inglis's 1918 book, Principles of Secondary Education makes it clear that compulsory schooling in America was intended to be what it had been for Prussia in the 1820s. John Taylor Gatto explains that the work of Inglis's, who was a Harvard professor with a Teachers College Ph.D., positions school as a fifth column into the burgeoning democratic movement that threatened to give the peasants and the proletarians a voice at the bargaining table.

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.) demanded that I stop what I was doing to listen to an example of how great our students are.

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!

Should You Flip Your Classroom?


By CUE Guest Blogger Ramsey Musallam, Ed.D Flipped Learning comprises moving facets of teaching out of the classroom and into homework time. With the advent of new technologies like iPads and others, that support Flipped Learning (a style of Blended Learning), it has become more common in the classroom. The ability to record commentary in […]. The post Should You Flip Your Classroom? appeared first on OnCUE. Blended Learning Technology in Education

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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.”

3rd Birthday and New FIVES Booklet!


SpeechTechie is 3 years old today! I am always amazed that this blog I started kind of on a whim has changed my life so much. Thank you all for sticking with me! I was telling my other half that my blogoversary was coming up and asked, "How long do you think it has been?" The answer I received: "10 years." Photo licensed for reuse by Soapylovedeb on Flickr To celebrate, today I am releasing an update on my original FIVES Criteria booklet.

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. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux and has six applications: Write (word processor), Calc (spreadsheet), Impress (presentation), Draw, Math and Base (database). It works great and the menu functions are similar to Office 97, so the learning curve is easy. It is built off of the same code base as OpenOffice.

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.

Five Ways to Build Lifelong Readers

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by Maddie Witter The new Common Core State Standards list skills to prepare American young people on the path toward the college and careers of their choice. Yet as students are on their journey to and through college, and ultimately through life, I also hope they are lifelong learners with an insatiable thirst for knowledge driven by their unique passions.

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.

Digital Storytelling and Stories with the iPad


Digital storytelling is a first person story, where the narrator is digitally sharing his or her story; while a digital story is narrated in third person and shared digitally. Both can include imagery, background music, or motion. They also incorporate storyboarding, writing a script, revising, and publishing (the elements of writing).

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