February, 2013

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.

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.

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.

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

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

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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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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.

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.

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

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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.''

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

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.

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.

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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.)

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.

EdTech at School

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