May, 2012

The Foundations of Flipping


Best Practices for Teaching Today "Kids don''t show up to learn new stuff. They show up to apply the things they''ve learned at home." Aaron Sams As a new teacher, I often seek advice from other mentors. Because of the strong mentors I''ve been fortunate to have, I feel like I''ve grown so much over the past few years.

So.You Wanna Design Your Own Apps

The Web20Classroom

I have published lots of posts on my favorite iPad resources , my favorite apps for administrators , and posted countless Tweets and had a number of conversations about apps for learning, producing and consuming. But what about if you want to take the next step? You want (or better yet your kids) to create apps. Whether it''s something basic like just appifying your blog or literally building something from the ground up, there are some pretty easy ways to create apps.


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Google 80/20 Rule Applied to Education - for students too!

Educational Technology Guy

Google has a unique idea, called the 80/20 rule. Google engineers are encouraged to take 20 percent of their time to work on something company-related that interests them personally. It is a great idea and has spawned many of Google''s apps and resources and made Google very successful, and a very good place to work. Last week, I read an article on Converge Magazine''s site entitled "Google''s 80/20 Principle Adopted at New Jersey School".

Learning Should Be Creative

A Principal's Reflections

Allowing students to create content not only fosters creativity, but also makes learning engaging and meaningful. Many of my teachers at NMHS embrace this ultimately rewarding challenge. Joe Andolino (Applied Music Theory teacher at New Milford High School ) and his class routinely hit upon a subject that every teen is interested in: cellphones. In previous classes the students created their own original music tracks.

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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.

iPad Essentials: Gauge your Space


I thought it might be helpful over the next few months to share some iPad tips here, not necessarily the basics like turning on and off the device, but functions that can be viewed through an SLP lens as to how they affect our work! The arrival of the "New iPad" (3rd Generation) and its "retina" display, which is Apple''s way of saying the screen is as HD as your eye (what about people who wear glasses? is this term "lens-ist?")

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More Trending

Breaking News: Remind101 Launches the App!


Ever wish you could send out a mass text to a group? I started using remind101 when it first launched 7 months ago. I enjoy how simple and effective the site is to use. A friend of mine also uses remind101 and states, "The impact it''s had on my students turning in assignments and the amount of time it has saved me is incredible." My friend, a middle school teacher, has a great story about remind101 that I would like to share.

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Creating Social Media Guidelines.The Handout

The Web20Classroom

Over the past few weeks I have been working on a project for Edutopia and Facebook Education to develop a set of steps to follow when developing social media guidelines in your school or district. This all came about from my presentation at ASCD this year where I outlined how we created a document that promoted the use of social media by our teachers and our students but also gave tips on responsible use. You can read what we created here.)

5 Different Ways Technology Has Made Learning Easier - guest post

Educational Technology Guy

Technology in education has been a hot topic for a while now and understandably so, especially as it continues to grow in importance in our personal, educational, and professional lives. Each facet of technology plays a different part in the way that both teachers teach and students learn. And the best part about it is that you can access a lot of it for free. These five technological breakthroughs have all helped improve education and the ease with which students comprehend lessons: 1.

School Should Reflect Real Life

A Principal's Reflections

Many of us firmly believe in the potential that technology has to transform the teaching and learning cultures of schools. Whether it is used to enhance lessons, assess learning, engage students, or unleash creativity, technology has a defined role in a variety of school functions. Even though I am preaching to the choir, many schools still treat education as an effort in preparing students for a world that no longer exists.

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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).

iPad Essentials: Sharing your iPad screen as a Visual/Interactive Context with a Group


For another iPad Essentials post, I wanted to address a very frequently asked question about connecting iPad to LCD projectors, interactive whiteboards such as a Smartboard, TVs, and laptops. SLPs and special educators may be interested in displaying an iPad to a group in order to present info visually, or allow the group to experience an app; the iPad is an amazing teaching tool! This is such a divergent process (you can do it so many ways!) that I thought it would be best to make a video.

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Instant Opinion Polls in the Classroom

Nik Peachey

For a long time now I have been looking for a tool that enables instant polling in the classroom or in the lecture room. I specifically wanted something that: doesn't require registration (especially from the people I'm polling) updates very quickly works on any platform from computers to mobile devices It looks like I have finally found what I've been looking for and best of all it's free. The tool that I have found is Mentimeter and it does all of the above.

Award Winning Fun from ABCya Games!


ABCyaGames: Award Winning Fun for your computer and your mobile device I''m so excited to tell you about one of my favorite games from ABCyaGames : Base Ten Bingo. If you''re like the many teachers out there, you probably have Math Bingo on your mobile device. My students and my children love Math Bingo. So, I could not wait to see how they''d like Base Ten Bingo. Of course, it is a big success with my daughter and my students! Base Ten Bingo can be played directly on your computer.

TED Talks To Spark A Conversation

The Web20Classroom

Sometimes, in a group it can be hard to get a conversation started. You need that one focal point for everyone to rally around to get things moving. Videos and images are a great way to get your message out there and get folks talking. The same is true in the classroom. I can be helpful to start a unit or a topic off with some kind of visual stimulant that gets those creative thoughts moving. That is why I love the TED videos. Especially the Talks In Under 6 Minutes series.

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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.

The Death of Worksheets - guest post

Educational Technology Guy

The Death of Worksheets Educational technology has the power to dramatically transform classrooms and enhance learning for students of all ages. This blog alone contains links to hundreds of amazing apps, websites, and tech tools. But what is it that those online resources should be replacing in schools? I hereby nominate. the worksheet.

Flipping Instruction in a Captivating Fashion

A Principal's Reflections

Kanchan Chellani, one of our math teachers here at NMHS, is very enthusiastic and creative. To engage students in her classroom, she has developed an interactive, student-centered learning environment. Through the use of technology, collaborative learning, and teaching mathematical concepts in the real-world and interdisciplinary context, she has managed to successfully work towards creating this desired positive and energetic blended learning environment.

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Finally, Definitive Manual for School Leaders on Engaging in Using Social Media

The 21st Century Principal

In their new book, Why Social Media Matters: School Communication in the Digital Age , authors Kitty Porterfield and Meg Carnes write: “Skill in communication is a key ingredient for school leaders’ success in today’s complex education environment, and this communication now includes social media.” As these author’s suggest, school leaders “can either learn to use these powerful tools or stand hopelessly by and the information good and bad swirls around them.”

Bag Game


Bag Game is an interactive app for iPad and other iDevices (iPhone, iPod) that brings the game of "20 Questions" to the iPad format. Using Bag Game (the folks at all4mychild emphasize that it is a social game that can''t be played alone) children can choose an object from various categories, hide it "in a bag" and engage in a clue-giving/guessing process with another child or you as the therapist. Question prompts are provided (e.g. "Is Is it in the group?")

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.

remind101: If only I had this tool in school!


remind101: an effective and efficient way to communicate on the go So often I wish I had the ability to shoot out a quick reminder to parents. math test tomorrow don''t forget your permission slip spelling words for the week. xxx, xxx, xxx thanks for the canned goods you donated I''m staying after school tomorrow if anyone needs help with projects. Because a lengthy email isn''t needed for these examples, remind101 works wonders! What is remind101?

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So.You Wanna Use Voicethread

The Web20Classroom

I think collaboration and reflection are 2 of the biggest skills that kids need but aren''t really getting enough of. Having the opportunity to work together in meaningful ways and to reflect on their work and the work of their peers is key to being a learner. There are lots of tools that you can use to help kids collaborate and reflect. Blogs are a great example. Podcasts are another. However, each can be daunting to set up and actually do. That''s why I love Voicethread.

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NearPod - create and share lessons on iPads in classroom - free

Educational Technology Guy

NearPod is a free service/app that allows you to create interactive lessons and then share them across iPads in your classroom. Teachers create interactive presentations and then share them with the class. Here''s how it works. The teacher uses the Content Tool to create multimedia presentations and then share the content with the students. The Teacher app allows the teacher to control the activity also.

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Twitter: A Tool For All

A Principal's Reflections

For those of you who regularly read my blog you know how passionate I am about Twitter and its positive impact on my professional practice as a school leader. I am constantly advocating for other school leaders and educators to embrace this powerful tool to improve communications, enhance public relations, establish a positive brand presence, grow professionally through the formation of a Personal Learning Network (PLN), increase student engagement, and discover a world of opportunity.

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!

3 Lessons Schools Can Learn From an Obsolete Hometown Newspaper

The 21st Century Principal

Today, I was attempting to read an article from our local newspaper''s website. I was trying to access an article through my RSS Reader, when I got the following pop-up: Subscribe Now Thanks for being a frequent visitor to You''ve now viewed your monthly allowance of 5 free premium articles. We''re glad you enjoy our site. Want to read more? For full access, please purchase a monthly or annual Online Unlimited digital subscription for as little as $4.95/month.

Announcing Language Adventures!


Students of all ages continue to enjoy playing board games! I recently worked with authors Nichole Ontis and Danielle Sears, two school-based SLPs, along with Barbara Fernandes, on a new app that translates the board game format into an exciting and fun experience for the iPad.

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Help your Kids Soar this Summer with ETA's Home Team Advantage


ETA introduces Home Team Advantage to Keep Students Learning & Having Fun all Summer! Call it what you will—the Summer Slump, the Summer Slide or, even, Summer Learning Loss—but there are numerous studies and ample research to prove that children lose academic skills during the summer months. Students can lose a staggering 30 percent of the knowledge they gained the previous school year through atrophy and lack of practice.

Android Apps For Literacy

The Web20Classroom

I love my tablets. I carry 2 pretty much where ever I go, especially when I travel. Now, I love my iPad. I can get lots of work done on it, but mostly play some great games. However, I recently got a 10.1 Galaxy Tab and it is quickly becoming my go-to tablet for everything. From writing this blog post to checking my tweets to watching Netflix, I use it more than my laptop some days. But I am finding more and more that I pick it up before I pick up my Kindle.

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.

Chalkable - educational apps and classroom management system

Educational Technology Guy

Chalkable is a site that lists the best education apps in one place and lets you buy it through the Chalkable site. You can search apps by keyword, or browse by categories like Math, Science, History and more. It is also a learning platform, providing a calendar, messaging, grade book, and attendance for teachers and students to use. Teacher and Administrator versions are in Beta and free. The student version is in beta, is $10 per year, and includes $5 towards apps.

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Social Media For School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

Last week I had the honor of presenting a webinar for NASSP, my national association. This was the first of three in a series presented by the 2012 Digital Principal Award winners. Below is a synopsis of the webinar I did: NASSP Digital Principal Award winner Eric Sheninger, principal of New Milford (NJ) High School, kicks-off the Digital Principal webinar series with his presentation on ways school leaders can effectively use social media in their schools.

STEM, PBL, Common Core, and 21st Century Learning


Just a few weeks ago, I was asked by our Governing Board if some students and teachers could share about Project Based Learning at the next Board Meeting, and it was easy to say yes because PBL has found a home at AJUSD. Solar exploration in Mrs. Hamman''s 5th grade class This STEM project was student driven.