May, 2012

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?

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.

My take on some issues in education right now

Educational Technology Guy

Education is at the forefront of the media, political battles, legislation and everywhere you turn. There are some major issues being discussed and some are valid, some not so much. Education is a very dynamic, individualized, NOT-one-size-fits-all issue that needs real support and change.

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.

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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.

Google Docs: New Fonts & Templates

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Google Docs is making the transition to Google Drive and with that they have recently announce some improved features for Docs users. Most notably is the addition of 60 new templates and 450 new fonts.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Wikispaces Features: An Interactive Graphic

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

A wiki is a website that allows members to easily edit and contribute content. Wikispaces is a teacher and student friendly tool that supports multimedia for collaborative learning.

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Live Thursday, May 3rd - School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, May 3rd, for live and interactive Future of Education conversation with Buffy Hamilton and Kristin Fontichiaro, editors of School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come.

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.

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.

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.

Livescribe SmartPen - 5 years of smartpen use and my review

Educational Technology Guy

I love my Livescribe SmartPen. It is a great resource for me to take hand written notes and then have them digitized and saved. It also includes a voice recorder that syncs with your written notes. I''ve been using it at conferences, meetings, and to do science work and calculations.

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.

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Cool Tools to Curate Content

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Content curation is one way to find and share useful knowledge efficiently. There are plenty of user friendly push-button digital tools to help you collect, organize and store web content in flexible ways to allow for shared resources that are accessible online.

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Why I Purchased an Android Tablet and Not an iPad

The 21st Century Principal

One of the biggest reasons for purchasing an Android tablet as opposed to an iPad was my Amazon cloud products. I have my music uploaded to the Amazon cloud, and unfortunately, there is no Amazon music player app available for the iPad.

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.

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.)

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.

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Successful College Student's Pyramid - tips and ideas

Educational Technology Guy

College students, and high school students for that matter, have a lot of things to organize and prioritize. School work, classes, projects, homework, jobs, sports, relationships, parties, fun, sports all take time and effort.

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.

EdTech at School

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

Chrome Extension: Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer

The Electric Educator

Google Chrome is the world''s second most popular web browser. Chrome features fast and reliable access to the web. This series of posts highlights Chrome extension and web applications, which enhance and extend what can be done with the Chrome web browser.

Thinglink in the Classroom

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Thinglink is a free and friendly digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. Users can create multiple "hot spots" on specific parts of an image and turn the image into a multimedia launcher.

Help Support The ISTE12 Newbie!

The Web20Classroom

In 2009, Beth Still started the ISTE Newbie Project to serve as an example of how people who are connected to one another on Twitter can work together to do great things.

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.

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.

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".

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Taking Schools and Education to Another Level With Digital Publishing

A Principal's Reflections

On Thursday May 17, 2012, I was fortunate to attend the Adobe Digital Publishing Summit in New York City. I was accompanied by NMHS Adobe guru Walt Pevny, who consistently integrates technology in his classroom to allow students to create artifacts to demonstrate learning.

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iPad or iFad?

Learning with 'e's

In 2002 I was so enthused by the idea that a school could provide one laptop for every child in its school that I launched a major research programme to study one of the first schools in the UK to achieve that goal for each of its 41 Year 6 pupils.

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