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.

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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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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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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

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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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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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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Need Remote Learning ASAP? Don’t Pick Your Next LMS Before Reading This!

Need to go remote or move your training programs online? Download this guide to identify and overcome the biggest eLearning challenges so you can pick the perfect LMS without wasting time, money, and effort, even if you are just starting your eLearning journey.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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Is BYOD A Cop-Out for Schools That Should Be Providing Technology to Students?


Image Source This morning, I read an excellent article from The Journal called Why BYOD, Not Banning Cell Phones, is the Answer. I bookmarked it, because it lays out in detail the positive aspects of BYOD and gives great strategies for helping teachers help students use personal devices in learning.


Need Remote Learning NOW? Get Online Quickly & Easily With This Can’t-Miss Guide

Remote learning is becoming more important than ever. Whether you’re scrambling to get your eLearning launched, or need to upgrade to meet increased demand, this guide will eliminate the guesswork so you can find your perfect LMS!

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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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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GCFLearnFree - free online learning about lots of topics

Educational Technology Guy

GCFLearnFree is a program of Goodwill Industries of Eastern NC and provides quality online learning courses for free.

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.

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.

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!

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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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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.

EdTech at School

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