March, 2011

Quick List Of iPad Resources For The Classroom

The Web20Classroom

One question that comes into my inbox or on Twitter a lot lately is one dealing with iPads. Many schools and classrooms all over are investing in these devices and educators want to know how to use them effectively, apps to consider and more.

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Teaching in the 21st Century

A Principal's Reflections

I came across a great video this morning that really does a nice job illustrating how teaching should be evolving to meet the needs of 21st Century Learners. Watching the video reinforced for me the direction that we are taking New Milford High School.

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Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment


Today I gave testimony in favor of the passage of Texas SB 6 , which institutes an Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) in lieu of the textbook allotment and the former Technology Allotment.

Google Apps Aligned with Bloom's Taxonomy

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Kathy Schrock , has aligned Google Apps with Bloom''s Taxonomy.

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.

Just How Bad Is the Budget Situation in North Carolina? Video by NC High Students

The 21st Century Principal

I think this video says about all that can be said about both our budget crisis in North Carolina, and the approach our political establishment is taking with budget cuts. This video was created by Career Technical Education students in a multimedia class.

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Twitter-It's Not Just What's For Breakfast.

The Web20Classroom

For some, Twitter is a place where people talk about themselves, show pictures of what they are eating or a platform for celebrities to make sure they are even more a part of our lives. And certainly those tweets and tweeters are out there.

Shining Moments

A Principal's Reflections

Recently one of my math teachers experienced a personal tragedy, which resulted in her missing over a week and a half of school. A day or two later after this tragedy, first year math teacher Jeff Fiscina approached me about being relieved from his lunch duty.

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I've Written My Representatives; Have You? #TxEdBudget #SaveTxSchools


They are word processed, printed, signed, stuffed in envelopes, addressed, stamped, and waiting to be mailed in the morning. What are "they"? My letters to Governor Rick Perry, Senator Steve Ogden, and Representative Larry Gonzales. That''s what.

Wordle Flashback

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Two years ago I was excited enough about Web 2.0 tools to actually start this blog. I started with Wordle, a simple word cloud generator. After all this time, I must admit I am still passionate about using Wordle.

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.

5 Ways School Administrators Can Use Evernote

The 21st Century Principal

Evernote has rocketed to the top of my most-often-used applications in recent months. It is one of the first desktop applications I open in the morning, and one of the last ones I close in the afternoons at the end of the day.

Apps Worth Paying For.


In yesterday''s post, I described how some apps that are attractively touted as "free" are really not worth using because of obtrusive ads or limitations designed to tempt us toward "in-app" purchases , with a virtual food app used as an example.

What's Wrong With Google Telling Me Everything?

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The topic of Critical Thinking and Google Searches seems to poke it''s head out via various discussions and conversations every now and then. Even on #edchat last night the topic centered around moving kids away from thinking Google has all the answers to thinking critically. First let me clarify. I use the term Google Searches loosely. That has come to mean all searches but there are obviously other search engines out there (Like Bing and Yahoo) that are still relevant and used in schools.

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Our Quest for More R&R

A Principal's Reflections

Many of you probably viewed the title of this post and immediately thought of rest and relaxation. I will be the first one to admit that we all need more of this, but the focus of my post is increasing rigor and relevancy in schools.

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.

Texas Can Do Better


Indeed, Texas can do better when it comes to the way our current state leadership is trying to balance the budget using a "cuts only" approach. I became aware of the video below via a post on Miguel Guhlin''s Around the Corner blog.

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Qwiki - A Multi-Media Search Engine

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Qwiki is a multi-media search engine designed to improve the way people experience information by appealing to users on a human level. A Qwiki search delivers content in the form of a narrated, interactive slideshow that tells a story.

Perhaps It’s Time to Rethink Term “Gifted”?

The 21st Century Principal

“Talent is not a thing; it’s a process,” is the argument made in David Shenk’s book The Genius in All of Us. For years, the nature versus nurture debate has simmered, with most of us coming out on the side of nature at times.

QR Code Quest: a Library Scavenger Hunt

The Daring Librarian

( UPDATE : This is the original post about this mobile media digital discovery lesson but I''ve also updated it recently in Part Deux ! check it out! :-) I remixed this awesome scavenger hunt originally created by Joyce Valenza and added a QR Code Twist!

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.

New Posted Resources 03/22/2011

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Free Technology for Teachers: 11 Good Digital Storytelling Resources tags: digitalstorytelling favorite Interactive NETS*S tags: nets ISTE favorite Why Formative Assessments Matter | Edutopia tags: formativeassessment assessment favorite What should a networked educational leader tweet about? tags: twitter leadership favorite Tony Vincent''s Learning in Hand - Podcasting tags: podcast favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

The Good Stuff

A Principal's Reflections

One of the best parts of the month for me is compiling the monthly Principal''s Report. When I became the Principal at New Milford High School in 2007 I felt that it was extremely important to communicate with various stakeholders (parents, BOE members, Central Office, staff, etc.)

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Texas Leadership is Out of Touch.We Must Not Be Silent!


My highlights from an article published on the San Antonio Express-News website. Rick Perry has some nerve to suggest that in the face of the state''s fiscal crisis, any public school district wants to lay off teachers Fair enough.

When a Free App is Not Worth It.


We all are getting a bit spoiled by free apps. For our whole career, we have been willing to pay a small price for books, games, rewards for kids, or items that would enhance our therapy. Then the App Store came along, initially offering tons of free apps.

EdTech at School

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

4 Ways Twitter Has Changed the Way I Do My Job as an Educator

The 21st Century Principal

Today, I stumbled across an article from CNN entitled “ 5 Ways Twitter Changed How We Communicate.” CNN posted the article in honor of Twitter’s 5th birthday and to describe the 5 ways Twitter has “changed the digital communication game.” According to the CNN article, Twitter has basically changed communication in the following ways: Made a fast flow of information possible: In other words, Twitter has made it possible for news to spread extremely fast.

Creating A Comic Life

The Daring Librarian

So, I get this Tweet & email question a lot." How do you make those At-A-Glance Comic Tutorials! ? " I''ve mentioned it before but here''s''s Comic Life ! The above comic was probably my first - I created in 2007 for my Daring Tech Wiki about Comic Life (with classroom ideas!)

New Posted Resources 03/15/2011

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We should talk – what are you doing to ensure student safety online?

Reflecting on ASCD

A Principal's Reflections

As I sit here in the San Francisco airport after my flight was cancelled (I got on a later flight though) I cannot help but reflect on my first ASCD Annual Conference. What an incredible experience! The excitement began back in the late summer when I was notified that my proposal to present was accepted. The title of my session was Exploring Best Practices in Social Networking. I absolutely love to share what we are doing at New Milford High School through the lens that social media provides.

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.