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. In keeping with the "My Favorite Resources" theme ( last week I listed my favorite resources for talking about Twitter ) here are my go-to resources when people ask me about iPads in the Classroom.

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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. The question now becomes are the pedagogical shifts described above taking hold in classrooms? If not, which I assume is the overwhelming answer, what has to be done? 21st Century Teaching Change

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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. It is a very moving tribute to what is currently happening in education in North Carolina. The Impact of Budget Cuts in Education from WNDR News on Vimeo.

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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. SB 6, if passed into law, would give local school districts in Texas more discretionary control over how they spend state monies designated for instructional materials.

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.

Get your Students Listening and Interacting with Native Speakers

Nik Peachey

Listening in the EFL / ESL classroom can be a pretty dull business. Usually it consists of students all listening to the same thing at the same time and doing the same tasks. There's nothing wrong with that, but if you feel the urge to get away from the course book and get your students listening to and interacting with some real native speakers from the safety of their computer then why not check out some of the people on ?

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What's Wrong With Google Telling Me Everything?

The Web20Classroom

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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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. He explained to me that he wished to use this time to develop video lessons for the Geometry and Algebra 2 classes of the teacher that, at the time, was out indefinitely.

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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.

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!

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).

Letter to My Texas House Representative #TxEdBudget #SaveTxSchools


On Friday, April 1st, the Texas House will begin debate on HB 1, their budget proposal for the next biennium. Below is the text of the letter I just sent to my representative. If you are a Texan who cares about education, I hope you are also making your position known. A short and sweet email or phone call is better than nothing at all. We elect them; they represent us. They need to know our views.

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.

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. A simple search of a few key words will reveal a world of misfits, narcissists and sometimes even worse. And this is what I am up against everyday. You might be too. Trying to explain to people what Twitter is and more and more what it is not.

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. While attending the 2011 NASSP Conference in San Francisco, CA I listened to a keynote by Dr. Bill Daggett. His message centered on the need for increasing rigor and relevancy in schools.

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.

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. Last spring, I purchased a premium account, and it has been well worth the money. Evernote is clearly an administrator must-have application. Below are some of the ways I use Evernote as an administrator.

What They Should Teach in School

The Electric Educator

I''m reading Linchpin by Seth Godin. Godin argues that only two things should be taught in school: 1. How to solve problems. How to lead. source ] I tend to agree with him. Learning facts does not set you apart in today''s information driven culture. It''s what you do with what you know and how you can lead others to use what you know that is important. Employers are looking for problem solvers and leaders. Now to figure out how to actually teach these two skills effectively.

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!) and the below comics (all 3 pages!) were created by the awesome Media Specialist & my colleague & friend Mr. Adam Yeargin (he also does rockin video book review blogs !)-

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. Their value once established, app developers are now reasonably expecting us to pay a couple of dollars for their work, but I still often hear people (SLPs and non) profess that they vastly prefer to download free apps.

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.

New Posted Resources 03/22/2011

The Web20Classroom

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.) all of the great things going on at the school. Not only has this been a great source of information for the community, but it also helps keep me in the loop as it is impossible to be everywhere at once.

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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.

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. If you are Tweeting and Facebooking and blogging, great. If you are consuming information on the budget crisis, also great. If you are talking to your educator and noneducator friends, even better.

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!

Introduction to Google Apps for Education

The Electric Educator

The video below is a basic introduction to Google Apps for Education. It explains the difference between a regular Google account and a Google Apps account. Hopefully this will help clarify some common misunderstandings and emphasize the additional benefits of integrating Google Apps for Education into your school. If you are interesting in "Going Google" you might find this post on Google Apps Training Resources helpful.

A Shamrock Optical Illusion


Some years ago I was looking for a St. Patrick''s Day activity and stumbled upon this simple, great one related to the five senses. See, (pun intended) if you stare at a red object for 30 seconds or so, then look at a white background, it creates an illusion of a green floating object of the same shape, for most people. Kids really loved the activity and, the following year, I created a worksheet for it using PowerPoint that would allow it to be repeated at home.


New Posted Resources 03/15/2011

The Web20Classroom

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.

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.

Engaging More Administrators in Using Social Media

The 21st Century Principal

How do we engage administrators more in using social media and in developing a Professional Learning Network? That was the question at the center of my presentation at the annual North Carolina Technology in Education Society’s (NCTIES) 2011 conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Facebook, Farcebook, and Fakebook

The Daring Librarian

So we have a spankin new iMac computer lab in our building and I''m really chuffed ! British for freakin excited!) 30 brilliant new iMacs all lined up & shiny.ready to do some cool stuff with the kids! and yes, throughout this post I''ll be showing off the pics - your hard-earned tax money at work - please notice the Think Different Apple posters laminated & stapled to the wall - don''t hate!

Dynamic Digital Portfolios #SXSWedu


Notes from SXSWedu 2011 breakout session. Carol Teitelman Region XIII Distance Learning Link to Prezi from presentation: [link] Dr. Helen Barrett [link] Portfolios fall into two different types. Epsilen allows you to do both at the same time.) Internal (learning or reflection) External (showcase or accountability) Reflection a key part of keeping a portfolio. Why is this artifact in my portfolio and why do I want to keep it here?

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