May, 2010

Why Not Invite TED Into Your Classroom?

The Web20Classroom

If you haven''t already heard, TED is one of the world''s coolest conferences. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Desgin) brings together some of the most forward thinking, progressive and really fascinating people on the planet to talk about, really anything they want. There are lots of things that TED can teach us in education and tons of ways we can use TED in the classroom. Here are just a few. Presentation Skills-This past weekend I came across a great blog post called The TED Commandments.

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Banning is the Easy Way Out

A Principal's Reflections

In the field of education change and innovation are words that are often spoken, but rarely acted upon. As our world evolves, technology has become increasingly prevalent in the lives of students. They are now part of a digital generation that have incredible opportunities to create content, collaborate on a global scale, and follow a path of continuous, life-long learning that extends beyond the walls of a school.


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WordWorld is a cool resource from PBS, who have of late done quite a bit of web development to catch up with the BBC''s excellent interactives. WordWorld is a pretty open-ended, exploratory site, so you would want to allow for a child-centered approach, but along the way, you will find some excellent reinforcement of letter identification, rhyming, and sound-letter connections.

3 Tools for Exploiting the Wifi During Presentations

Nik Peachey

Coming as I do from a background in language teaching that emphasises that the teacher should shut up and get the students to do the talking, I often feel uncomfortable doing conference presentations, many of which still follow the format of; speaker gets up in front of audience with presentation - does presentation - audience listen (try to stay awake) and desperately try to think of a few questions at the end to prove they were awake and listening. One of the gifted- Jamie Keddie.

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.

Design, Genres, and Culture in Writing

Connecting 2 the World

I'm currently trying to work out some ideas that have come out of my dissertation analysis. These are still just the seeds of ideas. However, I am hoping by writing this post that I will be able to flesh out some of these ideas. Current Writing Theory: Genres In the current theory put forth by Gee and his colleagues, the design of writing is based on a form called genre.

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Beautifully and Simply Explaining Technology

The Web20Classroom

One of the things that many of us who train teachers struggle with is finding explanations or the whys of certain types of tech. Twitter, blogs, wikis, RSS, podcasting, etc, all can be very complex for those just starting out and learning how they can integrate these into their classroom. Fortunately, all of us have Common Craft. Simply, their product is their explanation. They create wonderfully animated videos called "In Plain English" that do just that.

A Student's Perspective on Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

It is with great pride and excitement that I present a guest post on A Principal''s Reflections by a New Milford High School student. I approached senior Filip Piasevoli last week and asked if he would consider taking the theme of my blog and writing his own thoughts on leadership, technology, and student-centered learning. Filip was recently featured in the April 2010 edition of Honor Student Magazine.

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Free App TODAY: My Pictures Talk


The iPhone/iPod Touch app My Pictures Talk from husband/wife team Grembe Inc. is available free today from the iTunes store. View a full description of the app at Moms with Apps. This app allows you to record sounds to go with a photo on your device, and would be a great and motivating opportunity for kids to practice speech and language skills.

Facebook as an Academic Resource? -- The Case of Brooke and Simon J. Ortiz

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If you have to do research about a post-colonial poet who''s living, where do you look? Sophomore Brooke Sturdevant decided to try Facebook FIRST to look up Simon J. Ortiz and found that he was listed! Here''s the Facebook exchange. From: Facebook Sent: Monday, April 26, 2010 4:00 PM To: Simon J. Ortiz Subject: Brooke Sturdevant sent you a message on Facebook. facebook Brooke sent you a message.

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).

Unofficial first day of summer

Connecting 2 the World

Memorial Day in the US (the last Monday of May) is the unofficial start to summer. Most of the country will have already finished up school last week and will be finishing school this week. But New York state doesn't end until the end of June. Growing up, this was always the toughest time of year as we were expected to keep focused on the end of the school year, tests, and finishing up the last bits that we did not yet cover.

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Join the Library Tech Geek Tribe!

The Daring Librarian

adapted from Diane Cordell Tribe : A unit of sociopolitical organization consisting of a number of families, clans, or other groups who share a common ancestry and culture and among whom leadership is typically neither formalized nor permanent. A group of people sharing an occupation, interest or habit. Due to copyright issues (about which librarians are VERY serious), we were unable to continue offering Library Tech Geek Squad buttons for sale." The good news, is that we (Diane Cordell and I!)

Keeping Up With It All. My Favorite Tool Ever!

The Web20Classroom

I admit it. I am addicted to Twitter. And I have admitted that before. I truly enjoy the people I am able to connect with and have conversations with. But I am most addicted to the resources because that is how I started. I spend lots of time finding stuff for my teachers. And I figure if it works for them, why not share with other educators. There are tons of links, articles videos and other great stuff that come across my screen everyday. I can never keep up with it all.

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Google Sites Rock!

A Principal's Reflections

The development and maintenance of a website used to be an expensive and complicated task that was not really embraced by many teachers. The financial constraints alone posed a huge discouraging factor. Creating a class website or page is now easier than ever. Teachers now have the ability or organize and routinely update content, assignments, videos, and presentations for students in an easily accessible format for free using Google Sites.

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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.

Time for Bikes?


The Urban Outfitters website has a nifty bike designer that could serve to develop some advanced descriptive vocabulary around bikes. The interactive design tool is intended to be a launchpad for an actual bike purchase, but you can change different attributes of the bike and see their names without buying anything. Kids would enjoy designing their own bike and searching for the changing attributes as they click (e.g. grips).

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3D Computer Games with Young Learners: Spore

Nik Peachey

In a recent digital skills survey I carried out using Urtak I discovered that more than 50% of digitally skilled teachers don't feel able to utilise 2D and 3D computer games to achieve pedagogical goals ( See survey ), so I've been looking around and exploring some possibilities. The first of these is the Spore Creature Creator. Spore is a game which allows you to create creatures and evolve them along with their environment, all the way through to a space traveling society.

A Switch in Comment policy

Connecting 2 the World

Lately, I've had a lot of spam on my comment function. So I have decided to moderate ALL comments in the future. This is as much for my readers as for my own blog. I still invite anyone to post a comment. I may not get your comment posted immediately as I work on my dissertation. However, I will be able to show your comment and respond at the same time now as I don't think I'll be missing a comment that might have been posted but that I didn't see

Library in Your Pocket

The Daring Librarian

The Library in Your Pocket: Mobile Trends for Libraries View more presentations from Meredith Farkas. Today''s blog was inspired by the amazing Meredith Farkas, Head of Instructional Initiatives at Norwich University, columnist for American Libraries, lecturer at San Jose State University’s SLIS program, author, speaker and consultant on social media and managing change.

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.

The Promethean Gala

The Web20Classroom

Later today I have the honor and pleasure to join educators from all over in the opening of the Promethean Academy at the Promethean World Headquarters in Alpharetta, GA. As it says on the Academy Gala page: "The Academy seeks to empower those who represent Promethean as employees, business partners, and Learning Centers with the knowledge and skills needed to transform today''s traditional classroom to the 21st Century Classroom."

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Some Quick Edtech Tips for School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

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Simple Machines, Complex Language


Cross-posted on Mindwing Concepts'' blog: Please click over to see my post that describes an awesome interactive website from Chicago''s Museum of Science and Industry. The site places the abstract curriculum content around simple machines in the context of an engaging and problem-based task that also taps narrative and expository structure. Plus, the site is so beautiful, you would think Pixar created it!

Inspirational Follow Up From Filip

A Principal's Reflections

Students never cease to amaze me. Late Thursday afternoon I looked at my Blackberry and saw an email from Filip Piasevloi, the student who wrote the amazing guest post entitled " A Student''s Perspective on Leadership ". Attached to his email was a document that contained his well thought out responses to comments on his blog post (see below). When I came up with the idea of inviting students to guest post on my blog I never could have imagined the profound impact that it would have on me.

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!

Students Are the Best Tech Advocates

A Principal's Reflections

Scholastic recently visited New Milford High School in order to see how we were using and integrating educational technology. I could not be more proud of how my students represented NMHS and clearly articulated numerous examples of technologies that they have used over the course of the year. Ideas Ken Royal Scholastic Strategies Technology Integration

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Creativity Lies in Content Creation

A Principal's Reflections

Yesterday''s #edchat topic focused on creativity in the classroom. Allowing students to create content not only fosters creativity, but also makes learning engaging and meaningful. Recently Joe Andolino (Applied Music Theory teacher at New Milford High School ) and his class 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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The Complete Package

A Principal's Reflections

As an administrator one of the most satisfying parts of the job is seeing teachers collaborate willingly on interdisciplinary lessons. This type of learning is extremely important in terms of providing students with connections between the content areas in order to provide a heightened sense of relevance and understanding. I was excited to learn last week about an activity that was being planned for a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

New Posted Resources 05/22/2010

The Web20Classroom

Teaching Parents Digital Citizenship at Katy ISD -- THE Journal tags : digital_citizenship , favorite The Power and Point of using Prezi in the classroom | tags : Prezi , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

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.

New Posted Resources 05/18/2010

The Web20Classroom

Apple - iTunes U - Learn anything, anywhere, anytime. tags : itunesu , favorite Jeff Goldstein: The Remarkable Power of Twitter: A Water Cooler for the 21st Century tags : edchat , favorite What''s Your Primary Focus: Leadership or Effectiveness? Imagining the Future of Leadership - Harvard Business Review tags : leadership , favorite 10 Ways to Enable Student Collaboration « Technology Teacher tags : collaboration , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

Looking For Change? It Starts At The Top.

The Web20Classroom

(I had the honor of guest blogging for Jason T. Bedell, the brains behind TeachMeet Nashville that you might remember I gave the closing keynote at earlier this year. I appreciate the opportunity and you should head over and check out his blog and follow him on Twitter if you aren''t already.) Change. We hear a lot about change in education. Seems like everyday there is a new discussion popping up about something that needs to be changed.

What Motivates You?

The Web20Classroom

I am in the process of reading Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Dan Pink. I am only a few pages in (well a few screens because I am reading it on my Kindle) but I am already having a hard time putting it down. What Pink aims to do is lay out the science behind motivation and how we can use that to find success in our own lives. So far I think it is great and if you get a chance pick up (or download) a copy and check it out.

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