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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

21st Century Learning and VoiceThread

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Here is a video snippet of how John McCauley uses VoiceThread as a tool for 21st Century Learning. More samples of VoiceThread projects in D97 are included in the tabs at the top of this blog

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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.

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.

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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.

3 Tools for Exploiting the Wifi During Presentations

Nik Peachey

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Some Quick Edtech Tips for School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

Innovation Ken Royal Opinion Philosophy Technology The Educators Royal Treatment

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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.

Time for Bikes?


The Urban Outfitters website has a nifty bike designer that could serve to develop some advanced descriptive vocabulary around bikes.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.)

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.

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EdTech at School

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

The Echo Chamber Of Education Reform.

The Web20Classroom

One of the complaints I get and hear about Twitter, specifically, educators on Twitter, is that it is an echo chamber.

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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New Posted Resources 05/22/2010

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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

New Posted Resources 05/18/2010

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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

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.