June, 2010

Recognizing the Valedictorian in All

A Principal's Reflections

Yesterday I attended the Bergen County Valedictorian breakfast where New Milford High School''s top student was honored. It was a great event and I am so proud of the accomplishments that are clearly apparent amongst all of the top students in my area. The valedictorians and salutatorians for that matter are recognized for their achievement of academic greatness at events like this and commencement ceremonies across the country. Quite frankly I am in awe of their commitment to learning.

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Professional Development And The Modern Teacher

The Web20Classroom

My district is changing website providers over the summer. In anticipation of the change our teachers have been learning how to move their content from their current page to their new one. For most this is just another task in an otherwise busy day. For some of our teachers it is one more stressful thing to do. You see, we just changed providers 4 years ago. There was a big transition with teachers learning how to customize their pages, adding in all the bells and whistles.


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Helping Students Master Information Analysis

The Electric Educator

As a teacher I am always looking for new ways to challenge my students and effectively assess their understanding of the concepts that I teach them. Additionally, I want to teach my students to be critical thinkers and be able to analyze and interpret data and information. This is a skill that goes beyond any content area is beneficial to all aspects of life. This past year I began giving what I titled "ACT Challenge Questions" to my students.

Now Guest Blogging for Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists


Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists recently posted on Facebook looking for guest writers for a new blog about school-based issues and I threw my hat in the ring! My first post, about the role of technology in "contextually relevant" interventions, is up there today. Please go check it out here ! audio cognitive impairment context curriculum connections emotions language arts news operating systems syntax

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.

Just Because It's Educational Doesn't Mean It's Fair Use


I think many educators with good intentions use techniques like the one I''m about to describe below to support their students'' learning without ever even thinking about the possibility that they might be infringing on someone''s copyright. In the course I am currently taking, one of the topics that has been addressed on the discussion boards is podcasting and its various uses in education.

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The Web 2.0 vs. Traditional Learner

A Principal's Reflections

This morning I came across this amusing, short video that highlighted one of many advantages that digital learners have over their traditional counterparts: This video serves as a great catalyst, in my opinion, to begin listing all of many benefits students receive when immersed in learning environments that combine solid pedagogical techniques with web 2.0/digital resources.

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The (Almost) Complete Summer Reading Recommendations List

The Web20Classroom

Last week I started the #sumread10 hashtag on Twitter so that anyone could submit their summer reading recommendations.

2 Year Old Demonstrates the iPad

The Electric Educator

My daughter Jonelle is almost 2. After my wife bought an iPad for her web business I gave it to Jonelle to see what she would do with it. At first she was fascinated by the home button and pushed it repeatedly. I showed her that she could touch the screen and move things with her finger and she quickly moved away from the button. Now she can unlock the iPad (not always a good thing!), scroll through the apps, and find her games without any help.

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New Logo!


I want to thank my friend Greg Nasca for designing the new banner you see at the top of the blog. The original one was something I whipped up with my limited Photoshop skills (from both a design and technical standpoint), and his revision really amped it up and made it shiny, while keeping the font and color scheme that I loved. Thanks Greg! audio cognitive impairment emotions language arts news operating systems syntax

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).

More on Copyright and Fair Use


Wes Fryer just wrote a great post on Copyright and Licensing Considerations When Importing Audio Books. It''s a perfect extension on the information in my post of June 23rd regarding fair use and copyright. In the scenario from my June 23rd post , the main concern was the fact that the audio recordings of the books would be posted to the web.

Hawaii School Librarians are Wallwishing Us Tips from the ISTE Conference

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

It''s all about connections! Hawaii school librarians now attending the ISTE Conference in Colorado are sending us quick tips via Wallwisher , a FREE Web 2.0 online bulletin board-like tool -- how cool is that? Here''s the link to the full-screen version of the HASL (Hawaii Association of School Librarians) wall shown above. link] MAHALO to librarian extraordinaire Patricia Louis for setting it up! YOU can build your own wall too.

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Exemplary Practices in 21st Century Learning

A Principal's Reflections

This past Saturday I happened to stumble upon a conversation on Twitter between Tom Whitby , George Couros , and Nancy Blair where they were discussing 21st Century Learning. What fascinated me about this discussion was the fact that they came up with this idea to create a wiki where educators from all over the world could share examples of student innovation. What better way to help educators initiate change than to provide working models of 21st Century learning environments and activities.

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#ISTE10, Social Media and Relationships

The Web20Classroom

It is time for ISTE10 in Denver. Educators from around the world are gathering to discuss and plan the future of edtech, play (some), but most of all, meet people. Conferences are great ways to make lasting connections with people.to grow your personal learning network. Before the conference I had the chance to fly out to Colorado a few days early and spend time with people I had never met. When I told my wife about it she gave me a very puzzled look.

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.

How to motivate students

The Electric Educator

People are motivated by being pushed, or being pulled. Michael Watkins, author of The First 90 Days , explains: "Push tools, such as compensation plans, performance measurement systems, annual budgets, and the like, motivate people through authority, loyalty, fear, and expectation of reward for productive work. Pull tools, such as a compelling vision, inspire people by invoking a positive and exciting image of the future." How does this work in the classroom?

Got my iPhone 4!


I don''t know how many of you are caught up in the madness excitement that is the iOS4/iPhone 4 release, but I sure am. My device is a 3G, so this is a big upgrade, not only to the video features that I didn''t have, but also new amazements such as multitasking. I put my 3G up to the new operating system on Monday, and was impressed by some of the new things that it could do, but mostly frustrated by what it couldn''t.

A Generation of Teachers

Connecting 2 the World

I realized yesterday as my son was teaching me how to text (yes, I couldn't figure out how to text on my phone!) that not only is this a generation of learners, but also a generation of teachers. I see this all the time in my class (online and face to face) and with my children and their friends. So how are they different from my generation? My generation looked to the teacher for answers. Ultimately, the teacher was the expert who would "teach" us how to do things.

"Youth Safety on a Living Internet" -- Scare Tactics Don't Work

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

OSTWG_Final_Report_060410.pdf via kwout Our legislators need to read this! A report from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Online Safety and Working Technology Group advises what we knew all along: that the key to keeping our children safe on the Internet is EDUCATION , not filtering. (??? ? This post was originally published at mauilibrarian2 in Olinda. Internet Internet safety

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.

What I Learned Because of School

A Principal's Reflections

Last month I unveiled the first ever guest post on my blog written by one of my students. The success and impact of this tiny experiment motivated me to seek out other students whose stories and reflections could provide an inspiration to educators from all over the world. It is my honor to introduce Diane Montecuollo, a senior at NMHS. Diane not only accepted my invitation to write this post, but she wrote it during the most hectic time for any senior just days before graduation.

New Posted Resources 06/22/2010

The Web20Classroom

Google Wave - Wave in the Classroom tags : googlewave , favorite Using the iPod Touch in Education: Technology Tips for Teachers tags : IpodTouch , favorite 44 Benefits of Collaborative Learning tags : collaborative , collaborative_learning , favorite 100 Best (Free) Science Documentaries Online | Online Universities tags : science , documentaries , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

The Long Tail of Education

The Electric Educator

This spring I read The Long Tail by Chris Anderson. It''s a very entertaining and insightful book on mass marketing and how the internet has made infinite choice possible. The title of Anderson''s book stems from the graphic below (click to enlarge) which shows that while a large portion of consumers are condensed at the front of the tail, an equal number of consumers are positioned within the infinitely long end of the tail.

Cardinal Points


Often our kids have trouble with left and right, let alone the compass points. I always do some activities with kids as these concepts become important in 2nd grade, but they stay important throughout the elementary, middle and high school years. How is one to understand the early American''s exploration of the West without the sound concept of West? Our 4th grade curriculum in Social Studies is completely organized by cardinal directions: "Now kids, we are moving on to learn about the Southwest."

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!

Sports and culture: the case of the World Cup

Connecting 2 the World

Yesterday, my son watched the England vs. USA soccer world cup game. As I am sure there was a different vibe in England, this was actually well watched by many of my son's friends.even those that don't play soccer. Throughout the game, my son was texting one of his best friends from grade school. What are they thinking??" (The The US). They should be playing the Latin American game. They can't beat the Brits playing a European game.""Where Where are the middies? "

Creating Narrated Tours on Google Earth

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Just discovered Creating a Narrated Tour in Google Earth. Our history and foreign language teachers will love it, I think, and students will take to it too! Here''s Google Earth Outreach''s 3-minute tutorial: You''ll need Google Earth 5, which you can download for free. Enjoy. (??? ? This post was originally published at mauilibrarian2 in Olinda. Google Earth

Promotion of Learning Beyond School

A Principal's Reflections

The other night I was invited to attend the New Milford Girl Scouts Awards Ceremony as a "dignitary". As I sat there and listened to the accomplishments of each Troop I was amazed by the service and authentic learning experiences these girls were being exposed to. Their intrinsic motivation to give back to the community and others was inspiring. I quickly realized that the only true dignitaries in the room were the girls being recognized for their incredible accomplishments.

#Edchat At ISTE10

The Web20Classroom

ISTE10 is right around the corner. Many participants of #edchat had said they will be in Denver. Why not have an #edchat Tweetup/Informational Session and a live #edchat? Here are all the details. Myself (Co-Creator), Kyle Pace (Moderator), and Mary Beth (Moderator) will be hosting a Live #Edchat on Tuesday June 29th in the Social Butterfly Lounge in the Denver Convention Center. We will starting at 4pm (Denver Time) so that you can come and meet other Edchaters.

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.

Organizational Success: A Sailing Analogy

The Electric Educator

I''m about halfway through the book The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins. It''s a very practical and challenging book that seeks to help new leaders transition into new roles and assignments. Watkins wrote, in my opinion, the most lucid and clear explanation of the essential elements for success in an organization that I have ever read: "Aligning an organization is like preparing for a long sailing trip. First you select your destination (the mission and goals) and your route (the strategy).

I'm into acronyms.


What makes a program, app, or website a good resource for speech and language intervention? Please check out my post over on ADVANCE - I wrote there about the FIVES criteria, something I totally made up but seems to work for me! Enjoy. audio cognitive impairment consultation context curriculum connections emotions language arts news operating systems syntax

Join Our Geek Tribe for ALA10 & ISTE10

The Daring Librarian

As promised, we have FREE Geek Tribe graphics for you ! My buddies Diane Cordell , Joyce Valenza, and I have designed a special badge that you can print out in colour or black & white so that you can join our Geek Tribe family and REPRESENT at the #ISTE10 Denver or #ALA10 DC Conference!! Since we''re split up between the two competing conferences we want to show our Ed Tech solidarity by flaunting our sign! front) (back) Are you more of an Ed Tech educator?