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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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The Web 2.0 vs. Traditional Learner

A Principal's Reflections

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#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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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. (??? ?

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.

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An #Edchat Conversation-Howard Rheingold and Critical Thinking

The Web20Classroom

On Wednesday, June 16, at 5pm PDT/ 8pm EST (Convert To Your Local Time Here ), members of the EDU PLN Ning and participants of #Edchat will have the unique opportunity to join Howard Rheingold in a conversation about teaching Critical Thinking.

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.

5 FREE & Fun Digital Photo Sites

The Daring Librarian

Irony of ironies.I''ve ve been working on a photo fun blog posting for a while now.so consider this a wee tasty appetizer until November. There are so many yummy things to share you''ll get your fill and be inspired to give it a dab hand!

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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 to motivate students

The Electric Educator

People are motivated by being pushed, or being pulled.

Writing for learning: deep learning vs. skimming

Connecting 2 the World

My process for writing my dissertation coincides with some of the findings I have for my study. This is especially true as my children are now home for summer vacation and I am constantly being interrupted. I try to write at least two hours a day. Often, this is early morning as typical teens, my kids don't get up until 9 or 10 in the morning. I might be in the middle of a significant idea when they come down, speak to me (I can't complain that I actually have teens that speak to me!),

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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.

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.

Give Us Your Summer Reading Recommendations

The Web20Classroom

It seems like each day that we get closer to students and teachers being out of school for the summer I see a new book recommendation that someone posts on Twitter for others to check out over the summer.

Vampires Don't Have Overdue Books! But Mary Sues, Do!

The Daring Librarian

Edward knows the importance of keeping an intact library.as we all know, throughout the years he has been an avid reader.thus he urges Bela to be responsible and bring back those books. partial re-post from my MHMS Media Blog for my kids - but with bonus snarky extras!) Now.i''ve

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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.

EdTech at School

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

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.

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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Tips For Establishing Meaningful Partnerships

A Principal's Reflections

This past Tuesday I attended our Annual Senior Academic Awards dinner. It was a great event where New Milford High School students received over $65,000 in local scholarships.

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.

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.