October, 2014

What is the Future Ready Effort?

Tom Murray

Future Ready Schools is a bold new initiative, led by the Alliance for Excellent Education, supported by the US Department of Education, and in partnership with the LEAD Commission and a vast coalition of organizations, working to support school district superintendents and their leadership teams on district-wide transformation. The vision of this new initiative is for district leaders to develop and implement a sustainable, forward thinking roadmap for effective digital learning transformation

Connecting Students To The World

The Web20Classroom

I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was in sixth grade and sitting at a desk in my language arts classroom. We had been doing an integrated unit in all our classes about cultures around the world. We’d been looking at all sorts of places that, at the time, seemed exotic to me. I had “traveled” all over the world through the books, articles and stories we read. But that day, sitting at my desk was special. I had gotten a letter from my pen pal in Asia.


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Feed Your Student's Brains with @brainfeedapp: The Pandora For Knowledge


Product Review : Brainfeed - click here to visit their site - A recent study by Common Sense Media found that the percent of children with access to a smart mobile device has jumped from half (52%) to three-quarters (75%). This shift has many parents and teachers worried about how much time children actually spend consuming “quality” content on these devices. That’s the question Mark Hoffman asked himself when his children were just 5 and 7.

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One Day That Changed Everything

A Principal's Reflections

I was just like ever other principal on the planet prior to becoming connected. My narrow focus was on sustaining a school culture focused on rules, compliance, conformity, and preserving the status quo. The end goal was to make sure standardized test scores increased (or at least didn’t go down) and traditions were preserved. On the inside everything was great. Students and staff seemed happy while the community was supportive of our efforts.

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.

Being Mobile: The Holy Grail of Educational Technology Is Within Sight

The Journal

In this week’s blog, we reflect on our 2010 prediction: By 2015 "every student in every grade in every school in the U.S. will be a using a mobile computing device, 24/7." We revise that prediction slightly and add in predictions about the Trinity of Educational Technology: hardware, software, and network

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What is the Future Ready Initiative?

Tom Murray

The Future Ready Schools Initiative is a bold new initiative, led by theAlliance for Excellent Education, supported by theUS Department of Education, and in partnership with the LEAD Commission and a vast coalition of organizations, working to support school district superintendents and their leadership teams on district-wide transformation. The vision of this new initiative is for district leaders to develop and implement a sustainable, forward thinking roadmap for effective digital learning

CUE Rock Star: The Experience


Written by CUE Professional Learning Program Specialist Juli Kimbley @julikimbley Are you the one lone nut in your school? Do you feel like you just don’t fit in? What happens when that one lone nut meets another and then another? A Rock Star Teacher community is formed. And it’s not just for teachers – educators […]. The post CUE Rock Star: The Experience appeared first on OnCUE. Rock Star Teacher

5 Apps to Share Class Work!


My Terrific Three Apps for the Elementary Classroom As a working parent, sometimes it is difficult to sign up for volunteer dates. So, when I have the chance to see what''s happening inside the class or on field trips, I treasure those moments. As a teacher, I''ve found that the more I share with parents, the less they tend to question.

Professional Learning School Leaders Need and Deserve

A Principal's Reflections

During my ten years as a school leader I dreaded professional development days in my district. I am not sure any educator looks forward to these monotonous experiences (developed under the guise of learning!) that are supposed to provide us with new skills and knowledge to do our jobs better. If in-district professional development wasn''t bad enough, I also attended my fair share of workshops and conferences that were a complete waste of time.

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).

How to Know What Students Think: Surveys and Conversations

The Journal

Students have definite opinions about what they want from education and from technology in education. In this week's blog post we review two recent surveys of students and discuss their "requests" to include more mobile technology and more coding instruction in their lessons

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Mixing Pencil & Paper with Google Docs.

Class Tech Integrate

I was able to visit Dustin Curtis's 5th grade classroom last week at Bayyari Elementary in Springdale, Arkansas. When I walked in I noticed that students had their Chromebooks open, and a word problem was displayed for them in a Google Doc. The students were working diligently on a paper with a pen to complete the problem that was posed for them. After completing their task on paper, the students simply clicked on the insert tab to add a picture, and took a snapshot of their work.

Six Keys to a Classroom Makeover

Tom Murray

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with three of the nation’s leaders in classroom design, and founders of the MTV-meets-classroom style resource,Classroom Cribs: elementary school principalBen Gilpin, technology specialistAJ Juliani, and classroom teacher and award winning blogger,Erin Klein. In this Alliance for Excellent EducationProject 24 Leadership Series Webinar, we discuss a number of keys to classroom redesign, the research behind designing a brain-friendly learning

Sphero Giveaway _We Have A Winner!

My Paperless Classroom

We have a Winner!!!!! We are excited to announce Tim Jones has won the 10 pack of Spheros. I encourage you to follow Tim, and see how he puts these robots to use with his 4th graders. a 10 robot kind of guy Thank you @SamPatue @SpheroEdu for the 10 Spheros! Can''t wait to get them charged and into the hands of my students! pic.twitter.com/u6iWLE5LLH — Mr. Jones (@TeachJones) November 14, 2014 Twitter: @teachjones Bio: 4th grade teacher in East Palo Alto, Ca.

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.

What are #FutureReady Schools and Classrooms via @OfficeofEdTech


You''re Invited: Free Webinar Hosted by The Office of Ed Tech Join myself along with a panel of fantastic practicing educators as we discuss #FutureReady schools with The Office of Ed Tech. To read more about #FutureReady schools, please click here to read my recent post and click here to sign the pledge! When : Today (October 22, 2014) from 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST How to Join ? Simply click here to view at 8pm EST this evening!

The Story of Greatguy7

A Principal's Reflections

As I work to constantly improve my keynote on Digital Leadership, I am always looking for ideas to strengthen the reasons why leaders need to change while updating the specific ways to illustrate how it can be done. For me, I strive to convey the urgency for schools, leaders, and educators to change so that students do not experience a total disconnect when entering a building that is supposedly going to educate them for success in a digital world.

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Pictures of Blended Learning: This is Progress?

The Journal

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. Okay, instead of writing a diatribe on blended learning, in this week’s blog we will let four pictures from blended learning classrooms "speak for themselves

Google Forms for Reading Open Response

Class Tech Integrate

I was able to meet with Trish Lopez in her 5th grade class at Elmdale Elementary School in Springdale, AR. We had a conversation about the different ways that Google Forms can be used in the classroom. While we discussed how it could be great for multiple choice type quizzes, we decided to use the Form as a reading open response tool for her guided reading group.

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.

Tech Trek UCI: Just for Girls


Written by CUE Member and Guest Blogger Debra White Is there a girl in your 7th grade math or science class this year that has a tremendous passion and aptitude for your subject? AAUW Tech Trek is looking for that girl and you, CUE members, can help AAUW find her. Science and math teachers are the […]. The post Tech Trek UCI: Just for Girls appeared first on OnCUE. Learn Education Technology

Are you Making Enough?

My Paperless Classroom

Work is a constant sense of business. There is too much to do. Once again the truth of it is freeing. There is too much to do, therefore it cannot all get done. We do our best every day and try to make good choices, and apologize when we get it wrong. What is lost in this endless work machine of teaching can be perspective, and a sense of self. Sometimes I make pictures I have found this at times through writing and creating. When it happens, it is the best part of play.

Replacing Skills

The Thinking Stick

I haven’t been blogging here much as my time has been spent working with teachers in their schools, Learning2 and COETAIL …which I love! Replace is my new word of choice when talking about the skills of technology. . I have done the word dance on this blog. Going from integrate , to embed and now to replace. However, I think it’s just the progression of adoption of any new way of thinking any new skill set as we reach a new level.

School Leadership in the Common Core Era

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld, Dr. Maria G. Dove, and Dr. Audrey Cohan. Check out their book titled Beyond Core Expectations: A Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner published by Corwin. Leaders who have deeper and more lasting impact provide more comprehensive leadership than focusing just on higher standards. Michael Fullan, 2002, p.

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!

In K-12, iPads Are a Detour

The Journal

While sales to the general public of 10 inch-screened tablets (e.g., iPads) are dropping quickly, K-12 schools will continue to buy them. The challenge, then, is how to use these devices to support inquiry – 24/7, all-the-time, everywhere learning

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Should education socialize?

Ed Tech Now

Current models of ed-tech are based on theories of progressive education which are in turn based on a false understanding of what learning involves. I wrote the following piece as an assignment during my PGCE, which I completed in 1990 at the … Continue reading → Academic research Fallacies A V Kelly Aims of Education child-centered theory Emile Durkheim R S Peters

Extensions, Add-Ons and Apps, Oh My! How to Utilize Google in Your Classroom


Google Apps for Education has totally transformed the way we teach and communicate inside and outside of the classroom. Through tools like Google Drive , Google Hangouts , Google Earth and Blogger , we can create authentic learning experiences for our students more than ever by promoting collaboration and helping them access their work anywhere and anytime. Curious to learn more about how to better use Google in your classroom? Come to the official EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit on Oct.

Connect your Pen and Scanner to Evernote, Save Every Word You Write

My Paperless Classroom

I have my Livescribe connected to my Evernote as well as my mobile scanner. I save everything I need in Evernote all; the time. The Livescribe 3 Smartpen These hardware supports turn Evernote into a completely different type of tool for me. This is an archive of what I have written and it is searchable, even the handwriting. In this short segment of The TechEducator Podcast , I demonstrate how I use my pen connected to Evernote. In many ways.

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.

Digital Citizenship Course for Educators

The Thinking Stick

Just a quick announcement that our third Eduro Learning Online Professional Development course will begin soon. We’re really excited about this one as it is one of those things we talk about teaching but A) Never get training on and B) Don’t really make it a priority. Our fear is that even though educators told us they would like to have a class on how to teach Digital Citizenship to students we’re not sure if people will actually sign up for such a class.

Host a PD Buffet for Your Teachers: Tips from a Technology Integrationist


Rachel Langenhorst. Technology Integrationist. Rock Valley Community School District, Iowa. Rachel Langenhorst, Technology Integrationist at Rock Valley Community School District in Iowa, was interviewed by edWeb about the importance of keeping up with your own learning in order to provide valuable professional development for others.

Sal Khan on the Learning Myth and Why I Celebrate Failure


Written by CUE CEO Mike Lawrence @techmaverick I’ve never liked the phrase “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, but I always thought it was because it compared someone to a dog or worse, called them ‘old!’ As it turns out, what has really bothered me about the phrase is that I disagree with […]. The post Sal Khan on the Learning Myth and Why I Celebrate Failure appeared first on OnCUE. Professional Development