October, 2014

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.

Reading Fluency with Explain Everything

iTeach with iPads

There’s so much more to a book than just the reading. Maurice Sendak. We are 35 days into this school year and several of my students are reading. They are excited when they find words and phrases they know in books and in environmental print.

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

Kleinspiration

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%).

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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.

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.

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."

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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

App Smashing in Math

iTeach with iPads

Math is like going to the gym for your brain. It sharpens your mind.-Danica Danica McKellar. After a full day of teaching kindergarten, my mind could use a little sharpening. It often feels like mush and I have to work hard to have adult conversation when I get home.

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5 Apps to Share Class Work!

Kleinspiration

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.

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.

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.

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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Five Tips for New Teachers to Become Connected Educators

Teaching With Soul

. (Originally posted in August 2012, updated for October 2014.). This month, the U.S. Department of Education kicked off Connected Educator Month , with engaging keynotes, panel discussions, book chats, and more. During this month, educators in the U.S.

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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

Using Comments in Google Docs to Make Thinking Visible

Inquire and Inspire

Last year, right around the time my students began working in Google Docs, I was learning about the value of making thinking " visible ". "We

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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.

What are #FutureReady Schools and Classrooms via @OfficeofEdTech

Kleinspiration

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.

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.

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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 Form Add-Ons Have Arrived

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

When I opened up my Google Drive this morning to create a form I was pleasantly surprised to find that Google Form Add-Ons have arrived! I scanned the list of available options and found one titled Forms Notifications.

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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.

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

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.

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

edWeb.net

Rachel Langenhorst. Technology Integrationist. Rock Valley Community School District, Iowa.

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.

EdTech at School

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

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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ThingLink + Google Drive - A Webinar

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Educators need a flexible toolkit of resources to meet a variety of unique personal learning needs. Keep it simple with just two amazing multimedia rich tools, ThingLink and Google Docs. Use these accessible and easy to embrace tools together to transform teaching and learning in amazing ways!

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Poetry Rocks in Google Docs!

Inquire and Inspire

Looking for a quick and meaningful way to help your students write poetry? Google Docs can help, with the integration of two useful add-ons: MindMeister Rhyme Finder The first step of the process involves students brainstorming and organizing ideas for their poems.

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.

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.

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.

Get Google-ly With Google! The Best Google Apps For Google-ly Teachers

MSEDTechie

What a fabulous day of sharing and learning at the Google Apps for Education Summit in St. Louis. My mind is literally blown!

The AfL truth about assessment

Learning with 'e's

David Warlick once said '' for the first time we are preparing young people for a future we cannot clearly describe.'' In a fast changing world where everything technology touches grows exponentially, we really are in serious trouble if we cannot prepare children for uncertainty.