April, 2014

Gamify Learning: 20+ Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Games are an extraordinary way to tap into your most heroic qualities.” -?Jane Jane McGonigal, Author of Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. People enjoy playing video games. People worldwide spend about 3 billion hours a week playing them (McGonigal, 2011). When we play video games we learn, build, collaborate, problem-solve, explore, discover, and achieve goals. We also are deemed heroes or champions for investing so much time playing.

Great list of app based on task you want students to accomplish

Educational Technology Guy

I found this great list of apps and tech tools that are organized based on the task you want students to accomplish. It was out on Twitter and I can''t find the original tweet. What do you want to do.?There''s There''s a tech tool for that. pic.twitter.com/kWFciWylLP. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. Feel free to share summaries and links to these articles, but do not copy and repost entire article. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.


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Build a Solid Stem with @Science4UsSays: K-2 Online, Interactive Science


Science4Us: Online, Interactive, Standards Based - Kleinspiration readers are invited to. click here to sign up and try it FREE for 60 days - In my opinion, science is a subject that becomes much more interesting when brought to life in sound, picture, and video. Even back before there was an internet, folks like Jacques Cousteu and National Geographic were common household names that brought science right into our living rooms.

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Why #Edcamp Is So Awesome

The Web20Classroom

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending another Edcamp. This one makes 7 for me. EdcampElon was another event in a long like of teacher-driven professional development that can have a lasting impact on the learning of all who attend. Don''t know what an Edcamp is or looks like? My experience with Edcamp has been that of a participant and an organizer (EdcampNC!).

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.

Makerspaces Provide a World of Opportunities

A Principal's Reflections

As of late it seems that I have been blogging a great deal about our makerspace here at New Milford High School and with good reason. Not only is the space being overrun with students during their lunch periods, but teachers here have begun to explore how the process of making can enhance the learning experience for the students in their classes.

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Digital Poets! Web Tools, Apps, & Lesson Ideas

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” by Robert Frost. April is National Poetry month. I invite you to consider the possibilities of teaching with poetry. Poetry makes content come alive, because the poet has a deep connection with the subject matter. Poems can help students see what they consider a boring or tedious topic in a different light.

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Meeting Organization with Evernote

Educational Technology Guy

Meetings, meetings, meetings. They are a necessary evil. But, you can make them more organized and productive by being organized yourself. I use Evernote as my main work (and personal) tool. For meetings, it is indispensable. Here''s how: I clip the meeting/appointment slot from Outlook into Evernote. This has the invitees/attendees, agenda, topic, time and date, etc. I then add any additional information and relevant files, along with links to other notes in Evernote.

Professional Opportunities for Educators in 2014


MACUL Pre-K - 12 Michigan Teacher of the Year Special Offer for Kleinspiration Readers: Where are you going this summer? Join me and 1,000’s of educators at SDE’s National PD Conferences. Come see me present and be sure use my personal VIP code of EK10 to receive my partner discount of 10% your registration at any of these 7 events. Learn more and register at www.SDE.com/nationals. 2014 has been fantastic so far! January kicked off with a boom!!

Happy Birthday YouTube! Tips and Tricks For Doing More With Our Favorite Video Service

The Web20Classroom

Today (April 23, 2014) is the 9th Anniversary of the first video ever being uploaded to YouTube. You can still see that first video here. Many districts are realizing the potential that YouTube learning can have in the classroom. There are lots of great videos and channels out there on 1000''s of topics. I have put together a list of some of my favorite tools to use with YouTube. Some are for the creation end, while some are for the consumption end.

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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).

Simple Yet Effective

A Principal's Reflections

Social media provides educators with a wealth of tools that can be used to engage students and enhance learning. Unfortunately many schools are either too focused on sustaining their testing factories, implementing an array of top-down mandates, or are influenced by the perception and stigma that accompanies social media tools. Since this is an educational technology post I will only focus on the latter.

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Siphoning Off of Public Education

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

I try very hard to be positive about the future of education. I whole-heatedly believe that this is an exciting time to be an educator and that we are witnessing a Transformation in education. However, I can’t help but feel that, at least in BC, Canada, we are being threatened by a model where chronic under-funding, and the siphoning off of funds to counter cost pressures, is leading us into peril.

Be Inspired! Free! Online! #RSCON5, Sun. Apr. 6

Teacher Reboot Camp

Join us this Sunday, April 6th! Professional Development in your PJs. Only 4 hours. You can even join our Technology Smackdown and present your favorite web tools or apps. Find all the web room links here. Just click on the green links on this page and a Blackboard Collaborate room will popup. Check your time zone here, Bit.ly/rscontz46. rscontz46.

Today is Earth Day - here are some resources for teachers

Educational Technology Guy

Earth Day, April 22nd, is a great time to talk to your students about the environment. Earth Day was started in 1962 as a way to bring attention to environmental issues. As polution increases, and the environment is continually affected by humans, it is a great time to get our students thinking about environmental issues.

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.

Free Classroom Brain Break Videos!


Classroom Brain Breaks from GoNoodle - click here to give it a try - I am SO excited to share my FAVORITE new site with you. GoNoodle ! My kids L.O.V.E I first found out about it from a friends who shared it on his blog. He raved about how much his fifth grade students were enjoying it. So, I had to try it out for myself. I couldn''t believe it. He was right. this was one of the most amazing sites I had stumbled upon in a while.

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Learning and Programing With @GoSphero

The Web20Classroom

A few weeks ago the folks over at Orbotix sent me a Sphero to try out. I had seen them before so when given the chance to get hands on I couldn''t resist. What is a Sphero? So as you can see it''s a robotic ball that you control via Bluetooth from your smartphone or tablet. But it''s more than that too. There are a slew of apps that you can download that allow you to take your Sphero to the next level. Interested in Augmented Reality ?

Inquiry-Based, Constructivist Learning in Physics

A Principal's Reflections

Every year New Milford High School teacher Tahreen Chowdhury teaches Newton’s laws of physics and most of the students are able to grasp the first and the second law. However, Newton’s third law is the one that is most contrary to their everyday intuition. This law, as the students know it, is “every action has an equal and opposite reaction”.

Are You Leading with Fear? #BYOD

The Mobile Native

As the temperature begins to rise, I reminisce back to a warm summer day while sitting on a bench next to the pool watching my five-year-old son climbing the never-ending ladder of the high dive. As he reached the summit, he casually walked to the edge of the board with a smile on his face. Without a care in the world, he leapt into the water! His confidence and tenacity allowed him to complete this act with faith in his ability.


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.

Sphero, an Introduction

My Paperless Classroom

This is the first in a series of posts exploring the resources for teaching with the Sphero robot published at https://www.gosphero.com/education/. The Sphero company made these posts possible by providing 2 robots for review purposes. As a nerd I am excited about this robot ball because ROBOT BALL!

Almost 70% of teachers are not engaged. Here’s why that matters so much

The Hechinger Report

Wednesday Gallup released a major report on the State of American Schools. Their data paints a picture of schools performing as a complex ecosystem, with the wellbeing, engagement, and performance of teachers, students, and principals all intertwined.

5 Free and Fun Online Tools for Studying


5 Free and Fun Online Tools for Stress-Free Studying I always give my Scholastic posts a lot of thought. My goal is to make each week''s post meaningful and relatable to what is going on in my own classroom. I am writing reports this week, and this time of the year tends to be full of assessments. Though we do not do any sort of formal exams in my class, I know that many children across the country are gearing up for important projects and tests that will greatly affect their grades.

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The Reinventing The Classroom Virtual Conference #reinvent14

The Web20Classroom

This is a really awesome time to be in the classroom. From Bring Your Own Device to Web 2.0 tools to students connecting across oceans, there are some pretty incredible things happening with learning. The new Reinventing The Classroom Virtual Conference aims to discover and share the most innovative, long-lasting and creative projects and share in a global conversation about what is right with education, world-wide.

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!

Using EdTech to Enhance Science Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Miss Ginter’s Biology students at New Milford High School have been using Padlet as a forum to post answers to teacher created questions, as well as student created questions. A KWL chart on Mitosis was created in class, and the questions that students wanted answers to were posted on the Padlet. Students have the opportunity to post their response with the approval of the teacher. They are also able to pose their own questions on Padlet allowing their peers or teacher answer them.

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30+ BYOD and BYOT Resources

The Mobile Native

Forsyth County Schools BYOT 2. Chesapeake Public Schools BYOD 3. Marys City Schools BYOT 4. 10 BYOT/ BYOD Back to School Basics 5. 9 Steps for Schools to Create Their Own BYOD Policy 6. Building on the "Bring Your Own Device" Revolution 7. 11 Sample Education BYOT Policies to Help Create Your Own 8. 20 BYOD Resources by Category 9. 10 Places to Find Great BYOD Lesson Plans 10. 6 Hidden Tricks for BYOD Success 11. 30 Perfect Apps for BYOD Classrooms 12. 4 Big Concerns About BYOD in Schools 13.


Learning about Time, Speed, and Distance with Sphero

My Paperless Classroom

STEM integration can be daunting at first and it can be tough to know where to start. Sphero''s series of SPRK lessons begins with a very straightforward lesson on time, speed, and distance. When I think about learning these concepts I can still see the word problems (R = D/T). This type of computation only became real to me once I put a speedometer on my bike and started using it to commute. I was always figuring how fast I needed to go to make sure I had time to shower once I got to work.

Next Door Innovator: An Interview with Eric Mazur, Developer of Peer Instruction

Turn to Your Neighbor

At Turn To Your Neighbor , we constantly search for new ways to showcase bright ideas and innovation in education. As part of this venture, we have started a new interview series called Next Door Innovator. Our inaugural interviewee is Professor Eric Mazur , developer of Peer Instruction. Julie Schell: Where was your last education-related speaking engagement and what were you speaking on? Eric Mazur: Sydney Australia, on Peer Instruction.


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.

Free Printables for the End of the Year: My Champ-Tastic Year and Summer Bucket List!


Thanks to GoNoodle for the Fantastic Freebies! Does your class GoNoodle ? My kiddos L.O.V.E. getting our wiggles out, recharging our focus, and sharpening our brains for learning through the incredible brain breaks GoNoodle offers. If you haven''t signed up yet. it''s FREE. Simply click here and get started with the fun! You can read more about GoNoodle in my Scholastic post by clicking here. You can even see the adorable art work some of my students made. It''s worth the click!

Things That Have Me Thinking-4/18

The Web20Classroom

This is my series where I explore a few things that I have seen or heard about that is pushing my thinking, getting me to see something a different way or just something I want to share. This week we look at the 3 things about apps I''ve been exploring. Field Day - I have been doing a lot of work lately investigating and helping teachers learn what authentic-based learning means. In a sense, its providing real-world problems that mean something to students, aligned to standards.

Instilling an Early Passion for History

A Principal's Reflections

At New Milford High School we are always encouraging collaborations resulting in interdisciplinary projects. Recently students from Mr. Manzo’s 9th Grade Honors World History classes were assigned to create children’s books about the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte in France during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.