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.

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.

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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.

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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?

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.

2014 Annual CUE Conference: We are Family


Written By CUE Member Lisa Nowakowski @NowaTechie Trying to get all my thoughts, feelings, and experiences of CUE 14, in one blog post has been a challenge. How can I possibly sum up: the friends I made, the friends I caught up with, the ideas that inspired me, the conversations I had?

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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!

Mange Classroom Workflow with Showbie

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Are you looking for an easy and efficient way to manage the workflow in your 1:1 iPad classroom? Showbie is an iPad app that offers a solution to help teachers distribute, collect and evaluate digital assignments created on an iPad. Showbie is simple and efficient right out of the box.

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.

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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.

Instilling an Early Passion for History

A Principal's Reflections

At New Milford High School we are always encouraging collaborations resulting in interdisciplinary projects.

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.

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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).

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ThingLink Through the SAMR Lens

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

If you are a teacher with a passion for teaching, ThingLink is an essential tool for your toolkit. This flexible tool is well-suited for helping students dig deeper into content as they create. Learning to use ThingLink is an adventure worth exploring.

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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.

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.

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.

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Time Is Not Always On Our Side- 5 Minute Mobile Projects with Field Trips


Time is NOT on our side. Sometimes we want our students to complete quick mobile projects that take very little time, but produce awesome projects. Our 4th grade students recently visited Jefferson City, our Missouri capitol, to learn more about Missouri history.

How Do I Learn to Make Awesome Videos?

My Paperless Classroom

If you want to learn how to make really cool video content for your classroom, or your community group, or for any other reason, I have a perfect method: take the equipment you have on hand, learn how to do every thing it can.