January, 2011

What is the Most Effective Classroom Technology?

A Principal's Reflections

This is the million dollar question! Like most educators in the blogging world I see the inherit value in educational technology. Combined with sound pedagogical practices, the effective integration of technology has the ability to engage learners in a variety of ways.

What Snow Day? Staying Connected No Matter The Weather

The Web20Classroom

snOMG Snowageddon Just a few of the terms I have heard on my local/national media and have seen on Twitter to describe the recent Winter Weather here in the souther United States. From Texas across the Gulf Coast and up the Eastern Seaboard, many students have not been in school since Jan 7.

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4 Reasons Administrators Need to Get Connected with Twitter

The 21st Century Principal

I have repeatedly tried to sell Twitter to my fellow administrators, but it is an uphill battle. Mention the words “social media, blogging, or Twitter” and it seems they either want to race on to the next topic, or their eyes glaze over and I’m fairly sure they’re not hearing what I’m saying.

The Mac App Store Opened Thursday.


and so far I am a little underwhelmed by what it has to offer. But let''s give it time.

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.

Remember and Reflect on Your High Calling


Credit goes to Vicki Davis, the Cool Cat Teacher , for inspiring me to write this post. She posted the video below to her own blog this morning, and although I had seen it in the past, I was encouraged to revisit it. I''m so very glad I did, too.

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Empowering Students to Be Self-Advocates

A Principal's Reflections

Right before the holiday break I was contacted by Dwight Carter , the Principal of Gahanna Lincoln High School in Ohio. He wanted to pick my brain about technology integration strategies that I have used at New Milford High School in New Jersey.

Learning What I Want To Learning! Creating Meaningful Professional Development.

The Web20Classroom

Last night on #edchat our conversation centered around Professional Development. Specifically, what are some of the roadblocks that prevent teachers and administrators from engaging in PD. Pretty deep huh? There are lots of ideas out there as to why teachers don''t want to engage in PD.

4 Ways to Get An Administrator Engaged in a Twitter PLN

The 21st Century Principal

Earlier, I posted 4 of my own reasons why school administrators need to get connected to Twitter. Once they are connected, the next question is how to help them engage in its use?

Noddy Fun Time


Noddy Fun Time is a nicely-designed and fun site from the UK that would be great for early learners. The five activities on the site can be used to target basic concepts and categories: Pop Pop Balloons- choose a balloon color and shape and hold down the mouse to blow it up.


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.

3 More Tasks to Teach Yourself to Teach with Technology

Nik Peachey

At the end of 2010 I published the first 5 tasks in a series to help teacher learn how to use technology with their students. Now I would like to add 3 more tasks to that collection. The first few tasks are all quite simple to lay the ground work and get teachers started.

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Prezi - Create Stunning Presentations

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Prezi is a presentation tool that can be used as a refreshing alternative to the traditional linear slide show. Rather than walking an audience through a series of slides, Prezi uses one canvas to zoom from idea to idea and engage viewers with every twist and turn along the way.

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The Road Less Traveled

A Principal's Reflections

Educon was an amazing experience for me both professionally and personally.

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Looking Back At 2010 And Looking Forward To 2011.

The Web20Classroom

Image From CC Search-Flickr (User Kadath) Seems like it''s the cool thing this time of year to look back at the previous year, where we have been and to look forward, to where we are going. I want to be hip. So here is my reflections on 2010 and my predictions for 2011.

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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.

No Administrator Left Behind: Technologically Speaking

The 21st Century Principal

Administrators not engaging technology are not just in danger of becoming irrelevant, they are in danger of becoming living fossils. Engaging technology means exploring the potential of technology too, not just expecting it of teachers and students to do so.

The King's Speech


I may be seeming to be going off-format by sharing a movie review, but technology is a broad term, and one that certainly plays a part in The King''s Speech.

UPDATED: Live Interview on Monday Jan. 31 - Karen Cator on the National Education Technology Plan

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Karen Cator, the Director of the Office of Education Technology , on education, technology, and the 2010 National Education Technology Plan.

Glog On!

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Glog On! - U97 Wksp. on Jan. 4th Glogster has become a fairly popular tool in D97 because it is versatile and it provides users with multiple means of engagement. I sent out a Call to Gloggers in search of samples and then created a glog of Glogs. View Glog On and watch it grow

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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.


A Principal's Reflections

The past two weeks at NMHS have been extremely exciting. Students and staff have engaged in many innovative activities that have showcased what the school has to offer, illustrated the potential of our learners, and made it clear that all voices matter in order to change the educational culture.

TeachMeet Georgia 2011 Keynote-The Path To Teacher Leadership

The Web20Classroom

Last weekend I had the honor and pleasure of giving a keynote at TeachMeet Georgia to a wonderful group of educators from all over the southeast. It was a great day of learning and I was glad I was able to make it down. My keynote centered on how educators can move from just teachers to teacher-leaders. A video of my keynote is below. It begins with a great intro from Cybrary Man , Jerry Blumegarten. My remarks begin around the 11.30

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Who Needs Microsoft Office Anymore? Another Way to Pare Technology Budgets

The 21st Century Principal

Let’s face the truth. There’s no reason to spend another dime on purchasing licenses and software for Microsoft’s Office Suite of programs. School systems have too many much cheaper options (like free or almost free) rather than continuing to purchase the popular office suite that most often includes MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Access, MS Publisher, and MS Outlook. School systems can save bundles by using other open source solutions or even cloud-based solutions.

CAST UDL Book Builder


CAST is a Massachusetts-based organization promoting UDL, or Universal Design for Learning. I first saw their Book Builder presented at a conference a few years ago, and must say it has improved greatly in selection and ease of use.

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EdTech at School

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

Live Interview Wed., Jan. 19 - Yong Zhao on Education, China, and Tiger Moms

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Wednesday, January 19th, for a live and interactive webinar with Yong Zhao on the Chinese education system, international test scores, and "Tiger Moms."

Reflection: The FedEx Project

The Electric Educator

Two ideas have inspired me to try something radically different in my classroom. The first is Google''s 20% time. If you''re not familiar with the idea, Google requires (they don''t suggest or encourage, they require!) every employee to spend 20% of their working time doing something other than what they were hired to do. Some employees spend their 20% time aiding charitable causes, help organize internal parties and events, or join a local club or organization.

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Seriously…Revising Huckleberry Finn?

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Linda Keesing, the Media Specialist at New Milford High School. Below are her thoughts on the recent revisions to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Feel free to comment below and she will respond. Linda can be contacted directly at lkeesing@newmilfordschools.org In February, there will be a new edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , minus any appearance of the "N" word. Note that the new book is called a new edition , not a revision.

Leadership Stared Me In The Face Today.And I Liked What I Saw

The Web20Classroom

A colleague and I were doing a workshop at a school today. I was filling in for someone who had been out and the content were we covering, I thought, would be better if we taught it together. And that also allowed one of us to teach while the other floated around the room to help teachers who got behind or need a little extra encouragement. The workshop was just like any other. Participants were very engaged and really enjoyed the content we were teaching.

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.