August, 2014

This Year be an EduHero!

Teacher Reboot Camp

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. – Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Our world is full of hero potential waiting to be motivated, supported, and skilled. Teachers hold the key to unleashing that potential, yet many are wounded heroes themselves. According to Teachers Count, the average teacher impacts 3000 students within a lifetime. How many students have you already impacted? How many will you impact this year?

The Limitations of Being a Disconnected Nomad

A Principal's Reflections

It seems like just yesterday that I was a disconnected nomad working hard to maintain the status quo and conform to a rigid system commonly known as education. You see, prior to 2009 I was adamantly opposed to even the thought of using social media for both personal and professional reasons. As a building level leader burdened by endless responsibilities, I could not fathom wasting even a precious minute in what I saw as a perpetual time sap.


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3 Ways to Rock Your Classroom Library!


Classroom Library Tools If you are a user, most likely you know about Book Wizard and what an amazing tool it is for finding and leveling books. Recently, Scholastic developed a mobile version for the iPhone and is currently working towards a version for the iPad. Those who follow my blog know that I gravitate towards tools that are free and fantastic. Book Wizard Mobile fits both of these characteristics.

Fostering Creativity In The Learning Process

The Web20Classroom

Several months ago I was having a conversation with a colleague about creativity in learning. We debated back and forth about what creativity looked like and could you really teach creativity. All this stemmed from a comment I made about me not being creative. Sure, I’ve written books, I talk in front of teachers a lot and create professional development to deliver. But does that mean I am creative? As educators, when it comes to creativity in the classroom, there are 2 things we can do.

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.

Geddit - web based student response system

Educational Technology Guy

Geddit is a free, web based student response system, available on any device, that allows teachers to quickly gauge student understanding. Students use the app and indicate their level of understanding on a 1-5 scale. This formative assessment lets teachers know if they can move on or not. Feedback is private and real time. You can also use multiple choice and short answer assessments. There is a Chrome app also for Chromebooks, as well as it being web-based.

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Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers

Teacher Reboot Camp

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” by Plato. Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Throughout my teaching years, I’ve struggled with getting my students or trainees to readily participate. Learners are shy about exposing themselves to peers, especially if they do not know them well.

Become the Storyteller-in-Chief

A Principal's Reflections

The new school year has begun for many educators across the country with others soon to follow after Labor Day. With the new year comes a renewed focus on a variety of initiatives that are aimed at enhancing learning and improving student achievement. Administrators and teachers alike will work to establish a shared vision and subsequent plan of action for meaningful change that will hopefully lead to cultural transformation.

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design!


6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design Back to school is always an exciting time filled with rich opportunities to learn and share with colleagues, grade level teams, and friends in your professional learning network. Because of the extremely busy time of year, this post will be short and to the point. Tonight, I''m hosting two opportunities for professional learning.

8 Education Books For The Digital Age: The Connected Educator Series #CorwinCE

The Web20Classroom

From The Shameless Promotion Department, I am proud today that I become a published author. My book, The Relevant Educator ships today. Below is a post (thanks to the most awesome Mark Barnes) about the entire Connected Educator Series from Corwin. Ask any of the thousands of teachers who regularly use Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook about connected education, and you may get an earful about using digital tools as a means to connect with educators and students worldwide.

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).

Chromebox and Chromebase - definite contenders for desktop replacements

Educational Technology Guy

I''m currently testing out the LG Chromebase and Asus Chromebox for potential use in our district (and for me at home). So far, I''m very impressed. They setup and work like a Chromebook , have very fast performance but offer the experience of a desktop with large screens and full keyboards and mice. The specs are in the links below. I''m thinking about the Asus Chromebox as a desktop replacement for student desktops.

Making Common Sense Media Common Practice in Our Classrooms


Written by CUE Member Dave Childers @davechilders “We can’t cover their eyes, but we can teach them to see.” ” Common Sense Media That is only one sentence among the many that constitute the “10 Beliefs” of Common Sense Media, but it is the sentence that resonates most loudly for me – As a parent. As […]. The post Making Common Sense Media Common Practice in Our Classrooms appeared first on OnCUE. Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship

The Conversation We Need To Have With Leadership

Teacher Reboot Camp

This post is part of Scott McLeod’s Leadership Day 2014. PD should give your Ts a GEM: it should “Grow You”, “Engage You”, and “Mean something to you” — GNichols (@Think_teach) August 6, 2014. Mission: Value Your Time. This year, many of us will spend hours in school meetings feeling demotivated, bored, unappreciated, and stressed.

Our Work Defines Our Legacy

A Principal's Reflections

This post is my contribution to Leadership Day 2014. Legacy is such a deep and meaningful word in my opinion. The term can best be described as how someone is remembered and the specific contributions he or she made while they were alive. When I think of legacy, important thought leaders, activists, musicians, and athletes come to mind such as Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford, John Dewey, Princess Diana, Joe DiMaggio, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

Guess What. @GoNoodle is Hoppin' - Must Have Fun for Back to School (l.o.v.e)!


Using GoNoodle Brain Breaks for Motivation and Classroom Engagement - click here to connect and start having fun - ** Get a GoNoodle T-Shirt. enter below. scroll down! ** GoNoodle is one of my favorite new sites I''ve ever shared on Kleinspiration. I love it for many reasons. However, the main reason I enjoy sharing this resource with my readers is because my students love it and I''ve seen the benefits. Granted, there are many things in life that benefit children, but they don''t see the value.

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#Edchat Is Now On @RemindHQ

The Web20Classroom

In an effort to make sure all those that take part in #edchat each week have the most up-to-date information on chat times, topics and special events, we have teamed up with Remind to get you that info lickidy-split! Don''t know what Remind is? Remind is a reminder and texting service for classrooms. As a teacher you set up a class and invite your students and parents to join. The best part is you don''t exchange any personal numbers.

Scratch Jr, Programming for Prereaders

My Paperless Classroom

I was really excited for the release of the Scratch Jr app. Its parent langauge is Scratch, an amazing programming interface that opened the world for programming to a whole new group of young programmers. I have used scratch with my students from grade 4 up and I have seen other teachers who use scratch with students as young as first grade.


The Thinking Stick

Photo Credit: MSH* via Compfight cc. I need to start checking myself when this question comes up during presentations and trainings. At some point someone always asks about privacy. In many cases they don’t even know… I think anyway… that they are asking a privacy question. The questions usually are posed as: “If I put something in Google Drive is it safe?” ” “If I put something in Google Drive can anyone see it?” ” “Is it secure?”

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.

#Flipclass Workflow

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

With the start of the new school year looming, a favorite topic of discussion among #flipclass teachers is workflow. Rookies want to know how to make flipping work with class procedures, and veterans are always tweaking what they do. Edmodo, Curriculet, and Google Drive are essential to productive workflow in my class. Essentially, this is what I do: Organize students into classes on Edmodo with all resources, agendas, links to edtech tools, assignments, and quizzes are completed in Edmodo.

Amazing Students Do Amazing Things

A Principal's Reflections

Earlier this year I shared the amazing work of New Milford High School student Sarah Almeda in a post titled Students Yearn For Creativity, Not Tests. Wherever I now speak across the country and soon the world I share the incredible project Sarah created. Her passion for the arts and creativity serve as an catalyst for her learning.

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Instantly Message with Parents via the NEW @ClassDojo Messenger App!


ClassDojo Messenger I''m so excited to share with Kleinspiration friends that TODAY ClassDojo launches a brand new app, ClassDojo Messenger. This new app allows you to connect with your student''s parents with ease, throughout the day! I found out about this fantastic new app today, via a GoogleHangout with one of the Dojo team members and dear friend, Manoj. We recorded our chat so that you can hear about all of the awesomeness they have to offer.

Reminders For School Leaders-#LeadershipDay14

The Web20Classroom

Today is Leadership Day 2014. Started by Scott McLeod, the day encourages all of us to blog about leadership and leading change in schools. This is my 6th year I''ve contributed to the day. By the end there will be 100''s of posts you''ll be able to read, reflect on and share. Definitely check out the list and add your post as well. When I was in the classroom I always looked forward to back-to-school.

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!

Primary Teachers: Learn Coding Fundamentals in an Hour

My Paperless Classroom

If you have heard about the hour of code, I hope you saw this coming from the title. If you don''t know about the hour of code, it is time. wants to support everybody everywhere in learning to code. They are organizing all kinds of people to create tutorials that can be used in schools to get kids coding, even if it is just for a one hour guided activity. When I work with teachers new to coding I always recommend the tutorials at

Leading in a time of…

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

Anyone who regularly reads my blog would know that in the last year there are two key elements of leadership that I have been struggling with. The more current one involves the teacher dispute going on in BC and my sense of frustration and feelings of helplessness as I watch a good educational system suffer in ways that will take some time to recover from.

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Robot Teachers at New International School

Kevin Corbett

Abu Dhabi: Robot Teachers will soon be instructing students in basic math and other subjects at a private school in Abu Dhabi. Merryland International School in Mussafah has launched what it claims is the first robotic lab in a UAE school, with more than 30 cutting edge robots including humanoids with built-in intelligence. Humanoid AISOY Raspberry Pi robot will teach basic addition and subtraction while Nao, the 57-cm tall Evolution Humanoid robot from France, will help special needs children.

Awesome Virtual Online Field Trips


Creating an online virtual experience for your students is easy with these great tools. Google Maps with Street View lets you explore places around the world through 360-degree street-level imagery. You can explore world landmarks, view natural wonders, navigate a trip, go inside restaurants and small businesses - and now even visit the Amazon! Get a demo or browse the gallery to see collections from around the world.

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.

Structured Guided Reading and Close Reading Portfolio via @snaplearning - LOVE this!


Fantastic Reading Resources for Guided Reading AND Close Reading - C lick Here to try it out and get 20% off for the Back to School Sale - A Guest Post by My Friends and Sponsors from Snap Learning! Normally this would be a blog post about how we love this time of year. It’s Back to School and our biggest sale of the year. But seriously. Summer is over, and we already miss it. As a parent, it’s back to rushed mornings and early tempers. As a student, it’s back to school.

Evernote and, A Match Made In Tech Heaven

The Web20Classroom

If I''ve said it once, I''ve said it quite a few times, blogging is an open reflection of learning and is a wonderful (and easy) way to share our learning. I have been blogging in this space for over 5 years now. I have over 500 posts and have shared a bunch. I couldn''t imagine my professional life without my blog. Recently, I''ve been wanting to share more and more. But I faced a quandary. I wanted to share just little bits of information with a little detail.

Myths about Coding in Primary Grades

My Paperless Classroom

I can''t teach coding because I don''t know how to code. Coding has nothing to do with my subject area. I have never met a teacher who got into teaching because of what they didn''t know. Teachers have long been expected to be the expert in the room. I studied English, rhetoric, poetry, and literacy skill development in formal and informal environments to become the teacher I am today, and then I laugh because I am a K-5 technology teacher.