August, 2014

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

#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.

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.

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Your Kid's Future Depends On Their Online Behavior Now


Blogging to Learn

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

As the start of the school year approaches, educators are all busy preparing for the best school year ever. As life-long learners, many of us will approach the new year with excitement and optimism after reflecting on our own teaching during our time away from the classroom.

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.

Join my #ntchat Class on Remind!

Teaching With Soul

The New Teacher Chat mentoring message started as a weekly chat on Twitter on May 5, 2010. The chat is practitioner focused to support new and pre-service educators world wide to receive resources and mentoring to grow in their practice.

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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.

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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.

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!

EdTech at School

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

#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.

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A ThingLink PD Toolkit of Resources

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

This summer I spent much of my work time helping educators learn to embrace the power of ThingLink as a tool for Teaching and Learning. Along the way, I created a wealth of resources using a variety of formats to accommodate the learning needs of busy teachers.

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.

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Reinventing Writing by @Coolcatteacher

A Principal's Reflections

" You can''t just drop new innovations into a classroom and hope that the instructor will invent effective ways to use them. To fully utilize a new teaching technology you often need to invent new teaching practices as well." - John Seely Brown I absolutely love this quote that Vicki Davis ( @coolcatteacher ) uses in the opening chapter of her new book titled Reinventing Writing. I have seen all too often technology just get dumped on teachers and schools with no rhyme or reason.

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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.