December, 2011

Breaking News: Today - Educreations Launches New iPad App and Turns Your iPad Into an Interactive Whiteboard


Available for the first time ever today, the new iPad app from Educreations will transform teaching. Using this app will turn your iPad into an interactive whiteboard, and allow you to plan, create, and share lessons in far less time than before.

Quick List Of Mobile Apps For Administrators

The Web20Classroom

When it comes to mobile learning there are loads of great sites for apps for kids and teachers. Everything from apps organized by Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy to apps organized by grade level and subject area. But what you might not know, especially if you are an administrator is that there are some great apps out there for you. What are they?


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Social Media is Not Just For Students

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at the NJ Principals and Supervisors Association. When principals hear the words Twitter and Facebook they cringe. Immediately, visions of excessive socialization, time wasted, and meaningless conversations in the form of updates come to mind. This is true, in many cases, when these tools are used for personal use.

QR What?

The Mobile Native

QR codes, also known as Quick Response codes, are starting to pop up everywhere, and now they are finding their way into classrooms. Here are some QR code resources and links.

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.

Google Good to Know - online safety and data info

Educational Technology Guy

Google Good to Know is another great resource from Google. Good to Know has information and tips for internet safety, how your data is collected and used online, how Google uses data, and how to manage your data and what you share with web sites and Google. This is a great resource for everyone and educators can use this to help students be more safe online and more knowledgeable about online data. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

More Trending

Discovery Kids Announces Puterbugs for Online Safety - ages 8 and under!


The first website to teach young children ages 8 and younger today''s most important computer skills! The latest national studies show kids 8 and younger accumulate staggering amounts of digital media per day. With all this screen time, most kids are just plugged into playing games and apps. Puterbugs is a refreshing new website designed to teach kids healthy ways to use technology as a tool, not just a toy.

The Technology Integration Answer (Well Almost.)

The Web20Classroom

Earlier this year our group adopted the TPACK model of technology integration. What is TPACK you ask? Basically, it takes the approach that planning for technology integration shouldn''t be an event. It should be something that adds to what we are already doing. Through the use of Activity Types , teachers can take the activities they are already doing and match them up with appropiate technologies that may or may not work, depending on the context of learning.

Here's a Thought: Reform Driven by Passionate Educators

A Principal's Reflections

Ask yourself why you or someone you know chose a profession in education for a living. Is it because of the paycheck? Do you like the hours? Do the working conditions suit you? Is it because you couldn’t decide on a major until halfway through your Bachelor’s Degree and figured that teaching would be your best option? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are definitely in the wrong line of work.

Blog Awareness Month: Night Light Stories


We often hear the question from parents: What can I do to help my child at home? I try to keep a list of resources I can tell parents about, and here''s one for you: Chris and Melissa Bugaj''s Night Light Stories. Chris, an Assistive Technology Specialist and SLP, and his wife Melissa, a classroom teacher, have created this blog and podcast featuring original stories "that light up the imagination of kids of all ages."

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).

Your Future Self May Thank You: Tidy Up Your Online Presence Over the Holidays


Courtesy of The holiday season is often a period of looking backwards and forwards at the same time. We reflect on the happenings and learnings of the twelve months that are coming to a close while anticipating what may come our way in the new year ahead. As a practical outworking of this reflection and anticipation, I encourage you to set aside some time to tidy up your online presence. And perhaps even encourage others around you to do the same.

Administrators Can Be Paperless Too: 7 Tools to Make It Happen

The 21st Century Principal

I have read a great deal on the web about teachers making their classrooms paperless, which brings the following question to mind: "Why can’t school administration become paperless too?" How many times in the course of my job do I use paper in the line of duty? Is it necessary to have physical copies of everything I do as a school principal? The answer to that last question is a 99% no of course.

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3 Stylus Pens for 85 cents! OMG!


3 Pack of Universal Touch Screen Stylus Pen (Red + Black + Silver) So, yes, I am an affiliate of Amazon. and I don''t make it a habit of promoting products through my blog; however, today I am making an exception. It would be wrong not to. I don''t even care if you link through me to get this great deal. I just HAD to share it because it''s too great! I was looking for a Stylus to use for my iPad - mainly because I want to start creating lessons via Educreations. I want my handwriting to be neat.

The Top Posts Of Web20Classroom For 2011

The Web20Classroom

Is it 2012 already? Another year has come and gone and like several of my good blogging friends have done I wanted to recap the Top 5 Posts from this year. I am sorta surprised at the mix but there are some, if I do say so myself, good posts. Quick List Of iPad Resources For The Classroom -This was my top post of the year. It contains several of my favorite sites and collections of using not just iPads but mobile devices in general in the classroom.

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.

Use of Case Studies as a Student-Centered Approach to Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The use of case studies is a powerful pedagogical approach to incorporate student-centered learning activities into lessons. As a science teacher I routinely utilized case studies as they provided a relevant context to what I was teaching. Claire Davis and Elizabeth Wilcock conducted an excellent literature review and created a phenomenal resource called Teaching Materials Using Case Studies.

Blog Awareness Month: Support SLPs Shortlisted in 2011 Edublog Awards!


The shortlist of nominees for the 2011 Edublog Awards was announced this weekend. Though I was a little bummed a few deserving nominees didn''t make it in, it was excellent that the event actually acknowledged SLPs as a standout and active group in the effort that defines the whole purpose of the awards- to acknowledge educators who are sharing through social media and help educators find and follow this content.

A head teacher writes.

Learning with 'e's

We have had pencils in our school now for some time, and we were one of the first to adopt them, but it has been an uphill struggle. There aren't enough to go around, and often several of the children have to crowd around to use the pencils at the same time. But we are better off than many schools.

The Oft-Ignored 21st Century Leadership Skill for School Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

There is one 21st century leadership skill very few have considered: managing and monitoring a school or school district’s online reputation. Most of the time, administrators are in “reactive” mode when it comes to sudden, unwanted attention to their schools brought about due to some online Web posting to a blog or social media. This often means the damage is already done way before they were even aware that there was a problem.

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.

Printable New Year's Hat Craft for Kids


Create a New Year''s Eve Hat for your Kids? I knew when I wanted a cute craft idea for New Year''s that I should go straight to DLTK. Of course, I found a few cute ideas for tonight. My family is staying home this year to ring in the New Year; however, this craft idea is so simple that it can be prepared and left for a babysitter, too. What a great project to keep the kiddo''s busy and engaged while you''re out to dinner or such. The directions are posted clearly on their site.

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Finally.You Tube Education

The Web20Classroom

If you haven''t heard You Tube Education officially launched today. It''s actually been around for a few weeks but today was the unavailing of the site and the announcement of major content partners. First, a video: So basically as as district or school you can (if your filtering allows) unblock just the subdomain of You Tube Education, have access to the content there while keeping the rest of You Tube blocked for end-users.

Appreciation for Change

A Principal's Reflections

I often talk about change whether it be through this blog or during presentations to various education groups. It is hard work to change cultures, systems, and perceptions that have been firmly entrenched for a long time. The transformation taking place at New Milford High School to create a 21st Century culture of teaching an learning would fit this bill. This is why I was so pleased to learn about what two of my dynamic history teachers were doing in their classes.

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10 Super Geeky Tips for the New Year

The Daring Librarian

I''m usually not one for new year''s resolutions. If I decide to do something the calendar doesn''t matter & I''ve blown too many good resolutions to believe an arbitrary day will make a diff. BUT.there are a few things that are easily done & feels great for a SUPER GEEKY SAFE.errm Aware! New Year. There is no *safe* on the Interwebs, only Aware!) click above for a larger size or download PDF it here ) 1. Change your passwords. Yes, ALL of them.

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Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

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The Gift of Kind Words


Used With Permission from A Lesson from my Classroom Years When I was a newish 6th Grade language arts teacher, I learned about a Christmas time activity from a veteran teacher down the hall, and I incorporated it into my classroom every December after that. We would take a break from the normal class routine one day and bust out the markers and white construction paper.

5 Common Sense Twitter Tips for School Leaders & Educators

The 21st Century Principal

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach writes in her book, The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age, "We can reach out to our network, harvest the collective wisdom found there, and then bring it back to the school." Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is right. There is a great deal of collective wisdom on the web, and those in a position to tap into that network of wisdom and expertise are those who know how to engage effectively in 21st century social networking tools.

SMART Table Interactive Games


SMART Technologies has great activities using the SMART Table Many of us use some sort of IWB, interactive white board, in our classroom. I''ve been fascinated with what the SMART Table can do for younger children. I subscribe to the SMART YouTube Channel and have been impressed with the resources they share using the SMART Table. Here is a great article TechCrunch did introducing the SMART Table.

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New Posted Resources 12/22/2011

The Web20Classroom

How Social Media can Enhance Schools as Professional Learning Communities tags: socialmedia PLC favorite Educators – Google Plus Is For You tags: google+ favorite The A-Z Dictionary of Educational Twitter Hashtags tags: twitter hashtags favorite Turning Your Group Into A Team tags: plc favorite Do You Know About The Many Free Resources For Education Available from Apple?

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.

Content as curriculum?

Learning with 'e's

I think it's about time we reconsidered the way curricula in schools are presented. The tired, just in case model of curriculum just doesn't make sense anymore. Content is still very much king in schools, because 'content as curriculum' is easy and cost effective to deliver, and that is what most governments require and impose. But most teachers will tell you it's not the best approach.

Blog Awareness Month: The Kid Should See This


The Kid Should See This is a cute curation of videos and other materials from around the internet related to culture and education, kind of like a kids'' version of Open Culture. From the author: There''s just so much science, nature, music, arts, technology, storytelling and assorted good stuff out there that my kids (and maybe your kids) haven''t seen. It''s most likely not stuff that was made for them. But we don''t underestimate kids around here.

Math in One-to-One


Ever wonder what math looks like in an one-to-one environment? Is it just worksheets and math problems online, or is there an advantage to learning math in one-to-one classrooms? Math in one-to-one When I was in Tina Jada''s class, I saw students actively engaged, engrossed in their learning the standards at a deeper level, with a context for why they were learning and when they''d use these standards in the real world.