December, 2011

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.

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.

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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.

Build Vocabulary Cards with Google Presentation

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

There is a wealth of research to suggest that vocabulary knowledge is the single best predictor of student academic achievement across all curriculum areas. Experts agree that vocabulary development is an attainable goal.

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.

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.

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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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Great Video on Copyright, Fair Use, Remixing & Reposting Online


I just came across this very informative video which is posted on the Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center website.

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5 Indications Your Leadership Is Obsolete for 21st Century Schools

The 21st Century Principal

In October, I posted “Top 10 Signs Your School Is Caught in a Time Warp: List for School Leaders.” Of course the whole idea behind that post was to call attention to those leadership proclivities that are actually hindering movement toward a 21st century learning environment. Now, let me be just a bit more direct in this post. Here’s the list of indications that your school leadership is obsolete and in need of a big upgrade.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Merry Christmas to My Readers & Followers!


To my blog readers and Twitter and Facebook followers, I wish you a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for being part of my learning community by reading and responding to my thoughts and sharing your thoughts and resources with me all through the year.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

My 11 Favorite Chrome Browser Apps and Extensions

The 21st Century Principal

I have not hid the fact that Chrome is my browser of choice, and from the looks of articles like this one, “Google’s Chrome Browser Surging Past Firefox”, it looks many more are beginning to choose the browser as their favorite.

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.

10 Ways to Re-Imagine the Classroom: 8. Educational Resources

The Playground Advocate

This post is part eight in a series in which I offer some ways that we can work together to re-imagine our classrooms so that students are more engaged, our work is more relevant, and student learning is more enriching.

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.

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EdTech at School

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