August, 2010

A PLN Quick Start Guide

A Principal's Reflections

Updated 4/17/13 The concept of a PLN has been around for a very long time. PLN''s back in the day consisted of individuals with the same professional interests engaging in mostly face to face communication. Fast forward a good amount of years and enter the internet. No one can argue that the evolution of the real-time web has dramatically altered how we communicate, gather information, and reflect.

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How Educators Connect With Kids On The First Days Of School

The Web20Classroom

Last week I asked for your ideas on how you make connections with kids on the first days of school. I am overwhelmed by the response. With right at 80 ideas there is surely something here for everyone, or at least a new idea to try. I wanted to highlight a few of my favorites: On day 1, I introduce my new gr. 7 students to their Google Docs account, along with the help of the my gr. 8 students who used it last year. All students fill out Google Forms (What are your interests?

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Teachers' Hierarchy of Needs


If you’ve been around education for very long or ever taken an educational psychology course, you’ve probably heard of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. His theory, in a nutshell, contends that human beings have levels of basic needs, and until the needs at the lower levels are met, we don’t even feel the needs at the next level. Teachers in my school district report back to duty for the new school year on Monday morning.

Free App Today: iTouchiLearn Words


TODAY for free on iTunes Store, iTouchiLearn Words , a cute app that can be used to review basic vocabulary and written word to word/picture matching. I also really like the app''s animations, which are funny and can be used to model and elicit complex sentences and semantic associations. For example: This fun animation (selected when you tap the picture of a pool on the animations menu) illustrates the words pool, splash, jump, wet.

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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.

Back to School Special: Making You & Your Library Indispensable

The Daring Librarian

( an after-school special webinar that''s not totally awkward !) Monday September 13th - 8pm EST ( NOTE: changed date due to Labor Day holiday ) Guests: Gwyneth Jones, Shannon Miller & Keisa Williams Host: Gwyneth Jones Back to School Special : Wikipage A casual discussion to generate ideas on how to build school allies, support new teachers & become indispensable to admin & staff at the beginning of every school year.

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We Have Got to do and Be Better

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I was reading an article in the New York Times entitled " In Reassessing Schools, a Lot of Bad News to Break ". The following comment in the article stuck out to me and others on Twitter: “There are two reactions those of us in this business can have,” said Geoffrey Canada, the chief executive of the Harlem Children’s Zone, which operates the school. One is to complain, and it’s human nature to do that.

5 Sites To Explore This School Year

The Web20Classroom

In my neck of the woods schools have already started or will be starting soon. As we are going back and thinking of new tools to try or sites to explore I wanted to give you a few ideas of each that you may find have a place in your classroom this year. These are quick and easy ways to do something fun and use a little technology along the way. Wallwisher Think of Wallwisher like a corkboard and push pins. Basically you go in, choose a title, background color and custom URL and you are set up.

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Career Risks You Take When You Share Your Life Online


What you post online can have serious ramifications for your career. I''ve said it before , I''m saying it again, and I''m pretty sure this won''t be the last time I write about it. My hope is that people will listen and consider what they post on their social/professional networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. I read and think a lot about this topic, so the CNN clip below caught my attention. Maybe it will catch yours too.

"Scientists 'discover' the secret of humor"


The news has been spreading around the Internet.humor has now been explained! Well, maybe not quite, but an interesting study in the journal Psychological Science sort of explains why we (well, a lot of us) find Seinfeld funny. Humor "stems from a benign violation of the way the world ought to be." according to a summary of the study in The Telegraph.


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).

Start of a new semester

Connecting 2 the World

Well, last month was especially busy as we start looking for colleges for next year for my son and he registered to take a couple of college courses while he is in high school. I'll blog about that experience later. Today, though, was the first day of classes for me. I'm excited as I'm trying out 3 new things: 1) I've created a facebook group in place of the Ning. Since Ning went commercial and I don't have time to test out the new mechanisms for educators, I decided to try facebook.

Power Searching at the Googleplex

The Electric Educator

Today I had the opportunity to attend a session on web search led by Daniel M. Russell, "Google Search Quality and User Happiness" guru. With me at the Googleplex in Mountain View were roughly 30 educators, mostly from the Bay Area. Dan was a very engaging host and presented us with several "wicked" search challenges. Here are a few for your enjoyment (you''ll have to find the answers yourself!): Search Problem #1 : What day of the week was the current US Secretary of State''s birthday in 1984?

Building Momentum

A Principal's Reflections

Yesterday was a particularly busy day for me. In the midst of interviewing candidates for an open vice principal position, calling prospective teachers, and going through mounds of paperwork I managed to make the time to video conference with administrators and educational stakeholders in Virginia, Iowa, New York, and Florida.

New Posted Resources 08/31/2010

The Web20Classroom

Critical thinking In the classroom tags : criticalthinking favorite 10 Google Forms for the Classroom | tags : googledocs GoogleForms favorite critical-thinking - home tags : critical-thinking criticalthinking favorite Getting Started with Google Docs in the Classroom - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education tags : googledocs favorite Watch and Learn: 20 Free Educational Video Sites!

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.

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Degrees - What Do You Know About Them?


I have been working on a Master''s Degree (M.Ed.) and will finish it before the end of this year, Lord willing. My yearning to learn won''t stop there, though, and I''ve been informally contemplating what the next step might be. Continue learning on my own as I already do or pursue another formal degree? I don''t have a deep desire to pursue a doctorate, although that may change with time. So maybe another masters?

FREE App Today: Pocket Zoo with Live Web Cams


Thanks to Lorraine Akemann of Moms With Apps for organizing another great App Friday- today Pocket Zoo with Live Web Cams is FREE on the iTunes store. This app allows you to navigate a virtual zoo (by clicking on a map), read information about each animal, hear their animal sounds, and access web cams of selected animal habitats at zoos. Web cams of course are hit or miss- sometimes you see the animal, sometimes you see an empty habitat, zoo staff or, if it''s night, nothing.

Experimenting with Picasa Web Albums

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Our school just started using Google Apps for Education, and Google''s Picasa integrates beautifully into the system. Here''s a slide show of a few photos taken of our Orientation Day. I discovered that it''s less complicated to send direct album links, than to send email invitations to an individual group. (??? ? This post was originally published at mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Still Think Social Media is a FAD?

The Daring Librarian

Watch this video and I think you''ll change your mind! In 2007 I blogged on my MHMS Media blog about the amazing video "Did You Know" by Karl Fisch and Scott Mc Leod -- then last year ''09 I posted the updated version to my community. And as we watch the phenom of Social Media and the newly coined Socialnomics the video above. AND WOW! This has rocked my world - ALMOST as much as the Did You Know vid did in 2007~ I am even thinking of featuring this new video during my MASL keynote !

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.

A New Endeavor (#TSETC)

A Principal's Reflections

So many exciting things have happened recently as a result of my own learning and growth in educational technology and leadership. As a result, I have seen my own knowledge increase in these areas, participated in exciting professional development opportunities, presented at both my school and at other events on web 2.0, and begun to collaboratively change the culture of my school.

Your Search Has Never Been Sweeter.

The Web20Classroom

One of the challenges teachers face when teaching kids about content on the Internet is evaluation. It can be difficult for kids (especially the younger ones) to know or be able to see that even if a website looks fancy the information it contains can be misleading or flat out wrong.

Reflection on Creating a Personal Digital Story


NOTE: This reflection is part of an assignment requirement for Lamar University course EDLD 5363 Multimedia & Video Technology Creating a personal digital story was a rewarding experience for me. I have used Microsoft Photo Story before and even taught teachers how to use it in workshops, but I have never used it to create a product that was truly individual to me. The most difficult part was finding a topic.

Great Conversation Game.


to start the year or get a social group talking. The website EFL Classroom 2.0 features rules and a supporting slideshow for the game "Pass the Paper," a kind of musical chairs for conversation. To quote the site: What is it? Basically, the students are in a group with one crumpled piece of paper among them. The music plays and they “Pass the Paper”. When the music stops, the one with the paper must do something preset by the teacher. It can be many things.

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!

The truth about blogging

Learning with 'e's

Anyone who blogs regularly will have discovered several truths. The first is that you are only as good as your last post. Many people struggle to maintain a regular blog that is consistently good, or at least meaningful. The blank page and writer's block are familar companions to all authors. But there is a contradiction here. Although you are only as good as your last blog, all your previously blogs are also out there, archived, published for people to read (and for you to revisit, if you wish).

I am a Total Gleek! Hip Cultural Literacy

The Daring Librarian

So, thanks to my friend Sondra I am totally, irrevocably, and joyously a Gleek now! I just pre-ordered the Glee: The Complete First Season on Amazon to be released on Sept. 14th because I missed the first part of the season - and yes, I know I can watch them on Hulu - but I want to OWN these - maybe even show musical clips at school! And no, Glee may not appropriate for elem kids but for middle+ and hip grownups it''s a HOOT!

5 Goals for the School Year

The Electric Educator

Before the start of each new school year I sit down and identify five goals that I want to focus on for the year. These were my goals for the 2010 School year (you can read the full post here ): 1. Improve reverse-instructional model. Continue to improve the Wii interactive whiteboard for class use. Improve assessments to require more critical thinking and problem solving. Increase the number of assignments that require collaborative and creative work.

New Posted Resources 08/28/2010

The Web20Classroom

Googlize Your Lessons tags : google googledocs lessonplans PD favorite Wolfram Alpha Tools in the Classroom | Hack Education tags : wolfram favorite math How to start a PLN tags : PLN favorite ISTE | Essential Conditions for the NETS for Students tags : iste favorite Project-Based Learning Strategies and Research for Educators tags : pbl favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

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.

New Posted Resources 08/27/2010

The Web20Classroom

Learning with ''e''s: Why Twitter is so powerful tags : twitter pln favorite 5 Things To Get Your Twitter Network Off The Ground | tags : twitter pln favorite 10 Social Media Competencies for K-12 teachers.

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New Posted Resources 08/26/2010

The Web20Classroom

Making Connections with Skype tags : skype favorite 100 Ways to Use Digital Cameras | tags : digitalcamera favorite Using social media to tell stories tags : digitalstorytelling socialmedia favorite How To Effectively Manage Your Online Reputation - by Dumb Little Man tags : digitalfootprint favorite tags : resources technology lessonplans favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

New Posted Resources 08/24/2010

The Web20Classroom

Internet Safety Videos tags : cybersafety digitalcitizenship internet_safety favorite TeachersFirst: Wiki Walk-Through tags : wiki favorite The Digital Native Project tags : digital_native favorite Tech Tools for the English Classroom by kim trefz on Prezi tags : english prezi favorite 10 Ways to Evaluate Blogs - Articles - Educational Technology - ICT in Education tags : Blogging favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

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