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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Building Momentum

A Principal's Reflections

Yesterday was a particularly busy day for me.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Reflections on the Googleplex

The Electric Educator

This past week I had the opportunity to attend three events at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. The first was a search class by Daniel Russell which I blogged about previously. The second event was an educational summit for the newly formed Google Certified Trainer Program.

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.

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 ".

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

Help Us Get To SXSW!

The Web20Classroom

I am very excited to be a part of a great group of educators who have an opportunity to present at South by SouthWest (SXSW) about using Social Media in Education. However, the event uses crowd voting to determine which proposals make the final cut and get accepted.

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.

Category Play


Building basic categories and subcategories is so critical to students'' functioning in the classroom. If they don''t build basic schema for describing items, as we know, it gets really difficult as vocabulary and concepts become more advanced.

EdTech at School

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

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.

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

Garden Spells and Gifts of Love

The Daring Librarian

I received and gave several gifts this week to friends that has filled my heart and warmed my soul. WARNING: Stop reading this post now if you''re looking for my usual snarky comments & tech tips - though I don''t blog about books as often as most librarians - I will always be a book lover!

Just How Valuable Is Your Face-To-Face PLN?

The Web20Classroom

Last night on #edchat the conversation turned from talking about how valuable student blogging is to whether or not students should learn or have their own Personal Learning Network (PLN).

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.