November, 2013

LiveMinutes - Edit your Evernote notes in real-time with others!

Educational Technology Guy

LiveMinutes is a very cool app that integrates with Evernote (my all time favorite and most used app) and allows you to work on the same Evernote note with others, similar to Google Docs.

Scholastic's First Thanksgiving Full Common Core Unit Plans with Videos and Printables!

Kleinspiration

The First Thanksgiving Scholastic has put together NEW Common Core-aligned lesson plans to introduce your class to the real story of the first Thanksgiving. There are interactive guides, lesson plans, activities for centers, printable reproducibles, virtual field-trips and more!

So.You Are Connected. Now What?

The Web20Classroom

Remember October? No, not Halloween. Although if you are like me might still have some of your kid''s candy still in the bucket on top of the refrigerator.) Remember, it was Connected Educators Month.

Why Do You Blog? A Student's Perspective

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by New Milford High School sophomore Sarah Almeda. After learning about her Chemistry blog titled Avogadro Salad I asked her to share some insight on the importance of blogging from a student''s perspective.

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.

11 Things I Think I Know #EdTech Folks Really Want to Promote

The Playground Advocate

I had an important conversation with my wife (a classroom teacher) the other day that reminded me (an educational technology coach) how easy it is to be misunderstood. I was trying to understand how I could more effectively reach teachers with the resources and messages that I am trying to promote.

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Google launches Google Connected Classrooms with Virtual Field Trips

Educational Technology Guy

Google just announced Google Connected Classroom s , which allows classes to take virtual field trips using Google+ Hangouts. Field Trip locations include the Seattle Aquarium, Minnesota Zoo, American Museum of Natural History, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and more. More trips are coming also.

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Holiday Door Decorations for Classrooms and Creative (but Simple) Winter Themed Bulletin Board Ideas!

Kleinspiration

My second grade classroom! Thanks to Pinterest for the Inspiration! We had a lot of fun this holiday at my school. We had two new teachers join our grade level. There are four of us on our second grade team. Thanks to Pinterest, we''ve all gained some creative inspiration this season.

The @ASCD Arias-The 5 Minute Teacher

The Web20Classroom

Recently ASCD released several short books that are aimed at packing a big punch in a small package. Each are less that 100 pages but have loads of quality information. Over the next few posts we will look at each one to see what they are all about. Then we will give away 1 copy of each. Sound like fun? In the first post we took a look at Fostering Grit. Then we examined Teaching With Tablets and Grading and Group Work. This time we look at The 5-Minute Teacher.

BYOD and the Paperless Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

At New Milford High School teachers are adapting their professional practice as we continue to evolve into a Bring Your Own Device school where student-owned technology integrated effectively.

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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.

Thrilled to be Hosting the 1st Indiana #GAFESummit

The Playground Advocate

I have the pleasure of working for a forward-thinking school corporation, and I am blessed to have a job that gives me the opportunity to work with teachers to find meaningful ways that technology can enhance teaching and learning in the Digital Age.

SAMR Through the Lens of the Common Core

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

One of my goals is to weave digital tools into the Common Core to design flexible, student driven learning experiences that are Above the Line as defined by the SAMR model.

Google+ - what is it and how to get started using it

Educational Technology Guy

Google+ is Google''s social network and it has become my preferred social network. Facebook has gotten too political, although I do use it to keep in touch with friends and family. Twitter is great, but Google+ offers so much more - photos, videos, animations, longer postings and comments.

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BookWriter: Turn your Digital Storytelling into Printable Books!

Kleinspiration

Book Writer: Innovative app to make multimedia books What it is? Book Writer ($3.99) is an educational iOS app designed for the iPad/iPhone for creating multimedia digital books.

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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.

Newly Posted Favorite Resources 11/05/2013

The Web20Classroom

Leading in the Digital Age

A Principal's Reflections

I am very excited about my upcoming book titled “ Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times ” which will be published by Corwin Press. The entire book looks at leadership through the lens of practitioners in the digital age.

4 of My Favorite Web Tools Demonstrated

The Playground Advocate

I''ve been working on building resources for a website I use to support one of my presentations. In the process, I''ve been doing some short screencasts that demonstrate the basics of using some of my favorite web tools.

mQlicker – Create Interactive Presentations

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

mQlicker is an audience response system that that allows users to turn a PowerPoint into an interactive slideshow to engage audiences and collect useful feedback. mQlicker is free, flexible and definitely worth checking out for use in a variety of educational settings.

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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.

Google announces 5 New GAFE Courses for Teachers and Admins

Educational Technology Guy

Google has an excellent selection of free courses and training materials for Google Apps and more. ( see a bunch here). They have just announced 5 new online courses for teachers and administrators on Google for Education that were designed by educators. New Courses include: Internet 101, Apps for Education, Gmail, Drive, Chrome and Chromebooks. They are self paced and well designed.

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Collaborate on Stories and Publish Student Work with BoomWriter!

Kleinspiration

BoomWriter allows kids to publish books together! BoomWriter is a site that is free for teachers to use with their classrooms to allow for collaboration on stories and publication of student work. I know teachers who have used BoomWriter and loved it.

High School Senior's Take on the Common Core and the Obsession with Testing

The 21st Century Principal

The debate over Common Core continues. This video captures a high school senior Ethan Young speaking eloquently about some of the concerns about establishing a national curriculum and our current education system''s obsession with testing, accountability and standards.

Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Public Relations

A Principal's Reflections

This post is the second in a series that will outline the foundational elements of my new book, Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times. It is set to be published by Corwin Press on January 14, 2014.

EdTech at School

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

Thankful

The Playground Advocate

My wife, along with several other people I know, has been making daily posts on Facebook this month, sharing the things she is thankful for.

SAMR: Design a Flexible Toolkit for Success

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

SAMR: Design a Flexible Toolkit I just finished putting the finishing touches on the presentation for a webinar I''m hosting on Tuesday of this week, SAMR: Design a Flexible Toolkit for Successful Tech Integration. This free webinar is sponsored by Infinitec and registration is open to all.

Financial Literacy Resources for Students

Educational Technology Guy

Money management and financial literacy are important topics for students. Here are some sites that have some great resources to use with students to learn about money and finances. link] - Money as You Grow – Kids and Money – President''s Advisory Council on Financial Capability Offers 20 essential, age-appropriate financial lessons—with corresponding activities—that kids need to know as they grow.

Activities to Teach about Daylight Savings.

Kleinspiration

Time to Set your Clocks and Fall Back! Lately, I''ve been so busy (as I''m sure most of you all have as well). With finally getting settled into school, Halloween, and Conferences around the corner, I''m excited about the extra hour of sleep!

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.

Animoby: Animated Learning for Anybody

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

For those of you looking for a whiteboard video creation tool to use on any tablet, check out Animoby. Android App Apple App Similar to other whiteboard screencast tools, Animoby lets users create multipaged screencasted videos.

Critical Literacy Across the Curriculum

A Principal's Reflections

How can an English teacher help to develop critical literacy across the curriculum? What follows is a guest post from NMHS teachers who have been collaborating with English teacher Joanna Westbrook to create authentic literacy tasks in each of their disciplines.

Check Out Google Connected Classrooms!

The Playground Advocate

Okay, this is pretty cool. If you are looking for ways to connect your classroom with the world and to give your students really unique experiences that might not otherwise be available to them, I encourage you to check out Google Connected Classrooms !

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