November, 2013

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


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! You can access the entire unit and read more about it on my recent post. Enjoy the fabulous, free resources!!

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. Evernote is an excellent app, with the ability to share notes with others, but there is not a collaboration piece until this app came along. You go to LiveMinutes and create a work space and select the notes from your Evernote account that you want to collaborate on, share them with others and off you go.


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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. It was the time to celebrate what it meant to be a connected educator and to help other educators get connected. There were some great events, book clubs, conversations and even a Twitter chat with U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. All in all, it was a great success. Right?

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. I was so blown away by what she wrote below that I went against my long standing personal policy of not following my students on Twitter. Please take a minute to read Sarah''s post below, share a comment with her, and check her out on Twitter.

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.

From Flipped Classrooms to Flipping with Peer Instruction

Turn to Your Neighbor

In a recent article on flipped learning in USA Today, Nancy Lape of Harvey Mudd College reports finding no statistical difference in students’ learning in a study comparing a “flipped” and a lecture-based classroom. She states: “(The professors’) lives might be easier and their students might be happier if they just do a traditional class.”

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


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. Luckily, we also have terrific room mothers that helped us pull off some cute holiday door displays. Before we say good-bye to 2012, I wanted to share my team''s doors with you. They did such a wonderful job.

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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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. NMHS teachers are also beginning to to integrate social media tools that are blocked and banned in the majority of schools across the country. Smith’s science class has gone paperless.

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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).

SAMR Model Musings

Kathy Schrock

I have been asked to elaborate on my understanding of the SAMR model, a model written about extensively by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. This model suggests a structure for the design of embedded technology use in the classroom to have a significant impact on student outcomes. My feeling is this model supports teachers as they design, develop, and integrate digital learning experiences that utilize technology to transform learning experiences.

Voki: A Tool for Bringing Characters to Life

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Voki is a free web 2.0 tool used to create talking avatars. Characters can be customized to look like historical figures, animals, cartoons, and even one''s self. For a fee, users can join Voki Classroom for more access to options and the ability to control privacy settings. Vokis are limited to 60 second recordings of either a user''s voice or a computer generated voice, so I use Voki for quick assignments or part of a larger project. Creating a Voki is very easy and can be done quickly.


BookWriter: Turn your Digital Storytelling into Printable Books!


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. This is a fantastically simple app to use for students that has them creating dynamic digital books by the tap of a button. A user can add video, images, music, and even record their own voice to narrate a book. This is great for teachers that want to reinforce Reading skills as well spark their creativity.

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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. The field trips are live hosted events, but past events are archived and can be viewed later. Teachers can also work together on plans and activities.

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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.

Supercharged Innovation with Google’s 20% Time Program in the Classroom


By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Kevin Brookhouser Back in the early days of Google, we’re talking about the ancient history of like ten years ago, a couple engineers got together and agreed that email was a mess. Finding old email messages–slow, keeping track of the disjointed replies–confusing, and deleting messages because of limited storage–annoying. […]. The post Supercharged Innovation with Google’s 20% Time Program in the Classroom appeared first on OnCUE.

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. Effective leadership is extremely important in any system, but it is even more imperative in schools if we are to provide all learners with a world-class education. This education has to be relevant, meaningful, and applicable.

WHY? matters


In the Spring of 2012 I touredNeighborhood Centers Inc.''s s Choices in Educationin Houston where I had the honor of meeting some amazing people: teachers, administrators, family development workers, parents, students. We sat down with several of them throughout the tours and asked the same question each time: “Why does learning matter?” Everyone sat up straight, looked me in the eye, and shared deeply personal stories about their upbringing. Many dug deep into family tree roots. Others, in

Tab Scissors & Glue: Extensions for Chrome Use

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Tab Scissors and Tab Glue are two extensions to use for quickly splitting your tabbed browser windows into groups and "gluing" browser windows back together. As a teacher who has to transfer grades from my Edmodo gradebook to my district gradebook, both extensions save me time minimizing and sizing windows. Anything that I need to do using split screens can be done more efficiently with Tab Scissors and Tab Glue. Check them out: #edtech extensions teaching technology


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.

Collaborate on Stories and Publish Student Work with BoomWriter!


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. That is why I''m excited to try it out this year and share it with all of you. It took me only seconds to sign up and get started. It was quite easy to do (and free!). Once you add your students, you can start exploring story starters.

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.

Project Based Learning: Tips for Putting the Cliches Into Practice


By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Lisa Highfill The pendulum is swinging again with Project Based Learning, but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater! Cliches about education have surfaced often throughout the years as attempts to explain the latest fad or learning design. As we move from independent state standards to united common […]. The post Project Based Learning: Tips for Putting the Cliches Into Practice appeared first on OnCUE. Blended Learning Common Core 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. Currently there is a pre-publication discount of 15% for any orders before this date.

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!

What if we let students design their own schools?

The Innovative Educator

What if we let students design their own schools? That''s exactly the question that was explored with The Independent Project. The program provides a model that empowers students to design and learn in their own school. The project was proposed by students. Their principal agreed to allow students to create and attend this school within a school located Monument Mountain Regional High School, a public school in Massachusetts. In this video teens share how this model worked well for them.

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#DogChat Brody at Work

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I haven''t posted much recently about Brody and decided it was time to share some recent pictures from school. Brody is in his 8th year as a therapy dog, and whether it is greeting visitors during my morning hall duty or sleeping while I teach, he is right at home. We even get our yearbook picture taken together. He has become such a fixture over the years that most people greet him instead of me.


Activities to Teach about Daylight Savings.


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! I wanted to THANK YOU Kleinspiration readers for being such wonderful readers as you continue to support this site. I know you''ll love what we have in store for the New Year.

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. Perhaps our policymakers forget that standardization doesn''t equal equity though they might think so.

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.

SoCal Learning Opportunities including eLearning Strategies Symposium


By Mike Lawrence, CUE’s Executive Director, SoCal resident, and (naturally), a former Disneyland cast member… So as CUE’s chief geek, I am obliged to support educational innovation everywhere throughout California and Nevada without bias. But, as a resident of Southern California, and in particular, the unique realm known as Orange County (not “The O.C.” ” as […].

Pillars of Digital Leadership Series – Communication

A Principal's Reflections

This post is the first 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. Currently there is a pre-publication discount of 15% for any orders before this date.

My Paperless Past, Archiving Notebooks with the ScanSnap ix500

My Paperless Classroom

When I was packing up my English teacher office last year I was not surprised by the number of books I have. I know that most people don''t haul 30 plus linear feet of books with them everywhere they go, but what can I say I am exceptional. I also doubt that very many K-5 tech integration specialists have the complete works of Ogden Nash, Allen Ginsberg, and Frank O''Hara in their lab. What surprised me was the number of binders, notebooks and course readers I was hauling around.