November, 2013

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.

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!

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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.

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.

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.

ThingLink: Design Engaging Learning Experiences

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

12th @4:00 PM CST As an instructional technology facilitator my goal is to weave together digital tools to design engaging, interactive learning experiences that support all learners and encourage higher order thinking.

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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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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

EdTech at School

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