September, 2012

Apps That Teach! (And Might Be Fun Too.)

The Web20Classroom

I get asked a lot what are my favorite apps. And I usually can rattle off a few. Evernote, Twitter, Wunderlist to name a few. But what about apps that actually teach? What about apps that kids (or you) can use to learn? I have a few teachers in my district working on a 1:1 tablet project and we are going to be introducing some apps in a few weeks that are fun but have a purpose. Many of these are STEM apps (as STEM is a big focus for us this year) but they could be used in lots of places.

Google Field Trip - app that finds info about where you are

Educational Technology Guy

Google has a cool new app for Android , called " Field Trip ". It helps you find things about what''s around you. It runs in the background and when you get close to something interesting, it pops up with details about that location. You can use it to learn more about historical locations, buildings, stores and restaurants and more. It takes information from a variety of sources, along with your location data, to produce these results.


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Bringing the Garden Inside: A Look Into My Classroom!


My Classroom Space I changed the layout of my room a bit from last year. Upon entering, you use to step into our classroom library; however, I realized I wanted a large, open space that lent itself not only to reading but also to game play and collaboration. As soon as you step through our double french doors, you will see our art supplies on the left. This is also the area where I put all of our additional supplies: markers, crayons, scissors, etc.

Fostering Creative Thought Through Tweets

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I began conducting formal observations of my teachers. My second observation of the day took me to an English class. During the opening moments of the 9 th grade English class I was pleasantly surprised when the teacher quickly reviewed the summer choice reading assignment that was due in a few days. She used social media, specifically Twitter, to increase student engagement as well as relevancy and meaning.

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.

The Dog in BYOD-- make sure you have tissues ready

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

On the Moose River near Jackman, ME Brody is 8.5 years old and with his graying muzzle, it is evident that he is starting to show his age. I''m reminded that my super-hero dog is mortal. This scares me. Brody has been a faithful companion, trail buddy, swim partner, and emotional rock for 8.5 years now. For 7 of those years he has walked the halls of Southern Regional with me, saying hi to students and staff, offering an ear for reading, snoozing while I teach, and soothing anyone in need.

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The Most Common Questions (And Answers) I Get About Twitter

The Web20Classroom

A while back I wrote a 3 part series on Twitter. In Part One I shared how I do Twitter PD, which might not be the way you think. In Part Two , I crowdsourced what some folks on Twitter wish they had know before getting started. And in Part Three I shared some of my tips tricks and secrets. I am revisiting the tips and tricks section because a few things have changed, or been added to and I have some new ideas I want to share. Profiles -One of the Top 5 questions I get asked is about profiles.

My Experience as a Paramedic on 9-11-01

Educational Technology Guy

I am a paramedic and I was an Aerospace Engineer before I became a teacher. On this 11th anniversary of that horrible day, I would like to share my experience of that event. I was working at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, CT as an engineer on that day. We started to get information from phone calls and then we all started checking the internet for news. Our security department, which is well trained and armed from having to guard the presidential helicopters, locked down the facility.

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by @mariadismondy Becomes a Musical!


Big News: Maria Dismondy''s first book is becoming a musical!!! That''s right, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are is going to become a real life musical in the very near future. As a friend and follower or Maria''s, I couldn''t be happier for her upon reading this fantastic news. It must be absolutely incredible to see something that she has put so much work into come to life on the big stage. Who knows.maybe a movie in the future??

Relevant Leadership for Today's Schools

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past three years I have, in my opinion, dramatically grown as a school leader. The catalyst for a significant portion of this growth was my embracement of social media as a powerful leadership tool. For me social media opened the door to a variety of pathways to enhance my ability to lead a comprehensive high school is a way that was more relevant, meaningful, and impactful. This is what I and others now refer to as Leadership 2.0.

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).

Online Teacher Development Works Best - 15 Reasons Why

Nik Peachey

I've started this article with quite a bold statement, but it's a conclusion that I have been coming to over the course of quite a few years now. I should really put this into context though, as most of the teacher training I do deals with pedagogical training for the use of technology and is most often delivered during intensive face to face sessions, usually with groups of teachers working in a computer lab.

10 Things School Leaders Do to Kill a Teacher's Enthusiasm for Technology

The 21st Century Principal

Here''s a list of ten things a school leader does to kill any teacher’s enthusiasm for using technology in their classrooms. An alternative title for this list might be, “10 Things a 21st Century School Leader Will Not Do to Discourage Teachers from Engaging in the Use of Technology.” Mandate the use of technologies or specific programs. One of the fastest ways to kill an educator''s enthusiasm for infusing technology is mandate a specific technology or specific program.

5 Lessons Education Could Take from Baristas


by Mark Dohn, CUE guest blogger I’ve been spending quite some time in coffee shops lately. Having just moved from the classroom to life as an independent consultant, my “office” is anywhere but home. On one of these recent visits, I learned about barista competitions. I was fascinated as one of the baristas, David, at […]. The post 5 Lessons Education Could Take from Baristas appeared first on OnCUE. Professional Development

Edmodo - first year using it with my students - so far, AWESOME!

Educational Technology Guy

For the last few years I''ve used a website and blog to communicate with students, hold online discussions, offer help and post resources. Maintaining the two different systems wasn''t always easy, there were features I wanted, and it was all public. So, this year I decided to use Edmodo with my classes. It has been great already. Edmodo is a free, learning management system that is full featured and easy to use. I teach Physics and Advanced Placement Physics.

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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.

Claco: a free social search engine for content, lessons, and interactive resources!


Don''t Google for great content - Claco for content! Claco makes building, organizing and sharing lessons insanely simple. It supports all types of lesson content (website links, embed codes, videos), not just files. You can also search for and use lessons that other teachers have built, giving you more time to teach and inspire your students. Collaboration is a key feature of Claco, and it''s really exciting to see teachers working together to streamline the lesson planning process.

Great Reads for School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

Well the summer is unofficially over and all I can say is that it was one of the most productive breaks I have had in recent memory from a reading standpoint. I made a commitment to set aside time to read, something that I have failed miserably at in the past. The challenge for me though was to select books that were not only engaging, but would push my thinking on educational leadership. For me that equates into pleasurable reading. Obviously I am a non-fiction guy.

Flipping testing skills in Week 3

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I identify with the tenets of flipped approached and find that it is a natural fit for much of what I do in my student-centered, collaborative learning environment. A hybrid-mastery approach works well for my style, but I cannot be completely asynchronous for a number of reasons both curricular and logistical.


9 Principles of Courageous Leadership for 21st Century School Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

“A common requirement of leaders at all levels is having the courage to make tough decisions and take difficult actions,” write authors David Cottrell and Eric Harvey in their book Leadership Courage: Leadership Strategies for Individual and Organizational Success. A big part of courage in 21st century leadership is standing up for what is right.

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.

6 Reasons Why Needs a Blog

CUE is passionately committed to advancing Ed Tech Professional Development and we are convinced that a vibrant blogging platform will help advance innovation in education on several fronts. It seemed fitting to launch with our first blog about “Why CUE Needs a Blog?” ” #1 – The pace of change and the sheer volume of information […]. The post 6 Reasons Why Needs a Blog appeared first on OnCUE. CUE News

Evernote Skitch as a Teaching Tool

Educational Technology Guy

Skitch is Evernote''s sketching app. It is a great app that allows you to create sketches and annotate, edit and save photos and sketches. It is very useful for taking notes that can''t be typed, annotating photos, and making sketches. It is available for desktop, iOS and Android. Steve Lai, a teacher in Canada, has some great ideas for using Skitch as a teaching tool over the the Evernote Skitch blog.

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Using your SMART Doc Cam with your SMART Board


Why have a favorite tool? Use them all together to enhance each device! Teachers often wish we had more class time to spend with our students. It seems like we always have so much we''d like to do in such a short about of time. This is a good problem to have! We love our jobs, and always want more time to do creative activities with the students we enjoy teaching.

A Conference Not to Be Missed

A Principal's Reflections

The annual Edscape Conference will once again be held at New Milford High School in New Milford, NJ on Saturday October 13, 2012. Hundreds of educators from over seven different states and Canada will once again descend upon my school to learn together and network in an effort to move their respective school cultures down an innovative path.

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 Beast of the East

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Me, going down & up a hill While this title sounds like something my cross-country, Californian colleagues might call me (#thatsajoke), this is really referring to the 10K McGuire Mud Run held at Fort Dix, NJ. Yes, 10k. And I''m not a great runner. I don''t usually run. But the focus in this race is on the process: my mom, siblings & I encouraging each other and using team work to overcome ridiculously muddy obstacles.


Flummox and Friends


If you follow my posts here, you know I have a strong interest in social learning, and I am always looking for ways to engage my students in developing social cognition. Video is definitely an engaging medium to help students discuss social interactions in context. The problem with finding fun, engaging video is, well, finding it and knowing the timing of clips, etc.

Innovating Education – One Lego Brick at a Time


By Robert EM Craven, CUE Board President I’ll admit- I like Legos…Fortunately, with two young children, I can get away with saying that. The endless possibilities of connecting, building, breaking down, and rebuilding everything we imagine fascinates me. That moment Miguel or Andrea smiles when the final brick goes into place finishing the creation we’ve […]. The post Innovating Education – One Lego Brick at a Time appeared first on OnCUE. Common Core Standards

Google Maps goes Underwater! Explore the Great Barrier Reef

Educational Technology Guy

Google Maps is a great resource for more than just finding your way around. It includes street view, inside building views and panoramic views, along with other resources that make it great for education. Take virtual field trips around the world and take virtual trips to museums. Google has just announced a new set of panoramas in Google Maps - The Great Barrier Reef. I''m a SCUBA diver and the Great Barrier Reef is a place I''d love to dive.

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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.

Your All Access Pass to the Bammy Awards!


Nick Provenzano, Eric Sheninger, Kyle Pace, Erin Klein, Joan Young, Adam Bellow The Bammy Awards Washington D.C. 2012 I recently had the pleasure of attending the first ever Bammy Awards in Washington D.C. this September. The Bammys are presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International.

Doing What It Takes To Support Learning (Part 1)

A Principal's Reflections

I am a firm believer that schools must do everything possible to provide students with enriching learning experiences both during and outside of the school day. It is also essential that schools support our students when they seek out meaningful learning opportunities on their own even if they occur when school is not in session. In my opinion this is a no-brainer as it is our jobs to instill a passion for learning amongst our students.

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6 Key Personal Learning Network Literacies Every Educator Needs

The 21st Century Principal

“We now live in a world where even twelve-year olds can create their own global classrooms around the things about which they are are most passionate,” writes Will Richardson in an essay entitled “Navigating Social Networks as Learning Tools.” Richardson adds this about our students, “Most of them have no adults, neither teachers nor parents, in their lives, who can help them see and employ the learning potential at hand.”