July, 2012

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!


Omg - Really - I have the Best of Friends & Supportive Readers! scroll all the way down to enter the give-away * Many of my teacher friends often do give-aways to honor and thank their loyal readers.

Flipping.It's Not Just For The Classroom

The Web20Classroom

I''ve recently returned from a trip out to San Diego for #ISTE12. While there you could definitely sense several themes with the participants, sessions, and vendors. STEM was one. iPad and other Tablet cases, charging stations and protection plans was another.

Social Media Guide and Resources for Educators

Educational Technology Guy

Social Media is an incredible resource for education. Educators can learn, share, connect and more with educators from around the world. They can collaborate and communicate with students, parents, and colleagues. There are many different social media networks, and lots of ways to use them.

Change Should Be a Reality, Not a Possibility

A Principal's Reflections

Change in education seems to be as illusive as the Loch Ness Monster. Everyone seems to be talking about it, but little action leading to meaningful results seems to be the mainstay in many schools.

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.

Recent Mobile Learning Findings

The Mobile Native

iPads : 1. iPad Apps Separated by Subject Area 2. 103 Interesting Ways to Use iPads in the Classroom 3. iPad/iPod Resources 4. Mobile Learning Integration 5. Middle School iPad Apps 6. iPad in Education Resources Worth Exploring 7. Apps for Special Needs 8.

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Beautiful Classroom Design Themes from Schoolgirl Style & a super give-away!


The cutest classroom themes by Schoolgirl Style Melanie is the magnificent designer behind Schoolgirl Style. She''s a friend of mine right here in Michigan, and I''m so fortunate to have connected with her to offer Kleinspiration readers one of the best give-aways ever!

Five Questions For The (Technology) Leader

The Web20Classroom

Cross Posted In Smartblogs On Education I recently moved into a new position with my district. As the Director of Instructional Technology I am responsible for the vision and direction of the technology program for a district of 80 schools and 57,000 students.

iGoogle shutting down Nov 1, 2013 - here are some alternatives

Educational Technology Guy

iGoogle, Google''s customizable start page , is shutting down and will not be available after November 1, 2013. Google has decided that iGoogle has outlived it''s usefulness with the new apps and technologies that are now available.

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Standardization Will Destroy Our Education System, If It Hasn't Already

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at the Huffington Post. This summer I have made a commitment to reading more and have chosen books that I think will help me become a better leader. A few weeks ago I finished Drive by Daniel Pink and am now halfway through with Linchpin bySeth Godin.

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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.

Avatar Adventures: An Interactive Learning Opportunity

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I created an interactive learning experience designed to provide students and teachers with opportunities to focus on digital citizenship while engaging in constructive play. I hope many will enjoy using it, contributing to it and interacting with it.

"Digital-Divide" Is Not an Excuse to Avoid Implementing a BYOD Policy at Your School

The 21st Century Principal

Recently, I found myself entangled with several people in a Twitter debate about whether BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies actually perpetuate or aggravate the digital divide our students currently experience. During the conversation, I could sense the frustration teachers feel when they stand before classrooms where large number of students barely have a home to go to in the evenings, much less their own technological devices to bring and use within school.

Bring Literacy into Math with Big Books!


Big Books for Math Instruction and Centers *enter to win the entire Big Book set below* We use big books in a variety of ways in my classroom. I love using big books during reading and writing workshop.

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Some Fantastic And Fabulous Ladies To Follow On Twitter

The Web20Classroom

The other day, some one sent me a link to a list of folks to follow. 10 Great Stars To Follow In The Twitterverse The post lists these reasons for these users: They are always active, but never overwhelming on your twitter feed.

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.

181 Google Tricks that will save you time in School - updated

Educational Technology Guy

181 Google Tricks that will save you time in School - updated is an article that has, as it''s title suggests, some great tricks for using different Google apps and resources in education. The tips include improving your search and finding what you need, using Google Scholar, iGoogle , Google Groups , Google+ , Google Docs , Gmail, Google Calendar , Chrome and much more. If you use Google''s apps and resources , this is a must read.

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An Action Plan for AP Success

A Principal's Reflections

Advanced Placement (AP) exams, in a variety of subjects, are offered at virtually every high school. I had been particularly concerned about my school’s overall performance the past couple of years.

Top 10 Tech Tools: An Interactive Graphic

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

With so many free and user friendly tech tools available for teachers, it''s hard to know where to begin to put together a list of the best tools for teaching and learning so I decided to take a look at my own resources to determine which tools I use the most.

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Teacher or educator?

Learning with 'e's

Everyone is a teacher. We all have the ability to help others to learn. This is exactly what Vygotsky had in mind when he proposed his famous Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) theory.

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.

Web 2.0 Social Networking Tools: A Quick Guide


Web 2.0 Tools in Education Series Social Networking Tools: A Quick Guide Wouldn''t it be nice if there was a resource that explained, in detail, everything you needed to know about social networking: what tools were available, how to sign up, getting started, etc.?

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The Lone-Nut Leader

The Web20Classroom

Watch this video. Did you really watch the video or are you just keeping reading? Come on, watch it. I promise you will like it. This is my favorite You Tube video by the way.) Now ask yourself some questions. 1) Do you have guts? This guy is my hero. He felt something inside his soul. The music made him want to move. He didn''t care what others would think. He got up and started moving. Kinda like in schools sometimes. We have to be willing to be daring.

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Discovery Education announces updates to it's Science Techbooks

Educational Technology Guy

Discovery Education has a lot of great resources for educators, many free (over 30). They also have fee-based services such as DE Streaming with thousands of videos, audio files, images, lesson plans, and much more. The Discovery Education Science Techbook is more than a digital textbook. "It’s

Streamlining BYOD With ClassLink

A Principal's Reflections

After a semester long pilot program with the senior class during the spring of 2011, we rolled out our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program to the entire student body in September.

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EdTech at School

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

10 Minute Tech Tools on Pinterest

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

A few years ago I decided to wind up the school year by offering busy teachers the opportunity to collaborate with me to learn to use a powerful tech tool in 10 minutes or less.

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Three GREAT (and Free) Virtual Conferences Where You Can Attend, Present, or Volunteer!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We have three great world-wide virtual conferences coming up in the next few months. Each is free to attend, and each has an emphasis on encouraging participation and presentations--even if you''ve never done so before. They are part of my Web 2.0

Back to School Tech Gadgets!


A few of my favorite tech gadgets & popular must have tools for back to school. I am fascinated by technology whether it be websites, smart phones, or accessories. I love to have a fun bag of tricks in my classroom and at home.

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Where Am I?

The Web20Classroom

So if you are seeing this post you might be wondering where I am. Or maybe not. But the story is still interesting none the less. Each year I go on vacation. And starting 3 years ago when I go on vacation, I go on vacation. I don''t take any technology with me.

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.

Gooru - collections of free study guides and resources

Educational Technology Guy

Gooru is a site I wrote about this past February that was in private Alpha. I just received notice from them that they have now launched their Beta site and it''s open for use. Gooru is a search engine for education and learning.

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I have a confession.

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I have a horrible confession to make. I''m totally ashamed. As a HS English teacher, this is really bad. really really bad. Totally horrible. and i''m not using hyperbole. I can''t efficiently and effectively grade my students'' writing by myself. those long labor intensive essays and research papers. yup, those, I can''t grade them. I''m horrible at it. 1 page quick essay responses, I''m a little better at grading, but I still end up banging my head against the desk due to repetitive mistakes.

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Explore the World - Google World Wonders Projects

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

If you can''t visit the great wonders of the world in person, Google ''s new World Wonders Project can get you pretty close. The World Wonders Project is an interactive website that uses the same street view technology used in Google Maps to allow visitors to explore many of the wonders of the world.