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. Though my subscriber number reaches well over 1,000, I''ve been planning on doing a give-away once my Google Friend Connect number reached 1,000.

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.


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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. Through my work over the years as a teacher, educational administrator, and learner through I have identified common roadblocks to the change process. If identified and addressed appropriately these roadblocks can be overcome. Image credit: [link] 1 - It is too hard : News flash, CHANGE IS NOT EASY!

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.

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. 50 Resources for iPad Use in the Classroom 9. 39 Sites for Using iPads in the Classroom 10. 32 iPad Tips and Tricks Smart Phones (Mobile Learning Devices) : 1. Cell Phones in the Classroom 2. Marys City Schools Mobile Learning Technology 3.

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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! Melanie is one of the most creative and crafty people I know. I admire her attention to detail and the way she so elegantly incorporates the necessities of teaching without sacrificing quality design.

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. But overall the biggest topic that people wanted to talk about was Flipping the classroom. What is flipping?

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.

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. I highly recommend both of these book at any educators who is interested about the science behind motivation or overcoming resistance to become and indispensable component of an educational organization.

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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).

"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.


Where have I been? Where will I go?

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Reflection & QR Codes Usually I''m the trailblazer at my high school: there are a number of programs that I''ve help to start-- the Varsity Swim Team, the PAWS program, letter writing campaign to Southern alumni serving in the military, crafting the 9th grade curriculum, going paperless, and now BYOD. I have to give a shout out to all those who have assisted me in navigating uncharted courses (You KNOW who you are!) and the administration for supporting my wacky ideas.

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. Because of their large size, students really engage with the text as we are gathered on the carpet. After I''ve used a particular book for a mini-lesson, students love being able to partner read using the big book and even add their thinking via sticky notes to certain pages.

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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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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.

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. All of your data in your Google product widgets will still be there in the original product, like Gmail, Google Calendar , etc.

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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. Our scores were well below the state level and our District Factor Group (DFG), which is a comparison of similar schools based on socioeconomics. Last year only 46% of those students taking AP exams scored a 3 or higher. This number was so troubling that we knew it was time to take action.

7 New Things I Learned in Google's Online Power Searching Class

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Full disclosure: Yes , I''m a librarian, and No , I did not get 100% on first my try (on either assessment). I don''t mind confessing. :) As with class, conference, workshop, webinar, whatever -- I ALWAYS learn something new. And with Google, things are always changing anyway, right? There''s always room for improvement. So these are the new things I learned from the two-week FREE online Power Searching with Google class I just completed today: 1.

Pursuing Happiness

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Evil Academic Weaver of Webs Like an academic version of 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon , all literature and concepts studied my class connect and then refer back to one another: where we start, we end. I tell my students that what we learn in my class is like getting caught in a spiderweb: Everything connects together, and like when one walks into a web unknowingly, the web will get stuck to one''s face and is annoying to remove.


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.

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.? I meet a lot of teachers at conferences, and many of them ask how I manage to build my network. I usually ask what network they tend to spend the most time using.

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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. It is an incredible opportunity that every day I am thankful for.

Social Media Cheat Sheets - free tips and more for social media sites

Educational Technology Guy

Walyou , a great site for interesting information and more, has a great collection of cheat sheets that have tips, shortcuts, and more for social media sites. The sites include Google+, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook and have some great tips for making them more useful and easier to use. These are great for finding some cool new features or shortcuts and also great to help newbies get started.

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. Throughout the entire 2011-2012 school year, we worked to refine our approach, implementation, and learning outcomes for the program. The model that we developed is customized, based on our student body and overall objectives of the program.

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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!

Thoughts on the state of Mobile Learning

The Mobile Native

The time for mobile learning is now! Mobile Learning

I Know Where I Am Going!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

QR Codes Part II I also posted on Edmodo seeking information and uses of QR codes. Thanks for the responses! From Mrs. Suchsland, I use them for my class bell ringer. The QR code is on the board. The kids pull out their phones and after capturing the code, the directions, questions, practice as the bell ringer for the day are embedded within the code. The kids like it for something a little different than the reg paper and pencil starters. I also use it at meet the parent night.

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. I find by simply introducing a new gadget, a new excitement surrounds the existing technology. You can see my four-year-old son, Jacob, in the photo above snapping photos of fireworks from the 4th of July. My own children help me learn about tech trends today.

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Brief Thoughts On Leadership And Connectedness.

The Web20Classroom

My friend Kristina said this today: What''s wrong with "the box"? It confines & doesn''t make you stretch your own abilities. getoutofyourbox #MALT15 — Kristina Peters (@Mrskmpeters) July 19, 2012 Strikes to the heart of things doesn''t it? I have spent today and will spend the next few days talking leadership with folks from around the country. Leading from the box doesn''t really get us anywhere. If we stay in our silo and live in our own world can we say we really lead?

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.

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. It contains study guides, aligned to standards and personalized, on topics in 5th - 12th grade math and science. Resources include videos, animations, links, digital textbooks, and more.

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21st Century School Leader’s Guide to Creative and Innovative Schools

The 21st Century Principal

“Innovation? We don’t want no stinking innovation,” would perhaps accurately describe many of our educational institutions, including K-12 public education organizations. We’ve all worked in those schools and districts where rules, policies, processes, and procedures mattered more than the people. These same schools literally fight to preserve “the way we do things” to the point of exterminating any thoughts of doing things differently.

Katy ISD -- A New Vision for Mobile Learning

The Mobile Native

BYOD Mobile Learning