March, 2014

Students Yearn For Creativity, Not Tests

A Principal's Reflections

The other day as I was sitting in my office, sophomore Sarah Almeda popped into my office, as she usually does. After day three of PARCC field-testing I was catching up on some dreaded paperwork, one of the least favorite aspects of my job.

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Differentiated math instruction using Front Row: adaptive math for K-8 classrooms!

Kleinspiration

I have started using a FREE new math program this spring called Front Row. I’m really excited to start using this resource to teach math - I have heard amazing things about it how engaging it is for students and how it has the potential to really help them grow in math.

Redesigning and Rethinking Conferences-Reflections On #ASCD14

The Web20Classroom

I recently returned from a trip to Los Angeles where I attended the annual ASCD conference. This is one of my favorite conferences of the year because of the diversity of the sessions offered.

It's World Backup Day - make sure your data is backed up

Educational Technology Guy

Today is World Backup Day! Everyone needs to have their files backed up. It is very easy to have your flash drive, hard drive, or computer crash, get damaged, or have your flash drive or laptop get lost or stolen. And it always happens at the worst possible time.

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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.

Passion, Potential, & Heroes That Fail Us

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The number one benefit of educational technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive.

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Persuasion as a Catalyst for Change

A Principal's Reflections

I’m not going to lie; Daniel Pink is one of my heroes. After reading his book Drive a few years back my professional practice was significantly changed for the better. His work really made me critically reflect upon my leadership practices.

Access TONS of Free Digital Content via @EDpuzzle and Personalize It for Your Class!

Kleinspiration

Access TONS of Content & Remix It to Fit Your Class! - add your voice throughout the video & insert questions to check for understanding - Education is about building a relationship with your students.

Things That Have Me Thinking-March 12

The Web20Classroom

A while back a friend of mine, Patrick Larkin , was a high school principal. (He He has since moved up in the world to Asst. Superintendent ) He was regularly blogging for his staff and at the end of his weekly posts of updates, things to remember and such he had a list of things that had him thinking. It might have been a video, blog post, article, something, that had piqued his interest and he wanted to share. It was such a great idea, I decided to steal borrow the idea.

Sweet! You can now edit images right in Google Slides and Drawings

Educational Technology Guy

Google just announced image editing inside of Google Slides and Drawings. I''m ecstatic about this as I use lots of images in my presentations and its so much easier to just edit them in the presentation than in a separate app. You can crop, add borders, and even add masks.

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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.

Equality and Equity in Education

EdTechSandyK

Original Source Unknown. Please let me know if you know the original source! Earlier this month, I participated on a panel about BYOD Equit y at SXSWedu. In the weeks leading up to the panel, the graphic to the right came across my radar.

Blog On, Educators!

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

It''s Spring Break for me and it''s time to reflect on my own blog, started 5 years ago while I enjoyed a similar break from school. The blog was originally created for a targeted pilot group of 13 teachers I was working with to explore ways they could use a laptop and Web 2.0

An Open Letter to NJDOE Commissioner David Hespe #NJED

A Principal's Reflections

Over the years, and in my latest book , I have written about how social media has presented me and my school with numerous opportunities that I never could have imagined would be possible.

TONS of #RightDevice Tech Resources from @IntelEDU 's New Learning Community to Support Teachers!

Kleinspiration

I was recently contacted by Intel, a technology company that hopes to assist educators all over the world with their newest technological advancements and devices.

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.

Things That Have Me Thinking-March 28

The Web20Classroom

This is my series where I explore a few things that I have seen or heard about that is pushing my thinking, getting me to see something a different way or just something I want to share. This week we look at the 3 things that have me excited this week. It’s Complicated -For adults, what teenagers do online has been somewhat of a mystery. We assume they spend their days writing about relationships or drama or other stuff. Researcher Danah Boyd set out to confirm the myths or deny them altogether.

educlipper Social Web Clipper iPad app Gets Even More Great Features

Educational Technology Guy

Educlipper is a great, free app from a colleague of mine, Adam Bellow, that just keeps getting better. I''ve written about it before ( EduClipper social web clipper gets Updated with Some Great New Features ).

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Tips for Education Conference Presenters

EdTechSandyK

Photo from Flikr User MattHurst Used Under a Creative Commons License My favorite part of attending conferences like SXSWedu , TCEA , Tech Forum , or iPadpalooza is getting to learn from education colleagues and share my own learning with them in formal and informal spaces.

Google Docs Add-Ons - A New Feature

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

If you open a Google Doc or Spreadsheet you will find a new option in the menu bar named Add-Ons. An Add-On is a way to add functionality to Docs and Sheets through integration with 3rd party apps. It''s similar to the Google Chrome Apps store.

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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.

QR Codes in the Math Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

In Mrs. Chellani’s continual efforts to create an engaging learning experience for her students, she has found utilizing QR codes to facilitate collaboration to be highly beneficial.

Breaking News: Today - @ClassDojo Launches a NEW Messaging Feature! #ChatWithDojo

Kleinspiration

Introducing ClassDojo Messaging Simple, positive communication with parents :) A guest blog post by Sam Chaudhary, CEO and co-founder of ClassDojo Just over a week ago, we announced that teachers have awarded over 1 billion pieces of feedback on the ClassDojo platform.

7 Delightfully Surprising Things That Happened at the Second Google for Education Hawaii Summit (updated 5/21/14)

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Google selfie with +Molly Schroeder and +Wendy Gorton (IC) Yes, +EdTechTeam ''s Second Google for Education Hawaii Summit was FUN! Seven delightfully surprising things happened: 1. I learned about how education can and should be ''uncomfortably exciting''.

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20+ Mobile Learners Worth Following On Twitter #mlearning

The Mobile Native

Here is a list of 20+ Mobile Learners that share great mlearning content on twitter. Each one of them shares their unique views of mobile learning from around the world. Here is a list I created on twitter of 101 Mobile Learners. iPads Mobile Learning Twitter

EdTech at School

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

OpenEd: Free Online K-12 Educational Resource Site Now Includes Tablet Apps Too

The 21st Century Principal

OpenEd, which bills itself as "the Largest K-12 Educational Resource Catalog," announces the availability of public courses on its web site. Users can now publish any course they have created to the OpenEd community. Here are some of the most notable features of this online instructional resource.

Become a Google Tools Expert

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Join me an Simple K12 for a free online event today and and Become a Google Tools Expert Simple K 12 is a popular membership based teacher learning community that features 30 minute action packed webinars for live viewing that are recorded and archived.

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Global Connections Made Possible Through Technology

A Principal's Reflections

Collentine’s Global Perspectives in Literature had a different spin on their research paper this year. In previous years, students had selected a charity to research and then, where possible, were to work for that charity in some capacity as part of the research paper experience.

Curriculet & Edmodo: #BetterTogether

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

This week Curriculet announced the release of an Edmodo app version that allows teachers and students to use Curriculet using their Edmodo credentials and classlists. The app is a portal or gateway and opens Curriculet inside Edmodo. I am ecstatic about this announcement!

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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.

#MACUL14 Wrap-Up

The Playground Advocate

I had the great honor of attending and presenting at MACUL 14 this year in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Apparently it was the largest MACUL ever at 4,500 attendees, and I could see why it was so popular. The conference was very well run and I had the opportunity to learn with so many amazing educators.

Peer Instruction with a Twist of Innovation and a Social Studies Teacher

Turn to Your Neighbor

In our first post of 2014, Peer Instruction Network member, Mr. George Phillip, describes how he moved from a thoughtful teacher to someone who is innovating in his social studies classroom with Flipped Teaching and Peer Instruction. While his unique twists on Peer Instruction evolved from a 5 th and 6 th grade classroom, they have implications for use in a range of classrooms. JAS . George Phillip. Guest post by George Phillip. Social Studies Department Chair. 5/6 Social Studies Teacher.

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BYOD Equity Panel at #SXSWedu 2014

EdTechSandyK

On March 5, 2014, I was privileged to moderate and participate on a panel on Bridging the Digital Divide with BYOD Equity at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas. The panelists were a true joy to plan and present with.

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