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. Sarah, bubbly as ever, asked if she could email me her presentation as part of the Academies at New Milford High School. I said sure, but then asked her when she would be giving the actual presentation. Her reply was later today.

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


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. I’ve also played around with the dashboard, and I can’t wait to use it to tailor math instruction in my class! -


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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. Everything from Edtech to Teacher Leadership, I usually come away with lots of ideas for going forward or things to think about. And this conference was no different. I had 2 big take-aways that will keep me thinking for a while. One was on the type of session offered. There was loads of great content.

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. There are many different ways to backup your files. You can use an external hard drive, backup to a flash drive, or backup your files to the cloud. I use a mixture of both.

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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.

YouTube in the Classroom? YES!


By CUE Memeber and Guest Blogger Karen Mensing Hilarious cat videos, retro commercials and “not safe for work” clips might come to mind at the mention of the word “YouTube.” However, many educators have realized that YouTube in Education has almost endless possibilities and is can be an invaluable resource in the classroom. So, how […]. The post YouTube in the Classroom? appeared first on OnCUE. Technology in Education

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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. This led to a decision to give my staff and students more autonomy , which resulted in a greater sense of ownership of their learning.

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


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. Videos are a powerful tool that could help teachers to have more meaningful time with their students. However, to create a video from scratch is time consuming and requires expensive tools. Besides, how do you know if your students are watching the video or if they understand the lesson?

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. Check out the full release below. Edit images right in Google Slides and Drawings Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Posted by Brian Levee, Product Manager (Cross-posted on the Drive Blog.)

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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).

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

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My Paperless Classroom

Cheryl and I co-wrote this post. We would love your feedback as we continue to develop workshops to educate teachers in the tools of flipping and the magic of puppets. Sam: In my life as an educator I have lead workshops in responding to student writing, writing college essays, writing blogs with students, and sharing student writing. There have been other workshops and they all revolved around the common theme of writing.

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. In order to review material discussed in an assigned video and in class in her Pre-Calculus and Calculus courses, she created QR codes with relevant questions on the material and its’ applications.

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


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. Through study and research, they''ve come to see that educators might be uncomfortable with, intimidated by, or not sure how to incorporate technology into the classroom.

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.

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 ). It started as a way to clip and share online educational resources, but it has expanded to have a huge variety of features. Take a look and try it out. The iPad app just got some great new features.

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Peer Instruction 3.0 – When students do the teaching…with video

Turn to Your Neighbor

Inaugural Neighborhood Innovators: Bretzmann, Cernaro, Lovdahl, Morris, Thomasson (Left to Right). WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD . The Neighborhood is a special Turn To Your Neighbor series where we invite innovative educators from around the globe to discuss a variety of education topics. . In this inaugural post of The Neighborhood, five classroom teachers from across grade levels discuss what happens when students teach each other using video.

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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! I''ve been using Curriculet ( previously known as Gobstopper ) for two years now, and I can''t say enough good things about it ! Get me started talking and I can''t stop!

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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.

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. I stress the fact that we now have a plethora of free tools that compel leaders, or all educators for that matter, to become the storyteller-in-chief. Regardless of whether the stories are being penned by myself, my staff, or the students of New Milford High School , we have done just that at NMHS.

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


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.

Teaching Sequence in Kindergarten with Robots

My Paperless Classroom

Bongo and 3 of the Bee Bots Our first lesson was a getting to know the bee bots session. We had 4-5 kids per mat and we distributed some command cards to each kids (next time I should give each kid identical mixed packs of command cards). The kids had to map out the course with the cards and I modeled placing each card on the mat in order. This helped them visualize the sequence. This is the real skill.

How Awesome Is the Google Teacher Academy?


EDITOR’S NOTE: Google just announced an unprecedented number of Google Teacher Academies during 2014 and have reached out to CUE to assist, as we have done since the inception of the program in 2006. Applications will open soon. By CUE Member David Theriault The number one question everyone asked me when I got back to […]. The post How Awesome Is the Google Teacher Academy? appeared first on OnCUE. Google Certified Teacher

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!

Giving Students Freedom

Philly Teacher

A few weeks ago I was sitting in a report card conference with one of my advisees discussing his classes, his school work and some struggles he’d been having. At one point he said, “I think I’m taking advantage of the freedom I have.” ” It was a powerful statement and a one that really stuck with me. We give our students at SLA Beeber a lot of freedoms.

Using Curriculet for Short Reading Texts & PARCC Prep

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

My all time favorite tool for digital reading is Curriculet because of its versatility and ease of use (oh, and the price: FREE!). I can assign novels, poems, short stories, and current event articles for my students to read, and they can answer Common Core aligned questions and quizzes in the text. Since it is web-browser based, Curriculet can be used on any device or computer which is a must for my BYOD, 1:1 one day a week with Chromebooks classroom.

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. This year, students were to select a charity from a different part of the world—namely the country that is their own heritage and background.

Creating social phrasebooks with Phraseum

Nik Peachey

I spend a lot of time looking at different web-based tools and apps and thinking about if and how they can be used for learning. Sometimes it takes some thought and at other times it’s really obvious. With Phraseum it was instantly obvious that this was a really great tool for learning. Phraseum allows you to collect words, phrases and sentences from anywhere on the web while you you browse and organise them into social phrasebooks.

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.

Bee Bot Planet Challenge Reflection

My Paperless Classroom

Bee Bot Planet Challenge Reflection This is a brief reflection on working with the first grade students on programming. We used the Bee Bots to learn and practice the sequence of planets in the solar system as they flew from one planet to the next in the solar system. Programming

Is boredom the real epidemic in our schools?

The Innovative Educator

Me and my mother I was at a large conference in the fall when the presenter asked the audience of more than 1000 educators to say the first word that comes to mind when thinking of high school. As if rehearsed for church choir, the audience responded. Their answer? BORED! I was thinking, wow! We all know this truth yet seem to accept it as just the way things are. When I tell this to other educators, some push back sharing all sorts of positive memories they had of high school.

Open Educational Resources and the OER Summit


By CUE Member Michael Simkins @edtech101 Where do you stand on the Open Educational Resourses (OER) continuum? Original Equipment Reproduction? Office of Extramural Research? Do you mean Open Educational Resources? Sounds familiar. Duh, you don’t know what OER means? Heck, I and/or my staff use them all the time; couldn’t teach without them. […]. The post Open Educational Resources and the OER Summit appeared first on OnCUE. Professional Development

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