April, 2010

Reflecting on the 140 Conference

A Principal's Reflections

On Wednesday April 21, I had the honor of speaking at the 140 Characters Conference in New York City with Steve Anderson , Tom Whitby , and Kyle Pace. This conference looks at the effects of Twitter on a variety of topics. The topic of our panel discussion was the effects of the real-time web on education with an emphasis on Twitter.

Google Earth In The Science Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Seems like a no brainer right? Earth, science, they just go together. But Google Earth is way more than a glorified stand alone Google Map. There are so many cool and easy things to explore. In Google Earth there are layers.

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A Tick List of 21st Century Digital Skills for Teachers

Nik Peachey

I've just been brainstorming digital skills that I believe are required by teachers in the 21st Century. So far I've come up with 45 of them. What's striking for me about this is: few of these skills will have been taught to anyone who trained as a teacher longer than 5 years ago.

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A Glimpse of 21st Century Learning

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Here is a snippet of 21st Century Learning, featuring the work of Ashley Kannan, Digital Leader at Julian

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.

This Thing Called Internet - Reflections on Early Technology Use in My Classroom


I''ve seen the video I''m posting at the bottom of this blog post one time before, and now that it''s come across my stream again, I want to preserve it here. It brought back some memories and has caused me some reflection on my early use of technology in teaching. If the broadcast date listed in the comments on the source page of the video is correct, October 8, 1993, when it first aired I was just weeks into my first year of teaching.

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Google Docs & Apps: Putting the Pedagogical Pieces Together

A Principal's Reflections

As part of my action plan associated with becoming a Google Certified Teacher, I decided to focus on training other educators about integrating these powerful web 2.0 applications into their instruction. Outside of my role as Principal of New Milford High School, I am the Director of Program Development for Project ABLE International.

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Two Questions.

The Web20Classroom

Normally in this space I write about the tools we use to make learning easier, more fun or just plain better. But we all know that learning is not solely about the tools. We know (or at least we should) there are many dimensions to learning.

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Creating Social Polls and Questionnaires Using Urtak

Nik Peachey

I discovered Urtak a couple of weeks ago and took an instant liking to it. Urtak is a web based social polling application that enables you to very quickly and easily create online polls and questionnaires.

Some interesting ideas

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners


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.

Admiring Ms. Davis' New iPad!

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Sixth grade math teacher Ms. Davis brought her brand new iPad to our Tech Staff meeting today! She''s keenly interested in learning how the device can be used in the classroom, not only for math, but for other subjects too.

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An Educational Artist

The Electric Educator

I recently listened to a podcast [iTunes Link] that featured popular author and blogger Seth Godin who spoke about his most recent book Linchpin. I haven''t read the book (but it''s on my list!), and can''t give you a full summary, but in the interview Godin made an astounding point about art.

Authentic Learning in Action

A Principal's Reflections

As a Principal I place an emphasis on student engagement and learning activities that are meaningful and relevant to my students. There is no learning experience more authentic than our Holocaust Study Tour where NMHS students travel to Europe with their peers from another NJ high school as well as students from Kansas.

Enduring Passion.

The Web20Classroom

On Tuesday of this week a little bit of passion in education died with the passing of Jaime Escalante. While the name might be meaningless to you, his story is one I bet you might know. You see Jaime taught math in one of the poorest and toughest schools in Los Angeles.

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.

Creating the Daring Librarian Brand

The Daring Librarian

Welcome to my newly re-designed blog!! Library Media Tech Musings is out. and The D aring Librarian Blog is in! Ok.So.a

BagTheWeb: Online Bookmarking Tool

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

BagTheWeb is one of many free online social bookmarking tools that allows users to easily create a collection of web links which are conveniently stored and shared online.

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Net Neutrality -- Something to Fight For

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Shouldn''t the FCC be regulating the use of the Internet? The Federal Court ruling ( full text ) in favor of Comcast was "the shot heard round the world". We are already at the mercy of companies who can reroute our information willy-nilly, based on business partnerships, i.e., $$$.

How do you write a "Google-Proof" Question?

The Electric Educator

A while back I wrote a post about " Google-Proofing" questions. The quick summary of the post was this: why ask a question to which an answer can quickly be found with an internet search? Certainly we all need a core of knowledge upon which to build.

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.

Following Through

A Principal's Reflections

A few posts ago I wrote about a stimulating meeting that I had with members of student government at my school ( Winds of Change: Student Style 3/10/10 ). During the meeting I challenged them to be active in the change process and provide ideas on how to make NMHS a better place academically and socially. On their own, the students came up with fantastic ideas in both areas.

TeachMeet Nashville 2010

The Web20Classroom

Over the next 2 days I will participating in TeachMeet Nashville. TeachMeets are unique conference experiences where everyone has an opportunity to share, learn and grow as professional educators. I will be part of a panel on Social Media in Education.

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Defining knowledge and group processes

Connecting 2 the World

As I prepare for a preliminary presentation of the findings from my dissertation study to date, I have decided to focus on two of the sub-questions from my dissertation: 1. How do individuals define “knowledge”? What process or processes does a distributed group in the workplace use to create shared meaning and understanding during collaborative writing projects? What factors do they identify as shaping that process or processes?

A Nation Without School Librarians

The Daring Librarian

EdTech at School

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

Online Video Converters

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Checked out the 2007 article Top Ten Online Converters - Freakitude , and four of them still work: "1. ZamZar : Free Online file conversion service. It can convert your online videos to a number of video formats. The converted files are sent via email.

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Leaders Reproduce

The Electric Educator

Andy Stanley is the pastor of North Point Community Church outside of Atlanta Georgia. He is a gifted communicator and leader. I highly recommend his book Next Generation Leader. It''s a short and succinct look at what it takes to be a leader. Andy was interviewed on the Catalyst podcast which I listened to in my car while I was stuck in Detroit rush hour traffic this afternoon.

New Posted Resources 04/29/2010

The Web20Classroom

Free Video Editing Tools: Guide To The Best Software And Web-Based Services tags : Videoediting , favorite What Should We Teach the Teachers? Education | Change.org tags : PD , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

New Posted Resources 04/28/2010

The Web20Classroom

Enemy Lurks in Briefings on Afghan War - PowerPoint - NYTimes.com tags : powerpoint , favorite If Only Time Really Was an Issue | The Thinking Stick tags : favorite Hubble Tour for Google Earth | Google Earth Blog tags : GoogleEarth , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

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.