January, 2014

Let's Not Lose Perspective

Tom Murray

They were floating in the water when I first saw them — the paintings of my three-year-old girl. Once a moment of pride and jubilation, now wading in the water that stretched from side to side of my home. It’s an image I’ll never forget and one of the most difficult moments of my life. A few hours earlier, I had just finished a keynote in New York, when I glanced at my phone. I had over a dozen missed calls from numbers I didn’t recognize. They turned out to be the types of calls you never want


Devices Need to Support Learning

A Principal's Reflections

So yesterday as I was scanning the #NJED hash tag on TweetDeck I came across this intriguing image shared by Mike Marotta. It really puts into perspective why we make many of the decisions that we do at New Milford High School as to why we decided to implement a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative and don''t mandate the use of one specific tool to support learning. His tweet contained this message, "Don''t let the device drive instruction. Let it support learning."

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7 Ways to Creatively Ask Questions in the Classroom Using iPads!


The Answer Pad I started using Go Interactive from The Answer Pad last year. I LOVE it! What I love most is that I don''t have to change the way I teach, alter my curriculum, or jump through hoops to use the technology. I simply ask questions as I''m teaching and the students reply just like always. The only difference is instead of having children use their dry erase boards, erasers, and expo markers, we use our iPads.

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Wolfram releases Problem Generator to create practice problems

Educational Technology Guy

Wolfram, creators of Wolfram|Alpha , have launched Wolfram Problem Generator. This tool allows students and teachers to create unlimited, random practice problems and answers in subjects such as elementary math, algebra, statistics and even college calculus. It provides hints and step-by-step solutions when needed to help the student learn. It can also create printable worksheets and answer sheets for offline work.

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.

3 Things We Need To Remember For Every Professional Development

The Web20Classroom

I remember my first professional development as a teacher. I was fresh out of college. The PD centered around how to use clickers in the classroom. I saw great potential there. The idea that I could get realtime information back on my students, I saw as a great help to me. The PD itself was boring and useless. The presenter leading did little to engage us. At the end of the first day I went home, learned everything I could.

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Years Gone By: Relevant Learning Ties Remain

Tom Murray

This post is co-authored by Tom Murray and Kristen Swanson. Dear Tom, Back in the days of giant desktop computers and Microsoft Publisher, you were my teacher. You showed me how to create digital learning spaces for my students, and you guided me as I started to think about the ways that technology could transform students into authentic writers and publishers. Although it has been many years since you were my teacher, you still influence my learning. Thanks to Twitter, blogs, and social

Why Digital Leadership? #digilead

A Principal's Reflections

If you haven’t noticed, I have been a tad bit excited over the past couple of weeks leading up to the release of my new book. This is something that I could have never dreamed of prior to social media as I felt that writing was definitely not my strong suit. Social media not only helped me find my voice, but it helped me find the voices of so many passionate and amazing educators from across the country and globe.

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Use @BoomWriter_ to Inspire Creative Writing in Your Class!


BoomWriter: Collaborative Storytelling for Classrooms This Spring I will work with my students to create a collaborative story via BoomWriter. I am excited to go through the process since I have heard fabulous remarks about this site. I have several friends who have used it with their students, so I am really looking forward to trying it out. I recently partnered with BoomWriter to do a series of posts and share my student''s process throughout the year.

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My top Android Apps for Educators

Educational Technology Guy

I''m a huge Android user. I have my HTC One Smartphone and my own Nexus 7 tablet. In addition, my department uses Nexus 7 tablets for mobile access and some of our schools have Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. I have a bunch of apps that I use on a regular basis, both when I was a teachers, as well as now as a CIO. This is my list of top apps for educators: Gmail - email is the main way I communicate with my staff, vendors, and school admin and teachers. It is indispensable for me.

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).

Showing How Awesome You Are-Building Your Brand

The Web20Classroom

Back when I started this blog in February of 2009 I was trying to create a space to share resources with my teachers in my district. Web 2.0 tools were gaining in popularity so I wanted to capitalize on that, hence the name. The same with my Twitter account. I wanted the two places to be tied together. I wasn''t thinking about branding. Fast forward 5 years and @web20classroom and this blog are who I am. They are my personal brand. But why is personal branding important?

Writing a Learning Reflection

My Paperless Classroom

This is a post I use in 7th grade to get them working on a digital portfolio. Read some samples from a great summer program Writing a Learning Reflection One of the objectives to learning to use Blogger is that it is a great platform for building a digital portfolio of learning. This portfolio allows you to showcase your learning products and process in a way others can access, share, and interact with. What goes in your portfolio?

School-Wide Innovation Day


By CUE Guest Bloggers Karl Lindgren-Streicher, Sarah Press, and Liz Tompkins Many teachers and administrators are creating time in their students’ days to allow for passion-based learning. You might have heard of Genius Hour (check out the #geniushour hashtag on Twitter) or 20% Time (#20time on Twitter). Instead of a chunk of time each week being […]. The post School-Wide Innovation Day appeared first on OnCUE. Blended Learning

Writing Scaffolds to Meet Diverse Learning Needs

A Principal's Reflections

As students work to master the complex reading and writing standards demanded by the Common Core, Mrs. Montecuollo and Mrs. Westbrook collaborated to create writing scaffolds that address the diverse academic needs of their 9th grade students. These teachers believe that differentiation is about access points. Therefore, they used four support activities (scaffolds) to address different areas of difficulty they see their students face.

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.

5 Great Math Resources for the New Year!


I recently came across a great math resource online that reminded me of how much fun experimenting with new ways to do math can be. With many different types of learners in our classroom, it is so important to differentiate our teaching and the tools that we use in our instruction. With that in mind, I''d like to share five awesome math resources that you may be interested in checking out for the new year.

Two great teacher blogs showing uses of Evernote as teachers

Educational Technology Guy

I''m a power Evernote user and have documented a lot of ways to use Evernote in education over the years. I recently found two blogs from educators that show how they use Evernote as teachers and offer some great ideas and tips for other educators. Jordan Collier has a great blog with a whole sect ion on Evernote. He is on #8 of 50 planned posts with different ways school administrators and educators can use Evernote to be more organized and more effective. There are some great ideas here.

3 Ways to Know If Your School or District Engages in Bullying Behavior

The 21st Century Principal

"Systems can bully as much as individuals." Sharon Salzberg & Robert Thurman, Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier I began reading Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier by Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman today, and I stumbled on a section that focuses on bullying and dealing with those who bully.

What does the Net Neutrality Ruling Mean for Schools?

My Paperless Classroom

Image from Open Media on Flickr Even though I have been down with the flu this week, I did hear the news about the supreme courts "Net Neutrality" ruling. If you don''t yet know what net neutrality is, here is a simple version that you can tell your grandkids: once upon a time there was the idea that all Internet content providers should have the same level of access to the Internet.

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.

Stoking the Fire in Math Class


By CUE Member and Guest Blogger John Stevens As winter is upon us, it is time to snuggle up next to the fire and grab a nice math problem. You see, warming up is one of the essential parts of the season, as well as your math class. The problem with most math warm-ups is […]. The post Stoking the Fire in Math Class appeared first on OnCUE. Learn Education Technology

Communicating in the Information Age

A Principal's Reflections

In case you didn''t know we had quite a bit of snow last night in the Northeast. As I was outside in the bone-chilling cold shoveling piles of snow I began to reflect upon how my professional practice has changed in a few short years when it comes to snow days. Typically in the past I would have received a phone call compliments of a meticulously developed phone chain. The only problem was that if one person missed their call then the chain was broken.

ROMO: The Friendly, Personal Robot that Learns as You Play!


ROMO is by far the coolest gift my kids received this year! ROMO by Romotive Inc. is a friendly robot from another world, built to teach kids the basics of computer programming and robotics through a series of adventurous challenges. Using an iPhone or iPod Touch as his brain, ROMO helps kids, ages 8 and up, get excited about science, technology, engineering, and math as soon as they can read.

MonioMap - visual mind map of your Evernote notes and notebooks

Educational Technology Guy

I use Evernote a lot. I have about 100 Notebooks and close to 6,000 notes, so it can get a little overwhelming at times. I use tags and Evernote''s search is great and the related notes feature helps find other info, but I just learned about a new service, made for Evernote, that turns your Evernote notes and notebooks into a mind map. It''s called MohioMap. MohioMap takes all of your Evernote notes and data and creates a visual map. It makes it easy to navigate and see connections.

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!

#CEL13: Choice

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

During the 2013 Conference on English Leadership in the Transforming Decisions session lead by Gordon Hultberg , English teacher and department head at Intermountain Christian School in Utah , we discussed the concept of choice in our ELA classrooms. How often do we give students choice and how are teachers'' own personal preferences represented in the choices we allow?


Differentiation: Programming and Geometry in Second Grade

My Paperless Classroom

Like many teachers, I found The Hour of Code, sponsored by Code.org to be truly inspirational, I was already doing programming with most of my k-5 students, but it was stand alone, programming for the sake of programming. Which IS worth it''s own time, seriously. ) But I am always looking for those opprotunities to create another way to master a skill or demonsrate understanding. This past week in #PATUE we were chatting about how tech can impact scope and sequence, which is a tricky topic.

The Maker Movement: Learning Through Making


By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Joe Wood Over the winter break, my youngest brother and I finally were able to make our Sonoma County brew tour. With him living in Washington DC and being an aspiring home brewer, this was a trip we’d tried to make on his previous visits, but it never seemed to […]. The post The Maker Movement: Learning Through Making appeared first on OnCUE. Learn Education Technology

The People and Moments That Define Us

A Principal's Reflections

I knew early on in my education career that I wanted to be an administrator. The predominant reason for this was that I wanted to at least attempt to be a fraction of the leader that my father was. My father was an elementary principal for 30 years and I always admired how he was able to inspire his staff to focus on student learning. To say that he was beloved by all would be a significant understatement.

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.

Zoomy (kid friendly digital microscope) Encourages Curiosity!


Zoomy by Learning Resources Zoomy from Learning Resources is an all-in-one digital microscope that is built specifically for a child to use. C reated with learners from PK-12 in mind, Zoomy f eatures an easy to use hand-friendly microscope which magnifies objects to your computer or interactive white-board using a USB connection.

It's National Get Organized Month - here are some great resources

Educational Technology Guy

January is National "Get Organized Month" so I decided to share some resources on getting organized. There are some great sites out there too, including the National Association of Professional Organizers. I am a type A personality in many ways and I''ve always been organized at work (not so much at home). As an engineer, it was vital to be organized. As a teacher, it was too, but harder to do.

What Are the Real Motives Behind the Common Core State Standards? Let's Be Honest with Ourselves!

The 21st Century Principal

Today, there was this post on the Public School Forum of North Carolina website defending the Common Core. That post, entitled "Common Core Standards Will Help NC Meet Its Challenges," was written by Caroline McCullen, the director of education initiatives at SAS which already has a multi-million dollar contract with North Carolina to provide value-added teacher data analysis software for teacher and principal evaluations. Let me say up front in the interest of disclosure.