January, 2014

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

Using iPads to Support Social Learning in Kindergarten

My Paperless Classroom

Students Using Puppet Pals in Groups Lesson Objective To help Kindergarten students better understand a complex play situation, and give them tools to effectively communicate in that situation.

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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.

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.

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.

The Instagrok iPad App is Here

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

i nstaGrok has just released a free iPad app. The app combines the functionality of the web based version with interactivity to support learning on the touch screen.

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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.

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Getting Girls Interested in Computer Science


Photo by Wolfgang Lonien Used With Permission Under a Creative Commons License Agreement Have you heard? By the year 2020, there''s going to be one million more computer science jobs in the United States than there will be people to fill them.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Embrace Change in the New Year with Genius Hour

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Genius Hour is a powerful movement popping up in classrooms everywhere. The idea encourages students to explore and develop their own passions and creativity. Genius Hour is based on a business practice used by Google’s development team.

Empty Inbox Courtesy of Evernote

Educational Technology Guy

I recently wrote about how I use Evernote as my main tool as a School CIO. It is my primary tool for work, and home. I just did some more with it that I found useful and liberating - emptied my inboxes! Yes, you heard correctly, my email inboxes are empty.

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

Notes from Leadership for the Digital Age With Alan November


Yesterday, I was privileged to spend a day learning from and with Alan November , a consummate digital age educator whose work I have followed for many years.

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.

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.

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.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.