December, 2012

Flipping For Your Faculty.It's Easier Than Videos

The Web20Classroom

Lots has been made about flipping over the past year or so. Unfamiliar with the term? No problem. Here is an explanation.

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K-6 Reading Lessons: Common Core Aligned

Kleinspiration

Reading Works is a Gem for Standards Aligned K-6 Reading Lessons click on any image to access the specific part of the site What is Reading Works ? per their site : ReadWorks is presented by educators and the not-for-profit organization Urban Education Exchange (a 501c3).

Gooru - the Search Engine for Learning

Educational Technology Guy

Gooru is a site I wrote about a while back when it was in Alpha status. It is now in Beta status and open for everyone to use. Gooru describes itself as a "Search Engine for Learning". It is a study tool that allows students to explore resources and study guides that are aligned to standards.

Observing the Common Core Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

Educators across the country are grappling with the Common Core Standards and the significant changes that have come with them.

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.

An Updated Digital Differentiation Model

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

This is part of a Digital Differentiation model, my way i of weaving a web of flexible tools together for teaching and learning. To keep the model relevant, frequent updates are required, as new tools and trends emerge.

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A Reflection On 2012-The Most Popular Posts

The Web20Classroom

As we close out 2012, let''s take a look back at the most popular posts here. With the release of the Apple iBooks Author many educators jumped at the chance to create their own textbooks and books for the classroom. But what if you don''t have access to it or don''t use Apple in your district?

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Conferring Notes & Student Data (Paperless) with the Confer App - created by a National Board Certified Teacher!

Kleinspiration

Confer: The app that organizes your conferring notes and student data Though I''m considered to be a ''tech-savvy teacher,'' I still struggle with letting go of certain paper systems I''m use to.

Technology I'm using daily as a School District CIO

Educational Technology Guy

This past November I started a new chapter in my career and became the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the district I was a teacher in for 10 years.

Visual learning made easy with Lucidchart

A Principal's Reflections

A good graphic organizer reinforces key concepts in a fun, engaging way. Unfortunately, graphic organizers have traditionally been hosted on outdated websites with a poor user experience and no organization to speak of.

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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.

A Guide to Facilitating an Interactive Learning Project

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I have been creating a lot of student projects that use ThingLink as a tool for learning. I have also received a handful of questions from teachers who are highly interested in facilitating a similiar project of their own, but need help with the management involved.

11 Things I Think I Know About Teaching Without a Textbook

The Playground Advocate

My daughter enjoying my mom''s spaghetti Several years ago, I decided I wanted to learn how to cook. I began, as many do, by following recipes.

#Eddies12-The Edublog Awards 2012-Voting Now Open!

The Web20Classroom

The nominations are in and the voting is open for the 2012 Edublog Awards. I was humbled to learn that for the 4th year in a row I have been nominated for Twitterer of the Year and for the 3rd year in a row this blog was nominated for Best Edtech/Resource Sharing Blog. It really is special for me just to be nominated in those categories. Edchat was also nominated for Best Educational Hashtag for the 3rd year in a row, which is really awesome too! Wondering how to vote? It''s easy!

The Handwriting Without Tears Wet-Dry-Try App is Now Available for iOS and Android!

Kleinspiration

Wet-Dry-Try I''m so excited because the HWTears Wet-Dry-Try app is now live! Having been to the HWT two-day training and teaching the program since I started teaching, I''m over the moon about this app.

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.

Mimio Teach Interactive System - great IWB system with great features

Educational Technology Guy

Many teachers use interactive white boards in their classrooms. They can be used for interesting lessons, engaging students at the board, recording what is done on the board, and controlling the computer from the board.

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A School's Transformative Journey

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at the Huffington Post. Recently my school was recognized as the “ School of theMonth ” for November/December by eSchool News. The resulting article described New Milford High School’s many accomplishments pertaining to the use of educational technology to enhance the teaching and learning process. We are extremely proud of the current culture that now exists where technology is seen as one of many necessary tools that are pivotal to student achievement and overall success.

A Google Docs Template for Multimedia Research

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

The Google Docs Presentation is well-suited for use as a starting point for short student driven research projects because of the availability of efficient integrated research tools right on the page.

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Lessons from WDW #6: Storytelling

The Playground Advocate

I''m really interested in the notion that good leaders are good storytellers. I first came across this idea in a #DThink chat that I participated in. Later, this post on the Disney Institute Blog fleshed out this idea further for me.

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.

Making the Most of Your Online Professional Learning in the Digital Age

The 21st Century Principal

“Most successful teachers learn from a combination of resources, including local communities, virtual communities, and research,” writes Kristen Swanson in her new book Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator’s Guide to User-Generated Learning.

Interactive Building Block Cubes by @Sifteo for Creative Play!

Kleinspiration

Give Away: Sifteo Gaming Cubes for Interactive Play They''re like magic little blocks ~ win a set for yourself ~ scroll down! Put Sifteo Cubes in front of someone who''s never seen them before, and you''ll think somebody is reading the thesaurus. Awesome!" Serendipitous!"

Google Play books reads aloud - great for struggling readers

Educational Technology Guy

I just wrote about Evernote Clearly having text-to-speech and I just found out that Google Play Books does too. It has a read aloud function that will read books to you. It has to have an internet access at the time, but it is another resource for students who struggle to read.

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The Ignite Show

A Principal's Reflections

Education needs more advocates. Students, teachers, and administrators need more advocates. The Bammy Awards is one such initiative that is attempting to shine a bright light on the many amazing people in the trenches that are doing great things in the field of education. Thankfully there are others who are beginning to step up as well. I recently met Anne Ostholthoff at the inaugural Bammy Awards and have seen first-hand the work she is doing to launch the web based The Ignite Show.

EdTech at School

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

In The Wake of Newtown: Preparing for the Worst Case Scenario

EdTechSandyK

Newtown has every parent, educator, law enforcement professional, politician, and anyone who cares about children and schools reeling. As part of that reaction, we should all be asking how our schools can do better.

My EdcampNJ Highlights

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

On December 1st, 2012, educators from NJ and surrounding areas congregated at Linwood Middle School in North Brunswick for EdcampNJ''s free day of professional development. For notes on all sessions from the day, take a look at the #EdcampNJ collaborative Google doc compiled by participants.

A Playlist: Avatars & Internet Safety

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

For as long as I can remember I''ve been using avatars to teach Internet safety. It''s a fun and engaging way to teach students the importance of protecting their identities when they are online and a great prelude to using a variety of web 2.0 tools to support the curriculum.

Happy Holidays & a Look Back on the Best of 2012 from @KleinErin at Kleinspiration

Kleinspiration

Thank you all for helping to make 2012 very merry! This year was filled with so many wonderful ideas shared among colleagues (virtual and face to face), connections made at conferences, and friendships formed through collaboration. Blogging has opened so many doors socially and professionally.

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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.

Reuse, update and recycle old technology

Educational Technology Guy

Technology changes rapidly and it seems like something you just bought last week is already outdated and replaced by something new. Some people and companies are always buying the latest and greatest technology, but schools, and most people, can''t afford to do that. So, what can we do?

Lessons from WDW #7: Social Media

The Playground Advocate

I''ve been thinking a lot about how schools can better use social media to reach out to the community, improve learning, and celebrate success. If your schools are like ours, you are just beginning to scratch the surface of social media as it pertains to your daily work.

Cast Your Vote in the Edublog Awards by December 9th

EdTechSandyK

On November 25th, I posted my nominations for the 2012 Edublog Awards. The nominations are now all in, the finalists have been named, and voting is open. You should go vote! Why vote?