December, 2012

K-6 Reading Lessons: Common Core Aligned


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). Our sole mission is to close the achievement gap in reading comprehension throughout the United States. We improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement by providing K?6

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. So the idea is, there is some sort of information transfer (basic information about a learning concept) outside of the learning environment (classroom) allowing for further discussion or extended learning when in the learning environment. (I I made that sound all fancy.

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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. The materials are in math, social studeis and science and are from 5th grade up to high school. Resources include digital textbooks, videos, animations, links and much more.

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. Many Districts spent the end of last year and this past summer re-writing curriculum to address the new standards while also spending a great deal of money providing needed professional development to teachers.

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.

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. P ictures taken by Kevin Jarret t can be found on Flickr.

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


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. I feel like I''ve mastered the perfect templates and spreadsheets for so many of my note taking strategies and record keeping binders. In fact, I''ve gotten so great at being so organized that I even have templates and checklists to organize my binders. Scary, right?

#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!

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. It combines my experience as a teacher and educational technology specialist, as well as my 10 years as an engineer and project manager, into one very exciting, busy, crazy, rewarding job. I am responsible for the IT department, as well as coordinating with the data teams and all technology issues and projects.

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.

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).

Smells like Ed Tech: Lessons CUE Can Learn from Alternative Rock


By Mike Lawrence, CEO, CUE “This tectonic shift has occurred so swiftly and dramatically that we no longer really even say “Ed Tech or educational technology,” we just call it “education”! Mike Lawrence Anyone who listened to music in the 90’s will recall when bands like Nirvana that had been labeled “alternative rock” suddenly became hugely […]. The post Smells like Ed Tech: Lessons CUE Can Learn from Alternative Rock appeared first on OnCUE.

I hate school, but I love learning.

The Innovative Educator

" I hate school, but I love learning. That is what high school student and author of the book One Size Does Not Fit All , Nikhil Goyal, recently posted on his Facebook timeline. What followed were 99 comments. Many from peers deeply invested in and trained by the system to believe you need school to get an education. They represent those who have accepted and/or know nothing else but this new and narrow system that our corporate reformers and politicians have created for us.

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


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. While it''s not your content creation magical app like Toontastic (one of my favorites), it''s so very powerful for little learners. Having a four year old, I know what it is like to work on letter formation and fine motor skills.

Integrating Technology in the Classroom

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Using Screencast-O-Matic and Windows Live Movie Maker, here is a "quick" tour of how I integrate technology in my classroom. Be sure to check out the complete list of projects and resources by clicking on the Integrating Technology tab. assessment assignments BYOD Claco digital citizenship edmodo edtech flipclass flipped Google docs literature PBL speaking wordle writing

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.

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. There are a variety of brands and devices out there, and one that I like is the Mimio Teach system. This turns any white board into an interactive white board. It can capture handwritten notes, annotations, operate the computer and presentation from the board and more.

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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. Are you frustrated with stale content, zero digital options, and a lack of customizable features? Give Lucidchart a try. As a popular diagramming web application, Lucidchart offers a modern solution to the age-old challenge of visual learning.

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5 Strategies for Using Your Digital Footprint to Create a Strong, Professional Online Reputation

The 21st Century Principal

“ If you are using virtual spaces for professional learning, it only enhances your digital footprint,” writes Kristen Swanson in her new book Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator’s Guide to User-Generated Learning. Getting educators to think about their own digital footprint should be an important part of 21st century school leadership, and reflecting and managing our own is just as important.

Teacher dropouts

The Innovative Educator

Editor''s note: This is a living post to which I will continue adding the stories of teacher dropouts as they are brought to my attention. More than 20 years ago John Taylor Gatto wrote a letter announcing his departure from the teaching profession, titled I Quit, I Think. The letter was published in the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal where he said he no longer wished to "hurt kids to make a living." He gave this advice: "We don’t need a national curriculum or national testing either.

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.

Interactive Building Block Cubes by @Sifteo for Creative Play!


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!" That''s because Nobody''s ever seen anything like them. David Pogue , The New York Times Many years ago, when completing my undergraduate degree, my university had Willard Daggett come and speak to the students.

Collaborative Digital Information Projects

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

My students used their phones to create voice recorded projects and I''d like to continue evolving their skills into eventually being comfortable doing collaborative digital presentations. Technology can easily be used to facilitate student presentations and overcome the fear of public speaking and provide valid opportunities for reflection and collaboration.

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? One thing is to reuse old technology for new purposes. I use an old Palm PDA as my backup alarm clock.

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.

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!

6 Strategies to Make Your School of District’s Office Paperless

The 21st Century Principal

This morning’s #satchat turned to a discussion about using technology to make the school administrator’s office paperless. I have actually always been “less paperful,” if I may coin a term, than other administrators because it is a by-product of relying heavily on technology, which I always have. I won’t go into the rationale for why one would want to have a paperless office because I think the reasons for doing so are rather obvious.

How to Make Dropping Out of School Work for You

The Innovative Educator

I have the good fortune to be able to call Deven Black a colleague and friend who has never disappointed when it comes to stretching my thinking. Deven helps me become smarter and look at things in new ways. Every time Deven and I communicate, I''m always surprised by some other amazing accomplishment of his that he mentions in passing. As I was writing my Teens Guide to Opting Out of School for Success , Deven mentioned he was one such teen and he agreed to contribute to my guide.

Happy Holidays & a Look Back on the Best of 2012 from @KleinErin at 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. Most of all, I am thankful for the support we all offer to each other. Two years ago, I never would have imagined that blogging would have influenced my profession the way it has today.

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People may mistake my enthusiasm for the potential of technology with a desire to spread the message that our lives, both work and personal, should be tech-infused all the time. Though I struggle myself with balancing high- and no-tech, and there''s the whole "those who can''t do." thing at work here, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge how important it is that we regularly Notice our analog friends, family, neighbors, and, of course, students.

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.

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. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. Feel free to share summaries and links to these articles, but do not copy and repost entire article. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

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Vivid Vocabulary, Common Core, & Tech Integration Tools


Research shows that vocabulary acquisition plays a huge role in student learning, therefore requires attention in the classroom. With the shifts of the Common Core , students need to spend time learning both Tier 2 and Tier 3 words in a variety of ways. Reading more text exposes students to more words and phrases. Students learn vocabulary in multiple contexts through multiple connections.

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. In other words, educators learn from the communities to which their are connected, and having the tools to make those connections are truly vital in the digital age. That’s where Swanson’s book comes in.