January, 2013

The Right Way is Your Way

A Principal's Reflections

I have read some very thought-provoking posts and associated commentary over the past couple of weeks focusing on how particular educators use social media. What I have found interesting is the powerful opinions as to how one should use social media.

Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think!

The Web20Classroom

When I was teaching science one of the best lessons I learned was about formative assessment. In my first year of teaching I taught the way I was told to teach. Deliver content to my students, assess at the end, remediate if necessary.

If Our Characters Had Instagram (new bulletin board: free printables to make your own)


"If Our Characters Had Instagram" This idea was inspired by my second grade students. After returning from winter break, I was surprise with the amount of kids that received smart devices. Many now have the new iPad mini.

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Boundless - free, open source, digital textbooks

Educational Technology Guy

Boundless is a service that provides free, open source, digital textbooks. There are 18 open textbooks with Creative Commons licensed content, for college subjects including accounting, biology, economics and more.

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.

How to Decode a Tweet


When you first start using Twitter, one of the things you have to figure out is how to decode Tweets. What does each part represent? What does it mean when a word starts with a #? Below is a Tweet as it might be displayed on the Twitter website when viewed on a computer.

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Communicating a Concept With Instagram

A Principal's Reflections

The culture at New Milford High School empowers teachers to develop creative pathways for students to demonstrate conceptual mastery. Joanna Westbrook, one of my first year English teachers, never shies away from this. Earlier this year she experimented with using Twitter to foster creative thought.

So.You Wanna Be A Good Digital Citizen

The Web20Classroom

This is an update from a post a wrote a while back. I''ve included some new resources to check out.

Dan Pink (Give-Away): To Sell is Human (@DanielPink ) Autographed *new* book!


One Book that Changed the Way I Teach Anyone that follows my digital footprint knows that I admire the work of Dan Pink. image/info from danpink.com Daniel H.

Great Tips, Resources and Ideas for Going Paperless in the New Year

Educational Technology Guy

I am a big fan of going paperless whenever possible and technology just keeps making it easier to do. Google is one of the sponsors of the Paperless pledge and has some tips, resources and ideas for going paperless and I have collected a variety of resources and tips. Here they all are.Check them out and check out Paperless2013 and sign up for more tips.

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.

Your Facebook Privacy is YOUR Responsibility, Not Your Friends'.


Social networking is a great way to share our lives and keep in touch with friends, but it''s important that we all keep ourselves educated on how our settings work and only share information about privacy that is accurate.

4 Rules For Building a Culture of Support: Advice From a Practicing Principal

The 21st Century Principal

Making Teachers' Lives Easier

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Jessica Groff, an English teacher here at New Milford High School. In this post she discusses her experience with a cloud-based technology solution called ClassLink.

A Class You'll Be Excited To Take. #ETMOOC

The Web20Classroom

It''s been a few years since I last took a formal "class." My entire Masters degree was done online back in 2009 and 2010 and that wasn''t all that traditional at the time. Now it is almost the norm.

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.

ABCya Games: The Leader in Free Kids Computer Games & Apps for your iPod/iPad!!


ABCya.com is a terrific site for your elementary classroom! I enjoy going to this site for several reasons: the content is organized by grade level the site is easy to navigate the games are rich in quality ummm. freebies!

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Getting Organized Tips and Resources

Educational Technology Guy

GET ORGANIZED!! Here are some tips on getting organized. I am a very organized person (type A personality and was an engineer for ten years) and I used to teach organizational skills to other employees at one of my jobs. There are a ton of different organizational methods out there, but it is actually pretty easy to be organized and stay that way using some free tools. I use a variety of tools to keep myself organized and share them with colleagues, administrators, teachers and with students.

3 Ways to Embrace Change This Year

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Teachers embracing technology to support the Common Core and new ways of teaching may want to get organized and prepared for some positive changes. Here are 3 ways to get ready for change in the New Year.

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Who Are Your Top 5 Education Tweeps to Follow?


I know questions like this are insanely hard, but that doesn''t stop me from asking them! In preparation for a Twitter for Professional Learning workshop I''m leading at the TCEA Convention in early February, I''d like to know who your top 5 education folks to follow on Twitter are and why.

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.

Altering the Path to BYOD

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Sherry Spier, a K-12 Media Specialist Coordinator in the Cinnaminson School District (NJ). In this post Sherry reflects on here recent visit to New Milford High School, which took place on January 11, 2013.

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A Wrap Up Of Day 1 At #FETC

The Web20Classroom

I''ve had the pleasure of spending time at the Florida Educational Technology Conference, better known as FETC. Held in Orlando, educators from across Florida and the world really, are here talking educational technology and learning together. Today was filled with lots of sessions and even a presentation from yours truly. Below are the links to everything I did today.

Common Core Elementary Apps Created by Teachers for the @iTooch App by EduPad!


There is an app for that. iTooch Elementary is an app covering the official Maths, Science and Language Arts curriculum for grades 3-5. Each title contains 40-50 chapters and includes 1000-2000 activities.

Google Slides now available offline!

Educational Technology Guy

Google Docs/Drive is a great, free resource that allows you to create, edit, share, collaborate on, and comment on Documents (Docs), Spreadsheets (Sheets), and Presentations (Slides), all online. Think Microsoft Office in the cloud with some other great features. I use Google Slides (Presentations), the equivalent of PowerPoint, for all of my presentations. I like the features it has and like that I can easily share it online and people will always be able to see the newest version.

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EdTech at School

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

Computational Thinking: A Digital Age Skill

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

"Computer science is having a revolutionary impact on scientific research and discovery. Simply put, it is nearly impossible to do scholarly research in any scientific or engineering discipline without an ability to think computationally.

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11 Things I Think I Know We Must Teach

The Playground Advocate

What Matters? I recently wrote a reflective post that I hoped would help me clarify my thinking on what our purpose is for teaching titled "Why are we here?"

Learning Math Should be Fun and Engaging

A Principal's Reflections

Kanchan Chellani, currently a math teacher at New Milford High School , is a strong believer in making the learning process fun, interactive, and meaningful for students. To engage students in her classroom, Mrs. Chellani has utilized a variety of tools to help her develop an interactive, student-centered learning environment.

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Newly Posted Favorite Resources 01/13/2013

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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.

How Twitter Helped Owen, Middle School B-ball Player, Get His Sports Center Moment


Doodle 4 Google contest open - create a doodle, win a scholarship

Educational Technology Guy

Google is once again hosting a Doodle 4 Google contest for K-12 students in the US. Students create a doodle of the Google logo based on this years theme: "My Best Day Ever." would be what? Think outside the box and use some imagination. The winner will see their Doodle on the Google homepage for a day, get a $30,000 college scholarship and get a $50,000 technology grant for their school.

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Vocabulary & Significant Text: I Have a Dream

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Common Core Shift 6 suggests that it is important to dig deeper into Tier II vocabulary words. Tier II words are those words that are found across many content areas and change meaning depending on context.