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. I think it is great that so many people have focused opinions on what social media should, could, or should not be with a considerable emphasis on specific do''s and dont''s.

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. With that cycle, I always had kids who were behind, who never seemed like they could catch up. I was talking with a teacher friend the summer after my first year and she suggested something simple. Put a large piece of paper next to the door.


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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. I was also surprised to hear that a lot of them shared their holiday memories with each other over Instagram. I had no idea that second graders were using this application. After all, I just started using it this past summer.

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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. Boundless provides a free alternative to expensive textbooks and they can also be used as supplemental materials for students. The content is changed and additions made, in direct contrast to printed textbooks that are usually outdated before they are printed.

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.

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. Note that not all Tweets might include all of these exact attributes.

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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. Well earlier this week Mrs. Westbrook was at it again. On Monday she enthusiastically entered my office to share a new project she was working on that was going to integrate Instagram.

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. Recently, my district began a huge initiative to combat bullying/cyberbullying and to help students become more aware of the choices they make both in their face-to-face lives and their digital decisions as well. There is no one right way or right answer that will stop the problems. However, I do believe that the classroom and our schools are the places where tough conversations need to be had.

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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. Pink is the author of five provocative books about the changing world of work — including the long-running New York Times bestseller, A Whole New Mind, and the #1 New York Times bestseller, Drive. His books have been translated into 33 languages.

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.

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).

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. For example, I''ve lost count of how many of my friends have posted the status below in recent weeks: Hello, FB friends: I want to stay PRIVATELY connected with you. I post shots of my family that I don''t want strangers to have access to!

A Surprising Lesson Learned from Small Engine Repair


By CUE Member and guest blogger Mark Dohn My son has just started high school. There’s nothing traumatic to report. A couple of bus snafus, but other than that I’ve been impressed with how he is navigating a new city and a new school on his own. Then it came time to register for classes. Registering […]. The post A Surprising Lesson Learned from Small Engine Repair appeared first on OnCUE. Learn Education Technology

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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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. But I do enjoy learning and I am very interested in the ideas of MOOCs or Massively Open Online Courses and have been for a while.

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.

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! the games are tied to standards the apps and games fit the content I teach parents love the reinforcement at home it''s fun for teachers and students there are so many options to choose from everything is in one place Just see for yourself, click here to connect.

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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.

On Edmodo Global Connections Just a Post Away

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

While I use Twitter consistently for informal professional development and connecting with other educators, the opportunities for making connections on Edmodo are greatly increased. Unlike Twitter where one has to find and follow others (I follow 982, but only about 550 follow me), the communities on Edmodo provide areas for thousands of educators to congregate and post. Ask and you shall receive. just post and wait for a reply! Global Connections can easily be made on Edmodo with one post.

Bring Your Ed Tech Career Opportunities to Life


By CUE Member and guest blogger Bill Selak Do you remember that credential class when you had to create a blog? I’m guessing the last post that is on it is from the last week of the course and you don’t even remember how to log in (if you even remember what website it’s on). […]. The post Bring Your Ed Tech Career Opportunities to Life appeared first on OnCUE. Professional Development

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.

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. Jessica also teachers Digital Journalism and has worked with her students to create The Lance , our school''s digital newspaper. Four years ago, I left a desk job to become a teacher.

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. The a pps created by iTooch are currently being used by more than 300,000 students and have been created by teachers to make sure they comply with the U.S. National Common Core Standards. You can click here to see the teachers behind the development of iTooch.

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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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!

8 Must-Have Skills for Spotting Misinformation for 21st Century Students

The 21st Century Principal

A 21st century skill that all students need badly is the ability to spot misinformation. As educators, we desperately need to do as Loren Collins states in her book, Bullspotting: Finding Facts in the Age of Misinformation. We need to "arm our students with baloney-detecting tools to prevent false and unsupported beliefs so that such beliefs can be better contained." In other words, 21st century educators need to equip our students with "baloney-detection" skills.

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This is how Democracy ends — Apology from a former teacher

The Innovative Educator

Recently Kris Nielsen , the Teacher Dropout I featured on my blog last month, wrote this to me on Facebook: A while back, I asked you if you saw any redeeming qualities about CCSS. Your answer got me thinking. Since then, you could say I've seen the light. To follow is the post he wrote that appears on his blog Middle Grades Mastery.

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. For the last year, myself and four other members of the Cinnaminson School District staff worked relentlessly to start a pilot Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program at Cinnaminson High School.

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Introduction to iPads: Part 2--iPad Integration


How does a teacher start to use iPads in the classroom? While Part 1 focuses on the hardware basics, Part 2 focuses on iPad integration in the classroom. Most teachers need to think through a few things about implementation before going full throttle. iPad management When I think about introducing a class to something new, I recall the lesson learned in my first year of teaching when I handed out geoboards for the first time.

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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.

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


Middle School Basketball Player from Michigan Gets His Sports Center Moment The Power of a Hashtag - Making Dreams Come True As I was driving home this afternoon, I heard this very cool story about how the students of a local junior high school in Rochester Hills, MI had used Twitter to help support their teammate. As I understand the story, there is a young man on the basketball team named Owen Groesser who had been waiting for his opportunity to get into a game all season.

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.

Top Posts from "The Mobile Native"

The Mobile Native

QR What? Recent Mobile Findings 3. 5 Can''t Miss Mobile Learning Resources 4. Everything Bring Your Own Device! 50 Shades of Mobile 6. So, You Want An App? Mobile Learning Blogroll 8. BYOD "Food for Thought" 9. Case Studies, Videos & AUPs 10. BYOD Toolbox. Apps BYOD Mobile Learning