November, 2010

Tools to Help Become a Tech Savvy Educator

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at The Educator''s Royal Treatment. As I mentioned in a previous post I have been working on a educational technology presentation for principals in a NJ school district.

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Why Are You A Life-Long Learner? The Follow-Up.

The Web20Classroom

Recently I asked this: We encourage our kids to be life-long learners. And when they ask why we tell them all kinds of things like it is important to stay relevant in our careers and it is important for humanity to have people who enjoy learning, etc.

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Free Google Apps Training Resources

The Electric Educator

Google Apps for Education is quickly becoming a significant force in education. Google recently announced that over 10 million students have gone Google. Google is an engineering company that has created some unbelievably useful products.

Tuesday Live in Elluminate with Matt Levinson - From Fear to Facebook

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Tuesday, November 23rd, for a live and interactive webinar with Matt Levinson , author of From Fear to Facebook: One Schools Journey.

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.

A new model for Higher Education

Connecting 2 the World

I recently read two good blog posts about higher education: one by Clark Quinn and the other by Andy Cloverdale. In both posts they point out the need for change in the way that education is provided at the University and the way instructors/professors are trained to teach in the University. This and the extreme budget cuts to our university in the face of rising enrollments got me thinking about the call for "reform" in how our universities are run in the US today.

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The Opinion That Matters Most

A Principal's Reflections

This morning I attended a meeting with students that represent New Milford High School and my superintendent. The purpose of the "Superintendent''s Council" is to allow students to have a voice and empower them to make meaningful changes to the culture of the District.

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Bring Those Boring Binders To Life With Livebinders

The Web20Classroom

I realized today that I have talked a lot about my various Livebinders but never really have taken the time to explain what they are or how they work. First, a video. Think of Livebinders as a virtual 3 ring binder that you can put pretty much anything in.

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Global Education Conference

The Electric Educator

I''d like to invite you to participate in the 2010 Global Education Conference November 15-19, 2010.

2010 Global Education Conference #globaled10 - Check It Out, and Looking for Help!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The online 2010 Global Education Conference kicks off on November 15th for 5 days. As co-chair of the conference, I''m both nervous and excited! The conference has garnered incredible support--we currently have over 90 partner organizations , 120 international educator advisors , 36 keynote speakers , and over 300 worldwide presentations --all around helping students and educators to connect globally. Check out the amazing schedule in your own time zone.

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.

ASHA Philly Wrap-up


This was my fifth ASHA experience- I have been fortunate enough to make it to Miami, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans and Philly. I know that it can be overwhelming at first, and I usually get so discombobulated that I commit some kind of major faux pas.

Wikipedia Is NOT Wicked!

The Daring Librarian

Hi, My name is Gwyneth and I use Wikipedia every day. There, I said it. Somehow that''s pretty freeing! Wikipedia is NOT a dirty word. We''re doing a disservice not teaching our kids HOW to use it and how to cite in - ummm selectively & with forethought.

The Power of Reflection

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past couple of days I have been preparing a presentation for K-12 Principals entitled "Harnessing the Power of Educational Technology" (I''ll share more about this at a later time).

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Provide Answers To Tech Questions Effortlessly.

The Web20Classroom

This was a post I wrote over a year ago. I am reviving it in the hopes you will find it useful. I use this site almost once a week. It is a valuable resource to me and I hope you will feel the same. It is very challenging sometimes to provide the help that teachers and staff need.

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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.

What Librarians Make -- Joyce Valenza Says It All

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Inspired by Taylor Mali''s "What Does a Teacher Make?" and in response to articles by Dr. Marc Bernstein, Superintendent of the Valley Stream (NY) Central High School District that question the relevance of libraries, Librarian Joyce Valenza says it all about what it means to be a librarian.

The Divided Stories of Education Reform, Personal Cognitive Revolutions, and New Superheroes

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

A few months ago I interviewed John Taylor Gatto for my “ Future of Education ” interview series. From 1989-1991 Mr. Gatto was recognized as the New York City teacher of the year, as well in 1991 as the New York State teacher of the year.

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Voice Cards App


Voice Cards is an iPhone/iPod/iPad app you can use to create stacks of "flash" cards with auditory rather than written information. The app is currently priced at $.99- 99- very reasonable for such a versatile therapy resource.

A look at Institute Day

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Session Titles & Descriptions-11/20/10


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.

A Tweet For Your Thoughts

A Principal's Reflections

Large classrooms can make students feel anonymous, and as a result, many may feel less compelled to actively participate or pay attention during class.

6 Nifty Ideas For Using Google Apps In The Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Over the past few weeks I have collected some great classroom resources surrounding the use of Google for various classroom activities. Here are a few of my favorites. (In In no particular order. I don''t want to make anyone jealous or anything.)

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How do you say Librarian in Chinese? Testing Google Translate

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Selma sent me the Chinese characters for librarian (?????), which immediately sent me on yet another research adventure (so typical of us librarians!). Choose your Own Research Adventure #Umpteenty-two: How do you say the word "Librarian" in different languages?

Tuesday Live in Elluminate with Phillip Schlechty - Leading for Learning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Tuesday, November 30th, for a live and interactive webinar with Phillip Schlechty, author of Leading for Learning: How to Transform Schools into Learning Organizations.

EdTech at School

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

Make a Virtual Turkey


The Make a Stuffed Turkey game at Primary Games is a fun way to work on sequencing and helping kids understand all that goes into a Turkey Dinner. The click-and-drag activity prompts each step in "making" a stuffed turkey, and is great fun (though the music is annoying).

Wordle and Current Events

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Wordle is a great tool for beginning a discussion about current events. Here is what happened when I wordled election results from the Chicago Tribune , The State Journal-Register, and The Associated Press this morning

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Opening Minds on Social Networking

A Principal's Reflections

The following interview took place after Education Week''s Leadership Forum "Unleashing Technology to Personalize Learning" on 10/5/10 in Washington D.C. In order to increase access and use I am now utilizing Facebook with students and parents in my District. There are so many people already using Facebook to interact with their friends and family. They’re always excited to find out that they can learn about our school at the same time.

Revolutions Start With One.

The Web20Classroom

It only takes one. Earlier this week was the Blogging For Real Reform. This was an effort started by one person that grew into a movement that eventually got the Secretary of Education for the U.S. involved. One person into many. I saw this video on Twitter last night.

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.

Completely Online Global Education Conference -- a sign of the times

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Courtesy of It''s history in the making -- Global Education Conference 2010 will be completely online, and it involves a a multitude of big players. November 15-19, 2010, and absolutely free! It''s mind-boggling: 397 general sessions from 62 countries, plus 63 keynote speakers.

A new economic model for Higher Education: Part 1 history

Connecting 2 the World

More and more people have recently been writing about a new economic model for higher education ( Andy Coverdale , Clark Quinn , and Tom Haskins , just to name a few). However, as we grapple around the world with how higher education should be structured and funded, we aren't willing to reexamine the underlying beliefs upon which the funding and academic structures were created.

My 2010 Edublogs Nominees Post


Wherein I start (and end) my campaign to get us SLPs and other Special Educators a bit more recognized in the edublogosphere. The Edublog Awards is an annual online "event" meant to recognize excellent use of social media in educational circles.