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. The title I chose was "Harnessing the Power of Educational Technology" as I firmly believe that the many free tools available at our fingertips possess the ability to enhance our effectiveness and efficiency as administrators.

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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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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.

Twitter: The Art of the Follow

The Daring Librarian

The Art of the Follow: One of the hardest things on Twitter is to master is the art of the Follow. When I started I was so thrilled when ANYone followed me - I didn''t look too closely and would immediately follow them back. follow selectively because useless chatter & only FourSquare posts does not move the conversation forward. Twitter Comic Tutorial At-A-Glance Part Deux that coordinates to this blog is below- thanks!) Here are a few thoughts on how to decide to follow.

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.

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. Computer engineering is what they do and they do a great job at it. Training, support, and marketing are not their strongest suites.

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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.

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. You probably have something much more creative and fun than mine.) But that lead me to educators and life-long learners. We want to have teachers that are life-long learners.

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Resources from ASHA Convention


It takes one a lot of time to consolidate all we learn at a conference like the ASHA Convention. Unfortunately some years we never fully do consolidate the information, because we are thrown back into the busy schedule and, well, it''s HARD to integrate new practices. I think it''s helpful to have realistic expectations of ourselves and consider a conference successful if we have a few new ideas that we implement.

So Ask Me a Question

Nik Peachey

I recently spotted this very interesting site called which exploits video to create asynchronous conversations. I find it interesting because of the simple way it creates presence. As you can see below, it looks like the person (me in this case) is waiting ready for your question. All visitors need to do is type a question into the text line below the video and the creator will get a message with the question and post a reply. You can try it if you wish by posting a question to me.

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).

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. Sadly, I don''t believe teachers & college professors are ready to wrap their mind around or admit recent studies that show: Wikipedia as accurate as Britannica.

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.

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. During the meeting the students were asked what changes or initiatives they would like to see.

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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. Webpage, PDF, image, video, text, they all can go into a page organized for you. Each item can be on it''s own tab or you can further organize by using sub-tabs.

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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.

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. I recall back in Chicago, I saw a gentleman walking toward the escalator, spied his last name on his badge, and thought I knew him from Boston University. As I got on the escalator behind him, I said, "Hey, Jerry!"

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.

iNACOL Virtual School Symposium

The Electric Educator

This past week I had the opportunity to fly down to Glendale, Arizona (just outside of Phoenix) to attend iNACOL''s annual Virtual School Symposium. The conference brought together 1,800 leaders in the field of online and virtual education.

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Fun little editor combined with appreciation for our AJUSD teachers. and voila, my first Vuvox collage: P.S. For those of you wondering, I changed the music to something I made on GarageBand so that I wouldn''t be breaking any copyright laws. 21st Century Learning Peer Coaching Collaboration Coaching Professional Development Relationships

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.

Talk is Cheap

A Principal's Reflections

I was re-reading a recent post by George Couros ( Is Change the True Barrier? ) and began to reflect on some of the comments made directly on his site as well as those in the Twitter stream. The following comment by David Jakes really got me thinking: " Perpetual never-ending conversation about change is the barrier." As I looked more into the recent pleas for change in education I came across this video: Talk is cheap (I do think this is a pretty good video though)!

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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.) Googlios [link] E-portfolios are becoming more and more popular. This site teaches educators and students how to organize all of their digital content in one place (a Google Site) for showing off their best work.

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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. Voice Cards is really easy to use and has many applications for SLPs- it would be motivating to use with students'' vocabulary lists. Presenting information auditorily will give students an opportunity to work on that modality.

Adding Blogger Gadgets & Customizing Headers

The Daring Librarian

I get really excited when, after I give a keynote or do a preso at a conference, people from those events contact me later with questions about new things they are trying that is making them feel that awkward growing feeling! Much like I felt a few weeks ago with creating my first Wikipedia page. Several of these wonderful educators are trying to create new blogs and Twittering for the first time! A very close friend of mine (we went to grad school together - hey Kathy Glascock !)

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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!

Global Education Conference

The Electric Educator

I''d like to invite you to participate in the 2010 Global Education Conference November 15-19, 2010. Organized by Steve Hargadon and Lucy Gray , the conference is a "collaborative and world-wide community effort to significantly increase opportunities for globally-connecting education activities and initiatives." Don''t worry about arranging flights or hotels, the conference takes place entirely online!

Culture and Technology

Connecting 2 the World

This post is as much a work in progress to help me understand some of what I am seeing in my dissertation. So I apologize for the lack of specific references at this point. I am hoping to find some to support some of the ideas I have uncovered. Defining Culture and Technology There has been a lot written over the last 2 decades on the impact of culture on technology and the impact of technology on culture. Betty Collis and Catherine McLoughlin have written extensively on this issue.

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). I must say that I have been quite impressed with myself as I decided to create the entire full day presentation using Google Sites.

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One Click To Give Schools Some Dough.

The Web20Classroom

Bing and Donors Choose are teaming up over this holiday season to give schools all over the country $1 Million bucks. And the best part is you can help out. Simply visit The Bing Cares Homepage and click the button. It is that simple. You can take it one step further and sign up to get a free $5 code that you can use to support a Donors Choose project of your choice. Maybe there is a teacher in your district who is looking to fund something awesome for their class.

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.

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). Language Lens Consider a predictive pre-activity- brainstorm ingredients that go into making a turkey! The activity also is a good context for building categories such as food groups and kitchen tools.

Download YouTube Vids 4 School in4 Easy Steps and YAY Math!

The Daring Librarian

Problem: Teacher Wants to Show a YouTube Video A few days ago one of my awesome 7th grade math teachers came to me in the library with her laptop & a problem. She had downloaded a kick butt Math video (above) from YouTube but couldn''t get it to work. she had downloaded it as.html) Could I help? Solution! Now.of course YouTube is blocked in my school (yeah, I''m fighting that, too! UPDATE: I won! OR at least for teachers) so being the daring librarian (and a contrarian!)

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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. In the summer of 1991 he retired abrubptly, and in a very public way: in an op-ed piece published in the Wall Street Journal where he claimed by being a part of the public school system he was harming students more than helping them.