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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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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.

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).

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.

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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Web 2.0 in the Classroom, by Ryan McCallum

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Please give it a minute to load, then push play below. Web 2.0 in the classroom on Prezi

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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Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

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.

Master's Degree Completion


The count-down widget from my M.Ed. portfolio! Just a short entry to commemorate the fact that I believe I just hit the submit button for the final time in the pursuit of my master''s degree in Educational Technology Leadership. Since this blog started at the same time as my degree , it seemed I should mark the occasion! I have no major reflections to share at this moment, as I am all reflected out after the final course, but I may have some graduate thoughts to share in the future.

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.

EdTech at School

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