June, 2014

This One's for You, Grandpa!

Tom Murray

I can remember bouncing on your lap when I was about three. I remember the silly gifts you’d give, your incredible sense of humor, your amazing model of how to be a father and grandfather, and how to this day, I consider you the most brilliant man I’ve ever known. I remember your hugs and kisses; your tickles every time we were together. I remember your “I love you, Tommy. I’m so proud of you”, stated well over a million times. As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to greatly respect your service

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Change is a Mindset

A Principal's Reflections

For many years New Milford High School was just like virtually every other public school in this country defined solely by traditional indicators of success such as standardized test scores, graduation rates, and acceptances to four year colleges. These indicators have become so embedded in the minds of those judging our schools and work that we, like everyone else, worked hard to focus only on initiatives that would hopefully produce favorable outcomes in those areas.


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Why Formative Assessments Matter

The Web20Classroom

Back in my first year, I was teaching a unit on the parts of the Periodic Table. The students needed to know where they could identify elements that were typically metals, non-metals, gases and be able to identify elements based on their Atomic number among other tasks. At the time, I believed I was doing exactly what my standards said I had to. My students needed to know the organizational structure of the Periodic Table and by golly they were gonna know.

Google announces Google Educator Groups - great resource for educators

Educational Technology Guy

Yesterday Google announced the launch of Google Educators Groups. This is a program made up of communities of educators who can connect with each other to learn, share, and help each other. While it is mainly online, there are real-world meetups and events as well. This is a great resource for educators. See below for more information and to sign up for a group or even create your own (I signed up for the NYC one as there isn''t one in Connecticut, YET).

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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.

Planning for #ISTE14 - Check out these tips from an OCD educator to stay organized!


Planning for ISTE 2014. can be a bit overwhelming! I am organized to a fault. I rely on my planner. yes, a paper planner. I use sticky notes. I color code agenda items, and most importantly, I L.O.V.E marking lines through completed items on my lists. There is something about that satisfying sense of accomplishment that helps me feel a small sense of success. We are all busy, especially this time of year.

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For My Prince and Princess on Father's Day

Tom Murray

In two days, my little boy will be one. In a blink of an eye, he’s gone from a sweet newborn baby, to a crazy babbling toddler on the verge of taking steps of his own. My princess, now four, talks about her wedding day, what she wants to be when she grows up, and her favorite app of the day. I’m not quite sure where time went, but in a few blinks, life has moved on. I’m a guilty one. I’m guilty of often putting work in front of my little angels. Guilty of often having my head buried in my email


Opinions Are Nice, But Actions Are What Matter

A Principal's Reflections

Change has become quite the buzzword in education as of late. You hear it in schools, during face-to-face conversations with educators, at the dinner table, and most emphatically in social media spaces. Virtually all of these conversations have merit to them. It goes without saying that education, schools, and professional practice need to change in order to provide learners with the necessary skill sets to succeed in today’s ever-growing digital world.

3 Simple Rules For Attending Any Conference

The Web20Classroom

As the end of June approaches that means the annual ISTE (International Society for Technology In Education) Conference is around the corner. ISTE is one of my favorite conferences because I get to catch up face-to-face with those I haven''t seen in the past year, I get to learn with some incredible educators and I get to see the latests gadgets and must haves for the classroom. If you are a social media user or a blog reader you may have seen several posts related to getting more out of ISTE.

Adobe Releases New Storytelling App for iPad

Educational Technology Guy

Adobe recently released a new Storytelling App for iPad. Adobe Voice, a new animated video app for iPad, that gives anyone the ability to create and share engaging video stories. Adobe Voice allows you to create these video stories using a combination of your own recorded voice, imagery, music and cinema-quality motion graphics and effects. This is a great app for education, allowing students to create an interactive and engaging school project.

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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).

Oh, The Places We Will Go with Google’s Connected Classrooms!


Written By CUE Member Alice Chen @WonderTechEdu What if you could take your students on unlimited field trips? What if your class could visit Antarctica or speak with a NASA astronaut? With Google’s Connected Classrooms, this is now absolutely possible. In recent years, Google has taken their video calling service, known as Hangouts, to a […]. The post Oh, The Places We Will Go with Google’s Connected Classrooms! appeared first on OnCUE. Technology in Education

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To the Citizens of BC

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

To the Citizens of British Columbia, Canada, How important is a good, free, public education system to you and to our society? How much should a collective ‘WE’ spend on creating the best possible public education for ALL of our children? Here are some graphs from Statistics Canada: Summary Elementary and Secondary School Indicators for Canada, the Provinces and Territories, 2006/2007 to 2010/2011. Catalogue-no-81-595-M-No-099-Statistics-Canada ).

5 Key Takeaways from #edcampusa

Tom Murray

The energy at the end of the day was infectious. To hear Emily Davis from the US Department of Education speak with such passion about what had occurred at the DOE that day was both encouraging and inspiring. In lieu of the traditional edcamp smackdown to wrap up the day, 100 educators from around the nation discussed the day''s impact of the first ever EdCamp USA. In reflecting on my time at the Department on June 6th, and having co-facilitated four sessions throughout the day, I left with the

Twitter as a Tool For Academic Discourse

A Principal's Reflections

New Milford High School teachers Jessica Groff and Joanna Westbrook created a Common Core aligned English Language Arts (ELA) task that incorporated Twitter into their unit on Julius Caesar and built on content authentic to the Shakespeare''s history play – i.e. social media re-purposed with and for academic discourse.

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.

Quick Collection Of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Resources

The Web20Classroom

More and more districts are realizing the power that Bring Your Own Device can have on teaching and learning. Students get the opportunity to use the technology they are familiar with and be exposed to how technology is being used by their peers. But while students are embracing BYOD with loud applause, educators are taking a step back and thinking about the impact BYOD has on their teaching.

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Google Announces some great new features for Apps!

Educational Technology Guy

Google just announced some great new features for Google Apps that make it even more useful and powerful. Schools, like ours, that use Google Apps for Education will be very pleased with these updates and new features. Google Apps Admins can now restore a user''s Google Drive files from the past 25 days. This is great for one someone deletes a file by mistake. https://support.google.com/a/answer/6052340 Google Drive: huge changes here.

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Everything You Need to Know – ISTE 101: Atlanta in 2014


Written by CUE Member and ISTE’s 2014 Kay L. Bitter Award Recipient Bill Selak @billselak It’s almost time to hang out with 20,000 of my closest friends. Well, there’s me, 5,000 exhibitors, and 1,000 sessions. And there’s you, of course! If you’ve never been to an ISTE Conference, I need to warn you: it’s big! […]. The post Everything You Need to Know – ISTE 101: Atlanta in 2014 appeared first on OnCUE.

Creating a Classic Cell Style Animation using Google Slides

My Paperless Classroom

Links to the finished project: As Published at 1 FPS https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1nVJPDYXItycWwFeFBIwMVniRE-xYfD_2wXfG19nJTkU/pub?start=true&loop=false&delayms=1000 start=true&loop=false&delayms=1000 On this link the delay has been modified to create a rate of 12 FPS https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1nVJPDYXItycWwFeFBIwMVniRE-xYfD_2wXfG19nJTkU/pub?start=true&loop=false&delayms=0084

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.

Hey, We Started a School!

Philly Teacher

It was 3:00pm on June 20th, the last day of school. The inaugural staff of SLA@Beeber sat around the huge conference table in the main office going over highlights and areas for growth for next year. We picked apart processes, events, successes, failures and made suggestions for next year. We discussed our capacity as a staff, the way our kids had grown so much since September, the way we stuck together as a staff and made some really hard decisions together.

Rescue ETAG—say no to FELTAG

Ed Tech Now

The DfE should reject the FELTAG recommendations in order to ensure that all the same mistakes are not repeated by ETAG At the same time as the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG) got ready to submit its recommendations to government … Continue reading → Stategy Bob Harrison DfE diana laurillard edtech education ETAG FELTAG Matt Hancock michael gove Stephen Heppell Tom Bennett

Just who are the people behind today’s educational software?

The Hechinger Report

Over the next week or so, The Hechinger Report will be publishing excerpts from Richard Whitmire’s book On the Rocketship: How Top Charter Schools are Pushing the Envelope. In this first installment, software engineer Ben Slivka — inspired by science fiction — dreamed of creating truly adaptive learning software. CHAPTER 9: Sci-Fi-Inspired Software. February 2005: Bellevue, Washington.

Google for Education CT Summit - June 21-22, 2014, Greenwich, CT

Educational Technology Guy

I will be presenting at the Google for Education CT Summit on June 21st, 2014 on Chromebook and Google Apps deployments. The Summit is two days, with presentations and workshops by a variety of educators, Google Certified Teachers, Google staff and more. It''s a great event with some great learning and sharing planned. Here is the event website: [link] Here is the event Google+ Page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cdmsgr0sqmq20iaht6frk95ek6s?authkey=CLeunPTcr9jknwE

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!

Innovation and Excitement – Plan Your Summer


Written By CUE Program Specialist Danielle Forst @danielleforst Looking for relevant and innovative this summer? The CUE Professional Learning team has you covered. We have put together several professional learning events for educators to add to or expand upon current practices. Krause Center For Innovation (KCI) Check out CUE’S SUMMER AT THE KRAUSE CENTER FOR […]. The post Innovation and Excitement – Plan Your Summer appeared first on OnCUE.

5 Things to Make your MakerSpace a Hub of Learning and Design

My Paperless Classroom

Next year we are turning one of the two computer labs into a MakerSpace. We have been talking all year about how to mitigate the loss of 24 desktop PC''s and everything they do. While the conversations have been difficult, I think we have finally resolved to get a cart of Mac laptops, set up to emulate windows when needed. My excitement about the laptop cart is balanced by the relative unknown of what will be in our MakerSpace.

Teacher Voice at #EdcampUSA

Philly Teacher

Today was an exciting day for the Edcamp Foundation and for edcampers all over the US. At around 7:00 am, a small group of educators walked across C Street and entered the Department of Education for a day of sharing and learning at Edcamp US DOE. After 4 years and thousands of hours of free, participant-driven professional development across the globe, Edcamp entered the halls that drive education policy in the US.

Stop saying "balance is key" when discussing technology

The Innovative Educator

@InnovativeEdu Balance is key. Herman Miller EDU (@HermanMillerEDU) May 28, 2014 The above tweet was sent to me in response to my post explaining why innovative educators should look down on upon a new video called, "Look Up." " But I disagreed with this balance-seeking Tweeter. "Balance is key" is a common refrain heard by innovative educators and their students. It is meant as a reminder that tech has a place. but only as long as it's balanced with non-tech.

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.

The birth and near-death of one piece of educational software

The Hechinger Report

Over the next week or so, The Hechinger Report will be publishing excerpts from Richard Whitmire’s book On the Rocketship: How Top Charter Schools are Pushing the Envelope. In this second installment, software engineer Ben Slivka finally ships his educational software but finds his real customer base isn’t what he expected. CHAPTER 20: Slivka’s Sci-Fi Software Gets Shipped. February 2009: Bellevue, Washington.

Textbooks for the digital age

Ed Tech Now

Why Liz Truss was right to call for more professionally produced learning resources; and why the profession misunderstood her when she talked about “textbooks” Liz Truss, Minister in the UK DfE for Education and Healthcare, has been calling for a return to … Continue reading → ETAG Stategy Uncategorized differentiation e-Textbooks kim taylor Liz Truss Matt Hancock Nuffield PISA textbooks

The ITM Rocks the Summer at ISTE and Into Season Four!


Written by CUE Member Mark Hammons @mhammons ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?!?!?!?! Things are continuing to rock and roll over at CUE’s ITM Show (Infinite Thinking Machine Show). Season three wrapped up with a paperless classroom encore. The ITM Live! Tour captured some inspiring moments from the Annual CUE Conference from Dan Meyer, Hall Davidson and LeVar […]. The post The ITM Rocks the Summer at ISTE and Into Season Four! appeared first on OnCUE. ISTE ITM-Infinite Thinking Machine