June, 2014

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.

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.

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.

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

Kleinspiration

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.

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.

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?

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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.

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.

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.

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The Ultimate Word Wall with ThingLink & Padlet

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I am fortunate to be working with an amazing group of educators this summer for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. This week''s challenge to design an activity to help students Dig Deeper Into Vocabulary , a topic I am very passionate about.

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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.

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.

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

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Twitter as a Tool For Academic Discourse

A Principal's Reflections

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.

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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.

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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Improve Digital Writing Skills with Google Docs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Would you like to improve your students'' writing skills and help them bridge the gap between writing in school and writing in the real world?

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Education Research Meta Analysis from Hattie and Yates

Hapara

The Hapara team is reading Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn by John Hattie and Gregory Yates. The book is an easy to read distillation of Hattie’s work synthesizing the results from education research around the world. Edtech Blended Learning Hattie Edtech Update

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

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.

Getting Creative With Buncee

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Marie Arturi, the CEO/Founder Buncee and a creative communication evangelist. Her nephew is one of my teachers at New Milford HS. Consider for a moment how we, as adults, consume content today. We’re constantly immersed in media.

Perplexing Problems in ACPA Student Technology Infographic

Mistakengoal.com

I've whined about bad infographics and I try to avoid complaining about their continuing proliferation. But I can't bite my tongue about this ACPA infographic purporting to show information about technology usage by undergraduate students.

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

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News from ISTE: ThingLink gives educators free early access to its new video editor

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

This post was written by Ulla Engestrom and originally published on the ThingLink Blog. Exciting news: in the past months we have been hard at work building a new editor for annotating video content with rich media.

EdTech at School

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

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.

More on OpenEd's Free Online Assessment Tools: How-to Videos

The 21st Century Principal

OpenEd recently released its Free Assessment tool. OpenEd''s assessment tool not only provides the question types required by the Common Core curriculum, but it also has some unique capabilities as well, such as suggesting videos to students who miss specific questions.

Setting Up Your Google Classroom

The Electric Educator

For the first time, Google has designed a product for a specific industry. Fortunately for educators, that product is for them! Google Classroom is a brand new tool designed to help ease the burden of sharing and receiving assignments from students. The excitement surrounding classroom has reached a fever pitch; teachers are ecstatic and can''t wait to get their hands on classroom. The excitement may be contributing to inflated expectations, however.

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.

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.

Digital Citizenship Chat Preview for June 11, 2014

EdTechSandyK

Image Source Hello everyone! Tonight it''s my turn to moderate Digcit Chat, and since the questions require some reflection back on the current school year and looking ahead to the next one, I thought I''d give a preview of the questions.

Educators Explain with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Teachers have been busy creating interactive images for Week 1 of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. The first challenge was designed for teachers to create an image about something within their realm of expertise to explore the tool without trying to create a complex lesson.

Interview with @DavidBFox the Designer of @RubeWorks App

The Mobile Native

How long have you been involved with gaming and app developing? I’ve been involved in gaming since 1977 when my wife, Annie, and I opened the Marin Computer Center, a nonprofit public-access microcomputer center.