September, 2014

School Supplies, Facebook and the Common Core

Tom Murray

I was the fourth one in line. Standing directly in front of me were two moms that were obviously out shopping for school supplies. It is that time of year. Three-pronged folders, marble notebooks, some pens, a few book covers, a handful of binders, and some loose leaf paper was what I could see. What struck me most was how similar school shopping must have been twenty years earlier when that mom’s mother or father had taken her to the local store for back to school shopping. It struck me how as

A Tale of Two Libraries

A Principal's Reflections

The summer of 2013 was probably one of the most important hiring years during my seven-year tenure as a high school principal. Now don’t get me wrong, I hired so many amazing educators over the years and will forever be indebted to the incredible work they did for our students. Upon leaving New Milford High School a few weeks ago, I was like a proud father who watched his children grow up, mature, and experience undeniable successes that forever changed the teaching and learning culture there.


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Creative Strategies for Redesigning Today's Classrooms via @All4Ed & @edwebnet!


2 Free Webinars Featuring Classroom Design Tips - sign up now to reserve your spot - Webinar I : Redesigning Learning Spaces: Creating Brain-Friendly, Blended Learning Environments Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education in a back-to-school webinar that is part of its Project 24 leadership series. Project 24 is a systemic planning framework around the effective use of technology and digital learning to achieve the goal of “career and college readiness” for all students.

A Parent's Simple Questions about Educational Technology: Let's Provide the Answers!

The Journal

A parent whose children's school is using computing technology sent us a letter asking some ostensibly simple questions about the value of educational technology. But, while providing answers to those questions is actually not simple, we must, as a community, work to provide clear, readily accessible answers

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.

Ensure Success This School Year

The Web20Classroom

When I was in the classroom I always looked forward to back-to-school. Getting my classroom ready, that feeling of the excitement for a new year left me with the anticipation for great things to happen. But heading back to school and getting in the groove was less about content and more about ensuring we had a successful school year. Whether you''ve been in school for a few days or a month or two, there are a few, simple things you can do to find that success.

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Why Teachers Need to Open the Digital Door: LMS Platforms


Written by CUE Member Cynthia Sistek-Chandler, Ed D What is a learning management system and why should educators care about the LMS, the CMS (Content Management System) or other instructional management systems? What and Why? Online learning in K12 and in HIgher Ed is growing at an unprecedented rate. According to the Evergreen Report (2013), […]. The post Why Teachers Need to Open the Digital Door: LMS Platforms appeared first on OnCUE. Blended Learning

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Learning That Matters

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I posted the following statement on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, "When was the last time any of us had to take a standardized test in our careers? Answer = never. So why is this done to kids incessantly?" I should have clarified my comment a bit more by explaining that I was referring to repetitive standardized tests being taken while in the same job with the same school, company, or corporation.

Are You Future Ready? via @OfficeofEdTech - A Question Kids Deserve!


How Are You Thinking About Educational Design? Scroll down to see The Future Ready District Pledge - *You''re Invited to Sign it Today!* The Classroom Perspective : As you enter our elementary classroom, your eyes are first drawn to the golden letters that spell READ. This was intentional on my behalf. Prior to teaching, I studied Interior Design at Michigan State University.

The Problem with Educational Apps

My Paperless Classroom

If back to school night has one lesson for me. It''s that parents of elementary students are looking for someone to talk to about iPads, phones, tablets, and how their kids are using them. I''m lucky enough to work in an amazing school with a great approach to technology education. Last night at back-to-school night I got to share with the kindergarten through second grade parents why we do technology the way we do.

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).

Learn More About Chromebooks From Intel

The Web20Classroom

Tech integration in the classroom has become a hot topic in recent years. Educators are presented with so many device options for the classroom, but recently, Chromebooks have gained momentum. More and more districts are moving to Chromebooks as a cost effective option to put technology in the hands of more students. And because everything is in the cloud, Chromebooks don’t need any special software and can be easier to maintain for technology departments.

Google Announces Android Apps for Chromebooks - Very Nice!!

Educational Technology Guy

Yesterday, Google Announced the first 4 Android Apps that are available for Chromebooks. This is really nice. What got me excited was that Evernote was one of the first 4. Evernote is my main work and home tool so this was pretty cool to hear. I installed it on my Chromebook (Acer C720) and loved it - looks and works like the Android app. And the best part: OFFLINE SYNC! That''s right, you can sync notebooks offline (premium users - well worth the $45 a year) just like in Android.

Using Creation Apps to Tackle Common Core


By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Kristy Andre @kristyandre2 There seems to be a shudder when we mention the words “Common Core,” yet this is where we are going in education. Common Core often gets paired with iPads, which can lead to additional confusion for teachers. The misconception is that if we have an iPad, […]. The post Using Creation Apps to Tackle Common Core appeared first on OnCUE. Common Core Standards

The Ultimate Gift For an Educator

A Principal's Reflections

Contrary to the belief of some, educators work extremely hard for little financial incentive when you look at the amount of hours that are put into the job. Whether you are a teacher or administrator, your work has always been about the students first and foremost. To a lesser extent, but important nonetheless, has been the desire to collaborate with colleagues to enhance learning environments and experiences for education''s number one stakeholder - our students.

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.

BEST Back to School App for ALL Teachers!


Connect with Your Class via Remind It''s never about "the app" but rather what is done with the application that makes it so special. Seeing how Remind has transformed the way I connect with my class over the past three years makes it easy for me to confidently tell you that this is one of my absolute favorite apps. ever! #1 1 Education App in the App Store Remind is a free, safe way to communicate with your students or your student''s parents via text messaging and email.

Can I use Coding to Teach Reading?

My Paperless Classroom

I believe that students will read when they are ready, but I also believe in immersing students in an environment rich in opportunity to build and practice literacy skills. When I began working as a K-5 technology integration specialist, I didn’t think I would be programming with my pre-reading students. I had always experienced coding as text-based and really complex.

100,000 Thank You's

The Web20Classroom

When I made the decision to leave the classroom to pursue my career in Instructional Technology I didn''t know where it would take me or what I would even face. I was leaving kids and that bothered me somewhat but I knew that working with teachers was a calling for me and I was making the best choice for my career. Fast forward to today and as I reflect on all that I''ve been able to do, I know there is no way I could have done it alone.

Learning @Learning2

The Thinking Stick

There are different ways to measure success. Last week at the first ever Learning2 Africa conference that was held at ICS Addis Ababa, Ethiopia we measured it in a few different ways. 118 of 119 of the participants on the survey said they would recommend the conference to a friend or plan on attending next year. Before we left the conference we had a school step up wanting to host it for 2015. We had inquiries from other schools in Africa to host the conference in 2016.

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.

Summertime – The Learning (Living) is Easy


Written by CUE Board Member Jason Borgen @jborgen It’s summer; an educators’ most relaxing time of the year, right? Whether you are a teacher on summer break, teaching summer school or an administrator, summertime tends to lend itself to more time to get things done. The day is longer right? I know my calendar has some […]. The post Summertime – The Learning (Living) is Easy appeared first on OnCUE. Common Core Standards Personal Learning Network (PLN

Change Comes From Within

A Principal's Reflections

Change is a word that is thrown around in education circles more and more each day. We are made to think that education is in a downward spiral and that students are ill prepared to succeed in college and/or careers that require students to think and apply learning differently. To some extent this might be true, mostly due to mandates from decision makers that do not, or have not ever, worked in a school.

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Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

This made me laugh. I saw this image (source unknown) and saved it to my photos on my iPad. Later that day, I tweeted it out and since then it has had quite a response. And then the teacher said… You may take notes. David Truss (@datruss) June 3, 2014. In one of the responses to this tweet, Maurizio Basso ( @moba3030 ) said , “ @datruss so true seeing more of this. As long as they digest it and utilize technology effectively I am in support of this in my class.”

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When the Wifi Doesn't Work

My Paperless Classroom

Yesterday I was not a good teacher. The lesson was not inspiring; it was not empowering to my students. They did not become awesome creators of amazing digital content. It just didn''t happen. The wifi was weak. There wasn''t enough to carry all 24 iPads as we tried to get Drive and Docs set up on the 4th grade iPads. There was also just enough wifi that I wouldn''t give up on the effort and move on to plan B, C, or D.

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!

Education: the Nesi Way: 19 Elementary #EdTech with Patricia J. Brown (@msE.


I had the great opportunity to participate in the podcast The House of EdTech with Chris Nesi this past weekend. I got to share some of the ways I have integrated technology when I was a classroom teacher, and as a technology coach. It was such a fun experience, and I had a great conversation with Chris. Tune in to my featured podcast, but also the other podcast episodes. Subscribe via itunes, or listen on Stitcher. Chris is doing great work.

10 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen

Learning in Hand

Projecting your iPad on a large screen is great for demonstrations, simulations, explanations, and showing examples. There are several ways this can be done in the classroom. If you don''t mind keeping your iPad in one spot, then a VGA adapter ( for 30-pin Dock connector or for the new Lightning connector ). Apple has made four types of adapters – determine which one you need. Or, a document or USB camera might work for you.

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Third Annual eLearning Strategies Symposium in San Mateo


Written by Past CUE President Brian Bridges With virtual and blended learning exploding in growth, CUE created the eLearning Strategies Symposium three years ago to celebrate all things online and blended learning. Whether you provide students full-time online courses, individual courses to supplement your offerings, or if you “flip” your classes, the symposium is the only […]. The post Third Annual eLearning Strategies Symposium in San Mateo appeared first on OnCUE.

Formative Assessment and Google Forms


Formative assessment informs educators about student learning, and when done correctly , it also informs the students how to improve and move forward with their next goal. Teachers must know how to use the data to drive their instruction. Formative Data by Tracy Watanabe - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires Gleaning results from the data and providing specific feedback must be timely, which is why I like using Google Forms (along with other tools).

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.

Welcome to Social Studies: 5 Language-Enhancing Activities Made Possible by Google Earth


As a companion to my column for the ASHA Leader App-Titude series, "Welcome to Science Class," this series explores how technology can serve as a context for teaching "language underpinnings" related to the social studies curriculum.

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How Can I Get my Child to Put Down the iPad?

My Paperless Classroom

The question put to me was "How do you get students to put down an iPad when it is time?" As I searched for an appropriate response to this parent I thought about how much our questions reveal about us. This one revealed more than I was comfortable with. Laid bare in this simple question was a history of fights and fits about screen time. It was a plea for a solution, for an inspired answer to end this problem.

How Will You Make Your Mark? International Dot Day 2014


International Dot Day was September 15th. It is all about being creative and making your mark on the world. The day is based on the book by Peter H. Reynolds, The Dot. It is a wonderful story about a little girl who doesn''t think she can draw. She makes a dot and then builds on that one piece of art. Her teacher tells her its all about making your mark on the world and persevering.

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