September, 2014

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

CK-12 announces online Physics Interactive Simulations (free)

Educational Technology Guy

CK-12 , a great resource for free e-textbook and curricular resources, has just announced the launch of it''s Physics Interactive Simulations. The simulations are all online and free. There are currently 66 simulations available, with a lot more coming soon.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

3 Great Ways to Use a Google Form

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I am a big fan of using Google Docs forms to collect and organize information. Forms offer efficient ways to monitor and manage digital resources. There are many ways to put this fun, multimedia capable tool to work in the classroom Discover three great ways to use a Google form.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

New in iOS 8 for Teachers & Students

Learning in Hand

Learning in Hand Show #28 is about some of what''s new in Apple''s iOS 8. Instead of showing you the major features you might already know about, I demonstrate the lesser known additions that teachers, students, and parents will be interested in.

4 notes on taking notes

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.

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Build a ThingLink Classroom: Tips & Tricks

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Want to learn how to efficiently manage ThingLink in the classroom? ThingLink EDU is packed full of features to help teachers efficiently manage a safe and secure online learning environment powered by ThingLink interactive images.

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.

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.

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?

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Making as Professional Development

Learning With Lucie

“The more we can turn the nation into a nation of makers, they will be smarter, they’ll be better problem-solvers, and they’ll be more equipped for the problems of tomorrow." ~ Nolan Bushnell The world is a buzz about “MAKING” and so am I! But is it a new ‘trend”? I think not!

What’s Up with QR Codes: Best Tools & Some Clever Ideas

Learning in Hand

QR (Quick Response) codes can make classrooms more efficient and interactive. Instead of typing in a web address, a student can open an app and point his or her device’s camera at the code and walk away with a website, audio, or video open in his or her web browser.

EdTech at School

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

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.

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Using ThingLink for Powerful Professional Development

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

My toolkit is filled with interactive graphics I''ve created and packed with resources. I use these to successfully jump start the learning of busy educators in places near and far. I frequently update and adapt the resources in my toolkit. They grow with me.

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.

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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.

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.