Sat.Mar 16, 2013 - Fri.Mar 22, 2013

Unwrapping the Common Core Standards

A Principal's Reflections

Love them or hate them, the Common Core is a reality for the majority of educators and schools across the country. As a principal I am always on the look out for resources that can aid my teachers with the successful implementation of these standards.

Google Keep note taking service launched

Educational Technology Guy

Google has just launched Keep , a note taking service, that is free. It is a cool note taking system, that allows you to quickly jot down notes, checklists, transcribe a voice memo, search your notes, and more. Your notes are saved in Google Drive and synced to all of your devices.

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Why Every Conference Should Be A Connected Conference-#ASCD13

The Web20Classroom

I''ve spent the last several days attending the 2013 ASCD Annual Conference in Chicago. Educators from across the country and across the globe gathered to discuss pressing educational issues and talk about how we can all make teaching and learning better for kids, no matter where they are.

Awesome Apps for EDU:


Search for Apps easily with Google I enjoy searching for new apps to play around with and use with my two children and my students. Of course, the iPad is far more beneficial than just simply playing with apps. However, just like with reading, sometimes it''s fun to just indulge.

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The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

Initiating and Sustaining Change

A Principal's Reflections

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to present at the 2013 Annual ASCD Conference in Chicago. This conference is one of my must attend events of the year and I use it as an opportunity to develop new presentations based on my leadership experiences at New Milford High School.

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3 Engaging Note-Taking Apps

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

As a teacher and life-long learner, I take a lot of notes. One of the best changes for me has been taking notes on my iPad because now I often find myself having fun trying to create attractive and useful notes.

Free Results Driven Gameplay from @MrNussbaum: Learning + Fun


"What apps do you recommend for the classroom?" I am often presented with this question and have difficulty replying with a simple answer. My view has always been that apps and games should be leveraged to enhance one''s learning, thus there isn''t a one size fits all answer.

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10 Do’s and don’ts to using PowerPoint to deliver lectures that don’t suck

The Innovative Educator

Picture a half-full classroom with nearly-comatose students descending into the slow death that takes place while listening to a lecture that is as interesting as the buzzing of a mosquito that one cannot find in order to squash.

9 Characteristics of 21st Century Mindful School Leadership

The 21st Century Principal

“Mindfulness is simply noticing the way things are. By being mindful you can transform your life, your organization, and even your community. The first step is to transform yourself.”

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.

Blended Learning – A Bright Spot in Education


By CUE guest blog writer Michael B. Horn Blended Learning – People are fond of complaining about the dire policy environment for education in California. From funding woes to restrictive regulations, California seems to have the deck stacked against it.

False frontiers

Learning with 'e's

Collaboration is where two or more people work together to achieve a common objective. In education, the common objective is usually to learn specific content, skills or competencies within defined areas.

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5 ideas to inspire students to use social media for good

The Innovative Educator

"High School Musical" star Monique Coleman is a youth empowerment advocate who recently provided advice about using social media to do good. Below is the advice she shared on her site [link] followed by her video where you can hear her for yourself sharing these ideas.

Tips for Google Reader Users Moving to Feedly

The 21st Century Principal

For those users who, like myself, who are migrating to using Feedly due to Google Reader''s demise, here''s an excellent blog post from Feedly to help you with that migration process.

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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.

mARch: Build Categorization Skills with Adorable AR Animal Flashcards


AR Flashcards-Animal Alphabet ($.99, 99, iPhone/iPad) is another marker-based fun AR visual. After downloading the app, navigate to the website provided to download the animal alphabet flashcards at no additional charge. When printed, they show a 3D animal when viewed within the app.

Flipping the Writer's conference with a Livescribe Echo Pen

My Paperless Classroom

This is a second in a series of blog posts looking specifically at flipping the writer''s conference. In this post I use the Livescribe Echo pen.

Facebook, Edmodo, & Schoology. Oh my! Choosing a social network platform for learning

The Innovative Educator

When deciding on a social networking platform to use with your students and/or the school community, there are several considerations to keep in mind. What are the age restrictions of a particular platform? Which platform is most comfortable for students?

Feedly: An RSS Reader Replacement for Google Reader

The 21st Century Principal

With the impending demise of Google Reader, I have been in search for an RSS Reader replacement. As soon as the announcement was made, I was one of "500,000 Users Who Turned to Feedly as an Alternative."

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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.

Rewired, not fade away

Learning with 'e's

A lot of nonsense is still being talked about how technology is damaging our lives, and how the Internet is 'rewiring our brains'.

Flipping in English: Screencasting a conference

My Paperless Classroom

The Fact : Simply stated, writers get to be better writers through conferences. Direct knowledgable response to writing is an absolute game changer. The Pedagogy Problem : With a 150 minutes of class time a week, I cannot conference with kids in class and still keep the class moving forward.

The inner net - tool of con (or discon) nection ?

The Innovative Educator

The problems of our world used to be too big and too distant to know of it widespread existence, but with the internet, our world is small and close for us now to make a difference. We can now get crowds around a cause.

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Top Podcasts for Educators

The Electric Educator

I grew on on radio. My family didn''t even have a TV until I was in high school and we never had cable. Radio was our TV. Podcasts have always been a favorite form of media for me, fitting nicely into the "on-demand radio" category. Here are the podcasts that I listen to regularly.

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.

Collaboration Coaching Chronicles


Today is our last Collaboration Coach Meeting of the school year, and we''re celebrating all they''ve accomplished at their sites. Collaboration Coaching is modeled after the research-based Microsoft Peer Coaching Program , developed by the Peer-Ed Team.

mARch: Play with Plants in Cactus AR


Cactus AR is a simple, free app for iPhone and iPad (camera required) that provides you with a context to engage students in "taking care of" an augmented reality plant. After downloading the free app, you can email yourself and print a "marker," a piece of paper that functions like a QR Code.

3 innovative ways to connect with parents via talking on a cell phone

The Innovative Educator

This piece was originally posted in SmartBlog on Education. We all know we can use cell phone to make calls, but few realize all the innovative ways simple phone calling technology can help us in building the home-school connection. If you know how to pick up a phone and dial, then it’s time to pick it up a notch and learn about some free and easy to use resources that will help you coordinate and connect with parents in powerful and exciting ways.

#macul13 miGoogle Give-Away!

The Electric Educator

On the 21-22 of March over 4,000 Michigan Educators will descend on Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan for the annual MACUL conference. This conference is the premier EdTech gathering in the state, and one of the largest in the midwest. This annual gathering isn''t the only event sponsored by MACUL. On November 4-5 the second annual miGoogle conference will be held at Brighton High School in Brighton, Michigan.

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.