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So.You Wanna Use Blogs In The Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Blogging is an important part of who I am as a professional. I can use this space to share resources with you, reflect on my own practice and try to figure out how to be a better educator. It is my public reflection on technology, leadership and learning. Think about when you were in school.

Using @Padlet in the Classroom to Collaborate & Create Interactive Sticky Notes!


Created with Padlet Add your Content to the Web, Collaborate, and Share your Favorites Padlet , formerly WallWisher, is a web space where you can add files, links, videos, and more. You can create various walls to add your favorite content.

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Leading With No Regrets

A Principal's Reflections

Yesterday I had a conversation with one of my teachers who has future aspirations to become an administrator. The two of us had set some time aside for her to discuss my many roles as a principal. During the conversation she asked me if I regretted any of the decisions I had made.

Quick and easy way to add memory to your Chromebook

Educational Technology Guy

I''ve been using a Chromebook since getting a CR-48 from Google a few years ago, and I love it. I am currently using a Samsung Chromebook, and our district is deploying over 5000 of them.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Voice Comments on Google Docs!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Check out this video, fellow teacher Carolyn P. and I made introducing Voice Comments as a cool tool for the 21st Century.

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Interactive Art Show w/ QR CODES


QR CODES are just so amazing. Last night, we had our annual Spring Art show, with a little twist. We made it interactive with QR codes! I recorded the voices of all 400+ students on the website

Google Keep, Google's Note Taking App, get's some improvements and new features.

Educational Technology Guy

Google’s Keep , Google''s easy to use note taking app, has some new features, improved features and bug fixes. Here is the list of new features from the Google Play Store.

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#OdysseyExperts & Showcasing Student Work

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

In my last post , I discussed that academic writing needs to be put on display and showcased to motivate students to write well. Writing is meant to be read, not to be locked up in a folder in a file cabinet or later tossed in the trash after the grade received.

On Getting Smart Today

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners



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.

Great Resource for Helping Students Manage Their Online Reputations

The 21st Century Principal

According to Matt Ivester in his book lol…OMG: What Every Student Needs to Know about Online Reputation Management, Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying , “ Many of today’s students are finding themselves with a very real permanent record one that reflects every poor decision of their youth, and is stored online forever.”

Tell social media gurus #YouMatter with a #BammyAwards vote!

The Innovative Educator

Envision a world that values education like it values entertainment. That is the goal of The Bammy Awards. Earlier this month I nominated educators from across the globe for an award. This time around, I’m nominating those I have the pleasure of working and connecting with in New York City.

How to Leave Voice Comments in a Google Doc, and why you should

My Paperless Classroom

Last Wednesday I met Max and the world I knew it filled with hope and promise of technology growing in the direction I had hoped it would. He introduced me to his drive app Voice Comments. Voice comments allows you to leave a recording of your voice as a comment on a google drive document.

Letter to My Representative Regarding Texas TRS


There is some big legislation pending regarding the Texas Teacher Retirement System. Below is the letter I just sent to my state representative. Fellow Texas educators, have you been following this legislation? If not, you should be, and you should be making your voice heard! A very good update can be found here: [link]. Find out who represents you and follow links to their web pages where you can email them. Phone calls are important, too!

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.

Empowering and Educating Students About Cell Phones: Ending the Bans

The 21st Century Principal

School’s continuing to ban cell phones and smartphones are fighting a losing battle. In spite of administrative efforts to keep cell phones out of our schools, our students are becoming “cell-only” internet users according to a recent report, entitled “ Teens and Technology 2013,” released by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project.

Penultimate: a Visual Take on Notes


All students, but particularly ours, benefit from seeing visual examples and connections between ideas. This is the main function of Penultimate , another free tool from the folks at Evernote. Penultimate allows you to create sketch-based journals that then sync with your Evernote account.

Thursday Interview: Andreas Schleicher and What We Can Learn about Education from International Data

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, April 25th, for a live and interactive conversation with Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General of the OECD ( Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ).

I Love the Idea of Less-Paper/Paperless!


Photo Used With Permission from Stargardener on Flikr Paper has challenged me for as long as I can remember. As paper accumulates in my life, both personal and professional, I''m always faced with questions. Do I need to keep this? If so, where and how? Readily accessible? Safely filled away?

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EdTech at School

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

5 Scholarly Science Search Engines for the College Student's Toolbox

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The other day, a college student related to me that his college professor advised him that he needs to use more scholarly resources for his science research project. What do you recommend?", he asked. I love this kind of question!

Take a "Peek!"


A good chunk of our work as SLPs is based on questioning students in some manner. What does that word mean? What are the parts of a _? What goes with a _? What are some examples of _? Not to mention all the how or why questions.

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Freedom to imagine

Learning with 'e's

Sir Ken Robinson has a lot to say about creativity and learning. The two are, or should be, inextricably linked. One of his remarks is that imagination needs to emerge as creativity, as a natural process. He goes on to argue that traditional school systems constrain or even negate this process.

Letter to My Senator Regarding Texas TRS


There is some big legislation pending regarding the Texas Teacher Retirement System. Below is the letter I just sent to my state senator. Fellow Texas educators, have you been following this legislation? If not, you should be, and you should be making your voice heard! A very good update can be found here: [link]. Find out who represents you and follow links to their web pages where you can email them. Phone calls are important, too!

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.

Digital Storytelling and Stories


Digital storytelling is an art form conveying a message. It uses images and voice narration to convey emotion with the message, and to ignite empathy from the audience. It incorporates storyboarding and writing a script. It is created with digital tools and published on the Internet.

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iBooks project gets publicity in local newspaper

Kairos EdTech

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Turning over a new leaf

Learning with 'e's

When the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development invited me to speak at their annual HRD event at London''s Olympia I was delighted. I wasn''t so keen when they asked me to supply my slides many weeks in advance.

Tuesday Interview: The Truth About Testing with Jim Popham

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Tuesday, April 23rd, for a live and interactive conversation with W. James Popham, author of (among many other books) The Truth About Testing : An Educator''s Call to Action and Unlearned Lessons : Six Stumbling Blocks to Our Schools Success. Why is it," Jim writes, "that today''s educators seem almost compelled to replicate their predecessors'' blunders?"

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.