Sat.Apr 20, 2013 - Fri.Apr 26, 2013

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

On Getting Smart Today

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners



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.” Most of us remember those moments of major embarrassment in high school, and fortunately we are often the only ones who remember those incidents. That’s because the only record of those events are our memories. Today however, our students engage in online behaviors that are recorded permanently. Their indiscretions and behaviors are recorded for posterity and the world to see. But how can we as educators help students engage in online activities without permanently damaging their lives and reputations with youthful mistakes? Ivester''s lol.OMG is a book guaranteed to get the discussion about responsible online behavior started. Ivester''s book is a excellent resource for educating students in areas such as: Understanding How Creating and Posting Online Content Is Both Global and Permanent Understanding How What They Post Can Haunt Them for A Long Time How to Avoid Engaging in Careless Content Creation How They Are Creating Their Online Reputations How to Become a "Conscious Creator of Content" How to Engage in "Active Reputation Management" Issues with Cyberbullying and Why It''s a Problem Becoming Responsible Digital Citizens High schools are guilty of leaving students to their own devices when it comes to managing their online reputations, so should we be surprised when they end up as news stories in the national media? The time has arrived for schools to teach students how to effectively manage their online reputations, be responsible digital citizens, and effectively deal with cyberbullying. To assist with that instruction, Schools will find Ivester’s book, lol…OMG an excellent resource for engaging students in conversations about their online behaviors. In a writing style that high school students should find easy-to-read, this book doesn''t try to convince students avoid online activity because it is too "dangerous." Instead, it assumes students are going to be online citizens and gives them no-nonsense advice on how to survive online without permanently damaging their reputation. Matt Ivester’s lol…OMG: What Every Student Needs to Know about Online Reputation Management, Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying makes an excellent addition to your school’s reading list, or a great gift for any high school student heavily engaged in online activities. 21st century instruction cyberbullying digital citizenship monitoring online reputation negative online behaviors'

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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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.

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.

Why Schools Need to Look More Like Offices

Saving Socrates

I recently had the pleasure of visiting my brother, Zachary Rosenberg, at his law office in downtown Manhattan''s Rockefeller Center. He works for a large firm that currently represents the Madoff victims, among other notable clients. Besides from feeling a tremendous amount of pride in seeing his goal actualized, viewing his beautiful office, and meeting many of his wonderful co-workers, I was immediately struck by layout of the office.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

High School Redesigned. Commenting on Jeff Kiderman's Question at JEDCAMPNJNY.

Saving Socrates

No bells. No "periods." No courses. No Insanely long days. No tests? Possibly optional. Definitely no classrooms in the traditional sense. I''m willing to entertaining starting school later in the morning. Interdisciplinary all the way. In Jewish schools, this needs to be a complete break down between the artificial separation of secular and Judaic studies. Schools should look like offices.

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.

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 ).

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!

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.

Regarding Aaron Ross's Interpretation of Student Centered Learning andthe Well Rounded Student

Saving Socrates

In his post on his blog [link] , Aaron Ross suggests that their are two polar opposite approaches to the neccessity of a common core, those who want to protect and perhaps even popularize it and those who want to totally abandon it. I liken these extremes as represented by Ed. Hirsch and Charles Murray on one side and perhaps Mark Barnes and Diane Ravitch at the other extreme.

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.