Sat.Jun 01, 2013 - Fri.Jun 07, 2013

Social Media Use Needs to Focus More on Learning Than Behavior

A Principal's Reflections

It pains me when I hear about school districts that are attempting to implement and impose social media policies that focus more on the "behavior" of educators as opposed to student learning. Last week I was fortunate to weigh in on one such district''s journey in this area and share my thoughts on where the emphasis should be. The video clip of the interview can be found below. After viewing it I would love to know what do you think.

Gamification to encourage learner autonomy

Nik Peachey

This post tries to pull together a couple of things I have been thinking about recently. The first was a post I saw on the 21st Century Fluency Project blog a few weeks back.

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ThingLink Mobile App - Capture and Share Teachable Moments

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Now you can create and share multimedia rich interactive images on the go with the free ThingLink Mobile App for iPad and iPhone. Just take a photo, tag the image with video or text, and instantly share it through email, Twitter or FaceBook.

How connected is your school? Take this quiz to find out.

The Innovative Educator

In our Web 2.0 world, schools can communicate, connect, interact and engage like never before.

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.

Who Says Kindergarteners Can't Use Digital Cameras?


Digital Camera Scavenger Hunt Project Lesson -Kindergarten Objectives: Students will learn how to use a digital cameras, learn the parts, and how to take pictures. Students will take pictures of commonly used objects found in the classroom.

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Digital Differentiation Webinar Series in July

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences to address the diverse needs of all students. At the most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand, and use information.

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3 ways to decrease the teacher dropout crisis

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by Eric Williams @ewilliams65 Ron Maggiano, an award-winning teacher in Virginia recently announced his retirement , stating, “I can no longer cooperate with a testing regime that I believe is suffocating creativity and innovation in the classroom.” Maggiano is not alone.

5 Words Educators Need to Forget

The 21st Century Principal

You can tell a great deal about education by the words and phrases educational policymakers and educators are using currently. Not too long ago, I remember educators, administrators and policymakers throwing around the words “total quality management,” “outcome-based education,” and "Site-Based Management." You don''t hear those words as often for a variety of reasons.

GRIN and bear it

Learning with 'e's

The future may be bright. But the future may also be dark and disturbing. GRIN is an acronym that represents the four big emerging technologies of our times.

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.

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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The 411 for coordinating a Google Hangout On Air

The Innovative Educator

If you thought Google Hangouts were cool, you’ll find Google Hangouts On Air even cooler. Check em out here. Hangouts on Air are truly awesome, but coordinating them is tricky and takes some careful planning.

The End of the School Year and Data Portability

My Paperless Classroom

You Look Marvelous! Just as I learn that my blog has been named as one of Ed Tech magazine''s must read blogs, a serious honor to be included on this list of power bloggers, I also realize I have not posted to this blog in a month.

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Just When I Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse

Philly Teacher

Update: On Monday, June 3rd, the Briarcliff Manor Board of Education approved their 2013-2014 budget to include slots for Briarcliff students to attend the Walkabout Program. Many thanks from Walkabout alumni and next year’s cohort of students. As many who know me well are aware, I had the unique opportunity to attend the Walkabout Program during my Senior year in high school.

EdTech at School

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

Tips for Planning for Technology Integration in the Classroom


As much as I work in educational technology, as much as I read, as many tools as I try, I still find it difficult to communicate what meaningful technology integration looks like. I think the most difficult thing to get across when I''m discussing this topic is "Don''t start with the technology. Start with your learning objectives - what do you want your students to know and be able to do - and then let''s talk about how technology can support your goals."

Coding: What Goes Around Comes Around

The Innovative Educator



The "Unplugged" (and Free) Community Events at ISTE 2013 in San Antonio

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Each year hundreds of educators interested in social media, technology, teaching, and learning gather to build and participate in "unplugged"-style activities as a part of the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference.

Power struggle

Learning with 'e's

This is the first post in a new series. I''m going to present retrospective reviews of a dozen seminal books that I think should be on the reading list of anyone who wants to learn more about the social and cultural impact technology is having on learning and education.

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.

5 Easy Tips to Making Out of This World Mini Moo Business Cards

The Daring Librarian

One of the best, easiest, & cheapest ways to build your web presence and PLN is a simple business card. My district doesn''t supply cards for teachers or librarians so it''s up to us to make that investment in our profession (and write it off our taxes!).

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5 ideas for using Google Hangouts On Air

The Innovative Educator

If you're an innovative educator, by now, you have probably tried Google Hangouts which let you conduct a video conference with up to ten people / locations FOR FREE! This by itself has terrific potential for teaching and learning tool. I explained here ways the following ideas could be put to use in the classroom: 1) Take a class without having to be in the same place. 2) Invite an audience to a performance. 3) Invite others to perform/discuss with you.

Empathetic Leadership: Sign of Being a Mature Leader

The 21st Century Principal

Are you facing the prospect of making a tough decision today or in the near future? Perhaps, you are having to deliver bad news to a staff member, or a parent, or student? There are certainly what we perceive to be easier ways to deliver that news. We could write a letter, send an email, or maybe call, but each of these seems to be perhaps a bit to heartless and cowardly in some ways. Inside, we think, "I would not want to hear this news in that manner."

Digital beings

Learning with 'e's

This is the third in my series of retrospective reviews on seminal learning and technology books. I have scoured my personal book library in search of a dozen books that have influenced my own thinking, and share a synopsis of their contents with you.

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.

Keep up The Reading During the Summer K-2 Reading Resources


We don''t want our kiddos to lose what they have learned all year in the 3 months they are off this summer! Here are some great tools for students to practice those reading skills this summer! Some of the resources are free, but some have a very low cost. Sometimes its worth spending a few dollars on Apps so you don''t worry about all of the ads that pop-up. Apps for Phonological Awareness Dora Rhyme $1.99

Thursday Interview - Online Book Clubs for Education and What Ben Rimes Has Learned

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, June 6th, 2013, for an live and interactive conversation with Ben Rimes, creator of the virtual Book Club 106. Please note that this show is 30 minutes later in the day than usual (so that Ben can be a good dad!).

YouTube Glossary Template for SMART Notebook

Hansen's Link to Tech

Make visual connections with your classroom glossary terms by downloading the template I made from SMART Exchange. After downloading the file, simply add your glossary words, change the URL of the in page Internet Browser and that''s all! Click Here to access the file.

Identity play

Learning with 'e's

This is the second post in my series of retrospective reviews on seminal books about learning and technology. I have scoured my personal book library in search of a dozen books that have influenced my own thinking, and share a synopsis of their contents with you.

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.