Sat.Aug 03, 2013 - Fri.Aug 09, 2013

Testing For What?

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at the Huffington Post. NJ Spotlight is a fantastic resource for me. They are unbiased in their approach to educate citizens on numerous topics, with education being one of them. I recently came across an opinion piece titled Putting New Jersey''s High School Diplomas to the Test.

Summer Learning Series-Putting The Internet To Work For You With IFTTT

The Web20Classroom

This is the ninth post in my Summer Learning Series. These are short posts with tools, tips and resources for you to try something new this summer or something you can take to the classroom in the Fall. First was Collaborative Learning With Edmodo and then we followed up with Learning With Hashtags.

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Win $1500 For Your School From @VolunteerSpot. Doing Good Just Got Easier!


Promotion Runs Through August from VolunteerSpot! Just in time for the new school year, VolunteerSpot is offering a great opportunities to help your school.

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COMING ATTRACTIONS! Edmodocon Recaps! Guest Posts!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I am so awed, overwhelmed, and overjoyed with presenting at Edmodocon 2013 and meeting phenomenal, inspiring educators. Let me just say, I am BEAMING and get GOOSEBUMPS every time I talk about it with my home PLN. It was just. No words, just beaming smiles and goosebumps.

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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.

iLiteracy: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction Online

The Innovative Educator

Along with the many benefits of being able to freely access the world''s information online comes the challenge of separating reliable information from unreliable. How can teachers help students avoid the scams, scoundrels and hoaxes that come with bringing the Internet into the classroom?

More Trending

Building a Puppet Greenscreen Stage

My Paperless Classroom

A little inspiration can go a long way. When I was traveling to ISTE I saw a short video by Kevin Honeycutt: While I don''t need to build a classroom out of PVC this video planted a seed.

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Reminder in Midst of the Negativity in Education About What's Important!

The 21st Century Principal

Most of us have repeatedly been reminded by the media and politicians about how bad the state of education is in our country. They''ve blamed teachers. They''ve blamed teacher-education programs. They''ve blamed administrators.

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Classrooms Without Walls- Connect Your Classroom With The World.


Classrooms Without Walls- Connect Your Classroom With The World! My last post on 10 Powerful Media Tools Every Educator Show Be Using Yesterday was all about how educators need to create a Personal Learning Network, but our students need authentic audiences too.

8 easy tips to keep in mind when starting a personal education blog

The Innovative Educator

I started my education blog to share and reflect upon my experiences in 2008. Here are some things I try to keep in mind as I blog. What Advice 1 Email Use a personal (not work) email. 2 Disclaimer Consider placing a disclaimer in your profile. It might not help if you do something that is not wise, but it will let your readers know the perspective from which you are writing. 3 Who Ask permission when identifying anyone in school community.

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.

3 things you should know about digital literacies

Learning with 'e's

This is a continuation in my ''3 things'' short video series. If you follow this blog you will know that I wrote a series of posts last year on digital literacies. Many people confuse literacies with skills or competencies, but as you will see in the video I made below, they are different.

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6 Practices for Creating a 21st Century Engaging Classroom

The 21st Century Principal

“Teachers who are willing to experiment and take risks on behalf of kids are in a much better position, regardless of their age, to meet their students where they are, and my experience is that students appreciate the effort.” Ron Nash, From Seatwork to Feetwork: Engaging Students in Their Own Learning A new school year is upon us, and the decisions we are making now as educational leaders and classroom teachers will determine whether our students are engaged learners, or are passive learners.

Starting from/with Scratch

My Paperless Classroom

Scratch Design Interface from wikicommons Chances are you have heard of Scratch. If you haven''t, it is a program that allows users to create animations using visual or object driven programming. Here is an example of a scratch animation to the song "Radioactive," lots of minecraft references here.

HELP!!! How do I get my students work off of their iPAD?


I don''t think Apple had a clue how the iPads in the Classroom initiative would take off. Originally designed as a single user device, the iPad has become one of the most innovative tools educators can find.

EdTech at School

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

3 things you should know about Edupunk

Learning with 'e's

Following on in my series of short ''3 things'' videos, I thought I would have a little fun (well, I am on holiday right now), and so I went out and recorded this video on Edupunk. Although it''s treated in a fun way, Edupunk has a serious underpinning.

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Is Your School or District Ready for PBL? 12 Deep Changes Needed for Implementation

The 21st Century Principal

"Schools must embrace a new pedagogy today that will engage 21st century students and enable them to acquire and master 21st century skills. Once they embrace the necessary changes in pedagogy, they realize the need for change in the physical learning environment."

Podcasting the Edupuppets

My Paperless Classroom

I was honored to be a guest on Jeff Bradbury''s TeacherCast podcast. Jeff hosted a great conversation between @WokkaPatue, myself and some of the rest of the Edupuppets gang.

A closer look at ADEs. before becoming one

Kairos EdTech

I recently wrote what has been the most popular blog post on my blog: How to become an Apple Distinguished Educator ? If you haven''t read and you''re interested in applying, I really recommend reading some of the tips there.

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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.

3 things you should know about digital literacies

Learning with 'e's

Photo from unsplash This is a continuation in my '3 things' short video series. If you follow this blog you will know that I wrote a series of posts last year on digital literacies.

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New ClassDojo Sharing Feature Allows Teacher Collaboration to Improve Student Behavior

The 21st Century Principal

"New feature allows teachers to collaborate around students’ behavioral and character development and improve behavior consistently across the school day" Today, ClassDojo, the free behavior management platform for teachers, students and parents, is launching ‘Class Sharing’ feature: the ability for teachers to share their classes with other teachers at their school.

First Impressions

My Paperless Classroom

Starting a new job is tough and one of the reasons is that you are the only one the job is new to. As I was prepping to head into work for the first time yesterday I was thinking about how I want to be know at my school.

Printing Multiple Google Docs At Once

Hansen's Link to Tech

The idea behind using Google Docs is to allow for opportunities for multiple viewers and collaborators while sharing and viewing your resource electronically. In the event that you need to print out multiple Google Docs here is the most efficient way to do so. Open up your Google Drive Use the middle mouse button and click on each file you want to open. Doing this will open each doc in a separate tab in your web browser.

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.

15 Sites for Differentiated Instruction

Technology Tidbits

"Differentiated instruction and assessment (also known as differentiated learning or, in education , simply, differentiation ) is a framework or philosophy for effective teaching that involves providing students with different avenues to acquiring content; to processing, constructing, or making sense of ideas ; and to developing teaching materials and assessment measures so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability."

Remake Your Space for Innovation: 8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

Educator Innovator

Throughout the Summer of Making and Connecting, innovative educators have been experimenting with making, tinkering, and learning creatively during the broad expanse of summer. Now, as summer winds down, many are thinking about the implications for the design of the learning spaces they manage. What about classrooms designed for anything but innovation? What about the library or museum learning spaces designed for quiet consumption but not so much for production?

Screencasting for Differentiation

My Paperless Classroom

There are many reasons to introduce tech into learning, but all the right ones are about increasing and supporting student learning.

The hottest posts everyone's reading!

The Innovative Educator

Here’s the roundup of what''s been popular on The Innovative Educator blog. Below you’ll see the top posts along with the number of page views. I hope there''s something that looks of interest to you. If it does, check it out. If you’re inspired use one of those icons below the post to share it with others and/or leave a comment. Entry Pageviews Bring Your Own Device #BYOD - 5 Lessons for Success. 4882 Student social media use.


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.