Sat.Feb 15, 2014 - Fri.Feb 21, 2014

The NEW app @TellAboutThis Offers: A Creative Way to Inspire and Capture Children's Ideas or Stories!


Guest post by Brad Wilson, adapted from his Dreambitions blog Capture Thought and Stories - click here to check it out in iTunes - If you’ve ever searched for an iPad app to use for elementary writing, you might know of Write About This , a visual writing prompt and creation platform made based on my experiences teaching 4th grade.

Difference in Perspective: An Interdisciplinary Project

A Principal's Reflections

Westbrook and Mrs. Morel continue their collaboration to address the Common Core literacy standards within our fine arts program, with the goal of increasing the rigor of the writing assignments across the curriculum.

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Rube Works: "The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game"

The Mobile Native

Rube Works is the official Rube Goldberg invention game. This app is quite impressive. It is designed for ages 9 to adult, but my six year old son is able to manipulate the contraptions to solve the puzzles. The game is based on all of the cartoon inventions that Rube Goldberg has made famous.

FINALLY! Chrome Screencastify!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

As a work around for not having screencasting capabilities on my Chromebook, I would do a Google Hangout by myself, capture to YouTube, and screenshare to record the screencast. Then I''d have to go back and edit out my initial clicking around to screenshare.

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.

3 Ways to Use ThingLink Custom Icon Sets

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

ThingLink Custom Icon Sets are a new feature available to teachers with premium accounts. They offer a whole new layer of opportunities for using interactive images for teaching and learning.

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A Few (LATE) Valentine's Day Resources

The Playground Advocate

Dear Valentine, I''m sorry this is late, but I found a few things that I really liked as potential Valentine''s Day resources for your classroom. Will you use them this year?

#NYEdTech Meetup Tonight at 7pm on Teacher #PLNs w/ @InnovativeEdu & @mr_casal

The Innovative Educator

What are the most successful teachers doing differently? How is that experienced being shared, and how can new teachers best learn from those that have come before them?

A ThingLink Channel for Teachers

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Explore this interactive ThingLink Channel of ideas and directions for using the new ThingLink Teacher features. Be sure to read the full posts as I continue to guest blog on the ThingLink Blog in February and March. channels how to multimedia resources thinglink ThingLink Teacher

Blogobirthday and Giveaway!


Hi Folks, This month, I am celebrating the fourth year of this blog! Thanks all who keep reading and keep me writing. To celebrate, and because of a convenient coincidence, I am going to give away 10 codes for the full version of Comics Head (normally $3.99), a terrific comic-making app.

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.

Little Story Creator

Technology Tidbits

Little Story Creator is a wonderful new iOS app for creating digital scrapbooks or storytelling. As w/ similar apps a user can add text, images/stickers, backgrounds, and even import video into their project. Best of all, a user can record audio to narrate a story.

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Recap apps - A great way to begin the digital footprint conversation

The Innovative Educator

As a gift to members, for its ten year anniversary, Facebook is giving us its latest recap app. It's called "A look back" and it provides you with a 60-second overview of your life on Facebook from the beginning. Here's mine: A look back over my six years on Facebook. Click here to watch. I want more ». social media in education

Update! Pearson Sees Most of NC Users as Satisfied with PowerSchool Huh?

The 21st Century Principal

Yesterday, I posted about the many issues we are struggling with North Carolina’s roll-out of the Pearson’s PowerSchool student data system. Today, there was an article of interest on the News and Observer web site entitled “NC Schools Dealing with Problem-Plagued State Computer System.” According to the article, North Carolina is spending $7.1 million dollars implementing PowerSchool this year.

A growing divide?

Learning with 'e's

In his blog on Learning Ecosystems, Daniel S. Christian claims that a new pedagogy is emerging that is directly driven by the upsurge in online activity. I believe him, because I see similar outcomes wherever I travel, in schools, colleges and universities around the world.

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.


Technology Tidbits

EDpuzzle one of the best and most popular sites around for creating a "flipped" classroom has just released a free Android app on the Google Chrome Store. This is a fantastic site/app for taking a video, editing/cropping it, and then adding questions to it.

Showcase #TeacherEffectiveness using Padlet

The Innovative Educator

Last week I shared ways to showcase teacher effectiveness via digital portfolios using a wiki and eduClipper. This week I bring you another great tool to showcase teacher effectiveness courtesy of elementary school teacher Rodney Schneider. The tool is called Padlet. Padlet is a free tool that gives you a blank wall on which to share files, videos, photos, videos, and more. You can choose the visibility and share with the world, a small group of people or just one or two others.

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Don't-Miss Events: School Leadership Summit (online) PLUS CoSN 2014, CoSNCamp, and GlobalEd in DC

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The 2014 School Leadership Summit is Thursday, March 27th, online and free. This is the second year of this global, virtual event to help school leaders gather and share thinking and best practices.

Power sharing

Learning with 'e's

In my last post I discussed Daniel S Christian''s three trends of an emerging pedagogy. I speculated on whether a new social divide might also emerge as a result of the new pedagogy he outlines.

EdTech at School

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


Technology Tidbits

GuidedVideo is a excellent iPad app that is free right now (normally $30) for creating video lessons for students. This is done by recording yourself asking a question and then use your own photos as buttons for the answers to the questions.

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The hottest posts everybody'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 Looking to create a social media or BYOD policy? Jun 3, 2012, 4033 Does Twitter have a minimum age requirement?


Pearson PowerSchool Disasters in NC and Tech Lessons to Be Learned From It

The 21st Century Principal

I have always fundamentally understood that when it comes to implementation of new innovations, whether technological, instructional or organizational, it is a cardinal rule to “Not implement too much at once!” I’ve heard that mantra during my whole career as an educator, and even as a classroom teacher we have been cautioned not to try to change too much too fast. In school leadership, they tell you the same thing.

Teaching undergrads how to write an analysis.

Connecting 2 the World

My students have been accepted into our university through a competitive vetting process. Many are top in their schools which vary from large urban, to small rural, to large centralized rural, to small town, to well-endowed suburban. They are the product of the current testing environment of K-12 which in New York state means they have had to write essays since 3rd grade (whether it is developmentally appropriate is another question).

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.

Freedom to Fail Means Moving Forward

Saving Socrates

Much has been written about failure and the failure floor allowed by schools in their grading policies. I recently worked for a public school district that literally combed through every teachers failure for each marking period with a fine tooth comb trying to prevent any teacher from failing a student less face termination or reassignment of classes.

Hideout: Early Reading

Technology Tidbits

Hideout: Early Reading is a wonderful free iOS app for young readers to help them w/ their Reading skills. This is done through a series of educational activities/games that has students trying to sound out words, find the correct letter, word recognition, and more. Also, this game features a wide variety of things that engage young learners, such as animations, music, and more. I highly recommend checking out Hideout: Early Reading by clicking here !!

Learning Revolution Newsletter - Week's Events - OZeLive Conference Starts - Michael Stephens, Pam Moran, and Ira Socol Highlighted Videos

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update February 4th Education is soul crafting. Cornel West Welcome to the Learning Revolution. The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn. The Learning Revolution Project highlights virtual and physical events from Web 2.0 Labs and its partners. These events bring together educators, learners, leaders, and others to rethink and reinvent education.


School of Open: Copyright & Creative Commons for Educators Courses Now Open for Sign-Up

Educator Innovator

By Jane Park, Project Manager, Creative Commons. Following on the heels of “ Writing Wikipedia Articles: The Basics and Beyond ,” three more School of Open courses are now open for sign-up. These free courses are: 1. Copyright 4 Educators (AUS). This course will equip Australian educators with the copyright knowledge to confidently use copyright material in the classroom.

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.