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The End is Only the Beginning

A Principal's Reflections

This is one of those difficult posts where I honestly am having trouble articulating my thoughts. It is bittersweet, as the time has come for me to make a decision on my future.

Making The Best App Choices With @Graphite

The Web20Classroom

When I was beginning to roll out a Bring Your Own Device initiative in my previous district we spent a great deal of time sitting and talking with teachers.

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Stitch Fix: The Perfect Way to Shop for Busy Teachers!


I Went from Being Skeptical to Falling in Love - click here to start and fill out your style profile - I''ve contemplated about sharing about this service on my blog for a few reasons. First, this is a resource sharing blog. Second, it is an education blog. Third, I''d be pushing my referral link.

Google Teacher Academy Welcomes New Members


Written and Edited by CUE Blog Editor Kate Petty with Special Consultants #GTAATL Google Teacher Academy Overview Last week the Google Teacher Academy, in partnership with CUE, welcomed its newest members from the 2014 Atlanta cohort (#GTAATL).

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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!

Excuses Hold Us Back

A Principal's Reflections

When was the last time you came up with an excuse to get out of doing something that you did not want to do? Chances are it was today or sometime in the not so distant past. Excuses are just a part of human existence.

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#ISTE2014 Use Twitter & Voxer when Travel Plans Go Awry

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

My #ISTE2014 trip with Liz and Kyle Calderwood and Michelle Wendt was supposed to begin in Atlantic City with a flight on Spirit Airlines to Atlanta, Georgia, but after a cancelled flight and an unexpected roadtrip , we eventually reached our destination , 12 hours after our expected arrival time.

RSCON July 11-13 check out this great FREE online conference

My Paperless Classroom

Join the annual Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON) – an online global event highlighting “wow” moments in teaching and learning.

Raising the Bar on Learning

A Principal's Reflections

In my opinion inquiry-based learning is one of the best pedagogical techniques available to teachers.

Connecting with Some Amazing Educators

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I am truly enjoying facilitating the ThingLink Teacher Challenge this summer because it has allowed me to connect with some amazing educators. We are all learning, creating and sharing together. One of the early challenges was to Design Your Digital Self as an introduction to other participants.

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.

15-Year-Old explains the key to developing a #PLN

The Innovative Educator

Alex Laubscher and mentor Mike King at MoCCA Fest Alex Laubscher is a cartoonist who I met this year when his mother brought him to New York City for MoCCA Fest which is an art festival for illustrators.

My Three Projects

Cycles of Learning

'Inspired by Austin Kleon''s Show Your Work and Daedelaus Howell''s Story Lab I have added a new tab to called Projects: Each month or so I plan to choose three projects that a) I am very passionate about and b) are incomplete, to work on publicly on this site via a linked website or a view only google doc. For the month of July three major projects rise to the top: As always, I plan to start from scratch and revise my AP Chemistry curriculum for the following year. Although I''m 14 years into teaching, nothing excites me more than revising and re-imagining how I go about engaging students. In two weeks I will be facilitating a STEM Academy with a colleague. This year the week long academy, given construction at our school site, will be taking place in a non-science room. Keeping this in mind, we have to re-think how we will run the academy without the use of chemicals, busnen burners, etc. We are planning to lead a week long investigation on circuits, beginning with simple Squishy Circuit construction and ending with Arduino. Lastly, on January 17th, Sacred Heart Cathedral will be hosting a youth TEDx even t featuring the voice of teenagers in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am honored to be on the adult team leading this effort and excited to see what our students dream up and design! In the spirit of both Kleon and Howell''s work, I welcome any comments, suggestions, revisions, or feedback you have as I these projects grow.'


New Summer Toy: GoPro Hero 3

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

My husband surprised me for my birthday with a very COOL present: the GoPro Hero 3 Black edition camera. I''m very excited to play with it this summer and later throughout the school year and swim season. Keep checking back for new posts on using the GoPro Camera as I learn more tips/tricks.

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Google Drive Automates Peer Editing Through Commenting

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Recently, Google introduced a Suggested Edits feature in Google Docs which essentially allows peer editors to change modes when editing content so suggestions become a Comment for the author to review.

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.

The future is in their hands: Using cell phones for literacy - Free book!

The Innovative Educator

Willyn Webb and I contributed to the International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE) Literacy Journal. The journal features innovative ways to enhance learning with technology. Our chapter is called, "The future is in their hands: Using cell phones for literacy learning.

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Oyster: E-Book Susbcription Service App for iOS and Android Devices NetFlix of E-Books?

The 21st Century Principal

As an avid reader, last night, I downloaded Oyster, the subscription book service app to my iPad, just to check it out. There are many times when I read a book, I am not necessarily interested in purchasing a copy, but would still like to read it in e-book format.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Express Yourself

The Playground Advocate

Express Yourself What is the point of creativity if it''s not to express ourselves? Each of us has a unique perspective on the world, and it''s our creativity that allows us to share that perspective with others.

Webinar: Unpacking the CCSS Academic Vocabulary Shift

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Are you wondering where to begin to adopt the Common Core Vocabulary Standards? While there are many specific vocabulary standards clearly listed in the K-12 Language Strand, it''s helpful and important to look at Academic Vocabulary from the big picture view.

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.

7 ISTE 2014 Conference Mega Resources to Share Widely!

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

These 7 comprehensive resources are the crème de la crème of everything #ISTE14, in my opinion. Check them out and see if you agree! Let''s start with the most expansive list.

Google+ Cheat Sheet - shortcuts and tips

Educational Technology Guy

Google+ is Google''s social network. I use it to connect to other educators, IT directors, EdTech personnel, tech companies and edtech groups. It''s easy to use and has more features than other social networks. Here is a great cheat sheet with shortcuts and tips for using Google+.

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From novice to expert

Learning with 'e's

This is number 24 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. The last post highlighted issues around the andragogy theory of Malcolm Knowles.

Peer Instruction For Computer Science – The Neighborhood

Turn to Your Neighbor

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD . The Neighborhood is a special Turn To Your Neighbor series where we invite innovative educators from around the globe to discuss a variety of education topics. . Lee, Porter, sand Simon. In this post of The Neighborhood, three computer scientists who are leading the charge to transform Computer Science (CS) eduction with Peer Instruction (PI) answer common questions they get about Mazur’s method and weigh in on why PI is a good fit for CS. Join Drs.

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.

Is the 'F' Word Holding You Back in Your Classroom?

Comfortably 2.0

No, I''m not talking about that word. I am talking about the word FEAR. In my four years as a technology coach I have had several teachers use the ''f'' word in conversations with me. "I''m I''m fearful that my students know more about this than I do." "I''m

Write-On Video

Technology Tidbits

Write-On Video is an excellent iPad app for digital storytelling. This is a simple to use app that allows users to upload a video and then annotate, draw, or add pictures/stmaps over it.

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Open Learning Opportunities for All Young People

Educator Innovator

This article was originally featured on BoingBoing. We’ve heard a lot of talk these days about open educational resources and online courses and how these platforms can make high-quality learning available for all.

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 10 Ways Social Media Can Improve Writing in Your C. Jun 22, 2014, 4744 Social Media Guidelines for Students and Teachers.

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.