Sat.Aug 30, 2014 - Fri.Sep 05, 2014

The Limitations of Being a Disconnected Nomad

A Principal's Reflections

It seems like just yesterday that I was a disconnected nomad working hard to maintain the status quo and conform to a rigid system commonly known as education. You see, prior to 2009 I was adamantly opposed to even the thought of using social media for both personal and professional reasons.

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Connect with Your Class via Remind It''s never about "the app" but rather what is done with the application that makes it so special.

3 Great Ways to Use a Google Form

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I am a big fan of using Google Docs forms to collect and organize information. Forms offer efficient ways to monitor and manage digital resources. There are many ways to put this fun, multimedia capable tool to work in the classroom Discover three great ways to use a Google form.

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4 notes on taking notes

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

This made me laugh. I saw this image (source unknown) and saved it to my photos on my iPad. Later that day, I tweeted it out and since then it has had quite a response. And then the teacher said… You may take notes. David Truss (@datruss) June 3, 2014.

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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.

The Ultimate Gift For an Educator

A Principal's Reflections

Contrary to the belief of some, educators work extremely hard for little financial incentive when you look at the amount of hours that are put into the job. Whether you are a teacher or administrator, your work has always been about the students first and foremost.

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Share and Inspire Through ThingLink Interactive Image Slams

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Talented members of our rapidly growing ThingLink Education Community have discovered ways to leverage the power of ThingLink for a variety of innovative uses across all content areas and grade levels.

The Problem with Educational Apps

My Paperless Classroom

If back to school night has one lesson for me. It''s that parents of elementary students are looking for someone to talk to about iPads, phones, tablets, and how their kids are using them. I''m lucky enough to work in an amazing school with a great approach to technology education.

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Let's Get it Started!!! The Keys to Tech Savvy Teaching!


The Keys to Tech Savvy Teaching! As we begin this new school year, we need to evaluate our past teaching experiences, and how effective they were. Start by taking a moment to reflect. Think about last year.

Why PD is like piano lessons

We all think we’re going to have more time over the summer – to read, to relax, to clean out the attic, to catch up on PD! But PD is like piano lessons. It’s best to do a little bit, regularly, all year long. edWeb makes it easy.

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.

Webinar Preview - Using Slides to Construct Knowledge

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I am a big fan of using Google Docs Slides as a tool to construct knowledge. Built in functionality provides students with opportunities to engage in research, credit sources and work collaboratively to create and demonstrate learning.

How Changing One Word in the Flipped Class Changes Everything

Turning Learning On Its Head

Image: Emily Danielle Photography. There is a word that I would like to take out of the vocabulary of flipped classroom teachers. It is the word, watch. Students are supposed to watch a video at home and then come to class prepared to learn. Watch is a passive word.

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Google Classroom: Resetting Teacher Permissions

The Electric Educator

The first time a teacher visits Google Classroom they will be asked if they are a teacher or a student. If for some reason the teacher selects "student" they will find that they are unable to create classes; they can only join them.

Introducing Programming with Tynker on the iPad

My Paperless Classroom

When I introduce programming in second grade, it isn''t the first time many of my students have seen programming with block script on the iPad. many of them used Daisy the Dinosaur or Hopscotch before. The object of the lesson is NOT programming.

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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.

ThingLink & Google Docs Together at Last!

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Great news! Great news! Thing Link now supports a rich-media tag to embed a Google Doc right on an interactive graphic. Now it’s easier than ever to transform teaching and learning with just two tools, ThingLink EDU and Google Docs! Read more and explore my sample Rainforest Project example on the ThingLink Blog

Welcome to Social Studies: Hoopa City


In this month''s column for the ASHA Leader App-Titude series , I discussed how relevant science concepts and content can be used as a context for language therapy ( see the great work of Barbara Ehren on curriculum-relevant interventions ).

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Summertime – The Learning (Living) is Easy


Written by CUE Board Member Jason Borgen @jborgen It’s summer; an educators’ most relaxing time of the year, right? Whether you are a teacher on summer break, teaching summer school or an administrator, summertime tends to lend itself to more time to get things done. The day is longer right? I know my calendar has some […]. The post Summertime – The Learning (Living) is Easy appeared first on OnCUE. Common Core Standards Personal Learning Network (PLN

Can we work smarter?

My Paperless Classroom

This week almost all the teachers I know are back to school, prepping lessons, collecting papers, and trying to find enough time to get all of the work done in a professional and thoughtful manner. And the question rings out across the land "is there a better way?"

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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.

5 Ideas to Make Lectures and Presentations Interactive

The Innovative Educator

When I was a student, I had a problem staying awake in class. I felt bad and teachers were mad. Today, as a teacher myself, I discovered the blame was misplaced. I was sleeping because of boring lesson delivery. When I teach a class or an auditorium with hundreds, there is never any sleeping going on because I have an interactive and engaging delivery.

The point of no return

Learning with 'e's

This is number 27 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. Previous posts in this series are all linked below.

"Back to School" Links


I have been enjoying a few weeks off before things pick up again!

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Back to School Special: Open Mic Edition

The Daring Librarian

For the last five years at the #TLChat Virtual Cafe we''ve offered a FREE webinar to help librarians and teachers of all subjects and levels get ready for the next school year.

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EdTech at School

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

What I love most about teaching

Learning With Lucie

The James Barrie quote in my signature line at the bottom of all my emails does not surprise anyone. It is evident that I love what I do for work and that I feel very fortunate to have found a profession where I can''t tell the difference between work and play.

#BackToSchool Must-Haves For Innovative Educators

The Innovative Educator

As the school year begins there are numerous resources to ease and enrich the lives of innovative educators and their students that will facilitate effective teaching and learning. Here are my top picks for 2014/15. I want more ». backtoschool

In the Hands of the Students: The SmartBoard and the Digital Notebook

Inquire and Inspire

In further developing 21st Century classrooms and learners , it''s vital that we move beyond using technology to enhance teacher-led instruction, but rather as tools to assist student-led discovery.

StoryMap JS

Technology Tidbits

StoryMap JS is a new (beta) site that I just found out about from Richard Byrne''s excellent blog. It reminds me a lot of MeoGraph in that it lets users create digital stories surround by maps. On these maps a user can add text, video, image, to create a story linked to the map.

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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.