Sat.Nov 09, 2013 - Fri.Nov 15, 2013

Leading in the Digital Age

A Principal's Reflections

I am very excited about my upcoming book titled “ Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times ” which will be published by Corwin Press. The entire book looks at leadership through the lens of practitioners in the digital age.

Drawings Come to Life with Animate from @ABCyaGames - Create. Save. Share!


Great New Animation App for iPad ABCyaGames makes some of my absolute favorite interactive games for students. The best part is - my kids just love their games, too! Though ABCya is a sponsor of my site, I continue to be impressed by the games I find.

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The @ASCD Arias-The 5 Minute Teacher

The Web20Classroom

Recently ASCD released several short books that are aimed at packing a big punch in a small package. Each are less that 100 pages but have loads of quality information. Over the next few posts we will look at each one to see what they are all about. Then we will give away 1 copy of each. Sound like fun? In the first post we took a look at Fostering Grit. Then we examined Teaching With Tablets and Grading and Group Work. This time we look at The 5-Minute Teacher.

ThingLink: Design Engaging Learning Experiences

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

12th @4:00 PM CST As an instructional technology facilitator my goal is to weave together digital tools to design engaging, interactive learning experiences that support all learners and encourage higher order thinking.

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.

4 of My Favorite Web Tools Demonstrated

The Playground Advocate

I''ve been working on building resources for a website I use to support one of my presentations. In the process, I''ve been doing some short screencasts that demonstrate the basics of using some of my favorite web tools.

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PLN or CoP?

Learning with 'e's

Type "PLN and CoP" into Google, and you''re likely to be redirected to a currency conversion site (PLN is the abbreviation for Polish Zloty and COP stands for Columbian Pesos).

Google Tools for Teachers - Free Webinars on 11/16/13

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

On Saturday, November 16th, Simple K12 will be hosting a full day of free webinars on Google Tools for Teachers. I''m excited to be presenting webinars at 2:00 and 3:00 PM EST and I''m looking forward to learning from a talented lineup of SK12 presenters!

#DogChat Brody at Work

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I haven''t posted much recently about Brody and decided it was time to share some recent pictures from school. Brody is in his 8th year as a therapy dog, and whether it is greeting visitors during my morning hall duty or sleeping while I teach, he is right at home.

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Our School's First Student International Google+ Hangout!

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Sancia, Kyle, Kalan, Xinyun, and Sabrina Five of our upper school students participated in a student-run international hangout on Thursday. It was an interesting experience!

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.

NC Governor McCroy Shows Once Again He Doesn't Value ALL Teachers

The 21st Century Principal

It''s clear that North Carolina governor Pat McCrory still doesn''t get it. In today''s Charlotte Observer , he once again is pushing that same old tried and failed thinking that for some reason he just can''t let go: merit pay for teachers. He doesn''t realize that it has been tried, and it does not work. In fact, North Carolina even had merit pay bonuses for test scores throughout the early part of the 2000''s and it was dropped when the budget shortfalls started.

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On GettingSmart Today: 8 iPad Camera Ideas for 1:1 Classrooms

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners


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Tips on Revision: Trouble shooting sections: Abstract/Executive summary

Connecting 2 the World

Troubleshooting sections If your style is more working section by section, here are some tips for each section. Abstract/Executive Summary : ECPublishing had a great insight into the importance of your abstract: Make sure your abstract and title truly reflect the content of your paper and are written well. You need to sell your paper and its significance. We can’t rewrite your abstract to make it more attractive to reviewers; you need to make it concise and full of impact.


Best Google+ Communities for Educators -- A Survey for Our HOA (and for you)

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Educators: you''re invited to participate in this informal survey! The results will be shown on our Google Rocks! Hawaii Hangout on Air, Tuesday, November 12, 7pm HST. Loading. Survey results (which are also the show notes) gpluscomm4ed Thanks for participating! ? ? ? ? ?

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.

Chromecast: Inexpensive Way to Stream Video & Audio to TV or Other Display Devices

The 21st Century Principal

This weekend, I couldn''t resist the $35 cost to purchase a Chromecast device. To be honest, I have an Apple TV and a Samsung Smart TV, so I did not really need an additional way to stream audio and video to my television. But what the heck! For $35 dollars it seemed to be worth a try.

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5 ideas to strengthen the home-school connection in the 1:1 classroom

The Innovative Educator

This article originally appeared at Partners in Learning - 1:1 Hot Topics. Family involvement is important to student success in every classroom. In 1 : 1 classrooms, the traditional note home in the backpack can be replaced with new methods allowing innovative educators to access a whole new set of tools that can strengthen the home-school connection. If you’re still connecting with parents the way you always have, here are some ideas to update your practice.

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Tips on Revision: Major revisions

Connecting 2 the World

Major Revisions The first thing you must determine when faced when major revisions (including total overhaul of organization, reformulating your research, cutting out large amounts of your document) is whether to start the writing process over or try starting over. The reason most people don''t do this is because they feel they will have wasted time writing the first draft.


12 Google+ Communities For and By Hawaii Educators

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

+Chad Nacapuy , who comes up with many of the ideas for our Google Rocks! Hawaii HOA shows, has listed here several Hawaii-created , educational Google+ communities for our Best Google+ Communities for Educators show tonight. I thought I''d add to Chad''s list and post it here. Are there others? Let me know and I''ll add them to this list. Public communities are a click away to join, many private communities require a request to join.)

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.

Carpet Bombing of Public Schools by a Pro School-Privatization Movement

The 21st Century Principal

The assumption behind "Parent Trigger" laws, according to Diane Ravitch in her new book Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America''s Public Schools , is "If parents seize control of their school, they can make it better." As Ravitch points out, with a great deal of data, there is no evidence to support this assumption. What is amazing to me is how this so-called "parent empowerment" legislation came into existence in the first place.

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GlobalEdCon - "Education for All" Keynotes, Submission Extension, and Call for Volunteers

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our 2013 Global Education Conference starts this coming Monday, November 18th, and runs 24-hours a day for five days. It''s online, awesome, free, and all about increasing opportunities for connecting classrooms, supporting cultural awareness, and recognizing diversity and educational access for all.

Tips on revising: Overview

Connecting 2 the World

Introduction My original intent was to have one comprehensive post. But as I was putting the finishing touches on the post, I realized it was a lot of reading (especially for #acwrimo participants who may not have time to read it all in one sitting. So I have decided to divide this into a daily post over the next week. Hope it is helpful. Making Revisions All writing will need revisions.

Because academic freedom does not include the freedom to create a poor learning experience

Mark Smithers

Academic freedom. Dear Faculty Member or Academic (whichever you would prefer), I was delighted to see your response to Joshua Kim’s post on experiences working with Learning Designers which he reports here on the Inside Higher Education web site.

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EdTech at School

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

My take. The end of the #BammyAwards as we know it.

The Innovative Educator

A little history. When I first learned of the Bammy Awards I was thrilled to discover there was a formal way to share with the world the work of some seriously amazing educators. Personally, I was thrilled educators had the opportunity to let their peers know what an inspiration their work had been and how it touched the lives of so many. How wonderful to be able to introduce our country to those whose work and ideas were generally only celebrated in the small circle of educators.

High Tech or High Touch?

Some guy named Rae...

I came across the phrase “high tech or high touch” in something I was reading recently, can’t remember what. The expression presumes that there’s a dichotomy between the two — that they are in essence, mutually exclusive. Why can’t we have both? We tend to think about technology as isolating. We don’t really talk to […]. Uncategorized communication IT relationships social media

Tips on revising: Overview

Connecting 2 the World

Introduction My original intent was to have one comprehensive post. But as I was putting the finishing touches on the post, I realized it was a lot of reading (especially for #acwrimo participants who may not have time to read it all in one sitting. So I have decided to divide this into a daily post over the next week. Hope it is helpful. Making Revisions All writing will need revisions.

Hour of Code, a K-8 Community Day Approach

My Paperless Classroom

We are talking about hosting a 3 hour community event for Hour of Code. I thought I would share my thinking as I put it together. On a first draft I came up with this plan.

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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.

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 If you''re not preparing your students to use social media. Oct 29, 2013, 5639 Stop trying to figure out if screentime is good for kids.

SimCityEDU sets middle school students to work on a “Pollution Challenge”

Educator Innovator

SimCityEDU , an Educator Innovator partner, is proudly releasing its first game-based learning and assessment product built on the popular SimCity video game platform. And now the just-released SimCityEDU: Pollution Challenge! will be showcased today, November 14, at the fifth annual Washington Ideas Forum—a gathering of U.S. policymakers and industry innovators, presented by The Atlantic , the Aspen Institute , and the Newseum.

Livescribe 3 Live Demo

My Paperless Classroom

I started working with the Livescribe 3 pen recently, the most recent offering from Livescribe, the smart pen people. Photo By Sam Patterson, pen provided for review I am pretty impressed with the pen. Unlike the previous pens, this one works in tandem with an iPad.

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