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.

SoCal Learning Opportunities including eLearning Strategies Symposium


By Mike Lawrence, CUE’s Executive Director, SoCal resident, and (naturally), a former Disneyland cast member… So as CUE’s chief geek, I am obliged to support educational innovation everywhere throughout California and Nevada without bias.

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#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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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!

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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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Fall CUE Conference – It’s Kinda Like Christmas


By CUE Member Jennifer Kloczko I absolutely love the holidays. All of it. Every year we head up to Truckee and cut down a tree and it is one of my favorite things we do each year. Last year, my husband and I went with my parents and for the first time, no kids. I […]. The post Fall CUE Conference – It’s Kinda Like Christmas appeared first on OnCUE. CUE Conference

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.

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

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners


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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).

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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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.

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.

Our School's First Student International Google+ Hangout!

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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!

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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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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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.

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.

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

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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! ? ? ? ? ?

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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Building your PLN: Twitter Chat

My Paperless Classroom

I was just working on the questions for the 48th #PATUE chat. PATUE is the chat I began as the Palo Alto Tech Using Educators, I have since co-branded it as the Pedagogy and Technology chat. I started this chat to build community around the conversation about mindful tech integration.

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!

Free #mLearning book. Great companion for student-centered learning practices.

The Innovative Educator

Mobile Education: Lessons from 35 Education Experts on Improving Learning with Mobile Technology is a new eBook that features me and some great friends from my learning network including my co-author of Teaching Generation Text - Willyn Webb, #Edchat cofounder - Shelly Terrell, EduClipper founder - Adam Bellow, Geeky Mama - Lee Kolbert, and a couple dozen or so more which you can see below.

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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 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.


What is STEM?

My Paperless Classroom

S cience T echnology E ngineering and M athematics illustration by Sam Patterson What I like most about the STEM education movement is the co-mingling of disciplines and the emphasis on real world project based learning.


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.