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

Redesigning and Rethinking Conferences-Reflections On #ASCD14

The Web20Classroom

I recently returned from a trip to Los Angeles where I attended the annual ASCD conference. This is one of my favorite conferences of the year because of the diversity of the sessions offered.

Persuasion as a Catalyst for Change

A Principal's Reflections

I’m not going to lie; Daniel Pink is one of my heroes. After reading his book Drive a few years back my professional practice was significantly changed for the better. His work really made me critically reflect upon my leadership practices.

Google Docs Add-Ons - A New Feature

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

If you open a Google Doc or Spreadsheet you will find a new option in the menu bar named Add-Ons. An Add-On is a way to add functionality to Docs and Sheets through integration with 3rd party apps. It''s similar to the Google Chrome Apps store.

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Curriculet & Edmodo: #BetterTogether

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

This week Curriculet announced the release of an Edmodo app version that allows teachers and students to use Curriculet using their Edmodo credentials and classlists. The app is a portal or gateway and opens Curriculet inside Edmodo. I am ecstatic about this announcement!

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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.

BYOD Equity Panel at #SXSWedu 2014


On March 5, 2014, I was privileged to moderate and participate on a panel on Bridging the Digital Divide with BYOD Equity at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas. The panelists were a true joy to plan and present with.


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Become a Google Tools Expert

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Join me an Simple K12 for a free online event today and and Become a Google Tools Expert Simple K 12 is a popular membership based teacher learning community that features 30 minute action packed webinars for live viewing that are recorded and archived.

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Using Curriculet for Short Reading Texts & PARCC Prep

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

My all time favorite tool for digital reading is Curriculet because of its versatility and ease of use (oh, and the price: FREE!). I can assign novels, poems, short stories, and current event articles for my students to read, and they can answer Common Core aligned questions and quizzes in the text.

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Google Drive gets add-ons. Yeah or Eh?

The Innovative Educator

I was stoked this week when I learned Google Drive now has these cool add-ons which you can get to right from the menu bar. There are a number to choose from. I want more

Silicon Valley Cue

My Paperless Classroom

Cheryl and I co-wrote this post. We would love your feedback as we continue to develop workshops to educate teachers in the tools of flipping and the magic of puppets.

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.

Digital Differentiation, a Free Webinar on 3/29

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Please join me and Simple K 12 for a free day of learning on March 29th. I''ll be kicking off the day of learning with an overview of flexible tools to support personalized learning, an essential component of Digital Differentiation.

Flying thru Social Learning Theory

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

My life-time flying experience is fairly limited: senior trip to Disney in high school, a 1 once a year training trip to Ft.

Creating social phrasebooks with Phraseum

Nik Peachey

I spend a lot of time looking at different web-based tools and apps and thinking about if and how they can be used for learning. Sometimes it takes some thought and at other times it’s really obvious. With Phraseum it was instantly obvious that this was a really great tool for learning. Phraseum allows you to collect words, phrases and sentences from anywhere on the web while you you browse and organise them into social phrasebooks.

How obsolete is your school? Take this quiz to find out.

The Innovative Educator

In his recent article, " 14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools ," Ingvi Hrannar Ómarsson, gives innovative educators, students, and parents some food for thought in their own schools. When I read the article, I couldn''t help but think that an excellent activity would be to turn the article into a quiz for school staff, students, and parents.

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.

Craft and Structure, Deeper Thinking, and Tech Integration


What type of thinking does the Common Core ask of students when it comes to Craft and Structure? Analysis. Analyzing the author''s craft and structure is a shift for students to do, and a shift for teachers to design tasks and questions that require analysis.

#MACUL14 Wrap-Up

The Playground Advocate

I had the great honor of attending and presenting at MACUL 14 this year in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Apparently it was the largest MACUL ever at 4,500 attendees, and I could see why it was so popular. The conference was very well run and I had the opportunity to learn with so many amazing educators.

Edtech + Community + Freedom to Teach = Learning Achievement


Here''s a great example of what happens when you mix education technology with community [IN the classroom], while giving teachers the freedom to teach in Rhode Island public schools: With high-tech help, Providence elementary school is making progress in math, reading By Linda Borg, Providence Journal 3/14/14

Education, schooling and the digital age

Learning with 'e's

Education and schooling are not the same thing. Schooling is where structures are imposed upon learners to make the process more manageable. Behaviour is synchronised, curricula are standardised, and criterion referenced assessment is imposed to quantify achievement.

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.

“CUE” it Your Way! Ideas For Maximizing Your Annual CUE Experience!


By CUE Members Tim Bedley and Scott Bedley aka @bedleybros Teacher Confession…Our first Annual CUE conference was in 2013. Another teacher confession…We absolutely loved it! Final confession… in hindsight…we did miss some amazing aspects of the conference.

5 Ways to Be a Skeptic in Today's "Reformy" Educational World

The 21st Century Principal

“Good skeptics change their minds, according to the best evidence available. There is just one thing to be loyal to here, reality.”

Top 100 Sites/Apps for Game Based Learning

Technology Tidbits

This is going to be one of my most ambitious posts yet, as I have curated a gigantic list of my favorite sites/apps for Game Based Learning (a.k.a Gamification).

Taking up residence

Learning with 'e's

David White , who is at Oxford University, is probably best known for his theory of Digital Residents and Visitors. Along with Alison Le Cornu, White published an article in 2011 that countered the Digital Natives and Immigrants ideas of Marc Prensky.

EdTech at School

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

The 2014 ASCD Annual Conference: There is Hope

Philly Teacher

Reflecting on a busy weekend of conversation and learning at this year’s annual ASCD conference in Los Angeles, a few bright spots stand out for me.

Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI)- An Exploration into Other Ways to Differentiate

Saving Socrates

I was recently asked by someone if there is other effective ways to differentiate besides small group instruction, small group work, and project based learning (basically student centered lessons). In fact, I believe the question really was, can a teacher effectively differentiate when frontal teaching. It was a great questions. My gut reaction was emphatically, "yes!" However, I would like to address it in great depth now. I started career as a lecturer. I''ve said this often, I love lecturing.


Technology Tidbits

Brainfeed is an excellent free iPad app for finding safe educational videos for students. These videos are targeted for kids ages 7 and up and are curated by educators from around the world in a wide range of subjects.

Interview with Terry Anderson

Learning with 'e's

Professor Terry Anderson , who is based at Athabasca University in Canada, is one of the famous figures of contemporary education, and his list of achievements is lengthy.

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.