Sat.May 31, 2014 - Fri.Jun 06, 2014

Why Formative Assessments Matter

The Web20Classroom

Back in my first year, I was teaching a unit on the parts of the Periodic Table. The students needed to know where they could identify elements that were typically metals, non-metals, gases and be able to identify elements based on their Atomic number among other tasks.

Adobe Releases New Storytelling App for iPad

Educational Technology Guy

Adobe recently released a new Storytelling App for iPad. Adobe Voice, a new animated video app for iPad, that gives anyone the ability to create and share engaging video stories.

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Education Research Meta Analysis from Hattie and Yates


The Hapara team is reading Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn by John Hattie and Gregory Yates. The book is an easy to read distillation of Hattie’s work synthesizing the results from education research around the world. Edtech Blended Learning Hattie Edtech Update

The Educational Value of StarWars in The Classroom

My Paperless Classroom

This week on the Techeducator podcast we talked to the brains behind and Shakespeare''s Star Wars about the value of Star wars in the classroom. Find links and shownotes on the Techeducator Site. pedagogy

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.

3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink Teacher Challenge This Summer

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

The ThingLink Teacher Challenge is a free, self-paced, online summer professional development opportunity designed to help teachers transform classroom teaching and e-learning with ThingLink, an easy-to-use interactive image and video platform.

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Just who are the people behind today’s educational software?

The Hechinger Report

Over the next week or so, The Hechinger Report will be publishing excerpts from Richard Whitmire’s book On the Rocketship: How Top Charter Schools are Pushing the Envelope.

Stop saying "balance is key" when discussing technology

The Innovative Educator

@InnovativeEdu Balance is key. Herman Miller EDU (@HermanMillerEDU) May 28, 2014 The above tweet was sent to me in response to my post explaining why innovative educators should look down on upon a new video called, "Look Up." " But I disagreed with this balance-seeking Tweeter.

Embrace Change This Summer with Professional Development

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Summer is the time of year when teachers can enjoy a break from the the highly scheduled daily routines of the school year.

5 Things to Make your MakerSpace a Hub of Learning and Design

My Paperless Classroom

Next year we are turning one of the two computer labs into a MakerSpace. We have been talking all year about how to mitigate the loss of 24 desktop PC''s and everything they do. While the conversations have been difficult, I think we have finally resolved to get a cart of Mac laptops, set up to emulate windows when needed. My excitement about the laptop cart is balanced by the relative unknown of what will be in our MakerSpace.

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.

Everything You Need To Know About WWDC 2014


You may be thinking, "I don''t even know what WWDC is," which is fine. However, the Worldwide Developer''s Conference is one of Apple''s (usually 2) opportunities each year to announce what''s coming next (in this case, this fall).

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Rescue ETAG—say no to FELTAG

Ed Tech Now

The DfE should reject the FELTAG recommendations in order to ensure that all the same mistakes are not repeated by ETAG At the same time as the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG) got ready to submit its recommendations to government … Continue reading → Stategy Bob Harrison DfE diana laurillard edtech education ETAG FELTAG Matt Hancock michael gove Stephen Heppell Tom Bennett

Getting Creative With Buncee

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Marie Arturi, the CEO/Founder Buncee and a creative communication evangelist. Her nephew is one of my teachers at New Milford HS. Consider for a moment how we, as adults, consume content today. We’re constantly immersed in media.

Every Thing I know about Minecraft I stole from.

My Paperless Classroom

This blog post is a Hat Tip to all the awesome educators who are building and sharing great resources for Minecraft in Education. I am still learning about minecraft, right now we are working to get minecraftEDU to work with our roaming profiles. noteasy Add your favorite resources in the comments John Miller [link] [link] Kevin Jarret [link] he shared this article from Mashable, though this is really just eye candy Mojave Phonebooth [link] Elissa Elliott Malespina Minecraft in Schools article.

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.

Teacher Voice at #EdcampUSA

Philly Teacher

Today was an exciting day for the Edcamp Foundation and for edcampers all over the US. At around 7:00 am, a small group of educators walked across C Street and entered the Department of Education for a day of sharing and learning at Edcamp US DOE.

How to Train Your (New) Principal

The Daring Librarian

I hope that the blog title got your attention. It was designed to! But you may ultimately find it misleading. Please keep reading! Before any admins out there start sharpening their pitchforks for me, I gotta say that I really don''t think teachers need to train new principals.

Many pathways

Learning with 'e's

This is number 12 in my series of short posts on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education.

ReadKit: An Inexpensive RSS Feed Reader for Your Mac

The 21st Century Principal

Since purchasing a MacBook Pro last weekend, I’ve been exploring RSS Feed Reader programs. Of course there’s the web-based stand-by programs such as Feedly or NewsBlur which I’ve written about before.

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.

a.) Standardized Testing b.) Multiple Choice c.) Kahoot! d.) All of the above

Inquire and Inspire

For three consecutive years of my career I taught grade 6, which is one of three grades in which students in Ontario write the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) standardized exam.

Summer Professional Development


Summer approaches! Here''s what I will be up to: I am happy to be presenting at the Social Thinking® Providers'' Conference in San Francisco this month (June 20-22). The topic is Zooming in on App Integration: 3 Apps and Divergent Uses for Social Thinking Instruction.

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Help yourself

Learning with 'e's

This is number 15 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.

Digital media to meet the uncommon core during visits to museums and other cultural institutions

The Innovative Educator

I had the pleasure to speak to librarians today at the U nCommon Approaches to the Common Core Conference about ideas for making trips to museums and other cultural institutions fun and engaging using digital media. Interested in this topic and/or want some ideas to share with others? If so, check out my presentation below

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!

Katherine Stewart's book "The Good News Club" A Book Review

The 21st Century Principal

“Today, there is more religious activity in American public schools than there has been for the past 100 years.”

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Door 24

Technology Tidbits

Door 24 is a fantastic app for grades 4th-8th for learning computational fluency in Math. Students use different concepts in Math such as Order of Operations to help solve equations equaling up to 24., while fixing a robot''s circuits and solving the mystery behind Door 24.

Conflict resolution

Learning with 'e's

This is number 11 in my series of short posts on learning theories. My intention is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education.

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 Learn to teach web literacy with free classes from. May 18, 2014, 1734 Social media advice for career-minded students.

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.