Sat.Nov 24, 2012 - Fri.Nov 30, 2012

Free computer training resources and courses

Educational Technology Guy

As technology changes and schools upgrade software, add new apps, change hardware or operating systems, and more, faculty, staff and students need training and support. GCFLearnFree is a program of Goodwill Industries of Eastern NC and provides quality online learning courses for free.

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Amazing Grades! 101 Best Ways to Improve Your Grades Faster This past summer I was asked to contribute a chapter to a collaborative project that was happening worldwide.

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Creativity and Why it Matters

A Principal's Reflections

A recent U.S. study, Creativity and Education: Why it Matters , sheds new light on the role of creativity in career success and the growing belief that creativity is not just a personality trait, but a learned skill.

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Things That Have Me Thinking-Nov 28

The Web20Classroom

Wanna know more about my Things That Have Me Thinking series? Read more here. Practical PBL-The Challenges of Ongoing Assessment : Problem-Based Learning is growing in its use thanks to multiple resources available.

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.

Learn where menu and toolbar commands are in Office 2010 and related products

Educational Technology Guy

I just recently posted an article with Free Computer Training Resources and another one with a Collection of free training resources for Windows, Office, Google Apps, and more as I''ve been collecting resources for our staff, faculty, and students. I just found another great resource on Microsoft Office. We are transitioning from Office 2003 to Office 2010 and, as many of you know, there are major menu changes in terms of where commands are located.

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A Blueprint Worth Following

A Principal's Reflections

As part of the PDK International Emerging Leader Award , I had the opportunity to attend an amazing professional development experience in Washington DC.

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Edmodo & ThingLink: Extend the Walls of Your Classroom

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Edmodo is a free and secure social learning platform for teachers and students to collaborate and connect in the 24/7 classroom. The design and functionality of Edmodo is similar to Facebook, but the focus is on teaching and learning within a protected environment.

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Guest Post: MJ Fletcher-- Opening the Door to Writing

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

GUEST POST: Continuing the conversation on writing, author MJ Fletcher explains how he first began his adventures with the written word. What''s that?" I asked my mother as I stared at the explosion of color and action on the cover. "It''s It''s a comic book, do you want it?"

10 characteristics of authentic learning

Learning with 'e's

I argued yesterday that authentic learning is a vital part of education in the 21st Century. The need to create learning opportunities that are grounded in reality, and form a concrete basis for real world transferable knowledge and skills has never been more important.

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 Principles That Make Outdated Educational Practice Impossible

The 21st Century Principal

Last night, the #edchat topic was, "How should teachers deal with colleagues who are comfortable with 19th century and punitive measures for non-compliant students?" Judging by the responses, many teachers either felt they could gently prod this colleague to changing his or her practice. Others did not see this their responsibility at all. They saw it as the responsibility of the administrator.

An Interactive Tutorial: Google Presentation

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Google Presentation is a great tool for helping students construct knowledge about a topic as they create. Here is an interactive tutorial designed to demonstrate how to use some of the handy built in features.

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Idioms, Not Idiots, for Promoting Speaking Skills

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Students often view presenting in front of the whole class with the same disdain as facing a firing squad or are so self-conscience that they act like idiots. Additionally, finding precious time for whole class presentations can eat into high-paced curricular calendars.

Authentic learning

Learning with 'e's

In his 1970 book Deschooling Society, the radical philosopher Ivan Illich wrote: 'Most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting.

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.

mauilibrarian2's Nominations for the 2012 Edublog Awards #eddies12

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

My nominations for the 2012 EduBlogs Awards are all about being inspired and helped throughout this year. I highly recommend and nominate: Best group blog - Hawaii Book Blog (soon to be Hawaii Reads). Yes, I know it''s a local blog, but Misty-Lynn and Alex give me hope for the future. Every state should have young people like these to carry on and spread the love of books and reading. Best class blog - Mrs. Yollis'' Classroom Blog.

Microsoft big says stop doing 1:1 technology programs

The Innovative Educator

You might be surprised that when Anthony Salcito , VP of education for Microsoft speaks with educators around the world and asks them who’s doing a 1:1 laptop program or 1:1 tablet program or 1:1 interactive whiteboard program, he tells those with their hands up : “Stop doing that.”

Common Core: Sound Education Practice or Bad Gamble?

The 21st Century Principal

Now that 45 states (and 3 territories) have adopted the Common Core Standards, edu-preneurs and opportunists have gone into overdrive, churning out tons of materials, programs, and trainings to help schools and school districts implement these standards. Not a day goes by that I don''t receive 15 or so emails from companies and individuals offering their wares and promising successful and complete implementation of the Common Core Standards.

Making a difference

Learning with 'e's

Many times I've heard it said that there is no evidence that technology improves learning. This is a vacuous claim, based on ignorance of the research literature, and possibly borne out of a fear or dislike of technology in general.

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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.

QR Code Update: Make Audio-Based QRs with


In my previous series on using QR codes in speech and language intervention, we covered how clinicians can use this engaging visual strategy to easily "hide" text and images behind a code scannable by mobile devices.

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The Plight of the Parent Education Advocate

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by David Bernstein I’m relatively new to the battle for wholesale educational change, but have fast learned that fighting for a different school model while parenting kids who go to fairly traditional schools requires a tortuous mental balancing act.

3 Reasons to Purchase a Kindle Tablet Rather than a Nook Tablet

The 21st Century Principal

Now that I have had the opportunity to test drive a Nook Tablet, I can say, without a doubt, if you’re looking for an e-reader, you may want to consider purchasing a Kindle, rather than a Nook. First, not all the books I purchase through Barnes and Noble are available across all my devices. For example, I purchased a special edition of a book entitled Crucial Conversations, and I am unable to access that book on my iPad.

Parabolic learning

Learning with 'e's

Reflection and Amplification Now that I have some time, I can sit down and reflect on an extraordinary two hour session with my BA Education Studies students this morning.

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EdTech at School

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

2012 Edublog Award Nominations


It is Edublog Award nomination time again! I participated in the nomination process last year , and really enjoyed getting to give shout-outs to some of my favorite resources. So, here I go again! It''s always hard to narrow down the best of anyone or anything, so I choose to focus on resources that have been valuable to me recently or have been resources I return to again and again over time. Which is why a couple of my nominations are repeats from last year.

From banning to embracing - 5 steps to meet the challenge

The Innovative Educator

By Lisa Nielsen and Willyn Webb | Cross posted at the Teaching Generation Text blog Talk about progress. Just a year ago Teaching Generation Text: Using Cell Phones to Enhance Learning , hit the market during a time when most schools still viewed cell phones as the enemy.

21st Principal’s 2012 Edublog Nominations

The 21st Century Principal

Here’s my 2012 Edublog nominations. While it is difficult to narrow down my choices, these are sites I visit and read just about every single day and important nodes in my own professional learning network. Thanks to all! Individual Blog Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day : Consistently, day-after-day provides links to valuable information for all educators. New Blog Diane Ravitch’s Blog : Diane Ravitch’s new blog gives voice to public education advocates everywhere.

Tuesday Interview - Self-Education, Life-Long Learning, and the Importance of Intellectual Maturity

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Tuesday, November 27th, for a one-hour live and interactive interview with author and self-acknowledged autodidact Charles D. Hayes. I contacted Charles after finding his books Self University (published in 1989) and Proving You''re Qualified : Strategies for Competent People Without College Degrees (1995).

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.

iMovie Trailers

Comfortably 2.0

There are lots of great things happening in your school district or classroom right now. Are you telling those stories? If you don''t start telling those stories, someone else will! An easy way to showcase those events is by using the iMovie app.

What’s hot for innovative educators around the globe

The Innovative Educator

When it comes to education, it seems no matter where in the world you are from, the same innovative practices bring us together. This week at Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Global Forum hundreds of educators from more than 80 countries came together to showcase, learn, discuss and think about innovative teaching, learning, and leading practices. Take a look below to see what was hot around the globe and think about how you might tackle one or some of these where you work in the New Year.

Edublog Awards Nominations 2012

The Daring Librarian

When it comes to the Edublogger Awards, I''ve "always (been) a bridesmaid and never a bride" but surprisingly (for me!) that''s.OK. Because I get SO much more from the Edublog Award process learning about and from new teachers, librarians, administrators, etc. than I can ever explain.

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