Sat.Jan 26, 2013 - Fri.Feb 01, 2013

So.You Wanna Be A Good Digital Citizen

The Web20Classroom

This is an update from a post a wrote a while back. I''ve included some new resources to check out.

Learning Math Should be Fun and Engaging

A Principal's Reflections

Kanchan Chellani, currently a math teacher at New Milford High School , is a strong believer in making the learning process fun, interactive, and meaningful for students. To engage students in her classroom, Mrs. Chellani has utilized a variety of tools to help her develop an interactive, student-centered learning environment.

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How to Decode a Tweet


When you first start using Twitter, one of the things you have to figure out is how to decode Tweets. What does each part represent? What does it mean when a word starts with a #? Below is a Tweet as it might be displayed on the Twitter website when viewed on a computer.

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8 Must-Have Skills for Spotting Misinformation for 21st Century Students

The 21st Century Principal

A 21st century skill that all students need badly is the ability to spot misinformation. As educators, we desperately need to do as Loren Collins states in her book, Bullspotting: Finding Facts in the Age of Misinformation.

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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.

A Wrap Up Of Day 1 At #FETC

The Web20Classroom

I''ve had the pleasure of spending time at the Florida Educational Technology Conference, better known as FETC. Held in Orlando, educators from across Florida and the world really, are here talking educational technology and learning together. Today was filled with lots of sessions and even a presentation from yours truly. Below are the links to everything I did today.

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Bloom's Presented Visually

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Creative educators everywhere are putting together interesting visual representations of Bloom''s Digital Taxonomy. I have been using Scoop.It to quickly capture some of this content, publish and share it. In this collection you will find The Blooming Orange , by Learning Today.

Penultimate: Handwritten Notes App for iPad That Syncs with Evernote

The 21st Century Principal

Earlier this week, I mentioned Notability as an app of choice to take handwritten notes on the iPad. It is an excellent choice for those looking for an inexpensive option for notetaking and an app with a number of features.

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Live Tuesday Feb. 5 - Carol Black on "Occupy Your Brain" (and Special Screening of "Schooling the World")

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Tuesday, February 5th, for a live and interactive conversation with returning guest Carol Black on her essay: " Occupy Your Brain: On Power, Knowledge, and the Re-Occupation of Common Sense."

Introduction to iPads: Part 2--iPad Integration


How does a teacher start to use iPads in the classroom? While Part 1 focuses on the hardware basics, Part 2 focuses on iPad integration in the classroom. Most teachers need to think through a few things about implementation before going full throttle.

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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.

Kick It Up a Notch with Google Docs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I used ThingLink to organize and put together some useful resources for Google Docs for learning. Scroll your mouse over this interactive image to explore the resources. google docs interactive professional develoipment thinglink

Notability: Simple and Easy Way to Take Handwritten Notes on the iPad

The 21st Century Principal

Notability is an iPad app for taking typewritten and handwritten notes. It has a simple interface, with only the minimal features that support these tasks. Here are some of its most prominent features. Take or write handwritten notes.

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5 Rewards of Teaching Young Students to Blog

The Innovative Educator

By Mrs. Yollis This was originally published on SmartBlogs and Mrs. Yollis' Classroom blog to help parents have a good understanding about the benefits of blogging.

Live Thursday - The Effects of Health and Poverty on Education

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, January 31st, for a live and interactive conversation with Stephen Bezruchka, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Health Services, the School of Public Health at the University of Washington.

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.

10 Google+ Communities I'm Recommending to Our Faculty

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Here are ten Google+ communities I''ll be recommending that our teachers check out. STEM on Google+ - "Feel free to post into the appropriate section by selecting from the drop-down ''share'' menu." 8399 members as of 1/25/13) 2.


3 Steps to Managing Your School or District's Online Reputation

The 21st Century Principal

In their book, Radically Transparent: Monitoring and Managing Reputations Online , authors Andy Beal and Judy Strauss entitle one chapter "You Don''t Own Your Company''s Reputation." That idea is equally true for schools and districts and should remind twenty-first century school leaders that they "don''t own their school or school district''s reputation either."

How Kids Really Learn to Write

The Innovative Educator

Patricia Zaballos shares some radical notions about how kids can become writers in her article in Life Learning Magazine. These notions share little resemblance to what writing looks like in schools today.

Game changers in the Training Zone

Learning with 'e's

This week, ahead of my speech at the Learning Technologies Conference I recorded a 10 minute podcast interview for the Training Zone. You can listen by clicking on the embedded link below. If the link below doesn't work for you, try this one. My interview is at 18.45 in the podcast.

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.

VoiceThread in the Classroom


Do you want a way to allow students to record digital stories? Allow students to link their voices with pictures they illustrated? VoiceThread is an awesome resource to use with students.

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4 Principles for Fostering and Maintaining Authentic 21st Century Leadership

The 21st Century Principal

In his book entitled The Mindful Leader: Awakening Your Natural Management Skills Through Mindfulness Meditation , Michael Carroll writes, "When we lead a career that is sharply focused on being more successful, more admired, or just more comfortable, we can deceive ourselves into neglecting the world around us. We end up managing our lives like projects rather than actually living them."

Research says social media is easier to recall than textbooks

The Innovative Educator

Scientific American recently reported what many innovative educators instinctively know. Image: Katie Sayer/Flickr "H umans are better at remembering information if it appears as a social network post."

Apple on Google: Gmail


Last week I posted about the valuable role of the iOS mail app. In more of a philosophical note on email, I like to compartmentalize my accounts.

EdTech at School

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

Introduction to iPads: Part 1--Hardware


How does a teacher start to use iPads in the classroom? This post will include the basics for getting started. Part 1 focuses on the hardware fundamentals, while Part 2 focuses on iPad integration in the classroom.

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Google Currents Update: Sleeker Interface Brings the News to You in Pleasing Format

The 21st Century Principal

The entire concept behind apps like Flipboard appeal to self-centered approach to information that we all seem to have now due to the Internet. We like our news delivered to us, instead of going out to get the news from Web sites.

5 Cs to developing your personal learning network #PLN

The Innovative Educator

Thinglink is a cool tool that brings ideas into a nice visual graphic. Check out this one based on my article, "The 5 Cs to developing your personal learning network.". Personal Learning Network Thinglink

Flipped Classroom: How many hours does an instructor REALLY put into teaching

Connecting 2 the World

I'm writing my blog instead of preparing for my class today. Part of the reason is that I find Blogging a way to ease back into academic writing that will be published (rather than writing my dissertation which I have now completed). However, this blog post has weighed on my mind for the last 24 hours. I have previously written about my participation in a "flipped classroom" project through our school. The last class was less than stellar!

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.

Book Club 2.0 Wiki + Papert and Dewey Virtual Events

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

I''m doing a show on Tuesday, March 5th, with +Ben Rimes on his Book Club 106 (the current book is Switch ), and running virtual book clubs is something I''ve wanted to do myself, having talked with +Audrey Watters and +Gary Stager and many others over the past year about how we might do this.

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21st Century Leadership in Schools with Changing Demographics

The 21st Century Principal

Recently, the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy released an updated study entitled " Racial and Economic Diversity in North Carolina''s Schools: An Update." The study by Charles T. Clodfelter, Helen F. Ladd, and Jacob L. Vigdor, had some interesting bulleted points regarding the demographic status of North Carolina Public Schools. Since the early 1990s with the end and weakening of school desegration policies and measures, North Carolina schools became increasingly segregated.

7 ways to support your child in being digitally responsible without contracts

The Innovative Educator

Parents and educators agree that in the age of “ Generation Text ” it is important to be prepared to help children become responsible citizens of the digital world. What they don't agree on is how to go about this. While some flocked to follow the advice of the overbearing mom whose iPhone gift came with contractual strings, other parents, educators, and teens alike were appalled by the disrespect and contempt conveyed by such an approach.