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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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.

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.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

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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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

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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Macworld/iWorld 2013 Distinguished Educator Showcase – Bringing Inspiration, Innovation, Creativity and Learning Together


Who wouldn’t enjoy a day packed full of exciting, applicable tips and fresh concepts you can take with you to your classrooms, fellow teachers and schools? The showcase brings a taste of the Apple Distinguished Educator community, an awesome group of education leaders from around the world.

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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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

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.

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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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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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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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.

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."

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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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."

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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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.

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

Puppets = Engagement

My Paperless Classroom

Stewart, the kids say he looks like me Pi Turnstyle, my 3rd puppet So the question of the week is "What''s with the puppets?" and it is a fair question. I was working with some finger puppets recently and started figuring out the green screen video program.

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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.

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."

EdTech at School

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

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.

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.

Just Wanderful! Living Books Are Back!

The Daring Librarian

Brøderbund''s Living Books Are Back for the iPad & iPhone Thanks to Wanderful Books ! On Friday I was looking pensively at my boxed sets of the Living Books CD-ROM collection in my school library.

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."

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.