Sat.Jan 03, 2015 - Fri.Jan 09, 2015

Leading the Maker Movement

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past year more and more schools across the globe have embraced the concept of making to learn. This phenomenon trickled into schools as the Maker Movement became more popular and natural connections to learning became quite evident.

Using iPads to Plan in Kindergarten

iTeach with iPads

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. Paul J. Meyer. Happy New Year! After 2 weeks and 3 weekends, we are back in school. It was evident we had a little “brain drain” over the holidays.

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Google Launches Guide to Activating Technology in Schools

Educational Technology Guy

Google has just launched an excellent site to help teachers, administrators and technology staff get started using technology effectively in school. They took lessons learned from other schools and compiled a guide to bringing learning online with the best resources, tips and tools.

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Learning Resolutions For 2015

The Web20Classroom

Normally with the start of a new year comes the inevitable New Year''s Resolutions. That feeling of starting over can bring thoughts of loosing those pounds put on over the years, exercising more, or spending more time with your kids.

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.

Designing for Students and Teachers

The Journal

In this week’s blog we take ourselves to task for what we have criticized “personalized learning” about: not integrating the classroom teacher into the design of educational software. A sobering reflection

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Do School Districts Need Their Own Data Centers Anymore?

Educational Technology Guy

Do school districts need their own data centers anymore? Yes and no, They still need a connection out to the internet, as well as a firewall for security, and then distribution of the internet connection to each school. But, do they need anything more than that?

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Parent Engagement in a Future Ready School

Tom Murray

This post was originally published by the National PTA, here. Note: This blog post represents my personal views and not that of my employer, the Alliance for Education, or that of the US Department of Education; the two organizations that are running Future Ready. Parent Engagement in a Future Ready School It’s no secret. Parents are instrumental in the academic success of children, yet walk into schools across our nation, and the range of parent involvement is all over the map. Some schools

Join the New Teacher Academy for 2015! #ntchat

Teaching With Soul

In January of 2012, as a resident blogger at Edutopia, I had the privilege of running a five-part series on my Edutopia blog called the New Teacher Academy. It included key concepts that new and pre-service teachers need to develop in their first years of practice.

A Day in 2015

The Thinking Stick

It’s 4:45am….I I know this because the alarm on my phone softly starts to play its melody slowly getting louder and louder until I roll over, pick it up, and swipe to the right. I rub my eyes, stretch and look out the window.

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.

Excellent Livebinder with Chromebooks and Google resources

Educational Technology Guy

I recently found this great Livebinder in a discussion on Google+. It has tons of resources about Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education. Some of it is specific to the school district it was created for, but there are some great resources there that work for anyone, including using Chromebooks in class, activities, lesson ideas and more. Check out the Chromebooks Livebinder here. Related: Google for Education Resources Livebinders - organize materials in online binders.

Free Webinar: Build Your ThingLink Classroom

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I will be hosting a webinar on January 13th to provide teachers with a comprehensive overview of how to Build Your ThingLink Classroom. Live at 8PM EDT or sign up for the archive.

The Most Important Question an Administrator Ever Asked Me

Comfortably 2.0

Let''s flash back to the Spring of 2000. I was just finishing up my first year of teaching and was on top of the world. I made it. I survived! I was looking forward to spending the summer with my wife @JenBadura and our first born child Caleb just enjoying life. The only thing holding me back was my end of the year "check out" meeting with my Principal, the late Gary Monter. I didn''t think

’15 The Year of Wearable

The Thinking Stick

Each year I like to try and predict what might be the technology that affects us both in our daily lives as well as education. Predicting the future is fun…if you’re right people think you’re amazing….if if you are wrong…nobody really cares. Here’s my other predictions….I’ll

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.

Duolingo language learning tool launches free Schools Version

Educational Technology Guy

Duolingo is a popular language learning app. I mentioned it as one of the first Android apps ported to Chromebooks. It''s a fun and easy way to learn a language. Now, they have released Duolingo for Schools , which brings a structured learning environment to the app. Teachers can setup their students in it and track their progress using the dashboard. It shows them reports on the lessons the students have completed to help teachers gauge progress and understanding.

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Full STEAM Ahead in 2015

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Over the course of the next few months ThingLink will be collecting, curating and encouraging our community to create science content to support Next Generation Science and STEAM.

Walking in Someone Else's Shoes


Image Used With Permission Under a Creative Commons License Agreement Am I the only person who finds it adorable when kids try to walk in the shoes of an adult? Often the shoes belong to Mom or Dad. What''s their motivation?

Top 10 edWebinars of 2014

What a year! In 2014, hosted nearly 300 live webinars with presenters and attendees from all over the world. Many thanks to our wonderful partners for supporting these events. Here is a list of the Top 10 edWebinars in 2014: Dr Jean’s Back to School Strategies for Success!

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.

Explore the Grand Canyon - right from your classroom

Educational Technology Guy

Grand Canyon National Park offers free distance learning programs for classrooms, including virtual field trips, lessons aligned to national and state standards, explorations and more. There are lesson resources and DVDs for loan to teachers. The Grand Canyon National Park’s Distance Learning Program is a great resource for schools to let their students explore one of the most famous national landmarks. The students get to talk with a park ranger online and learn all about the Grand Canyon.

3 ways to write effective questions

Turn to Your Neighbor

Ever wonder how to write Peer Instruction , clicker questions, or ConcepTests , or other item types that capture students attention in ways that help you share the wonderful world of the subject matter you are teaching?

Presentation Makeover Week


three challenges for the first week of February. PowerPoint Strategies active learning psychology tools visual learning

iPad Essentials: Speak Screen and Speech Options in iOS 8


Many people are not aware of the many assistive technology (and engagement-enhancing) features that are built into the brain of the iPad--iOS, its operating system.

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EdTech at School

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

No Such Thing as an 'Objective Test'

The 21st Century Principal

“Every act of measurement loses more information than it gains, closing the box irretrievable and forever on other potentials.” Margaret Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science The problem with accountability and testing lies within a single assumption: “that which is the most important content to be learned can be reduced to a single test or be captured in a test question.”

A Sensible Way to Look At #EdTech Integration

The Innovative Educator

In the early days of my work in helping schools integrate technology, I remember how frustrated I was when I'd walk into a school and witness how devices were used. In so many classrooms, students would take what was written on loose leaf paper and type their work into a computer.

3 ways to write effective questions

Turn to Your Neighbor

Ever wonder how to write Peer Instruction , clicker questions, or ConcepTests , or other item types that capture students attention in ways that help you share the wonderful world of the subject matter you are teaching?

My top 5 posts of 2014

Learning with 'e's

I started blogging back in 2007 to capture my thoughts and make them more concrete. When I began to share them publicly, I opened up my ideas for others to consider and comment on. I have learnt a lot from doing so, and I encourage all my students to do the same now.

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.

Producing Infopics

Learning in Hand

Learning in Hand Show #30 is about making infopics. An infopic is a photo with text layered on top that is designed to communicate a message. Watch the video to see examples and to learn about tools and techniques for making your own.

Four #GR8Finds #ThisWeek -- Humility in Leadership, a Chromebook Guide, Globalized Classroom Resources for 2015, & Global Top 12 Teacher Blogs to Follow

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Jan 9, 2015 #ThisWeek ''s #GR8Finds are exceptional IMO! Ha''aha''a , the value of humility. "We We readily think of Ha‘aha‘a, humility, in servant leadership, when it’s actually in all leadership." From Rosa Say, "Managing with Aloha, Bringing Universal Hawaii''s values to the Art of Business."

Redacted! A cool font for doing mockups


When I’m out doing the educational technologist thing, I always make sure I’m prepared with concrete examples of each of the tools that I might demonstrate. Without something to look at, an exemplar if you will, it’s hard for some to grasp just what you are attempting to explain.