Sat.Apr 26, 2014 - Fri.May 02, 2014

Free Classroom Brain Break Videos!


Classroom Brain Breaks from GoNoodle - click here to give it a try - I am SO excited to share my FAVORITE new site with you. GoNoodle ! My kids L.O.V.E I first found out about it from a friends who shared it on his blog. He raved about how much his fifth grade students were enjoying it.

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Childhood is Expendable to Some Education Reformers

A Principal's Reflections

The following piece is cross-posted at the Huffington Post. When I reflect on my childhood nothing but fond memories come to mind. Growing up in a rural part of western New Jersey sure had its benefits in the 1980''s.

Going Google in Guided Reading

Inquire and Inspire

The ability to link various documents within Google Apps makes it ideal for a digital Guided Reading program. Bringing Guided Reading into the Google realm has made it simple for me to consolidate my plans, texts, student work, and assessment into one location.

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What is Peer Instruction…in 2 mins

Turn to Your Neighbor

In this post, I give a 2ish minute video primer on Peer Instruction and how to implement it with fidelity. The video has about 50 seconds of preamble and closing for 2.56 minutes total. This basic introduction includes a handful of quick tips for avoiding common pitfalls.

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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.

5 Free and Fun Online Tools for Studying


5 Free and Fun Online Tools for Stress-Free Studying I always give my Scholastic posts a lot of thought. My goal is to make each week''s post meaningful and relatable to what is going on in my own classroom. I am writing reports this week, and this time of the year tends to be full of assessments.

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Mange Classroom Workflow with Showbie

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Are you looking for an easy and efficient way to manage the workflow in your 1:1 iPad classroom? Showbie is an iPad app that offers a solution to help teachers distribute, collect and evaluate digital assignments created on an iPad. Showbie is simple and efficient right out of the box.

Finding Content for Reteaching, Blending, and Flipping


Online content means you can learn anywhere, with anyone!

Free Printables for the End of the Year: My Champ-Tastic Year and Summer Bucket List!


Thanks to GoNoodle for the Fantastic Freebies! Does your class GoNoodle ? My kiddos L.O.V.E. getting our wiggles out, recharging our focus, and sharpening our brains for learning through the incredible brain breaks GoNoodle offers. If you haven''t signed up yet. it''s FREE.

Apple launches "One Best Thing": A Collection of Multi-Touch Books by ADEs

Kairos EdTech

It seems like Apple always has a nice surprise for the educational community every so often.

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.

Scrapple: Easy-to-Use, Low-Cost Mind-Mapping Tool for Writers

The 21st Century Principal

Scrapple is an easy-to-use software tool that allows users to get ideas down quickly, then generate connections between those ideas quickly.

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Connecting Teaching, Learning, & Leadership


Notes from an Webinar 4/28/14 Dr. Joe Mazza Director of Connected Teaching, Learning & Leadership North Penn School District Dr. Mazza just took on his position in December. He is a project manager, promoting connected teaching, learning, & leadership.

Beautiful NEW Classroom Design Themes from SchoolGirl Style!


New Design Theme: W o r l d T r a v e l e r and enter to WIN (scroll down)! click here to see the set on Schoolgirl Style - My dear friend, Melanie, from the sensational site, Schoolgirl Style , recently asked if I''d be interested in helping her share her new design themes. Of course, I said yes!

2 YouTube Extensions EVERY Teacher Should Use.

Inquire and Inspire

If I had a dime for ever time I played a youtube video in class and there was an inappropriate comment written by another viewer below the video or that there was a ridiculous youtube video mention on the side of my video playing, either of which my students probably saw and gasped over.

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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.

30+ QR Code Resources

The Mobile Native

A Dummies Guide to QR Codes 2. QR Code Implementation Guide 3. Using QR Codes in the Classroom 4. QR Code Scavenger Hunt- Part Deux 5. QR Code Quest 6. Transliteracy- QR Codes and Art 7. QR Codes Help Paint a Deeper Picture Behind Art 8. Interactive Physical Education QR Skill Posters 9. QR Codes-Lesson and Resources 10. QR Codes in Higher Education 11. QR Treasure Hunt Generator 12. 40 Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes in the Classroom 13. QR Code Lessons and Activities 14.

Value-Added Measures and Harmful Consequences of Measure & Punish

The 21st Century Principal

" The M & P (Measure and Punish) Theory of Change suggests that by holding districts, schools, teachers and students accountable for meeting higher standards, as measured by student performance on high-stakes tests, administrators will supervise America''s public schools better, teachers will teach better, and as a result students will learn more, particularly in America''s lowest performing schools."

Starts Tonight - Free "Reinventing the Classroom" Online Keynotes and Conference. Join Us!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Reinventing the Classroom kicks off tonight (US Eastern Time) with some great keynote speaker sessions, and runs all day tomorrow, Thursday, May 1st. So exciting! The speaker list and full schedule are below these announcements. Please forward to your friends and colleagues - this event is free!

The New but Same Google Docs and Sheets

Inquire and Inspire

Google just announced today the release of the new stand alone Google Docs ( iOS and Android ) and Sheets ( iOS and Android ) apps to compliment the Google Drive app. At first inspection these apps seem essentially exactly the same as what is being offered through the Drive app.

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.

Stick Around: The Spectrum of Repurposing


Much of my efforts in writing and conducting trainings is geared toward helping SLPs and other educators see the potential use of apps and tools they might not have recognized initially as language-based.

Big question for edtech: But how do we know what’s working?

The Hechinger Report

As more than 900 entrepreneurs and educators converge in San Francisco this week, some will talk academic standards, literacy and charter schools. Others will bypass weighty sessions at NewSchools Venture Fund summit altogether, preferring to tinker with dozens of new tools and products that promise to “transform teaching and learning.’’.

How Do I Learn to Make Awesome Videos?

My Paperless Classroom

If you want to learn how to make really cool video content for your classroom, or your community group, or for any other reason, I have a perfect method: take the equipment you have on hand, learn how to do every thing it can.

Response to the Claim that K has Become the New 1st Grade

Saving Socrates

This post is a response to a rather poorly drafted article in the Washington Post lamenting that Kindergarten has become the new 1st grade. Before reading this post, I strongly suggest you skim the article to better understand my response. link] First off, I will be blunt, I hate this article and literally most everything it stands for.

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EdTech at School

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

21st Century Leadership: Looking at Our Schools with 21st Century Eyes

The 21st Century Principal

"Look at your learning space with 21st-century eyes: Does it work for what we know about learning today, or just for what we knew about learning in the past?" from The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching and Learning How often do we as school leaders look at our schools with 21st century eyes? How often do we walk into classrooms within our building still caught up in our own 20th century views of what should be happening in those classrooms?

Who wants to live forever?

Learning with 'e's

I''m often invited to speak about the future.

4 Things I Learned from Maui's First Student-Led TEDxYouth Event

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

What a privilege it was to be involved with "Imagining a Better Tomorrow", the first student-led TEDxYouth event for Maui students! The event was held on April 6, 2014 at Seabury Hall''s `A`ali`ikuhonua Creative Arts Center. I learned 4 things during the planning and the event itself: 1.

Door 24

Technology Tidbits

Door 24 is fantastic iPad app for learning computational fluency in 4th-8th grade Math. This game has students trying to solve the mystery behind Door 24 while completing Math equations that focus on a wide range of problems (i.e. division, multiplication, order of operation, etc).

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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.

21st Century Leadership: Fighting the Need to Always Be Right

The 21st Century Principal

"True courage comes from moving away from having to be right and checking our ego at the door to see the bigger picture." Mark Adams, Courageous Conflict: Leading with Integrity and Authenticity In our roles as leaders, how many times do we insist upon having the monopoly on "being right?" There are many who still attempt to practice the "it''s-my-way-or-the-highway" leadership style, but in 21st century education it is anachronistic.

Programming with Sphero's MacroLab

My Paperless Classroom

My fourth grade programming students are getting started with programming the Sphero 2.0. The first impression of the ball is very toy like and I let the kids "play" with the robot in remote control mode. The second time the students were working with the Sphero I introduced them to the macrolab app.

Student-driven Public Advocacy Improves RI School Transportation Equity


Learning401shoutout to our allies at the Providence Student Union- who share ourcommitment to giving voice to the public that is public school, in particular those persons who have the biggest stake in Rhode Island''s future: our youth. More than making more Providence students eligible for free public transportation, PSU is empowering young voices to organize in being the change they want to see, and in ways that address serious challenges in absenteeism and student engagement.