Sat.Nov 08, 2014 - Fri.Nov 14, 2014

How to Lead: Meet Our Five DILA Administrator Winners

Digital Promise

This blog post was originally published by EdSurge. Guest co-author Mary Jo Madda is an Associate Editor at EdSurge. Being an administrator is a tough job, but administrators make all the difference when it comes to leading schools and districts towards innovation and change.

Encouraging Authenticity In Learning

The Web20Classroom

In the last several years, a major shift in instruction began to happen. Instead of students having access to handheld technology (tablet, laptop, etc) only part of the school day, more and more students began to have access when they need it.

The Place to Be

A Principal's Reflections

Throughout my life I have either attended, or worked in, a public school, as had my parents. In terms of my own education, I always felt that I was provided with the knowledge and skills to succeed in life.

The Mindset of the Maker Educator: K12 Online Conference Presentation+Slides

User Generated Education

Here is my presentation, The Mindset of the Maker Educator, that I recorded for the K12 Online Conference: Slidedeck for The Mindset of the Maker Educator: Here is a direct link to my K12 Online Conference Presentation: [link].

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 ‘Learning Ecosystem’ Approach to Ed-Tech Acquisition

Digital Promise

Susan Adelmann is vice president of strategic partnerships at Follett School & Library Group, a corporate supporter of Digital Promise. This blog post is part of a series that highlight different stakeholders' perspectives on purchasing practices for K-12 personalized learning tools.

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Why #Internet4Schools Matters

Tom Murray

Personalized learning. One-to-one implementation. Bring your own device initiatives. All of these, when combined with high-quality instructional practice, can systemically change a classroom learning environment. However, these instructional practices and tools are essentially useless without an infrastructure that can properly support them. Although the topic of E-Rate has come to the forefront in recent months, in the not-too-distant future the program will turn 20 years old. Section 254 of

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#Internet4schools: Make Your Voice Heard

A Principal's Reflections

Back in 2009 when we began to transform teaching and learning at New Milford High School we were extremely fortunate at the time to have wireless Internet access throughout the school. This was an extremely big deal five years ago and ultimately gave us an edge in terms of the many successful initiatives we rolled out including Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and digital learning across the curriculum.

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Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing

Digital Promise

For the promise of learning technology to truly become reality for students and teachers, classrooms have to be equipped with the tools that fit their needs. There are a lot of factors to finding the right match. One of the most important, we’ve found, is also one of the most overlooked – procurement. If it’s not your day job, it probably sounds pretty boring. It makes you think of bureaucracy and rules and everything that gets in the way of innovation. But procurement matters.

You Can Still Search Thinkfinity’s Digital Content Resources …. Learn How

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I want to share a number of databases of incredible resources for any digital classroom. I know you will find this must read article, one that you will also want to share. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0,

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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.

When Amazing is Failure

My Paperless Classroom

Working as a technology integration specialist in a small school is the best job I have ever had, and I love it. All good jobs are challenges at points, and I worry that I am getting half of my job wrong. The most visible work I do, teaching kids technology, is going really well.

ThingLink App Smash Events

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

To encourage the ThingLink Community of Educators to have some fun and smash some apps this month, we are pleased to announce some AppSmash events. These events are designed to inspire our community of educators to explore and create.

Students are the Key to a Successful Tech Rollout

Digital Promise

As the Digital Promise Schools begin to roll out devices to students, each school has taken a slightly different approach to ensuring that their celebration is a success.

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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.

Write on! The Equil2 Smart Pen -Bringing Writing Back

My Paperless Classroom

I have a confession, while I strive for a paperless classroom, I love writing in notebooks. Actually, it is more than love. In many ways I need to write in notebooks. I think differently when I write by hand.

Take ThingLink App Smash Challenge

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Today I am pleased announce the launch of the ThingLink App Smash Challenge! TLAppSmash. This m ini version of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge #TLChallenge is designed to inspire, build excitement, share ideas and learn.

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Accelerating Adult Students Toward Employment

Digital Promise

With each of its 2,500 adult learners, Savannah Technical College (STC) takes an approach to education that is pragmatic without losing a sense of the value of education for education’s sake. This is reflected in the values of Dean of Adult Education Brent Stubbs. Stubbs holds an M.B.A., conducted graduate work in philosophy, and is currently an Ed.D. candidate in the higher educational leadership program at Georgia Southern University.

Do I Really Need a Wireless Site Survey for 802.11ac Wifi?


At SecurEdge, my office is next to Michael McNamee who is head of our professional services group. Our office is a converted warehouse/techy kind of office place with stained concrete floors, so when Michael is on the phone, I hear much of the conversation.

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.

15 Digital Curation Tools For Teachers

My Paperless Classroom

What is the difference between finding a great idea on Pintrest and building a professional library of resources? A solid curation strategy so you can find and share those great ideas when you or others in your PLN need them.

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Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes


Video & Transcript Video Transcript: The Flipped Class: Is Flipping for Everyone? Aaron: So is this for you? Will a flipped classroom work in your subject area and grade level? We think the answer is yes, and here's why. So how do you flip a science class?

Technology’s Role in Putting Learning Science Research To Work

Digital Promise

Since the days of writing on wooden shingles with charcoal in one-room school houses, an increasing array of objects – pencils, paper, scissors, paste, books, and microscopes, to name a few – have been routinely used in classrooms to help students deepen understanding and record and communicate what they learned. Digital tools, such as mobile apps and educational games, are the newest additions to the teacher’s toolbox.

Can you use Peer Instruction with just one concept?

Turn to Your Neighbor

Can you use Peer Instruction with just one concept? A biochemistry professor from Taibah University in Saudi Arabia raised this question during a recent virtual Peer Instruction training Professor Mazur and I worked on for 30 faculty. This question, in various forms, comes up often among teachers trying to innovate in their classrooms across the globe. “Do I have to flip my entire class for it to count as truly flipping?” ” is one common variation.

EdTech at School

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

Using Ipads for Instruction- Desert Research

My Paperless Classroom

As the elementary technology integration specialist for my school I wear 2 main hats. I teach kids to use technology and I also help teachers new to technology figure out how capture the power of mobile tech to deliver instruction.

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Calming, Part 3


Incorporation of mindfulness techniques, regardless of instructional discipline, is a strategy that has more than emerging evidence.

Mystery State Skype


Mystery State Skype isn''t a new idea, it''s basically taking learning geography and placing it in a game format like Twenty Questions via Skype, by asking questions to guess the location of the other classroom.

Tim Oates: assessing without levels

Ed Tech Now

Tim Oates’, Chair of the Expert Panel responsible for the recent review of the National Curriculum, has posted an interesting video about assessing education without levels. I agree with large parts of the video but suggest that in some respects, … Continue reading → Assessment Learning analytics assessment capability competency competency frameworks curriculum review levels tim oates

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.