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

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.

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.

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.

New, Free, Collabrified Apps for iPads: WeWrite+ & WeSketch+

The Journal

In this blog we introduce two new, free, collabrified apps for iPads: WeWrite+ (a collabrified text editor) and WeSketch+ (a collabrified drawing and animating app). The collabrification of educational apps continues! That’s good news: making collaborative learning apps ubiquitous means that a learner never has to learn alone again

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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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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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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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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.

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.

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.

Tracking Student Work in Google Docs

Class Tech Integrate

Many teachers are really enjoying the fact that Google Apps for Education allows their students to work collaboratively. One of the many concerns of students working together has always been, "How can I tell which student has done what work?"

Flipped Learning Toolkit: Overcoming Common Hurdles

Turning Learning On Its Head published this video and article on their home page co-authored by Aaron & Jon. Flipping your classroom is a great way to move from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side.” ” But that shift can also bring about a number of other complications.

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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.

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.

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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Triangulating Assessment via Google Forms

Inquire and Inspire

As we all know, students acquire and demonstrate their learning in a variety of styles. Accordingly, best practice for us teachers is to design tasks that provide a variety of ways for students to showcase growth and achieve success.



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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.

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.

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

SecurEdge Networks Mobility Blog

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.

Tracking Student Work in Google Docs

Class Tech Integrate

Many teachers are really enjoying the fact that Google Apps for Education allows their students to work collaboratively. One of the many concerns of students working together has always been, "How can I tell which student has done what work?"

Tutorial: Bookmarks and Table of Contents in Google Docs

Inquire and Inspire

If you are like me, you love a really cool trick that helps with organization. Here are two! Below is a short tutorial on how you can use Bookmarks and a Table of Contents in a Google Doc to help improve organization. Consider how you might use these two features when sharing notes with students.

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.

EdTech at School

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

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.

3 Ways to Take Your Students Deeper With Flipped Learning

Turning Learning On Its Head published this video and article on their home page co-authored by Aaron & Jon. Flipped learning is more than just an efficient way to teach. It is also an opportunity to take students to deeper levels of comprehension and engagement.

Cool Google Tools: Build with Lego

Inquire and Inspire

I think a lot of us as children spent many weeks, months or for people like me, years of their life playing with Lego. So I was floored when I found out that Google had brought LEGO to the digital world!

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?

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.

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.

The height of SAMR

Learning with 'e's

In my most recent post I outlined the first part of the SAMR model , which I used as a lens to explore the integration of new technologies into education.

Hand-Picked Links for Helping Students Develop Their Unique Voice Online

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

I''m happy to share my presentation at the Schools of the Future Conference on November 7, 2014: Helping Students Develop Their Unique Voice Online. I hope you enjoy exploring the formal programs, web tools, and online events that I hand-picked.