Sat.Mar 02, 2013 - Fri.Mar 08, 2013

Second Chances

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post from Jeff Fiscina , one of my math teachers at New Milford High School. Today is the day after a test. I walk around to hand back tests to the students. Students, who did well, put a smile on their faces. Students, who did poorly, sink into their chairs in displeasure.

Using Technology In The Classroom? Keep Parents In Mind

The Web20Classroom

I was having a conversation with a colleague the other day. We got to talking about parents and the struggle he was having getting them to realize that all these social media tools and Web 2.0 tools were worth the time and effort the teachers were spending to enhance learning in the classroom.

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Tips for Attending #MACUL13 this March


MACUL Conference 2013 The MACUL Conference is being held from March 20 - 22 in Detroit, MI at Cobo Center. This is always one of my favorite conferences each year.

Flubaroo: Automated Google Docs Self-Grading Quizzes

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

A truly remarkable teaching tool is one that can collect information to evaluate student performance and provide students and teachers with immediate feedback for modification, reteaching and challenge.

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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.

Can BYOD Narrow the Digital Divide? #SXSWedu


Notes from SXSWedu presentation by Dr. Michael Mills [link] BYODResources byoddocs rubrics Follow #BYODchat on Twitter Nothing is the magic tool for getting our kids where they need to be. But we can use mobile devices to help.

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Young Authors go Mobile with @WriteAboutThis - A Creative Digital Writer's Notebook & Portfolio!


Young Writers Get Creative with Technology! I was just browsing my friend''s website when I noticed a new link to an app he''d created with the help from his friend, Robert Armbrister. I paused to freak out for a moment because I was so happy his vision is now a reality!

The ThingLink Interactive Image Contest

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Here is a great opportunity for teachers and students to have fun and try something new. Enter the ThingLink Intera cti ve Image Contest The ThingLink Interactive Image Contest invites students to connect audio, video, images, and text in one cohesive presentation.

Participating in #EduBrawl at #SXSWEdu 2013


SXSWedu takes place in Austin March 4th - 7th, 2013. WeAreTeachers invited me to be part of a panel called EduBrawl!, where four practicing educators will share opinions on hot topics in education such as mobile devices, game-based learning, and flipped classrooms. Here''s some inside scoop: It''s called a "brawl" because it''s likely we won''t all agree on the topics discussed! I am excited about the opportunity and think participating in the panel is going to be fun!

Random thoughts about first year teaching

The Innovative Educator


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.

25 Top Tech Mom Blogs to Follow - 2013!


25 Fantastic Tech Blogs to Follow I just saw in my email that Kleinspiration has been nominated for the Circle of Mom''s Top 25 Tech Mom Blog 2013 Award. I''m not sure of the nomination process, but I''m thankful for the recognition.

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Using Google Forms to Create a Walkthrough-Observation App for the iPad

The 21st Century Principal

In response to my "Top iPad Apps for Administrators," a few readers have emailed me asking for “observation” or “walk-through” apps for their iPad. There are some options out there, but I chose not to use them for three reasons.

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Texas School Budget Cuts: Efficiencies & Impact. #SXSWedu


Notes from presentation at SXSWedu 2013 [link] All reports available on Children at Risk website. You can also follow Children at Risk on Twitter. Children at Risk - sharing findings from research on impact of budget cuts. The best public policy we''ve ever had is high quality education.

Don't hide your online self when applying for college or career

The Innovative Educator

According to a study by Internet se curity company AVG , two thirds of HR managers will browse social media profiles of candidates. When it comes to college about 24% of admission officers admit to tracking applicants on various social media sites to check an applicant’s digital footprint, according to a 2011 Kaplan Test Prep survey.

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.

If you love TED Talks, you'll also love @BamRadioNetwork Podcasts!


Listen to Top Educators and Professionals Discuss Relevant Topics in Education I''ve been a regular commentator on Bam! radio for a while, and I always enjoy the rich discussion that evolves as we challenge each other''s thinking and offer insight to new perspectives. It''s encouraging and inspiring.

Common Core Standards and Technology – Using Blended Learning in a Robust Infrastructure


Part 1 of 2 – by Catherine Banker and David Tokofsky It requires a robust infrastructure and thoughtful planning to implement 1-on-1 student-to-computer ratios in order to deliver new common core standards, new content, and new testing strategies. The needs of students and teachers is evolving making it imperative that education leaders view today’s changing […]. The post Common Core Standards and Technology – Using Blended Learning in a Robust Infrastructure appeared first on OnCUE.

Got Game? Learning Through Play. Seriously! #SXSWedu


Notes from panel presentation at SXSWedu. link] - New project from Brainpop bringing together educational games for teachers and students. Started 2 years ago. All free content. No login necessary. About 57 games with content support. Working toward allowing teachers to gather data on student use and progress in the games. Learning Games Network - nonprofit spinoff from university r&d groups. Central offering is Xenos.

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I was born for this!


I didn''t think I would survive, but I did. I had 5 presentations/trainings to do in 7 days. What was I thinking?

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.

5 Ways School Leaders Can Immediately Capture the Power of Social Media

The 21st Century Principal

“Customer engagement means trusting, listening, and learning from your stakeholder communities, and responding to their comments with quality content in an honest, authentic manner.” Andy Beal and Judy Strauss, Radically Transparent: Monitoring and Managing Reputations Online The conventional way many administrators use social media is as a “21st century announcement system.” Using it in this manner is certainly worthwhile, but that is using only one facet of social media.

Why College Kids Shouldn’t Act Like College Kids

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by Dale Stephens , Author Hacking Your Education If a prophet came and told me that dropping out would be the best decision I ever made, I wouldn't have believed him. In fact, at the age of 15, it seemed like I had more chances of committing a Ghirardelli chocolate robbery then I did of dropping out of college. But, looking back, it might not seem that way. I’ve been out of school since I was 12 - looks like I was setting myself up to fail, right?

mARch: Augmenting with Aurasma, Part 1.


In yesterday''s post , I introduced the topic of augmented reality (AR), which can be used to add visuals such as animation, images, video and text to many contexts.

Learner power

Learning with 'e's

Students' minds are occupied by many challenges, such as how they are going to be able to afford their tuition fees or how they will achieve the highest grades. The first concern is beyond the influence and reach of most students, whilst the second is usually down to good, hard work.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

iOS Kindle App Improvements: 3 New Features for the Power Reader

The 21st Century Principal

As an avid user of the Kindle app on my iPad, it is always exciting when Amazon releases new versions of their Kindle app with new and improved features. I currently use Kindle for the iPad more than any other app because my reading habits.

The Education Blob –Tonight at 9 pm ET with John Stossel

The Innovative Educator

John Stossel thinks our pu blic schools can do a better job and that those who try to make improvements run up against the "BLOB." " Watch tonight as he takes a look at what he describes as this Jabba-the-Hutt like thing that can barely be budged. In the show, Stossel addresses President Obama’s proposal to spend more on Pre-K education. We hear from Steve Barnett , of the National Institute for Early Education Research, who says universal pre-school would be a good thing.

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mARch: Augmenting with Aurasma, Part 2- Making it Your Own!


In the last post, we looked at how to use Aurasma''s own library of images, animations and 3D models to create an "aura"- an image overlay that appears when you scan a visual material (usually, another image).

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Gold mines

Learning with 'e's

One of the most persuasive affordances of social media is that it encourages users to generate their own content. Potentially, this is a pedagogical gold mine for teachers if they choose to dig a little deeper. Teachers know that active forms of learning are better than passive forms.

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EdTech at School

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