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

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.

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.

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.

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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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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When your child says, "Go to hell!"

The Innovative Educator

The following post is excerpted with permission from Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life , by Peter Gray. Available from Basic Books, a member of The Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2013.

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.

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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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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Transparent School Leadership: Engaging Social Media as a Strategy

The 21st Century Principal

At the NCTIES Conference this week in Raleigh, North Carolina, my presentation was "Transparent School Leadership: Managing Your School or District''s Online Reputation." The basic premise of the entire presentation was based on these assumptions about school leadership and the engagement of social media. School leaders no longer have a choice of whether to engage in the use of social media if they are going to communicate in a 21st century manner.

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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Early Monday - The Importance of "Stupid Ideas" and How That Relates to Education

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Monday, March 4th, for an early live and interactive conversation with return guest Richie Norton on his new book, The Power of Starting Something Stupid.

Random thoughts about first year teaching

The Innovative Educator


EdTech at School

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

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.

How to Play: Models for Game-Based Learning #SXSWedu


Notes from a panel session at SXSWedu 2013 [link] Teaching is a complex undertaking. Learning is a deep challenge. Schools are messy. How do we approach game development and what role does it have in learning? Play is fundamental to how we learn. How to make them work in education is the question. Learning things that are challenging for kids to learn is a process that unfolds over time across multiple media and experiences.

My Top Three Choices for Lesson Plans for History and Social Studies Teachers

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Did you know about these 3 GREAT places to find lesson plan ideas for History and Social Studies? They''re my favorite! EDSITEment from the NEH - History and Social Studies Smithsonian''s History Explorer Lesson Plans: The Learning Network - NY Times I''m recommending them to our teachers and adding them to the For Teachers box of our Upper School History and Social Studies LibGuide.

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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.

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.

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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Online Education: Will it Make Us Smarter? #SXSWedu


Notes from panel discussion at SXSWedu. link] Predictions are 1/2 of higher Ed will be online in the next 10 years. K-12 will follow by 2019. How do we assess quality with all of the online education providers that are out there? Small start ups and giant MOOCS. Think a lot about how to get personalized support to individuals. Think about scaling content while not losing the focus on the individual.

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Thursday Interview - In Defense of Childhood with Chris Mercogliano

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, March 7th, for a live and interactive conversation with Chris Mercogliano, author of In Defense of Childhood : Protecting Kids'' Inner Wildness. The pressures of modern life are increasingly squeezing the adventure, the wonder, the physicality--the juice--out of children''s lives. Virtually every arena of kids'' experience is now subject to some form of outside control, and this is a serious threat to the unique spark that animates every child.