Sat.Apr 06, 2013 - Fri.Apr 12, 2013

Autonomy Breeds Change

A Principal's Reflections

A year and a half ago I decided to implement a job-embedded growth model at the suggestion of some of my teacher leaders. They desperately sought time during the school day to engage in professional growth opportunities, learn how to integrate Web 2.0

Professional Development On Your Time, Your Way

The Web20Classroom

As someone who helps develop and deliver professional development to teachers, I''ve heard lots of reasons why some of the PD schools offer to teachers might not be a good fit. It''s not relevant to me. It''s a waste of time. Boring.

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A Free Search Engine (@Gooru) for Learning! Try it.


A Safe, Refined Search Engine for Education The theme of ''organization'' seems to be popular in my posts lately. I find myself gravitating towards resources that are easy to use. With so many available options, I don''t have the time to learn the ins and outs of every resource.

Writing about Grading Writing (Again)

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I''m constantly writing about the dilemmas of student writing and how to grade student academic writing in an efficient and effective manner. This is probably borderline obsessive. but, I am the type of learner who when faced with an issue/problem/question, obsesses until.

GameSalad Turns Game Players Into Game Makers!

GameSalad lets students build their own web & mobile video games! Students learn anywhere with our Chromebook friendly creation tools and step-by-step tutorials. Our PBL lessons teach the fundamentals of Computer Science & Game Design as students create.

The Runaway Train

A Principal's Reflections

As the end of the school year draws near, the education reform rhetoric is heating up. This means states like New Jersey and New York are closer to implementing new teacher evaluation systems as a result of Race to the Top, NCLB waivers, and other mandates adopted through recent legislation.

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Join the @MasteryConnect Community and Connect with A World of Common Core!


Mastery Connect = Your Home for Common Core Mastery Connect was putting together resources for the Common Core before the Common Core was even adopted by many of the states. They truly are the leader in all things Common Core! Grab the Free Common Core App!

7 Must-Read Resources on Social Media for School Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

There are obviously quite a few social media resources available to school leaders on the Web, but finding high-quality information can be difficult.

Webinar: Marzano's 6 Steps to Effective Vocabulary Instruction

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Monday, April 08, 2013 @ 5:00 PM EDT Academic vocabulary is one of the greatest predictors of student success across all areas of the curriculum.

Tell educators #YouMatter. Place your #BammyAwards Vote!

The Innovative Educator

Educator''s make their way to the red carpet. I''m in the purple dress with my boyfriend, back right. Envision a world that values education like it values entertainment. That is the goal of The Bammy Awards.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Get the @Remind101 Widget for your Site!


Communicate with your Class & Stay Connected! Remind101 is a tool that I''ve grown quite reliant on over the past couple of years. I use it this year more than ever. At Open House, I have my parents subscribe to our class Remind101 account.

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The Flipped Classroom: Beyond the Videos – Part 2


By CUE guest blogger Catlin Tucker In my presentations on the flipped classroom model, I advocate for 3 things I believe will make this model more appealing to educators who are new to the flipped classroom. Take advantage of ready-to-use content. Ready-to-use content is plentiful on the web and teachers can us what is […]. The post The Flipped Classroom: Beyond the Videos – Part 2 appeared first on OnCUE. Flipped Classroom

Free Plagarism Checker for the Classroom

The Electric Educator

The internet has given us unlimited knowledge and information at an instance notice. Generally, this is a good thing, but sometimes students get lazy and use the web in ways that are inappropriate in an academic setting -- plagiarizing work from web sources.

6 Reasons Why You Should Use 6 Laptops in Your Classroom

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by Bradley Lands | Cross posted at The Landscape of Learning The 1:1 student to computer ratio initiative is a great goal for schools to have. I mean, what school would not want each of their students to have access to a personal laptop computer?

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Have Fun with @ABCyaGames Counting Money App (set up for your whole class!)


My Favorite App for Counting Money ABCyaGames makes some of my absolute favorite interactive games for students. The best part is - my kids just love their games, too! Though ABCya is a sponsor of my site, I continue to be surprised by the games I find.

Blogging Applications for Beginning Bloggers

The 21st Century Principal

For those school leaders just now venturing into blogging, you can easily use the web application offered by services such as Blogger, Edublogs, or WordPress.

Pursuing Entrepreneurship

The Electric Educator

I don''t post personal news on this space very frequently, but there have been some significant developments in my life that have a direct connection to the focus of this blog. On March 1, 2013, I left the classroom and school administration in a formal capacity.

Educators connect with students & parents using Voki animated avatar

The Innovative Educator

With Voki ( you can share a message using an animated avatar that talks. It is created using a student’s own voice recorded right from any phone. You can design the avatar’s appearance, add voice, and can get an embed code to pop it into any web2.0

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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.

Get Your Poetry On! - Publish Student's Poems - How special (& easy!):


Are your students begging for more writing prompts? One of the most amazing things since launching the Write About This app is hearing from teachers about how much writing their students do after they’ve selected (or created) a photo prompt! It’s why we started the whole thing in the first place.

How to Make Sure You're Sharing a Google Doc With the Right People

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

That little ''Change'' link at the bottom of the Google doc share box? I didn''t know about it. And, well, it''s important! You definitely want to decide whether the people you share with have the capability of adding people or changing permissions.

Active learning spaces

Learning with 'e's

Recently I wrote about collaborative learning spaces , and argued that we are entering unfamiliar territory. The boundaries of informal and formal spaces have blurred significantly, as have the boundaries between the real and the virtual.

Welcome to the Philippines!

The Electric Educator

For the past 18 days I have been in Pangasinan, Philippines working with Rushton Hurley , Kim Randall , and Leslie Fisher to train 106 Filipino teachers on the use of technology in education. Together we led the first international partnership between the Krause Center for Innovation (KCI) at Foothill College and the Philippine government. I have never worked with a more eager or persistent group of educators.

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.

Yeeah! #BammyAwards nominates The Innovative Educator

The Innovative Educator

Well isn''t this fabulous? While I was out nominating awesome folks from around the nation for the Bammy Awards , I opened up my own email to find the Bammy Nomination Committee had selected me for the Education Commentator/Blogger category. How cool is that? Click here to check it out and vote. If you haven''t heard of the Bammy''s , it is the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Award. "

Criteria for Evaluating Web Tools and Apps

Nik Peachey

I'm often getting asked what my criteria are for choosing the tools, apps and resources that I feature on my blogs and in my teaching and do be honest I don't really think about it that much. I look at so many sites and apps that I just get a feeling when I see something that I think will work. As that isn't a very satisfactory answer to give people I decided to start exploring my own criteria for what influences my choice.

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Making a play for it

Learning with 'e's

"As astronauts and space travelers children puzzle over the future; as dinosaurs and princesses they unearth the past. As weather reporters and restaurant workers they make sense of reality; as monsters and gremlins they make sense of the unreal."

Five ways to continue growing as a teacher

Kairos EdTech

Originally published on SmartBlog on Education [link] One of the noblest jobs in the world is that of a teacher. We’re clearly not in the trade for the money, as most teachers in North America are underpaid. We’re there because we love teaching and we love the kids. Period. However, on the other side of things, I’ve been in the education field long enough to realize that a lot of others get stagnate, grow weary and even become bitter.

EdTech at School

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