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Favorite Apps For Learning On The Go

The Web20Classroom

I spend a great deal of time on the go. From working with all the schools in my district to traveling to far off lands to work with teachers, I sometimes feel like I am disconnected from my learning. And that bums me out! There are a few apps (and some sites too) that I rely upon to keep me updated with whats happening and to teach a me a thing or two as well. Here are a few of my favorites. Zite -A lot of folks reading this have probably heard of Zite.

Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments #DigiLead

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past couple of months, the staff at New Milford High School has been diligently creating our own unique learning environments for our students. Building on the success of our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative and with the addition of a new, innovative staff member two noteworthy advancements have been made since September 2013. That new staff member is Laura Fleming and she has done nothing less than blaze a trail since joining the NMHS team.

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Common Core and Backyard Chickens


By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Sean Williams Really it is all Kevin Brookhouser’s fault. While visiting him a few years ago, he went out in the back yard and brought in fresh eggs for breakfast. That was all it took really, but later in the morning when we went to visit his hens, it […]. The post Common Core and Backyard Chickens appeared first on OnCUE. Common Core Standards

Flexible Learning Tools at ICE 14

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

This is part of a Digital Differentiation model, my way i of weaving a web of flexible tools together for teaching and learning. To keep the model relevant, frequent updates are required, as new tools and trends emerge. To access the most current resources, please click on the tab at the top of this blog: Digital Differentiation - Current Flexible Learning Tools - Winter 2014 Scroll over this interactive image and click on any hot spot to view resources for each of the tools.

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.

Do Ink Green Screen on iPad Walk through

My Paperless Classroom

This is a quick walk-through of how to use the Green Screen app by Do Ink. We are going to start by clicking on the app: Next we begin a new project by clicking on the "+" in the upper right hand corner. This brings you to the compose window. The layers are at the bottom of the screen. You want to make sure your Camera with the green screen is in the top layer, so when you use the chroma filter to look through the layer you see the images UNDER it. Click the plus and add a camera, image or video.

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Shall We Play a Game (& Learn)?

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Since chatting with Tom Driscoll via Google Hangout and Brian Germaine at the EdSurge RIDE event in the Fall , meeting up with Chris Aviles at Techspo14 , viewing Mr. Lewis'' Edmodo Webinar on Gamification , and engaging with my #TeamMAITs in class, I''m intrigued by the didactic nature of games. I''ve been thinking about how to use gamification with my students to restructure the learning activities to mimic aspects of a video game that encourage student involvement in the classroom.


Unpacking the Common Core at ICE 14

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Please enjoy a slideshow presented at the Illinois Computing Educators Conference Unpacking the Common Core: Embracing the Academic Vocabulary Shift. CCSS #ICE14 #Vocabulary #FlexibleTools

NCCJDS Professional development day Jedcamp FAQ

My Paperless Classroom

NCCJDS Professional development day Jedcamp FAQ A great collection of folks answering some FAQ about NCCJDS Professional development day, Jedcamp Edition. pedagogy


Time for School Leaders to See Teaching as 21st Century Profession, Not Assembly-Line Work

The 21st Century Principal

School leaders and policymakers have a serious misperception about the role and job of teaching that undermines teaching as a profession and perpetuates the view that the role of teaching is akin to being an assembly-line worker. It is no wonder American politicians, policymakers and corporate reformers have bought wholeheartedly into the idea of value-added teacher evaluations.

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.

Essential Reading for Technology in Student Affairs v1.1

A few weeks ago, I posted a set of recommended readings that I originally sent to a colleague who asked me what I would recommend as essential reading for understanding technology in student affairs. I’ve updated this list adding two sets of resources. First, I included danah boyd’s new book It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens now that (a) I have read it and (b) it’s available for purchase and download (for free!).


Design Your Digital Classroom ICE 14

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Welcome to Design Your Digital Classroom. Explore interactive resources to help teachers use technology as a tool for deeper learning

Safety first but don't forget what's next when students use social media

The Innovative Educator

I was looking forward to checking out this post from my Twitter feed: Students Talk #Facebook on #Vimeo | @scoopit [link] #KSFY #SocialMedia #digcit #edchat #edbublogs — ICTPHMS (@ICTPHMS) February 19, 2014 I'm thrilled that schools like the Patrick Henry Middle School are willing to put themselves out there and share in the mainstream media that Facebook isn't something to be afraid of, but rather we can teach students to use it safely.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Meet a Challenge

The Playground Advocate

Risk-Taking One of the ways that we grow creatively is by challenging ourselves to do something new or to push ourselves farther than we have been. I''ve often said that learning is a continuous act of managed risk-taking. By that I mean that we learn by using what we already know to help us complete new tasks that seemed difficult to us before.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

IPEVO Video Stand

Kathy Schrock

IPEVO Articulating Video Stand IPEVO has come up with another winning device to help teachers in the classroom-- the IPEVO Articulating Video Stand for iPod and iPod Touch. This useful product holds your iPhone or iPod Touch in a sturdy metal stand to allow you to use your iDevice in any number of ways. The unique holder has springs which enable you to spread the holder open to easily insert the device and then gently release the springs.

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Phrasal Verbs Machine


It''s great to find an app that is focused on a particular skill, but also very contextual. Phrasal Verbs Machine (free) is a gorgeous example dedicated to building understanding of phrasal verbs- a verb paired with a preposition. These are known to be challenging to ESL/ELL populations but also are quite figurative in nature, and so are helpful to target metalinguistics for our more literal thinkers. The context of the app is "the circus world of The Amazing Phraso and his friends."

Cell phones: A distraction or tool of engagement?

The Innovative Educator

As the author of “ Teaching Generation Text: Using Cell Phones for Learning ,” it’s no surprise, that I disagree with those who "just say no" to cell phones.” I think my perspective comes out on top as it becomes evident that those who oppose the use of cell phones for learning have never really tried to strategically integrate them as powerful learning tools.

What is digital learning?

Learning with 'e's

Over the next two weeks I''m in New Zealand, doing a series of keynote presentations to teachers on the future of education and technology supported learning. The mLearn tour is sponsored by a company called Telco Technology Services who specialise in supporting teachers in New Zealand schools with technology training and provision. As a part of the build up to this tour, which takes in the cities of Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland, I was interviewed for Interface Magazine.

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.

Sketchnoting in the Classroom

Kathy Schrock

This post originally appeared on the Discovery Educator blog network in December of 2013 in my blog "Kathy''s Katch" at this URL: [link]. Way back in 1999, I was asked to be part of a team to craft the goals for the second version of the US DOE National Technology Plan. There were about fifty people in the room, from all areas of education.

Daybook Pro: An App to Help Teachers Deliver Instruction and Content Through the iPad

The 21st Century Principal

Daybook Pro, the iPad app that allows teachers to deliver lessons and teaching content through their tablets, has just gotten better. Users can now directly add files to the app from their Dropbox account. Their website also offers a new set of video tutorials that will get users started with Daybook Pro. If you want to see how this app can meet the needs of classroom teachers, you can check out their onsite introductory video here.

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The hottest posts everyone's reading

The Innovative Educator

Here’s the roundup of what''s been popular on The Innovative Educator blog. Below you’ll see the top posts along with the number of page views. I hope there''s something that looks of interest to you. If it does, check it out. If you’re inspired use one of those icons below the post to share it with others and/or leave a comment. Entry Pageviews Looking to create a social media or BYOD policy? Jun 3, 2012, 4112 Does Twitter have a minimum age requirement?


Digital school strategies

Learning with 'e's

Schools need to plan their technology strategies very carefully. There are a lot of factors to consider, including current development of technology and its future proofing, existing systems and interoperability, access and provision of networked resources, skills and capabilities of teaching staff, market forces and socio-economic influences, to name a few. But these are just the tip of the iceberg.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

Redesigning PD for the 21st Century School: Creating A More "Voice and Choice" Approach

Saving Socrates

For the past six months, I''ve been working intensely on organizing PD both at my school and at my daughter''s school. I''ve surrounded much of the year working on training teachers in many of the latest and best practices ranging from unit planning, classroom management, blended learning, PBL, to assessment for feedback, flipped education, and effective group work.

For #WRAD14, A Hangout with Matthew Winner & A Student Who Didn't Learn to Read Until She Was 10

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

We had two Firsts for our Google Rocks! Hawaii HOA last night -- an East Coast guest (who rocks the library world), and a student (who didn''t learn to read until she was 10). Guesting on tonight''s Google Rocks! Hawaii HOA to talk about #WRAD14 7pmHST [link] @litworldsays #TLChat @mauilibrarian2 — Matthew C. Winner (@MatthewWinner) February 26, 2014 Matthew Winner, aka The Busy Librarian, agreed to hang out with us, midnight Maryland time. We were thrilled!

Book Writer

Technology Tidbits

Book Writer is a excellent iOS app that educators are using everywhere for digital storytelling and flipping their classroom instruction. This is a simple app to use that can be used by any subject for any curriculum that allows users to create a multimedia digital book that can then be published to iBooks or printed out as a PDF. Best of all, a student can record their own narration to help tell a story, or an educator to help teach a lesson.

Digital age assessment

Learning with 'e's

In this continuation of my short series on new and emerging pedagogy, I can reflect on my last two posts which focused on the potential for any time any place learning and the changing roles of teachers and students , The latter is characterised by students who take more responsibility to not only discover their own learning and determine their own pathways, but also using their personal devices to learn through knowledge creation, sharing, repurposing and organisation.

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.