Sat.Jan 25, 2014 - Fri.Jan 31, 2014

Devices Need to Support Learning

A Principal's Reflections

So yesterday as I was scanning the #NJED hash tag on TweetDeck I came across this intriguing image shared by Mike Marotta.

3 Things We Need To Remember For Every Professional Development

The Web20Classroom

I remember my first professional development as a teacher. I was fresh out of college. The PD centered around how to use clickers in the classroom. I saw great potential there. The idea that I could get realtime information back on my students, I saw as a great help to me.

MonioMap - visual mind map of your Evernote notes and notebooks

Educational Technology Guy

I use Evernote a lot. I have about 100 Notebooks and close to 6,000 notes, so it can get a little overwhelming at times.

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The Instagrok iPad App is Here

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

i nstaGrok has just released a free iPad app. The app combines the functionality of the web based version with interactivity to support learning on the touch screen.

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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.

Educator Ann S. Michaelsen explains the power of student PLNs

The Innovative Educator

While it is no longer unusual for teachers to embrace and understand the value of personal learning networks, few are supporting their students in doing the same.

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It's National Get Organized Month - here are some great resources

Educational Technology Guy

January is National "Get Organized Month" so I decided to share some resources on getting organized. There are some great sites out there too, including the National Association of Professional Organizers. I am a type A personality in many ways and I''ve always been organized at work (not so much at home). As an engineer, it was vital to be organized. As a teacher, it was too, but harder to do.

6 Reasons for Using Evernote as Your To-Do List Application

The 21st Century Principal

Still looking for a good way to keep track of all those administrative tasks? I''ve tried several to-do apps but Evernote''s versatility and features make it an excellent choice to keep up with your daily, or in my case, weekly task lists.

School-Wide Innovation Day


By CUE Guest Bloggers Karl Lindgren-Streicher, Sarah Press, and Liz Tompkins Many teachers and administrators are creating time in their students’ days to allow for passion-based learning. You might have heard of Genius Hour (check out the #geniushour hashtag on Twitter) or 20% Time (#20time on Twitter). Instead of a chunk of time each week being […]. The post School-Wide Innovation Day appeared first on OnCUE. Blended Learning

Social Fortune and Fate/Comics Head


As a member of the Social Thinking® Blogging Team, I am happy to be given the occasional opportunity to review one of their excellent products (I have them all anyway)!

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.

Using Skitch to Learn to Classify Toads and Frogs in First Grade

My Paperless Classroom

Here is a lesson I built with the help of my PLN. The goal is to get the first grade class thinking about classification using frogs and toads. Shoutouts and links at the bottom of the post.

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"Idea Dump": Quickly Curate & Share Creativity

Cycles of Learning

I love teaching. Chances are, if you have made it to this blog post, you also love teaching. Among the myriad of reasons, I love the creative process teaching requires. We, as educators, must constantly go back and fourth between creation and implementation. Our work is never waiting for us.

What Are the Real Motives Behind the Common Core State Standards? Let's Be Honest with Ourselves!

The 21st Century Principal

Today, there was this post on the Public School Forum of North Carolina website defending the Common Core. That post, entitled "Common Core Standards Will Help NC Meet Its Challenges," was written by Caroline McCullen, the director of education initiatives at SAS which already has a multi-million dollar contract with North Carolina to provide value-added teacher data analysis software for teacher and principal evaluations. Let me say up front in the interest of disclosure.

Social Media: An Essential Tool for K-12 Classrooms (Free Webinar - Tonight!)

The Innovative Educator

Join me this evening at 4pm Eastern Time and hear me discuss why social media is an essential tool for K-12 classrooms. While there are some educators who feel the best advice when it comes to social media is to stay away, I disagree. In fact, I tell teachers that if they’re not preparing students to use social media effectively, they''re not doing their job. Because, the role of today’s educator is to prepare students to thrive in the world in which they live.

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.

Beginning Scratch Unit Grade 4

My Paperless Classroom

Today we are getting started Scratch, a desktop-based programming platform that uses visual objects to build a computer program. You may have worked with a visual programming platform in the past, such as Hopscotch on the iPad.

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12 16 Resource Sites for Teaching and Learning With the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

I love the Olympics! So when I read Jennie Magiera''s article Gold-Medal Learning: Teaching with the Winter Olympics , I had to know what other resources are available to teachers. First, what are some good ways to follow the Sochi Olympics? Here''s the official web site:

Why An Assessment Tool Is Crucial in Blended Learning- MAP TESTING

Saving Socrates

I''ve often heard students remark, I don''t test well. This is a common refrain from many of our top students who whiz through classes, but then perform less than stellar on key standardized exams like the SAT. It might be true. In fact, I guarantee you there are kids that can perform excellently in class and fail a standardized exam or underperform.

Big Data: Learning vectors and velocities

Learning with 'e's

The most interesting session I attended at Bett 2014 was to hear Stephen Heppell speak in the main arena. Stephen was on top form as usual, and in his avuncular style managed to engage 800 or so delegates effortlessly for 30 minutes.

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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.

Adapting Lessons for Grade School Students

My Paperless Classroom

[My Notes] There are so many great resources out there for teaching so many things, but often the lessons I find online do not match the grade level I am looking for. So then I am in the position of choosing to keep looking or figure out how to adapt the lesson to my students'' level.

ASCD Calls for Move Away from Sole Reliance on Standardized Testing for Accountability

The 21st Century Principal

One of the leading educator organizations in this country is calling for an end to the over-reliance on standardized testing in accountability practices. They are calling for what is called "multimetric accountability" by which, according to their press-release includes: not using standardized test scores as the "sole measure of student achievement, educator effectiveness, or school quality."

Learning401 movement arrives to South County - open mic!


Some arrived to last Saturday''s South CountyLearning401 Story Slam to cheer on a good friend or family member brave enough to take the open mic. Others came out of mere curiosity. Shifting how we think and talk about education in Rhode Island? What could possibly shiftthat? Well, storytelling can. In fact, it is shifting the conversation, using storytelling as a vehicle for systems change. Rather than asking,"Where do you stand on education reform and next to whom?" Learning401 asks, "What doe

Inventing the future

Learning with 'e's

Scene from Fritz Lang''s Metropolis Brian Solis describes himself as a digital anthropologist. He is actually much more than that. Although quiet, and small in stature, he''s something of a giant when it comes to explaining how our lives are shaped and disrupted in the digital age.

EdTech at School

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

Sharing File Templates via Evernote FTW!

My Paperless Classroom

Today is one of those days where I would swear there are only 3 things that matter in educational technology: workflow, workflow, and workflow. Today''s challenge is a colony poster for 5th grade. The students have reseached their colonies and written their ad copy.

Creating DOK 3 and 4 Tasks


This morning, I saw the "light bulb" illuminate as a team realized that Webb''s Depth of Knowledge Level 3 (DOK 3) tasks aren''t more "difficult" problems, but rather it''s when students engage with content learning at deeper cognitive levels.

Resources, stories, and connections with those who use social media in today’s k-12 classrooms

The Innovative Educator

Thank you to the 300+ folks from around the world who joined me for the Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship webinar on EdWeb. In case you missed it, the webinar was called “Social Media: An Essential Tool for Today’s Classroom.” You can view the webinar here [link] com/edwebnet/EA59D688824C. In the webinar, I shared case studies of amazing students, parents, and teachers. Below are the people behind the stories I mentioned, how to learn more and a way to reach each of them via social media.

Memory full

Learning with 'e's

In a recent blogpost entitled Memories are made of this I wrote about how human memory works in different modalities, principally through auditory and visual coding.

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.