Sat.Dec 28, 2013 - Fri.Jan 03, 2014

7 Ways to Creatively Ask Questions in the Classroom Using iPads!


The Answer Pad I started using Go Interactive from The Answer Pad last year. I LOVE it! What I love most is that I don''t have to change the way I teach, alter my curriculum, or jump through hoops to use the technology. I simply ask questions as I''m teaching and the students reply just like always.

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Infographics about Evernote

Educational Technology Guy

I know, another article about Evernote from Dave. Sorry, but I found these in my "to blog about" folder and wanted to share it before I forgot. Some interesting info and stats on here.

Writing Scaffolds to Meet Diverse Learning Needs

A Principal's Reflections

As students work to master the complex reading and writing standards demanded by the Common Core, Mrs. Montecuollo and Mrs. Westbrook collaborated to create writing scaffolds that address the diverse academic needs of their 9th grade students.

Reflections On 2013-This Year's Most Popular Posts

The Web20Classroom

As 2013 comes to a close let''s take a quick look at the most popular posts here over the course of the last year. It seems the voices, both for and against the Common Core State Standards got louder over the past year.

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.

The Awesome @Remind101 just Got Easier for Parents and Students with Join Pages!


Remind101 Launches Join Pages Remind101 is a free text messaging service. It is safe and secure. Teachers can sign up for a free account. They are given a specific number that is different than their personal phone number. Then, they can invite others to join their class.

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Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Opportunity

A Principal's Reflections

This post is the seventh and last in a series that outlines the foundational elements of my new book, Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times. It is set to be published by Corwin Press on January 14, 2014.

Years Gone By: Relevant Learning Ties Remain

Tom Murray

This post is co-authored by Tom Murray and Kristen Swanson. Dear Tom, Back in the days of giant desktop computers and Microsoft Publisher, you were my teacher. You showed me how to create digital learning spaces for my students, and you guided me as I started to think about the ways that technology could transform students into authentic writers and publishers. Although it has been many years since you were my teacher, you still influence my learning. Thanks to Twitter, blogs, and social

5 Great Math Resources for the New Year!


I recently came across a great math resource online that reminded me of how much fun experimenting with new ways to do math can be. With many different types of learners in our classroom, it is so important to differentiate our teaching and the tools that we use in our instruction.

Lightzone - free, open source alternative to Lightroom

Educational Technology Guy

Lightzone is free, open source, software for editing photos. It is similar to Adobe Lightroom. You do have to create a free account on their site, but it is quick and easy. Lightzone is available for Windows, Mac, and Linuz.

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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.

6 Must-Have Evernote iPad Apps and Chrome Extensions for Educators and School Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

Evenote, as I''ve posted many times, is such a versatile application that every educator is bound to find it useful.

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Let's Maximize Happiness in 2014

The Playground Advocate

So it''s a new year, and as my wife pointed out to me, I of all people, "Mr. English Major", "Mr. Symbolism", ought to recognize the power of the new year to inspire renewal. So I''m taking a crack at the resolution game with a smile on my face.

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ROMO: The Friendly, Personal Robot that Learns as You Play!


ROMO is by far the coolest gift my kids received this year! ROMO by Romotive Inc. is a friendly robot from another world, built to teach kids the basics of computer programming and robotics through a series of adventurous challenges.

My Interactive PD Calendar - Created with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I''ve been engaging in some constructive play and exploring the use of the new custom icons and slides available at ThingLink EDU. My first slideshow is an interactive Professional Development Calendar.

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.

New Year's Resolutions? How About Using That Twitter or Facebook Account to Connect?

The 21st Century Principal

"In a linked world and a relationship economy, isolation costs too much," writes Jeff Jarvis in his book Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live. Jarvis''s argument is clear: In today''s digital world, the cost of not being connected is too great.

Resolve to Promote Truth


Photo courtesy OK educators. It''s time to put the skills you have to work with ALL of the people in your lives, not just the ones you call your students. This may also include yourselves. It''s time to promote self-restraint. And critical thinking. And research skills.

Zoomy (kid friendly digital microscope) Encourages Curiosity!


Zoomy by Learning Resources Zoomy from Learning Resources is an all-in-one digital microscope that is built specifically for a child to use.

Embrace Change in the New Year with Genius Hour

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Genius Hour is a powerful movement popping up in classrooms everywhere. The idea encourages students to explore and develop their own passions and creativity. Genius Hour is based on a business practice used by Google’s development team.

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.

Using Statistical Models to Predict Future Effectiveness of Teacher Candidates: A New Snake Oil Approach

The 21st Century Principal

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Two companies: TeachersMatch and Hanover Research have found a way to use statistics and test scores to develop a model that predicts how effective teacher candidates might be at raising test scores. These kinds of business ventures makes one wonder when the absurdity of this endless pursuit of test scores is going to end.

Excited to Join the Digital Citizenship Chat Team in 2014! #digcit


Digital citizenship is a topic that has become increasingly important in recent years as young people and adults alike negotiate what it means to be a participant in the largely public and searchable online world.

Tons of Materials for Using Mentor Texts in Writing Workshop for Small Moments!


An Elementary Unit for Writing Workshop Using Owl Moon When Scholastic asked what book selection I''d like to have to work with my students this year, without hesitation, I asked for Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. Yolen is one of my favorite authors.

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11 Random Facts About Me and 11 Questions -- A Blogging Challenge from Nikki Robertson

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Since Nikki Robertson ROCKS, I''m accepting her challenge to participate in this Blogging Homework meme. Gotcha, Nikki :) But, be warned , I''m keeping the questions, generally speaking, really light :) Yes, we bloggers do like to write, but who wants to think hard during a holiday break?

EdTech at School

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

Shock of the new

Learning with 'e's

Down through the ages, there has always been resistance to change. The infographic on this page bears testament to that fact. Specifically, there has always been opposition to new technologies.

Create Custom ThingLink Icon Sets in a Couple of Clicks

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

ThingLink icon sets are useful, visually appealing, and easy to create in a couple of clicks! I''ve been having fun during winter break engaging in constructive play and exploring creative ways to use them. I have uploaded 25 icon sets and used them to create an interactive professional development calendar and a set of social media buttons. I''m also working on an interactive map.

Find and Pin All of Your Favorite Common Core Activities with @MasteryConnect!


Easily Find, Pin, and Save All of Your Common Core Resources One of the most popular ways in which educators collaborate using social media is through pinning. Keeping track of ideas through pinning is effective for many teachers, whether or not they are social media experts or novices.

EdTechSandyK's Top 5 Posts of 2013


Graphic Used With Permission On January 1st this year, I took time to look over the top five posts on my blog from 2012. It was interesting to see which posts received the most hits, as I assume "most hits" = "resonated the most with readers."

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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.

Write About This


Write About This is an app designed by educators that uses the technique of providing photo prompts as a way to foster writing skills.

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My Year in Social Media and What My Omnibox Autofill Says About Me (What about you?)

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Jennifer Magiera always has something interesting in her Teaching Like It''s 2999 blog! Her article Reflecting on 2013 Through Social Media inspired me to reflect too. It''s kind of interesting to look back! Google Plus automatically made this movie for me from my G+ photos.

Touch Screen #IntelAIO Allows Easy Navigation for Students


The New Computer: Where to Start When I recently received my new Intel All-In-One PC (AIO) , one of my first goals was to make sure the device was something that was user-friendly and interesting to all of my students.