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

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.

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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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.

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 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.

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.

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Tips on getting started with Evernote

Educational Technology Guy

Evernote is my main tool for work and home. I''ve been using it for 5 years and love it. It can be tough for someone new to Evernote to get started with it. Here is a great article by an on-line friend of mine, Tim Stiffler-Dean, about how Evernote can be a little overwhelming at first and how to get over that. Here is also a great article, and video, from Evernote on getting started and my main Evernote page has ideas on getting started.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Music Is Not Dead in Public Schools


By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Bill Selak a-b-c-d-e-f-g h-i-j-k-lmnop q-r-s t-u-v w, x y and z I know what you’re singing in your head right now. Now you know your ABCs, I hope.) This song is so ingrained in us, that we forget that it’s how we learned the alphabet. Even as adults, we […].

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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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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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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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The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

A Thankful Start to 2014


Graphic Used With Permission Under a Creative Commons License Happy 2014 Everyone! Thank you for following me on Twitter or Facebook or Google+ or Diigo or Scoop.It or Pinterest. Thank you for answering my questions when I lob them out there. Thank you for dialoguing with me.

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.

Looking back and forward at my New Year predictions for education

The Innovative Educator

Last January I shared my predictions with Tech & Learning about what I thought would be big in hardware and software in 2013.

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.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.