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Differentiated math instruction using Front Row: adaptive math for K-8 classrooms!


I have started using a FREE new math program this spring called Front Row. I’m really excited to start using this resource to teach math - I have heard amazing things about it how engaging it is for students and how it has the potential to really help them grow in math.

Global Connections Made Possible Through Technology

A Principal's Reflections

Collentine’s Global Perspectives in Literature had a different spin on their research paper this year. In previous years, students had selected a charity to research and then, where possible, were to work for that charity in some capacity as part of the research paper experience.

OpenEd: Free Online K-12 Educational Resource Site Now Includes Tablet Apps Too

The 21st Century Principal

OpenEd, which bills itself as "the Largest K-12 Educational Resource Catalog," announces the availability of public courses on its web site. Users can now publish any course they have created to the OpenEd community. Here are some of the most notable features of this online instructional resource.

Vygotsky, Piaget and YouTube

Learning with 'e's

The world is changing, and it''s largely due to the proliferation of technology. Learning in particular is being democratised. Where once, experts had a monopoly on knowledge and expertise, now anyone it seems can access content that will teach them. This is autodidacticism - teaching yourself.

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.

A Lesson in Technology History


Photo used under a Creative Commons License The rotary phone came along several years before my arrival on the planet, but it is still the first type of phone I remember using as a child. What''s the first type of phone you learned to use? How about your children or students?

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2014 NCTIES Presentation: My Favorite Apps, Hacks, and Tech Tricks for Educators

The 21st Century Principal

As a teacher and now as an administrator, looking for shortcuts and easy ways to manage aspects of the job has become second nature. I must confess that I began my job as an educator when desktop computers were rare, and mobile phones were too large to really be considered mobile. I didn''t even have a phone in my classroom in those days. The only thing that connected me to the office was a button that activated a buzzed through the school''s intercom system.

The drama of Facebook

Learning with 'e's

The world''s largest and most successful social network, Facebook - celebrated its tenth anniversary in February 2014. In its short lifetime it has become the most popular virtual meeting place for millions of friends, family, and long-lost acquaintances worldwide.


Technology Tidbits

Ask3 is one of my favorite free iPad apps for educators. This is an excellent app that teachers can use to teach any subject for any curriculum. Ask3 allows users to visually explain a topic by importing a image (or draw) and then record narration for explanation.

Two Don't-Miss Events - Our Online Learning Revolution Conference in April and Our Deep Dive at Black Mountain in May

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

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.

NC Should Hold Everyone for Pearson PowerSchool Implementation Malfunction Accountable

The 21st Century Principal

In two previous posts, "Pearson PowerSchool Disasters in NC and Tech Lessons to Be Learned From It" and "Update! Pearson Sees Most of NC Users as Satisfied with PowerSchool Huh?" I outlined the major issues North Carolina public schools are navigating due to Pearson''s malfunctioning PowerSchool software.

Maker culture

Learning with 'e's

The recent Higher Education version of the Horizon Report highlights some interesting predicted trends for technology adoption. One that caught my eye is focused on the culture of user generated content - otherwise referred to as the creator society.


Technology Tidbits

Tynker is a new iPad app for learning how to program or code that I just found out about from Free Technology 4 Teachers. It''s similar to many other programming sites/apps where users have to assemble blocks to have objects or characters move.

Teaching Sequence in Kindergarten with Robots

My Paperless Classroom

Bongo and 3 of the Bee Bots Our first lesson was a getting to know the bee bots session. We had 4-5 kids per mat and we distributed some command cards to each kids (next time I should give each kid identical mixed packs of command cards).

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.

First Impression Handshakes Replaced by Google Searches

Comfortably 2.0

When was the last time that you Googled yourself? Recently, I was teaching a digital citizenship lesson about digital footprints in an elementary classroom and I Googled myself to show the students my digital footprint (or tattoo) I tend to Google myself quite frequently, so their were no surprises. The students were intrigued by all of the information and pictures that made up my digital

Tools for conviviality? Illich and social media

Learning with 'e's

He was known as an anarchist philosopher and an intellectual maverick.


Technology Tidbits

geddit is fantastic free learning tool that is ideal for a 1:1 environment where educators can assess student''s learning/understanding in real-time.

Lesson Learned from My Attending the 2014 NCTIES Conference

The 21st Century Principal

The North Carolina Technology in Education Conference is one I look forward to attending every single year. There are tons of things to learn and a gaggle of educators to connect with. It is very difficult to leave each year without learning something you are dying to try out upon your return to your school. There are also always those unintended lessons you learn by attending and participating in the concurrent sessions too. In the classroom, we call that the "hidden curriculum."

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.

The Innovative Educator named top #Homeschool #EdTech blog

The Innovative Educator

When we think of innovative educators, we often think of classrooms and teachers, but we sometimes forget parents are employing innovative strategies to support learning outside of school.

Deep learning

Learning with 'e's

"If you can imagine it, you can invent it" - unknown I recall Nicky Hockley''s keynote for the Reform Symposium 2013. She argued that the future is found in the present, and that many of the top science fiction films feature technology that already is in existence.


Technology Tidbits

ThingLink is a wonderful site/app (iOS) for turning an ordinary image "interactive". The way this works is by adding/tagging a image, w/ audio, video, or links that get embedded into an image and then activated when the cursor moves over or clicks on it.

AR Flashcards Space


Last mARch I focused on applications of augmented reality (AR) in education. Augmented reality is the technological process of accessing digital information in our analog world.

EdTech at School

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

Google Education Groups (GEGs) are sprouting on Google+

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No, Google Education Groups are not the same thing as Google Groups. GEGs are Google+ Communities. And yes, they''re new. It''s GREAT to see that the Hawaii GEG has so many members, and lots of activity! Owner is +Brendan Brennan and moderators are: +Marybeth Baldwin , +Liz Castillo , +Michael Fricano II , +Kimble McCann , and +Chad Nacapuy. Check out these other GEGs on Google+.

Wikipedia: A Marxist perspective

Learning with 'e's

Most people by now know that Wikipedia is the world''s largest encyclopaedia. For those who don''t, it''s a free digital knowledge repository that holds over 30 million articles in more than 280 languages. With over 500 million unique views each month, it continues to grow.

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Super Teacher Worksheets

Technology Tidbits

Super Teacher Worksheets is a excellent resource for educators looking for printables or worksheets in a wide variety of areas (i.e. Math, Reading, Holidays, etc). Also, this is a great place to find generators to create your own worksheets, puzzles, or more.

The answer to helping teens find an internship or apprenticeship

The Innovative Educator

Innovative educators want students to be able to find a job after completing their education, but as reported by the Associated Press more than half of America's recent college graduates are either unemployed or working in a job that doesn't require a bachelor's degree. Anthony Cody explains that it is not that schools are failing to teach students to become skilled workers, but that schools are not providing them with enough experience doing things in the world.

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.

Learning Revolution - Education Films - Why Hitting 50K G+ Comunity Members Is Sad - New Public Calendars - Occupy Your Brain

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update March 4th Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. Abigail Adams Welcome to the Learning Revolution. The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn. The Learning Revolution Project highlights virtual and physical events from Web 2.0 Labs and its partners.

Another Cause of Inequality: Slow Internet in Schools

Educator Innovator

By Heidi Moore. Using digital tools in the classroom isn’t the future of learning, it’s the present—except at the significant percentage of schools without reliable high-speed internet. A teacher at an elementary school in a Boston suburb leads students through a story creation session using Pixie.


Technology Tidbits

Prodigy is a wonderful MMO educational online game for helping students Grades 1st-6th learn Math. This epic game immerses students in a fantasy world where they solve Math problems (addition, subtraction, area, etc.).