Sat.Dec 08, 2012 - Fri.Dec 14, 2012

Flipping For Your Faculty.It's Easier Than Videos

The Web20Classroom

Lots has been made about flipping over the past year or so. Unfamiliar with the term? No problem. Here is an explanation.

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K-6 Reading Lessons: Common Core Aligned


Reading Works is a Gem for Standards Aligned K-6 Reading Lessons click on any image to access the specific part of the site What is Reading Works ? per their site : ReadWorks is presented by educators and the not-for-profit organization Urban Education Exchange (a 501c3).

Mimio Teach Interactive System - great IWB system with great features

Educational Technology Guy

Many teachers use interactive white boards in their classrooms. They can be used for interesting lessons, engaging students at the board, recording what is done on the board, and controlling the computer from the board.

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Visual learning made easy with Lucidchart

A Principal's Reflections

A good graphic organizer reinforces key concepts in a fun, engaging way. Unfortunately, graphic organizers have traditionally been hosted on outdated websites with a poor user experience and no organization to speak of.

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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.

An Updated Digital Differentiation Model

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.

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11 Things I Think I know About Digital Citizenship

The Playground Advocate

As far as I can tell, one of the big missing pieces in technology integration in the classroom is related to teaching digital citizenship.

Making the Most of Your Online Professional Learning in the Digital Age

The 21st Century Principal

“Most successful teachers learn from a combination of resources, including local communities, virtual communities, and research,” writes Kristen Swanson in her new book Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator’s Guide to User-Generated Learning.

A Guide to Facilitating an Interactive Learning Project

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I have been creating a lot of student projects that use ThingLink as a tool for learning. I have also received a handful of questions from teachers who are highly interested in facilitating a similiar project of their own, but need help with the management involved.

Why the flip’s a flop

The Innovative Educator

I don’t like the Flipped Classroom approach because its foundation is in flipping lectures from classwork to homework. There are two problems with that.

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.

Lessons from WDW #6: Storytelling

The Playground Advocate

I''m really interested in the notion that good leaders are good storytellers. I first came across this idea in a #DThink chat that I participated in. Later, this post on the Disney Institute Blog fleshed out this idea further for me.

Integrating Technology in the Classroom

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Using Screencast-O-Matic and Windows Live Movie Maker, here is a "quick" tour of how I integrate technology in my classroom. Be sure to check out the complete list of projects and resources by clicking on the Integrating Technology tab.

6 Strategies to Make Your School of District’s Office Paperless

The 21st Century Principal

This morning’s #satchat turned to a discussion about using technology to make the school administrator’s office paperless. I have actually always been “less paperful,” if I may coin a term, than other administrators because it is a by-product of relying heavily on technology, which I always have. I won’t go into the rationale for why one would want to have a paperless office because I think the reasons for doing so are rather obvious.

Classes a la carte - I like this!

The Innovative Educator

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.

Seriously Amazing- Another Cool Place to Play

The Playground Advocate

I love it when I run across websites that are self-directed and full of engaging content. To me these digital playgrounds are a much better way to learn content than through a standardized curriculum. Thanks to @kylepace , I came across Seriously Amazing from the Smithsonian.

Things ain't what they used to be

Learning with 'e's

Not so long ago, objects were simply objects. They only came alive in Disney cartoons, or after a heavy drinking session. Most of the time, objects were simply there to be used to perform a task the user required. Now that is all about to change, as we advance into the next phase of Web evolution.

Crawling Out-of-the-Box: 5 New Skills for 21st Century School Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

I received an email from Best Buy today that is indicative of what happens when businesses and organizations are stuck with "inside-the-box thinking" instead of “out-of-the-Box Thinking.” The email from Best Buy offered me $25 if I would spend $500. My immediate reaction was, “That’s not a deal; that’s an insult.” You would think a company that is in Best Buy’s predicament could come up something better than that.

What's a teacher to do?

The Innovative Educator

I play volleyball with a public school teacher who is the kind of teacher any parent would want for their children. She is a wonderful role model. She is passionate, dedicated, devoted, and always trying to come up with creative ways for her students to learn.

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.

Print to Digital Resources for US History Teachers

The Playground Advocate

I''m starting a new project in which I am trying to identify the online resources that can take the place of a traditional textbook.

Vivid Vocabulary, Common Core, & Tech Integration Tools


Research shows that vocabulary acquisition plays a huge role in student learning, therefore requires attention in the classroom. With the shifts of the Common Core , students need to spend time learning both Tier 2 and Tier 3 words in a variety of ways.

Thursday Interview - Cal Newport on Why Skills Trump Passion

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, December 13th, for a live conversation with returning guest Cal Newport, to talk about his new book, So Good They Can''t Ignore You : Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for the Work Your Love.

When do you need consent to share student info? - You may be surprised

The Innovative Educator

Do you think you need consent to use a student's photo?

EdTech at School

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

Print to Digital Resources for Chemistry Teachers

The Playground Advocate

This post is the third part of my new project in which I am trying to identify the online resources that can take the place of a traditional textbook.

Online Book Discussion: Rewired

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

My group and I read Rewired by Larry Rosen and discussed it via a group on Edmodo. Rosen provides definitions and distinctions of people in terms of their generation and technological knowledge and use: Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers, Net-Geners, and iGeners all use technology in different ways.

Commitment to Integration

Comfortably 2.0

"If you had started doing anything two weeks ago, by today you would have been two weeks better at it." ~John Mayer Making the commitment. That is the hardest part. Mrs. Arndt, one of our awesome teachers for the #aurorahuskies has made the commitment.

An innovative solution to America’s failure to develop bilingual students

The Innovative Educator

My recent attendance at the Global Forum in Prague, made it abundantly clear that technological development, ease of transportation and communication, and more have all led to the creation of today’s interdependent global community.

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.

Print to Digital Resources for World History Teachers

The Playground Advocate

This post is part of my new project in which I am trying to identify the online resources that can take the place of a traditional textbook.



People may mistake my enthusiasm for the potential of technology with a desire to spread the message that our lives, both work and personal, should be tech-infused all the time. Though I struggle myself with balancing high- and no-tech, and there''s the whole "those who can''t do." thing at work here, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge how important it is that we regularly Notice our analog friends, family, neighbors, and, of course, students.

Using iPads Beyond Apps!


I recently learned of a young man who works for a professional basketball team. I was totally shocked to learn that his job title is a Social Media Coordinator. In his position he is responsible for updating and maintaining the twitter, facebook, youtube, and instagram accounts for the organization. Five years ago this job did not exist. This is a prime example of how we need to prepare students for positions in the world by enhancing their use of technology.

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