Sat.Feb 08, 2014 - Fri.Feb 14, 2014

Digital Learners Need (and Deserve) Digital Leaders #DigiLead

A Principal's Reflections

I recently read this Education Week post by Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers titled We Have 21st Century Learners Who Need 21st Century Leaders. I couldn''t agree more.

Google Doodle contest for students - be creative, win a scholarship

Educational Technology Guy

Doodle 4 Google is a great project for students. They get to be creative and get a chance to win a scholarship. The theme this year, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…” is all about curiosity, possibility and imagination.

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Digital Learning Day Ignites the Blended Flame

Tom Murray

As part of the 3rd annual Digital Learning Day, educational leaders from all over country descended upon the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. on February 5th.

Edmodo Quizzes: Tips & Tricks

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Edmodo''s quiz feature is a versatile tool that saves teachers time. Whether used for quick informational checks or unit tests, the quiz feature enables teachers to assign formative and summative assessments with ease.

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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.

Revolutionizing How Students Choose a Degree

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a sponsored post by What degree should I get? Do I follow my passion and become a fine art major at the risk of financial stability? Do I pursue software engineering to land that great job out of college? These are important questions. In recent years, these questions have become more complex. Should I get an online degree or should I attend a brick and mortar school? Is a bachelor’s degree even valuable anymore or should I pursue a master’s?

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Create Interactive Albums with ThingLink Channels

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Now teachers and students can create collections of work within the safety of their own T hingLink EDU classroom with an exciting new feature known as Channels. ThingLink Channels provide users with the ability to organize images into embeddable interactive albums with the click of a button.

Got Twitter? Make it Better! #TCEA14


At the 2014 TCEA Convention and Exposition , I presented a concurrent session called Got Twitter? Make it Better!

Tag and Chat

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Confused colleagues will ask me about Twitter: What are those number sign thingies? How do you chat? Do I friend or follow someone? Where do I find people to follow? Hashtags (those number sign # thingies) are used to tag posts and help organize people in a chat.

Using Google to Enhance Teams

The Playground Advocate

My school district embraced Google Apps for Education a few years ago, and since then we have been working to help our administrators, teachers, and students move to these tools to enhance teaching and learning.

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.

Build Your ThingLink Classroom

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

ThingLink is working hard to pack teacher accounts full of useful features for building and managing the ThingLink Classroom. I am excited to be guest blogging here in February and March to demonstrate great ways to use the new features.

#TCEA14 Legislative Panel 2/4/2014


Notes from TCEA 2014 Legislative Panel 2/4/2014 Notes are summaries of what I understood the panel members and questioners to be saying, and as such should not be taken as direct quotes.

Top 20 Sites-Apps for Creating Timelines

Technology Tidbits

A while back I created a list of top 10 sites for creating timelines. Well, since that time mobile learning has really integrated into education and apps have been developed to accomplish this task. I''ve created a new list combined w/ apps & sites that are ideal for creating timelines.

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Digital Storytelling and Stories with the iPad


Digital storytelling is an art form conveying a message. It uses images and voice narration to convey emotion with the message, and to ignite empathy from the audience. It incorporates storyboarding and writing a script. It is created with digital tools and published on the Internet.

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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.

Google Glass in Class

Kathy Schrock

I was contacted to have an interview with a CNN reporter about Glass use in the classroom. I knew I could not participate in the interview because of some family events, so I just wrote a lengthy email with my thoughts.

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A safer Internet?

Learning with 'e's

Hardly a day goes by without some tragic story about sexting , cyber-stalking, paedophile grooming or cyber-bullying hitting the news. As more and more children use mobile phones and access the Web, so the incidents rise proportionately. We wish it were not so.

How to showcase #TeacherEffectiveness using digital portfolios

The Innovative Educator

Districts across the nation are asking teachers to provide artifacts and evidence of effectiveness aligned to the four domains of the Charlotte Danielson framework. ( You can download the full evaluation instrument here.)

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Going beyond the classroom walls

Kairos EdTech

I’ll never forget an axiom that Dr. Thomas Lickona mentioned during one of his trainings: The larger the audience, the more motivation kids will have to share their work. I agree with that statement.

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.

3 Tools for Speaking & Listening

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Working in a large school district and being the mom of two girls in elementary school, I''m exposed to numerous germs everyday, and while I know I''ve built up a strong immunity over the years, sometimes I get sidelined with an ailment.

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The survival of higher education (2): Changing times

Learning with 'e's

This is a continuation from yesterday''s post on changing roles , disruptive innovation and the survival of higher education. Changing Times It is now time to take stock. My two keynotes were conceived, written and presented over a decade ago in 2000, at a time when the Web was still in its infancy.

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MOOCs – Magnificent, Monsters or Malediction

Mark Smithers

Random thoughts by Thanks to Kate Bowles ( @KateMfD ) for sending me a link to an open Coursesites web site (free registration) that has been created for the MOOC discussion at the forthcoming Universities Australia 2014 conference.


30hands Learning

Technology Tidbits

30hands Learning is a company I''ve blogged about many times for their spectacular free mobile iOS app for digital storytelling/presentations. However, they also have a fantastic LMS (Learning Management System) that is an online community for educators and students.

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EdTech at School

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

Using Venn Diagram App in First Grade to Sort Frogs from Toads

My Paperless Classroom

CLASS NOTES [Here is a lesson using the great Venn Diagram app by the international reading association from

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The survival of Higher Education (4): 5 key objectives

Learning with 'e's

This is a continuation of my short series on the future of higher education, and builds on yesterday''s blog post on why Social Web tools are useful to support student learning. We start with the will technology help to shape the future of Higher Education?

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Learning Revolution Newsletter - Week's Events - Thursday ISTE Virtual - Film Festival - Our Personal Legacy

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update February 4th The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. King Welcome to the Learning Revolution. The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn.


Technology Tidbits

OpenEd is a fantastic site for educators to create an online course and assign a wide variety of educational resources for students to view. These resources can include: videos, links, sites, and more from such resources as PBS, EdCite, BrainGenie, etc.

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.

New York's Revisions to the Common Core

Saving Socrates

The latest out of NY State is that they are easing the requirements for passing the new common core exams for high school students until 2022. They are also pouring tons more money intro curriculum and professional development for public school teachers. FINALLY) Realistically, this does nothing to help the thousands of yeshiva and private school students that will take the common core Algebra exam next year and possibly the English exam.

The survival of Higher Education (5): Recommendations

Learning with 'e's

This is the fifth and final part of my short series of posts on the future of higher education. In my previous post I discussed the ways technology might help to promote the survival of universities in a time of financial upheaval and disruptive culture.

Minimal Apps, Tons Of Learning

Leading with Technology

Do you really need 50 plus apps on a student device? I have made it a point to keep apps to a minimum this year. As second graders, my students have had the iPad device for two years before they entered my room.