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.

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.

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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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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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Got Twitter? Make it Better! #TCEA14


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

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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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.

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.

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.

#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.

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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The Common Core of Movie Making: Student Film as a Performance Task


By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Jessica Pack, @Packwoman208 The library is eerily quiet when we enter, and the students are all business, their voices hushed, as they quickly set about rearranging furniture.

Why not us?

The Playground Advocate

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Harriet Tubman I worry sometimes that we''re too focused on what is achievable.

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.

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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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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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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Where I Am From poetry movie, format model

My Paperless Classroom

Where I Am From poetry movie, format model This is an example imovie for the fifth grade where I am poem project. Digital media creation

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 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.

Another reason responsible social media use must be taught to students AND adults

The Innovative Educator

In case you missed it, a 15-year-old student from Staten Island created a Facebook page called Close NYC Schools During Snow Emergencies expressing discontent over the DOE's decision to keep schools open Thursday. The high school student employed some smart strategies to help his page gain popularity. Namely sharing his page on the walls of elected officials. From there the likes started pouring in. The page went viral attracting nearly 30,000 "Likes" in about a day.

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.

Wokka Explains Venn Diagrams

My Paperless Classroom

Wokka Explains Venn Diagrams Wokka is ready to talk about Venn diagrams with first grade tomorrow. Digital media creation


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.

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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A view of #TeacherEffectiveness in the literacy classroom

The Innovative Educator

Across the nation teacher effectiveness is being evaluated according to the four domains of the Charlotte Danielson framework. ( You can download the full evaluation instrument here.) T his model is valuable because it provides a shared language for effective teaching, however, while many teachers being evaluated are familiar with the evaluation rubric, they may not have seen what this looks like in practice. If you are one of those teachers, that's about to change. I want more ».

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.

Dear Tech Committee, Green Screen Please

My Paperless Classroom

This post is a sales pitch directly to the tech committee. I try to limit how much I ask for in regard to paid apps for the elementary iPad program. The last one was the Puppet Pals director''s cut app which has now been used by grades K,1 and 3. This time I am asking for an app primarily for grades 5-8, but I know we will use it in K for a PSA project.

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EdTech at School

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