Sat.Jan 19, 2013 - Fri.Jan 25, 2013

Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think!

The Web20Classroom

When I was teaching science one of the best lessons I learned was about formative assessment. In my first year of teaching I taught the way I was told to teach. Deliver content to my students, assess at the end, remediate if necessary.

Common Core Elementary Apps Created by Teachers for the @iTooch App by EduPad!


There is an app for that. iTooch Elementary is an app covering the official Maths, Science and Language Arts curriculum for grades 3-5. Each title contains 40-50 chapters and includes 1000-2000 activities.

Boundless - free, open source, digital textbooks

Educational Technology Guy

Boundless is a service that provides free, open source, digital textbooks. There are 18 open textbooks with Creative Commons licensed content, for college subjects including accounting, biology, economics and more.

Altering the Path to BYOD

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Sherry Spier, a K-12 Media Specialist Coordinator in the Cinnaminson School District (NJ). In this post Sherry reflects on here recent visit to New Milford High School, which took place on January 11, 2013.

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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.

High school dropout pursues passions and becomes a multimillionaire

The Innovative Educator

David Karp began learning HTML at 11 and soon after was designing websites for local businesses. Unlike Nick Perez who spent years being drugged and tortured in a school that didn’t understand his particular passion, Karp attended high school for one year before dropping out.

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Google Slides now available offline!

Educational Technology Guy

Google Docs/Drive is a great, free resource that allows you to create, edit, share, collaborate on, and comment on Documents (Docs), Spreadsheets (Sheets), and Presentations (Slides), all online. Think Microsoft Office in the cloud with some other great features. I use Google Slides (Presentations), the equivalent of PowerPoint, for all of my presentations. I like the features it has and like that I can easily share it online and people will always be able to see the newest version.

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On Edmodo Global Connections Just a Post Away

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

While I use Twitter consistently for informal professional development and connecting with other educators, the opportunities for making connections on Edmodo are greatly increased.

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Digital Literacy: How to Embed Almost Anything

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

One of the things I look for in a Web 2.0 tool is a built in embed feature that allows users to display live 3rd party content in a blog or website so visitors don''t have to leave the page. Fortunately many Web 2.0

Teaching Empathy to Elementary Students Through a Charming Read Aloud


The Potato Chip Champ : Discovering Why Kindness Counts - click here to see the book on Maria''s site - Our second graders were lucky enough to have the super cute and insanely talented Maria Dismondy come into our school and speak with us about becoming an author.

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.

Doodle 4 Google contest open - create a doodle, win a scholarship

Educational Technology Guy

Google is once again hosting a Doodle 4 Google contest for K-12 students in the US. Students create a doodle of the Google logo based on this years theme: "My Best Day Ever." would be what? Think outside the box and use some imagination. The winner will see their Doodle on the Google homepage for a day, get a $30,000 college scholarship and get a $50,000 technology grant for their school.

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Search for Mobile Apps Using Google


Yesterday I learned from a TCEA Tweet that Google has launched an app search feature. What a cool tool for those of us working in mobile learning environments - whether they be individual teacher devices, pods of classroom devices, 1:1, or BYOD - to use to explore app possibilities without having to log into an app store first! I played with app search a little and made a quick tutorial video to show you how to access it and an idea I had for combining it with Google''s advanced search feature.

3 lessons from Finland and a surprising warning

The Innovative Educator

Innovative educators know that looking to Finland as the golden standard for education because of their test scores makes little sense for a number of reasons. This includes the fact that if we adjust for poverty and speakers of other languages in our nation, their results are no more remarkable than ours. Internationally, these tests are no more than a measure of poverty and ability to speak the national language in any given country.

Web 2.0 e-Publishing Tools: A Quick Guide


Web 2.0 Tools in Education Series E-Publishing Tools: A Quick Guide Wouldn''t it be nice if there was a resource that explained, in detail, everything you needed to know about e-publishing: what tools were available, how to sign up, getting started, etc.?

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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.

Civil Rights HotSpots

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

A few years ago I used Dipity to create this multimedia timeline, Civil Rights Hotspots. I recently recycled the timeline for use with a Common Core aligned student driven learning activity I designed, Struggle for Justice. I n case you have never run across the timeline on this blog, I thought I would republish it as a stand alone. Click on any event in the timeline to view details and images, or choose to view as a flipbook, list, or map instead. Civil Rights Hot Spots on Dipity

American Education's War on Student Engagement: We're Losing Them!

The 21st Century Principal

A recent Gallup survey delivered what I would consider much worse news than that our students aren''t first place on the latest international assessments. That news simply stated was: "The longer our students stay in school, the less engaged they become." In a word, we are boring our students into oblivion. This issue is not something a new set of standards will fix, nor will a "new generation of assessments fix."

Mainstream television features kids growing up without school

The Innovative Educator

Dayna Martin is a mother of four who is raising her children without school, textbooks, standards, or a curriculum. Instead her children''s passions, talents, and interests drive their learning. Check out Dayna''s interview below on the Jeff Probst Show as she explains why she''s unschooling her kids, and what her role is in their development and education. For more information about Dayna, visit her website.

Win a New Year's iPad Mini from @ClassDojo


Tis the season for New Year''s Resolutions. While some of us are resolving to get back in shape or be better at something than we were before, Class Dojo wants to know what our resolutions are as a teacher.

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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.

We need a rethink

Learning with 'e's

There's a very useful and refreshing article by Tom Barrett in this week's TES Magazine entitled 'Education needs to plug into Web 2.0'. Never before have I read an article that I agree with so completely.

iPad Essentials: iOS Mail App


The iOS Mail app is one that some avoid- perhaps not knowing how to use it, having privacy concerns or not seeing the reason why it is useful.

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Embracing social media use in schools with a toolkit for administrators

The Innovative Educator

Looks like more and more cities are following the lead of NYC and embracing the use of social media in schools. Most recently the Chicago Public Schools has put together toolkit of resources —video, documents, and links to other sites—for principals and staff who want to use social media to connect with their school communities. The toolkit , has useful resources that will be helpful regardless of what city or town you work in.

Reframing the Education Revolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This is an informal, web-based version of the "Big Ideas" talk I gave at the 2013 New Media Consortium "Future of Education" conference. The idea of looking at schooling as an institution has been influenced by many, but most profoundly by Ivan Illich.

EdTech at School

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

You'll Never Print Again -- Love this infographic!

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Love this infographic, sent to me by Allison of Education News ! The data comes from an infographic in the Digital Reader, and that infographic''s data comes from Student Monitor. I recommend our students always check the sources of an infographic to determine its authority before they look at it.

Google on Apple (sort of): Calendar via Calendars by Readdle


Over the years, I don''t know how many years exactly, I have discovered that I have a bit of a temporal concept problem. When communicating with others about dates and times, I constantly make mistakes. Wrong date, wrong time, wrong amount of time.

The hottest posts that everyone's reading

The Innovative Educator

Here’s the roundup of what''s been popular on The Innovative Educator blog this week. Below you’ll see the top weekly posts along with the number of page views. I hope there''s something that looks of interest to you. If it does, check it out. If you’re inspired, share it with others and/or leave a comment. Articles Page views Are CCSS sending children over an education cliff. Jan 11, 2013, 12 comments 2518 Finally! Union supports standardized tests boycott.

Telling your story

Learning with 'e's

Blogs are not simply about text. They also encompass hyperlinks, sounds, videos, and images. Blogging is also about telling your story. Today I was involved in teaching a session for a BA group on the use of digital photography and communication.

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.