Sat.Dec 27, 2014 - Fri.Jan 02, 2015

Give Entrepreneurs (and Teachers) a Break!

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

You can''t work all the time. Unless, you''re an entrepreneur (or a teacher), of course, in which case, you are expected to work all the time. But is that sustainable? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

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Looking Back at 2014 and Forward to 2015

The Web20Classroom

What a year it has been. And now that it''s coming to a close I like to take a look at the most popular posts here and do a bit of looking into the crystal ball to see what conversations might be on the horizon for next year. First, the most popular posts!

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2014 Was One Wild Ride

A Principal's Reflections

The holidays present a wonderful opportunity for many of us, including me for once, to relax from the rigors of work while spending time with family and friends. However, there is always some quiet time to write so I am seizing that golden opportunity this morning.

Ditch the Resolutions and Do the Word! #onelittleword

Teaching With Soul

When I was a classroom teacher I was easily pulled in many directions and got caught up in way too many projects. In my eagerness to serve, I frequently volunteered to be on this committee and to chair that important group. It was easy to get lost to what really mattered: teaching my students.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Three Reasons the Flipped Classroom is Here to Stay

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

According to new research, the number of teachers flipping lessons is growing significantly. It''s not just for the most adventurous educators anymore. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Research & Insights eduCanon blendedclassroom differentiationtools edtech flippedclassroom formativeassessments interactivelearning realtimemonitoring screencasting teacherpreneur video videoscreencasting

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12 Terrific ThingLink EDU Features in 2014

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

ThingLink offers the education community tagging tools to bring images and video to life. It works across platforms and provides teachers and students with the ability to add rich media contents to any video or image.

Ten Possible Education Headlines For 2015 : Happy New Year!

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Happy New Year! I would like to thank all of you for your kind words and support as I write my sixth annual New Years Post. Please continue to write and comment!

5 Lessons from 2014, A Year in Learning

My Paperless Classroom

I thought I was done blogging for the year. I am working on a couple of posts, but I wasn''t going to post anything else. I was going to take the time off. The thing about blogging is that it helps me make sense of the work that I do.

Stop Calling a Site-Survey a Wireless Network Design


One of the most frustrating terms in the wireless industry is the term “site-survey”; it means one thing to some and a completely different thing to others.

Need Remote Learning ASAP? Don’t Pick Your Next LMS Before Reading This!

Need to go remote or move your training programs online? Download this guide to identify and overcome the biggest eLearning challenges so you can pick the perfect LMS without wasting time, money, and effort, even if you are just starting your eLearning journey.

Join the H&R Block Budget Challenge–It’s Back for 2015!

Teaching With Soul

In September, H&R Block approached me with this great opportunity to share their budget challenge , I jumped at the chance to participate! Now as we enter 2015, it’s exciting to see that they are once again offering the chance for more students and teachers to take part.

A Few of My Fav #EdTech Things in 2014

The Innovative Educator

Looking back at 2014 I've come up with a few edtech resources I have relied on most for teaching and learning. Check em out and share yours.

Embracing Your Possibilities, Dare to Dream

Years ago, one of my students asked me a question that sent me on the weekend reflection that would forever change my life. He asked, “Hey Miss, other than teaching, what were your dreams? What is the one thing that you always wanted to do but didn’t?”

Happy New Year!

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I''ve put together 12 examples of ways to embrace ThingLink for teaching and learning in the New Year. The ideas are for those who are just starting out, or for those who already love ThingLink! We hope you will get inspired by the interactive images created by our talented community members over the course of the last 12 months. To learn how to use any of these ideas in your classroom, click the information link below each example. Happy New Year! -> > Read more on the ThingLink Blog

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 Educator Turn-off

My Island View

Anyone who is familiar with what I write about should recognize that I stress the importance of relevance as educators in order to teach in an ever-changing, rapidly paced, computer-driven society. That message goes across well with most connected educators for they seem to be the educators who are more comfortable with the tools to make all that happen.

Language Matters. Stop "Forcing." Start "Inspiring."

The Innovative Educator

Language matters. If we want to do what is best for young people and teachers we need to consider language. Consider these questions: My daughter is falling behind in reading. How do I "force" her to read more? How do I "make" my students understand that it''s okay to not know something?

Stop Motion Animation in the Classroom from a Student Perspective

Comfortably 2.0

I received an email from Mr. Dubas informing me that I needed to see what a student had created for a project in his seventh grade social studies class. Being a former social studies teacher, I was immediately interested. I headed over to our middle school wondering what this could be all about.

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EdTech Quick Take: Evernote Vs. Notability

Graphite Blog

Both Evernote and Notability are great digital note-taking tools for teachers and students. But which is best for classroom use? Both tools offer a host of similar functions, but some key differences might make one a better choice than the other, depending on your needs.

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Need Remote Learning NOW? Get Online Quickly & Easily With This Can’t-Miss Guide

Remote learning is becoming more important than ever. Whether you’re scrambling to get your eLearning launched, or need to upgrade to meet increased demand, this guide will eliminate the guesswork so you can find your perfect LMS!

From Midway Negativity to a Positive Ending

Back in October, Pernille Ripp wrote an article about the Downside to being a connected educator. I actually have that article bookmarked because I connected to so much of it.

#ThrowbackThursday - One Laptop Per Child

The Innovative Educator

Happy New Year and welcome to #ThrowbackThursday. Today we''ll look at The Innovative Educator''s early coverage of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC).

Top Web Links from 2014

Learning in Hand

If you follow me on Twitter , Facebook , or Google Plus , you might have noticed that I share links using my very own URL shortener called This not only makes a short and cute web address, it also tracks the number of clicks each link receives.

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10 Super Geeky Tips for the New Year

The Daring Librarian

Happy New Year! It''s that time of year that I do my Geeky house cleaning, so it''s another year going over my past posts about this topic and thinking how to improve them! At first I thought I could leave out the password comic & tip and then the Sony thing happened. WTHeck!?

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EdTech at School

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

Five Apps That Enchanted Me in 2014 and I'm Taking with Me into 2015

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I''m a Google Apps Gal through and through, from way back. So even though I explore a lot of non-Google apps for people, only a few actually make it into my personal toolkit. These are the five apps that grabbed my attention this year, stuck, and enchanted me. I''m taking them with me into 2015!

Preparing our children for the future

Learning with 'e's

In my last post I asked if there were any unGoogleable questions. This was not actually a question about search engines or the power of the Internet. It was a question about the fundamental nature of knowledge.

5 Classroom Strategies That Help Introverts and Extroverts Do Their Best Work

Graphite Blog

Thanks in no small part to Susan Cain''s bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can''t Stop Talking , people have never been more aware of extroverted and introverted personality types -- that is, people who gain energy from social interaction and people who gain energy from alone time.

Tabs Galore!

Hansen's Link to Tech

As we educate our students, friends, and colleagues in Chrome usage and productivity. tab extensions are essential. I encourage so many people to think smarter not harder with utilizing multi-tab browsing with everyday or researching tasks.

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.