Sat.Apr 27, 2013 - Fri.May 03, 2013

Apps and Social Media in the Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

It is springtime at New Milford High School and new ideas are flourishing. Teachers are consistently empowered and given the autonomy to take calculated risks without the fear of failure to enhance the teaching and learning process.

Twitter Tips & Resources for Teachers


My Thoughts on Social Media - How I stay ''in the know'' - I was excited to wake up the other day and see that my Twitter video had been posted by my buddy, Jeff, on Edudemic. This made my day!

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Common Core Academy Learning Opportunities From Discovery Education

The Web20Classroom

A long time ago, Francis Bacon said that knowledge is power … This summer, teachers can empower their teaching with meaningful and actionable knowledge about the Common Core Standards at Discovery Education''s Academies! As a trusted educational partner, Discovery Education has worked with thousands of educational leaders to transform teaching and learning.

Talking Squirrels & Ninjas: Silly Technology Use

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

While browsing through the Language Arts community on Edmodo, I came across a post by Kalina Noelle, who shared a simple and easy n ewspaper clipping generator , and Mrs. Osborne who replied with another site with even more newspaper templates.

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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.

Personalizing Learning for All Students With OpenCourseWare

A Principal's Reflections

Cross-posted at SmartBlog on Education. Around this time last year I received what I thought was an odd request.

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StudyBlue announces annual teacher appreciation program “Thank a Teacher a Latte.”

Educational Technology Guy

Mobile and social study platform, StudyBlue today announced the launch of its annual teacher appreciation program “Thank a Teacher a Latte.” As the largest digital library of peer-sourced study materials, StudyBlue is inviting students, parents and industry leaders nationwide to join in building a virtual Wall of Thanks to give back to the educators who have made a difference in their lives. Supports Schools: Group texting for education

The Innovative Educator is primarily a free group texting service. Group texting saves time, improves communication, provides documentation of texts, and sets the stage for easily using many other cell phone tools. The Cells referred to in are instant mobile networks.

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Discovery Education's Common Core Academies

A Principal's Reflections

Educators across America are grappling with what the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) mean for their instruction and have key questions around successful implementation: What are the core components of the CCSS and how do they impact me?

My favorite iPad case for kids!


Durable. Portable. Colorful. Gripcase I recently had the pleasure of being a featured presenter at our state technology conference, MACUL. With over four thousand in attendance, you could image the cool gadgets, wonderful ideas, and inspiration being shared throughout the week. One item I kept seeing everyone walk around with were these really cool iPad cases. Sadly, I only made it to the exhibit hall once during the conference.

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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.

Empowering the Learning Cycle Through Educational Technology


Captured on March 15, 2013, in Palm Springs, California, Ramsey Musallam, a California-based high school chemistry teacher, shares tools and discusses the principles and practices of teaching utilizing the technology of videos in creating blended classrooms using the flipped learning model.

Back to Mac

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

It’s been 3 years since the school district that employees me switched from Mac to PC. After the initial shock of the sudden change subsided, I had no choice but to embrace Windows 7.

Teaching Active Reputation Management: 5 Steps for Sanitizing Facebook Accounts

The 21st Century Principal

“Collectively, all of the digital content you create, and that others create about you, becomes your online reputation. And today, that’s the reputation that matters the most.” Matt Ivester, lol…OMG! What Every Student Needs to Know about Online Reputation Management, Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying In his book, lol.OMG!

Stories Displayed on Maps by @MyHistro !


Create a Dynamic Map Mash-up with MyHistro or Just View Free, Interactive Timelines! MyHistro has been used on the web by many. Now, they have an Extended version. I recently chatted with their team, and they answered some popular questions from their users. -

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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.

Skitch it up!


Skitch has long been a favorite of mine from the Evernote suite of tools. A super-easy, cross-platform, free and powerful photo annotation tool, it was originally developed by the makers of Comic Life, and you''ll see why this makes sense.

Who Needs a Librarian When You Have Google?

The Daring Librarian

This just popped out of my mouth when I was doing the question & answer portion of my keynote last week at the AISL Baltimore conference. And I like it! What do you think? Librarians are the Key to Information Mastery!

Could hanging in the halls be a path to career readiness?

The Innovative Educator

Melanie McEvoy & Lisa Nielsen Teenage years Editor’s note: This is a guest post from my best friend who I've known since before we attended high school together. Even though she didn't like class, she liked school and thought it helped her achieve future success. Here's how.

Digital me, digital you

Learning with 'e's

Increasingly many of us are spending more of our time online, creating, repurposing and sharing content, searching and consuming content and communicating with others. All of these activities leave behind a trail, a digital footprint, a record of where we have been and what we have done.

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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.

Open Better Speech and Hearing Month with Sound Uncovered


Sound Uncovered is a gorgeous free app for iPad that you can use as a context to introduce Better Speech and Hearing Month to your students. The app explores the science of sound through a variety of interactives that you can use to bridge discussions about hearing conservation.

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Strategies for Teaching Students to Critically Validate Online Information

The 21st Century Principal

“With all these online searching aids at our disposal, we should be committing to teaching our children accurate and creative searching techniques that are applicable across every discipline.”

May Day! Passion-Based Teaching and the End of the Year

My Paperless Classroom

Suddenly the end of the year seems upon me, the kids are almost gone and there is so much left to do. I have progress reports tomorrow (honestly they already feel like post-mortems on the year).

How I use Voki to enrich teaching and learning

The Innovative Educator

Below is my interview from the Voki blog explaining how I use this tool. Goal My goal with using Voki is to give every student a voice and a face in a fun and engaging way even if they only have access to a phone. How I use Voki Voki is a great tool that allows the 21st century student to capture, publish, celebrate and converse about any topic or subject. I love helping innovative educators use Voki. Here are some of the things they are doing.

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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.

Are you a meerkat and an ostrich?

Learning with 'e's

Are you a meerkat or an ostrich? Why am I asking you this strange question? Read on. Etienne Wenger recently declared: ''If any institutions are going to help learners with the real challenges they face.(they)

MindMapper for iOS: (Currently) Free and Easy to Use Mindmapping App

The 21st Century Principal

If you are looking for a mindmapping app for your iPad or iPhone, currently SimTech Systems has their MindMapper app for iOS available for free in the Appstore.

Grading, Authentic Assessment, and Badges

Saving Socrates

This week on #jedchat there was much discussion about badges. Many proponents of them suggest replacing grades altogether with a system of badges that give students credit for successfully accomplishing a given task and acquiring a skill. The traditional system of grading resulting mostly from performance on tests or quizes is faulty on several levels. It discourages students from learning the material long term.

Acer C7 Chromebook: Quick Impressions

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EdTech at School

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