Sat.May 25, 2013 - Fri.May 31, 2013

Going Global-Tips And Resources For Global Collaborations

The Web20Classroom

I had a wonderful conversation this morning on Twitter with a teacher from New Zealand that commented on a tweet about using Skype Classroom to go global. She mentioned how her students were going to Skype and talk to kids in Iowa. How awesome is that!

Tons of Classroom Examples Using Augmented Reality with @Aurasma - A Complete How-To Guide!


How to Use Augmented Reality in Your Classroom this post is read best via a desktop due to the embedded video content Augmented reality allows someone to add another layer to an existing image.

The Capstone Experience

A Principal's Reflections

One of our guiding beliefs here at New Milford High School is that our students will find purpose and meaning in their respective learning experiences.

May this Gobstopper (Now Called Curriculet) be Ever Lasting!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

UPDATE AS OF 1/15/14: The company Gobstopper has changed its name to Curriculet, but this update hasn''t changed how I use Curriculet with my students. The stories and information in the below post still hold true despite the change in company name.

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.

LearnZillion - Help Students Avoid the Summer Slide

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

As another school year comes to a close we will soon be sending our students home for a much needed respite. It''s time for them to play, focus on developing their nonacademic talents, and enjoy a break from the everyday routine of school.

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Five questions about content curation

Kairos EdTech

Image taken from Flickr from Gwyneth Bronwynne. Graphic by Dr. Joyce Valenza I recently participated in a Twitter chat with my friends at #edtechchat and we discussed a great deal different aspects of content curation.

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Close Read Complex Text, and Annotate with Diigo--Part 3


Close reading is a strategy for reading complex text. In Part 1 , the focus is how to do a close reading. The focus in Part 2 is how to annotate with iPads.

"We Do Listen"-Animated Books about Social Cognition and Skills


The We Do Listen Foundation has produced some great books that are available both as hardcovers and free animated versions on their website. The stories feature Harold B.

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The 21st Century Principal’s 20 Applications for Everyday Use

The 21st Century Principal

For those of you who have a bit of time on your hands this summer, and want to explore some applications, here’s my “Apps-I-Use-Everyday List.” Let me know what you think, or if you have an alternative app that you think is better.

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.

How well does your school meet student expectations? Take this quiz to find out.

The Innovative Educator

The Leaving to Learn movement, started by Elliot Washor and Charles Mojkowski is built on the idea that a great way to learn to find success in the world is to be in the world. The first step is taking down the barriers between school and the outside world and letting students leave, to learn. Washor and Mojokowski recently published a book on the topic. In it they bring the philosophy to life via real examples from schools following the Big Picture Learning model.

Beneath the facade.

Learning with 'e's

If we scratch just below the surface of education, and we examine the nature of knowledge, we see an interesting challenge. It is increasingly apparent that knowledge as we ''know it'' is inextricably linked to those who are in control of it.

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Announcing the 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference & Call for Proposals

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We are pleased to announce the Global 2013 STEMx Education Conference , the world’s first massively open online conference for educators which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and more.

3 Ways to Create a Climate of Possibility and Creativity in Our Schools

The 21st Century Principal

“The real role of leadership in education is not and should not be command and control. The real role of leadership is climate control; creating a climate of possibility, and if you do that, people will rise to it and achieve things you did not anticipate and couldn''t have expected.” Sir Ken Robinson, TED Talk "How to Escape Education''s Death Valley" What is ultimately wrong with No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and the Common Core State Standards?

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.

Grant Writing & Fundraising in Education

Saving Socrates

I do not consider myself a fundraiser. I actually hate fundraising. I hate asking people to part with their hard earned money for a cause I believe in and they might not. Charity is personal, and I always felt like a beggar asking people for anything without giving them something directly, and tangible in return. Hence, I have and continue to always shy away from outright fundraising projects or jobs. (I I do donate.)

Global digital tribe

Learning with 'e's

If you are immersed in technology mediated communication, there are no apparent barriers to membership of your community of practice. It is your personal network. It is your virtual community. Call it what you wish. To me it resembles a global digital tribe.

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Do You Have to Be an Entertainer to Engage Your Students?

The Innovative Educator

A contributing factor to the high school dropout rate and one of the biggest complaints of students is simply that “I’m bored.” And.many teachers know that their students consider them boring. So, what’s the answer? Some would say that y ou need to be an entertainer. I was recently interviewed on BAM radio by Rae Pica along with Mike Muir, Lee Kolbert, and Pat Hensley who wrote, “ Should Teachers Be Entertainers? While many feel forced to entertain, is this the best approach?

Becoming a Competent 21st Century Leader of Innovation in Your School or District

The 21st Century Principal

“If a company is not nimble enough to rethink its strategy while it still has the assets and strength to change and adapt, it is doomed to wither or die.” Working with Emotional Intelligence , Daniel Goleman Blockbuster, Borders, and Circuit City are examples of companies that failed to be “nimble enough” to rethink how they do business in the face of change around them.

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.

Great App from Disney

The Playground Advocate

I recently downloaded the Story app from Disney, and I have to say that I really like it. Basically, the app takes the photos and videos from your iPhone camera roll and turns them into mini virtual scrapbooks based on your events.

Buying steam?

Learning with 'e's

In the July 2013 edition of Wired magazine, Jonathan Zittrain (Harvard Law Professor and author of The Future of the Internet) warns of the danger of censorship now we are moving to the cloud.

Use social media to shine on school quality reviews

The Innovative Educator

Not only is use of social media good classroom practice, but in places that have quality reviews (an assessment and evaluation system for schools), engaging parents with social media will help schools shine. School quality reviews are used as evaluation tools in places such as England, Wales, and New Zealand and have recently made their way to the United States in places like New York City.

3 Principles for Operating Schools with a Responsive Mindset: Steps Toward Personalizing Education

The 21st Century Principal

After being an administrator at a “public school of choice” I can’t help but wonder: “What if we ran our schools as if our parents could choose to remove their children tomorrow if they felt we were delivering the education they wanted for their children? How would we choose to operate? How would this affect policy implementation? How would we change our decisions and decision-making processes?

EdTech at School

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

PowerPoint Tips and Tricks Videos

Hansen's Link to Tech

#powerpoint Microsoft Office support has a great section on their website full of short training videos. Here is a great one I found for PowerPoint 2010 tips and tricks such as: using Microsoft templates, cropping images into shapes, screen clipping, and more. Click Here to view the webpage.

What can we do over the summer?


As the school year winds down, activities for carryover and maintenance are a frequent request of parents to their child''s SLPs and special educators.

EDEN in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Learning with 'e's

I''m very much looking forward to taking part in the EDEN Conference in Oslo between June 12-15 this year. Last year I was unable to attend EDEN, due to pressure of work. This time I made sure I would have the time, by blocking out my diary for the conference week. I''m glad I did.

Top Five 21st Century Principal Blog Posts for Week of May 25, 2013

The 21st Century Principal

Graduation and end of the year festivities have prevented my from posting as much as I would like this week, but here’s what most everyone has been reading on my blog. Which Model of Project-Based Learning Is Needed for 21st Century Schools?

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.