Sat.May 11, 2013 - Fri.May 17, 2013

The New @eduClipper

The Web20Classroom

I have been a big fan of eduClipper and an even bigger fan of the their founder, Adam Bellow. Adam is a great friend of mine and I have seen, first-hand, the dedication, countless hours, and sweat he has put into eduClipper. And it definitely shows in this latest round of updates. What is eduClipper?

Authentic Learning Can't Be Standardized

A Principal's Reflections

This year’s Holocaust Study Tour took place from April 1 through 14. I am proud to say that this unparalleled learning experience, under the direction of Colleen Tambuscio, has taken place for the last twelve years at NMHS.

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Why I Love @TenMarks Education | Reverse Summer Math Learning Loss Grades 1-10


Looking for Summer Math Support? - try TenMarks. with an early bird discount - Summer is right around the corner, and like many other parents, I''ve been spending a lot of time figuring out vacation schedules, camps, sports, and many other fun activities for the kiddies this summer.

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PBS KIDS' Design Squad Nation - great STEM resources and lessons

Educational Technology Guy

PBS KIDS'' Design Squad Nation is an Emmy Award winning program with STEM related videos, activities, games and an interactive community. There is also a Parents and Educators section with lesson plans, curriculum guides, and more.

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GameSalad Turns Game Players Into Game Makers!

GameSalad lets students build their own web & mobile video games! Students learn anywhere with our Chromebook friendly creation tools and step-by-step tutorials. Our PBL lessons teach the fundamentals of Computer Science & Game Design as students create.

Tech Connections: Teach Above the Line with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Shannon Sloger''s Slogan in reference to the SAMR Model For as long as I can remember I have been an advocate for helping teachers understand the stages of technology integration in order to effectively use tech as a tool for learning.

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5 Steps for Dealing with the Emotionally Charged Situation in Your Classrooms, Schools or Offices

The 21st Century Principal

Name one person who always “triggers” strong emotion and anger in your life. If you are a district level leader, that person might be a board member or local politician. Or if you are a principal, it might be a parent, student, or even a teacher.

Wonderopolis - free resource for find the answers to what students wonder

Educational Technology Guy

Wonderopolis is a great, free resource that has some great resources to help students learn and explore all kinds of topics. It has topics ranging from the science of why the sky is blue to how sound effects are made to pretty much any question, or "wonder" a child has. There are quizzes to help reinforce knowledge and connect to related ideas, mobile design and navigation, social networking features, ways for users to share ideas, and over 900 different topics of wonder.

Letter to My Representative Regarding Needed Changes to TRS SB 1458


Texas Senate Bill 1458 has passed the Senate in an unanimous vote and is making its way to the House as early as Tuesday, May 14th. The details on what the bill includes can be found here: [link].

Could PBL be the Solution to Education Reform?

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by Bradley Lands | Cross posted at The Landscape of Learning At the behest of politicians, educators nationwide have been told to view students as statistics, not as individuals, and to view the purpose of the educational enterprise as raising test scores rather than developing capable minds [1].

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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Transforming Our Schools by Changing Mindsets Not by Buying More Technology

The 21st Century Principal

“Teacher mind frames are the most important enhancer and barrier to students’ learning.” Alan Bain and Mark Weston, The Learning Edge: What Technology Can Do to Educate All Children Our relentless pursuit for some magical formula that will suddenly transform our schools is a fruitless quest.

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Lessons from WDW #8: Building

The Playground Advocate

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” - Walt Disney It''s well-established that I am a big Disney fan. Our family goes annually, and often we try to make the trip more than once in a year.

Are Twitter and educational standards divorced?

Kairos EdTech

Originally published on SmartBlog on Education: [link] A lot is being said about Twitter these days in the education arena, and it seems to be a growing trend.

Do we have to choose between student voice and teacher voice?

The Innovative Educator

It turns out my support of student activist Jeff Bliss caused at least one teacher to announce on his blog that he wants to quit Tweeting and blogging. Friends bombarded me with the post, accompanied by comments like, “This is great. We don’t need someone like that representing our profession.”


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.

School Leadership and 3 Acts of Integrity to Practice Today

The 21st Century Principal

“Integrity is acting for what is right. When we do this, we feel whole and uniquely powerful.” Gus Lee & Diane Elliott-Lee, Courage: The Backbone of Leadership How many of you have had the rare opportunity to work with a leader that you would follow no matter where they led? I’m not referring to blind-followership. I am referring to following out of devotion because of who that leader is and what they are made of.

Create online learning with 123ContactForm

Nik Peachey

123ContactForm may not sound like the kind of tool that would be of interest to educators, but as I discovered when they asked me to review their online form creation tool, they offer quite a range of features that can solve many of the problems we have as 21st century teachers.

What I've been learning about Genius Hour

Kairos EdTech

Google has long had a policy to allow their employees to use 20% of their time to work on new projects or products that still don''t exist. This has brought many of the products we now use as a result of such endeavors.

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Innovative Chromebook Teachers in Math, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Language, Special Education, Language Arts - EducationOnAir - All in One Place

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Dear Faculty, Google''s Education on Air series this week featured innovative teachers who use Chromebooks in the various subjects: Math, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Language, Special Education, and Language Arts.

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.

Enjoy Warmer Weather with Ice Cream Truck


Apps that go beyond a simple screen and involve people around a play space have great potential for interactivity and "speechieness," or using language in the context of the app. Ice Cream Truck ($1.99) is one of those apps- it''s somewhat in the vein of Toca Store but it has additional contexts.

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An audience with.

Learning with 'e's

We learn best when we are fully involved in the process. John Dewey advocated ''learning by doing'' and Seymour Papert called it ''learning by making''. These are theories that guide many educators today.

Computer-to-Student Ratio Stats Are Not Measures of School Effectiveness

The 21st Century Principal

The field of education “focuses on initiatives targeting computer-to-student ratios and administration process automation, not learning processes or outcomes,” according to Alan Bain and Mark Weston, authors of The Learning Edge: What Technology Can Do to Educate All Children. Though we claim to focus on student achievement with our technology initiatives, that focus is more often on the “stuff” rather than on what we have students and teachers do or achieve with that “stuff.”

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The hottest posts 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 pageviews. 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. Post Views What''s your digital footprint? Take this quiz. Apr 9, 2013, 2 comments 2687 5 ways to use Pinterest as a creation tool.

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.

Explore Nature with Pepi Tree


Pepi Tree (free Lite version available, full version $1.99) is a fun little app presenting "mini-games" at different levels of a tree, all illustrating in some way the life and "work" of animals in the forest.

Thank You Jeff Bliss, the Truth goes Viral

My Paperless Classroom

If you have not yet seen the video of high school student Jeff Bliss schooling his world history teacher, you should really check it out. This video has over a million views and more importantly it has people talking about the importance of high engagement teaching. In the video Mr. Bliss is clearly frustrated but makes a really well-reasoned argument. He makes it clear that when educators are excited about PBL, it doe not mean Packet Based Learning.

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Project:Connect empowers young web makers to make the web a better place

Educator Innovator

By idecoursy; Cross-posted from The Webmaker Blog —. On May 9, programmers, designers, educators and learning innovators came together in New York to hack for a better web.

My Beliefs

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

I produced a version the following "Core Beliefs" and "View of Change" statements for the Hack Your Education Tour I did in the fall of 2012. I think they give some context to my recent A Student Bill of Rights post (and website ), and I welcome any discussion of them. My Core Beliefs: That every child has unique inherent worth and value.

EdTech at School

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