Sat.May 04, 2013 - Fri.May 10, 2013

If You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, You’ll End Up Somewhere Else

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Juliana Meehan. As I sat with my stack of 100+ personal narratives waiting for grading, the enormity of the task threatened to swamp whatever energy I had.

Giveaway: @itooch Giving Away a Full Set of Common Core Apps Created By Teachers!


There is an app for that. I n January of this year we feature d a fantastic app devel oper named iTooch Elementary. You can view the full re view here and also see some excerpts below.

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eduClipper social web clipper gets Updated with Some Great New Features

Educational Technology Guy

eduClipper is a great app from EduTecher Adam Bellow that provides a way to clip anything from the web and then share it with anyone. It''s free and allows you to clip and capture anything from the web including articles, links, videos, lesson plans and more. You then create a clipboard to organize what you have clipped and then you can share the clipboards with students, colleagues, the public or just keep it for yourself. Students can use it too and the clipboards are searchable.

I Teach Above The Line

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

At an Apple ShowCase Event in Chicago yesterday I had the pleasure of listening to the advice of many talented educators who have successfully launched and implemented 1-1 Mac learning environments.

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.

The Existentialism of Candy Crush

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

So, I''ve been playing a lot of Candy Crush lately. yeah, that addicting Facebook game. yup, that one. I know I shouldn''t admit it, but. there is some relevancy.

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What breaks your heart? Tackle that with Quest2Matter

The Innovative Educator

Quest2Matter is a youth-focused effort that encourages young people to tackle problems that break their heart. The Quest seeks to unlock the potential of young people to think entrepreneurially and innovatively and use modern tools to change our world. What is The Quest?

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Twitter - Powerful Bursts of Information

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Twitter is a resource I often tap into. I am not a Twitter expert, nor do I utilize Twitter to it''s greatest potential, but it is certainly one of my go to tools when I''m looking to share and learn from the ideas of others. Many people don''t understand how Twitter can work efficiently.

Autonomy for Teachers Breeds Growth and Change


By CUE Guest Blogger Principal Eric Sheninger At the suggestion of several of my teacher leaders, I decided to employ a job-embedded growth model. They wanted time to expand professional growth opportunities, see how to integrate Web2.0 tools and develop Personal Learning Networks (PLN examples).

Teacher Creativity Skill: Shoot and Edit Photos

The Playground Advocate

The Way it Was Remember when getting good photos as an amateur was difficult?

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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.

3 ways to use Twitter Fast Follow to strengthen the home-school connection

The Innovative Educator

Did you know that anyone (in the US) can receive Tweets on their phone even if they haven’t signed up for Twitter? Twitter Fast Follow allows anyone to follow Tweets right from any phone with texting capabilities.

Celebrate Speech with a "Silent Film"


Another way to promote the awareness of the importance of speech during Better Speech and Hearing Month (or other times) is to explore the idea of silent film.

Self organised learning spaces

Learning with 'e's

"I never teach my students. I only provide them with the conditions in which they can learn." - Albert Einstein The social web is replete with self-organising spaces. Take Wikipedia for example. It is now the largest single repository of knowledge on the planet and continues to grow with over 4.2


Close Read Complex Text, and Annotate with iPads--Part 2


In Close Read Complex Text, and Annotate with Tech--Part 1 , the focus was how to do a close reading. In Part 2, the focus is how to annotate with iPads , and insights gained from a lesson done with students in first through third grades.

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.

Leave high school. Test out of college. Save $$. Find success.

The Innovative Educator

Editor's note: There are plenty of questions around if college is really worth the time and money. Personally, I found a way to graduate college as a teen without going into any debt, so the decision wasn't too difficult.

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QR Code Loo Reviews & Pocket Videos

The Daring Librarian

Promote Reading With QR Code Loo Reviews & Pocket Videos! Here''s a fun idea! Combine QR Codes that link to video book trailers on a laminated sign taped to the back of a bathroom stall door that says "Do NOT Scan These!"

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Just how far can they go?

Learning with 'e's

Some while ago, I wrote a post entitled '' Lurking and Loafing '' about students who are on the peripheral of learning, and whose activity is often to ''lurk'' without appearing to directly or productively participate. If you are involved in education you will know exactly what I mean.

Thursday Interview: "Free to Learn" with Peter Gray

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, May 9th, for a live and interactive conversation with Professor Peter Gray on his new book, Free to Learn : Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.

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.

Pinterest curated into Joyce Epstein's 6 Types of #Parent Involvement

The Innovative Educator

If you are responsible for helping to build and strengthen the home-school connection, you’ll want to follow Principal Joe Mazza on Pinterest.

Summer Gigs


Although it is nice to be slowing down a bit as the school year winds down, I am looking forward to some summer events I would like to mention. Hope to see some of you at one of these! July 12-13, 2013- Long Beach, CA: ASHA Schools Conference- Presenting two sessions, "One Digital Story at a Time: Apps to Target Narrative and Expository Language" and "''Out of the Box'': Apps through a Language Lens." I will also be facilitating a roundtable discussion during Friday''s event.

Twitter and the death of distance

Learning with 'e's

It''s something we already know, or at least have suspected for a long time. Social media sites such as Twitter span huge distances to connect people around the world.

Wednesday Interview: World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements with John Hunter

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Previous guest John Hunter joins me Wednesday, May 8th, for a live and interactive conversation now that his book is out: World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements.

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.

Show what you know - students on the Battle of the Bulge

Kairos EdTech

21st Century Learning history PBL SS WW2

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 Pageviews 7 free ways to capture student responses. Mar 27, 2013, 7 comments 3259 What''s your digital footprint? Take this quiz.

Follow you, follow me

Learning with 'e's

A recent longitudinal study may provide clues about why some have more Twitter followers than others.

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Structured Chaos.Confessions from a Former Traditional Teacher

Saving Socrates

I confess. I started as a chalk and talk teacher. I admit it. I loved to lecture. I still love giving presentations before people. I enjoyed learning from lectures in college and grad school. My favorite high school teacher, Ms. Petrusky was a lecturer. I still love logging on to itunes and watching a great lecture. I especially loved the amount of content I could cover in a given lecture. I had gone to TC, read all about Bloom''s Taxonomy and seen all the studies on student retention.

EdTech at School

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