Sat.Dec 07, 2013 - Fri.Dec 13, 2013

Why You Should Give @ThingLink A Try

The Web20Classroom

I regularly use images in presentations. Pictures can be a great way to share a particular message, or can be used to create the imagery I am trying convey. But sometimes I want my images to have a little extra umph. I want to be able to use one image and have it contain lots of information.

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Fabulous Blogs to Follow From 2013!


Honored To Be a Finalist for 4 EduBlog Award Categories - You can vote directly from this post. simply scroll down! Before I started blogging, I always looked forward to the Edublog Awards. It was like getting new blogging presents. new great suggestions to follow.

World Of Difference

A Principal's Reflections

I n my opinion one of the most important roles in any school is that of Media Specialist. Over the years I have longed to create a position that would serve a multi-faceted role of librarian, media specialist, and educational technologist.

Google Tips - quick, easy tips for using Google products

Educational Technology Guy

Google has just released Google Tips , quick, easy tips for using Google Products. It is setup in a card format, using simple, easy terms (not tech-speak). You can see them all, mobile, home, office, or by product. Click on the card to get more info.

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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.

12 Days of #EdTech

The Playground Advocate

During this holiday season, I hope that each of you has the opportunity to reflect on the semester behind us, and dream big for the semester ahead. To help you on this journey, these are my virtual gifts to you.

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Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Professional Growth

A Principal's Reflections

This post is the fourth in a series that will outline the foundational elements of my new book, Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times. It is set to be published by Corwin Press on January 14, 2014.

The Hour of Code - Join the Movement

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

We live in a computer powered world. Coding is the language our computers speak. Computer science is a top-paying college degree. Jobs in this market are growing at 2 x''s the national average, yet the number of students pursuing computer science degrees has dropped in the last decade.

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6 Places For Discovering New Mobile Apps

The Playground Advocate

Teachers often ask me where they can find great educational apps. I learn about apps from a lot of sources, and not just from sites that curate lists of apps. However, having a short list of go-to sites that will keep you aware of the latest and greatest apps is definitely helpful.

17 Great Holiday Activities from @ABCyaGames - 'Tis The Season!


Great Holiday Games from ABCya ABCyaGames makes some of my absolute favorite interactive games for students. The best part is - my kids just love their games, too! Though ABCya is a sponsor of my site, I continue to be impressed by the games I find.

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.

The Learning Revolution - 2014 School Leadership Summit - ISTE Unplugged Dates - More!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update December 10th Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead Welcome to the Learning Revolution.

The future of knowledge navigation

Learning with 'e's

Will we ever reach the point in our human development where our relationship with our technologies becomes so natural that they become a part of us? Will we ever be able to claim that they are a problem free extension of our physical capabilities - seamlessly connected to our minds?

Dreaming About What We Teach

The Playground Advocate

This is the post I wrote last year for Brett Clark''s 12 Days of Dreaming Series. I came across it today, and thought it was worth a second share. I''m still challenged by the final paragraph, and I wonder what progress I''ve made in the past year.

Big News from @Gripcase - Buy One, Give One


Durable. Portable. Colorful. Gripcase Back in May of this year, I first met the team from Gripcase and began using their product. My original review of their product can be found here. I recently heard from them again and was excited to share their cool new Buy One, Give One program (BOGO).

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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.

3-Year Damage Assessment: What Has Race to the Top Done to Us?

The 21st Century Principal

I think I have been fairly clear. I am no fan of Race to the Top. I have never been due to its over-reliance on standardization of education, over to the top emphasis on testing, and its hyper-focus on competition. Just like its older cousin, No Child Left Behind, at the end of the day, Race to the Top will most likely go down in the history of education reform as just another failed and misguided educational reform.

The Hubbub about Goldiblox -- Our 2nd Student Hangout

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

We held our second Student International Hangout today! Thanks to Kalan Birnie, Xinyun Cao, Thomas Hayashi, Jacob Alabab-Moser, and Kyle Sullivan for participating! Thanks for moderating, Xinyun) (??? ? ) @mauilibrarian2 G+ This post was originally published at mauilibrarian2 in Olinda.

High-Level Thinking, DOK, and Shifts Needed in Schools


Shifts needed in schools Scott McLeod wrote a post a few months ago about 3 big shifts schools need to take. I agree with the three shifts; and want to add collaboration as a vehicle to accomplish the shifts, which is a shift in and of itself.

My New Intel All-In-One PC, Before And After #IntelAIO (Perfect Touchscreen PC for Elementary!)


Before and After My AIO (All-In-One) PC As a 2nd grade classroom teacher, I often find that my goals or expectations for a product may differ slightly from those are not educators. Take the personal computer, for example. In the classroom, a teacher''s desk computer can often become much more than a "personal" computer. While a teacher''s personal computer is used for traditional PC things, like spreadsheets and reports, it can also be utilized as a gateway to so much more.

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.

Boxer Email App for iOS: Connects to Dropbox, Box, Facebook and Even Evernote!

The 21st Century Principal

Boxer is an email app that might be of interest to those looking for an email application for their iOS device. This email app approaches email in a slightly different manner than others.

Create interactive learning modules with ThingLink (limited free-for-educators offer)

The Innovative Educator

ThingLink is a cool tool that lets you create interactive images for anything you can imagine. In our touch screen culture, this is a great tool for today’s students to engage with content.

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When apps go away, be creative!


I wrote about an app some time ago, and it is one of my favorite apps to revisit during this season of giving (even though Hanukah and Christmas were quite far apart this year), so I wanted to mention it again.

#adjunctchat November 10, 2013: Managing your commitments at the end of the semester

Connecting 2 the World

This is the time of year when the walls begin to close in. Not only might you be finishing the semester, getting semester grades in, preparing for the holidays, and in many cases juggling multiple workplaces. Perhaps you have a full time job which now requires an end of the year report, or you are responsible for a quarterly AND annual report for research funders.

EdTech at School

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

Simple Path to Practicing Compassionate Leadership

The 21st Century Principal

"Compassion, in Tibetan Terms, is a spontaneous feeling of connection to with all living things. What you feel; what I feel, you feel. There''s no difference between us." Youngey Mingyur Rinpoche, The Joy of Living Tibetan monk and teacher Youngey Mingyur Rinpoche uses a phrase in his book, The Joy of Living , that I can''t forget. He basically points to acts of compassion as fostering an environment of "the survival of the kindest."


5 reasons cell phones benefit a 1:1 environment

The Innovative Educator

Cross posted at Partners in Learning 1:1 Hot Topics Go into any office today and you’ll notice that 1:1 does not exist. To operate effectively in today’s workplace, at the very least, a 2:1 environment, with a computer and a phone, is required. It’s likely that there are one or two other devices in use as well. This is the world for which we have to prepare today’s students.

Speed Dating with Books!

The Daring Librarian

Hello Book Lovahs, How You Doing? You''re Lookin Good! Are you ready to make a love connection and to hang out. with a good book? Get Engaged!

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Support your favorite! Vote in the Best Library / Librarian category of the Edublog Awards

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Support your favorite library or librarian! You will need to sign up for Listly in order to vote. I chose to sign up via Twitter. Painless. (??? ? ) @mauilibrarian2 G+ This post was originally published at mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

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.

Text to Speech and Speech to Text

Hansen's Link to Tech

i Speech or Select and Speak (Google Chrome Extension) What it is : Select and Speak uses iSpeech''s human sounding text to speech to let you select text from almost any website and make it talk.

Everything is Coming Up Robots

My Paperless Classroom

This piece was originally published HERE on the Getting Smart Blog My Robot Life I will admit I sought out puppets; I worked to find them; I thought hard about how to best use them in my classroom, robots are another story.

The future of knowledge navigation

Learning with 'e's

Will we ever reach the point in our human development where our relationship with our technologies becomes so natural that they become a part of us? Will we ever be able to claim that they are a problem free extension of our physical capabilities - seamlessly connected to our minds?