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A Principal's Reflections

I was recently notified by William Jenkins that EdShelf announced it will be ceasing trading at the end of this month. However, as this has been a popular resource with users a teacher called Alicia Leonard has launched a #SaveEdShelf campaign. This is a model that I have been trying to establish in the UK and progress has also been slow. Therefore, I wanted to show my support for Alicia’s campaign and published this post “ Don’t Leave EdTech Startups Sitting on the EdShelf ”.

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ThingLink UnPlugged & Self-Published

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Explore this interactive image by @pmmerlin on our wall This week''s ThingLink Teacher Challenged asked participants to grab their mobile devices, get away from wifi, and explore use of the ThingLink App beyond the walls.

More GoPro: Surfing & Stalking Hummingbirds

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I''m not stating anything new here when I say that the more I use my GoPro Hero 3 camera, the more I love it. From taking it to the beach to capturing images in my own backyard, I''m impressed with the quality and versatility.

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Time for K-12 Education to Capitalize and Embrace Virtual Learning Opportunities

The 21st Century Principal

In the 21st century, it is impossible to dismiss the powerful possibilities that exist due to online learning delivery systems.

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.

Innovate, Don’t Automate


A little something I whipped up, inspired by Alan November‘s conversation around redesigning the way we use technology in the classroom. Not necessarily a new idea, but a distinction that I think is often missing in classrooms: the difference between automating tasks and assignments with technology versus innovating the classroom practices. Continue reading → Professional Development Visualizations alan november automation blc chart innovation

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#ISTE2014 A Special Post for a Few **Spaeztle** Friends

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

While at #ISTE2014 , I attended the TechSmith party at De Biergarten in Atlanta, GA. It was thoroughly enjoyable chatting with Twitter & FlipCon folks face to face over some GOOD German food.

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Flipping Your Class with Just in Time Recording

My Paperless Classroom

source: Wikimedia commons This week I am honored to be presenting at November Learning''s Building Learning Communities Conference. I have posted the slide deck I am using and links from the presentation here.

The Five-Paragraph Essay & PowerPoint Presentations: Fossils from the Past

The 21st Century Principal

In may, I became an official Mac User. This occurred after being a PC user whose experience with computers began all the way back to MS DOS and Windows 3.1. My first personal computer was a Windows 3.1 Dell computer whose processor was less powerful than those found in phones, and you can purchase flash drives that have more storage space than my first hard drive. If I really confess about my own computer experiences, the very first computer that I used was actually a Mac.

Wordling About the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I often collect information through Google Forms. With all that text in front of me, I like to Wordle it to get a different and interesting view. Today I wordled a few columns from the ThingLink Teacher Challenge spreadsheet.

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.

Mind the gap

Learning with 'e's

I was invited to do a Google Hangout video interview ahead of the Reform Symposium online event last week. I was interviewed by Shelly Terrell about my work, my teaching philosophy, and yes. the new book I''m currently writing. Minding the gap was one of my key messages in the interview.

Overwhelmingly Awesome Periodic Table of Visualizations


Holy moly, this website is intense. Overwhelming? Awesome? Definitely. Thanks to the people at Visual Literacy for coming up with this awesome web app that allows you to quickly and browse a variety of types of visualizations. This would be a great way to get students out of the venn-diagram poster rut, and show … Continue reading → Research Tools Visualizations diagram organization resource visualizations website

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ASCD Offers Professional Development Resources to Support New Teachers

The 21st Century Principal

Alexandria, VA ( 7/17/2014 ) — ASCD , a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, is pleased to offer a variety of professional development resources for new teachers entering the education profession this upcoming school year.

ThingLink Unplugged to Extend Classroom Walls

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Week 6 of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge is live on the ThingLink Blog! In this activity participants will explore the use of the ThingLink App and a mobile device to capture and share life on the go as it happens without an Internet connection.

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.


Technology Tidbits

SquirrelThat is a free iPad app that is excellent for note taking. This is a great tool that students can use when researching a project or taking notes during a lecture. Best of all, it''s simple to use and lets students share their notes w/ others.

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Listen to the Sounds of Wikipedia


Looking for a new classroom soundtrack? Try this awesome website: Durring Darren Kuropatwa‘s keynote session today at the Building Learning Communities conference, I learned about this awesome website that shares the sounds of Wikipedia. Here’s how it works: The screen displays the recent changes to Wikipedia pages and posts.

Because it’s there

Ed Tech Now

Those of us advocating new approaches to ed-tech in UK schools need to take the time between now and the next election in May to build a case that does not assume that the argument for technology in education is self-evident. Two days ago, a … Continue reading → ETAG Stategy E-maturity ed-tech ict

3 Ways to Use ThingLink for Video in the Classroom

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Recently ThingLink introduced ThingLink for Video , an exciting new editor for annotating video content with rich media. The new editor allows users to add notes and links to existing video content, and turn video into an interactive digital discovery platform. Read more on

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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.


Technology Tidbits

News-O-Matic is a fantastic new free iOS app that I just found out about through a promotional email. This is an app designed for kids 7-11 yrs old to bring them 5 daily news stories containing articles, videos, and photos.

Walter White and Teachers as Makers

My Paperless Classroom

There are ideas that sit in the back of my brain for what seems like a long time. Slowly they bond with other ideas, growing imperceptibly. Bobbing to the surface, glinting just enough to be noticed. One of these is a moment towards the end of the series Breaking Bad.

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Don't blame social media if your students are distracted

The Innovative Educator

Editor’s note: This guest post from Chris Casal started as a comment on “ Filtering social media in schools because it’s a ‘distraction’ ” which appeared on Scott McCleod’s Dangerously Irrelevant blog. Social media is no different than pencil and paper. I doodled a lot in the margins of my physics book. It wasn’t Twitter and Facebook that made me doodle but I doodled nonetheless. Social media can serve as the new platform for distraction but not a new cause for it.

The Young Innovator's Toolkit from TechSpaghetti

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

TechSpaghetti is launching The Young Innovator''s Toolkit and a startup campaign to raise awareness and funding for the tools on a variety of levels. The startup plans include the launch of classroom video lessons in August followed by the release of a home-based app in December.

EdTech at School

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

Technology Tidbits is a interesting new site that lets a person type in a word and then generate a list of synonyms for that word. By clicking on the words generate will list a bunch of synonyms for that, and on and on. I recommend checking out by clicking here.


Best Practices with Mobile Tech: #adjunctchat Tuesday, July 15

Connecting 2 the World

Mobile Technology is here to stay. It is a fact of academic life. Many of us may try to resist integrating mobile technology into our classrooms. However, the fact is that it is now a part of our students'' lives and it is something as teachers we need to think about whether we work in a traditional classroom or online. What are some ways in which mobile technology has changed the classroom? First, there is the positive ways.

7 Strategies to Land A Job You Love in Education and 2 Things You Should NEVER Do

The Innovative Educator

Some people think I’m lucky because I have always loved my work in education. As a result, I’m often asked for advice on how to get a job you love in education. Because this has come up so often, I decided it was time to share. Below are seven strategies that have worked for me. Perhaps some of this will be helpful for others. I want more

Sharing Items on the iPad with Sound? Just Chirp It!

Comfortably 2.0

I was stumped in Kindergarten. We were creating books using the My Story app and the teacher and I wanted all of the students to be able to use the same pictures for each page of our book. All of the pictures we wanted them to use were on Mrs. Ostdiek''s iPad. How in the world were we going to get the pictures to each student iPad? Email? Dropbox? Google Drive? All those options had too

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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.

Care Bears Love to Learn

Technology Tidbits

Care Bears Love to Learn is a free iPad app I downloaded the other day for my 3 yr old girl. This is a fun app that has young kids engaging in educational activities such as: matching, puzzles, shapes, counting, and more.

Learning Revolution Events - Twin Events on the Future of Museums - AltEdFilmFest - Maker Parties

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update July 15th, 2014 A museum is a place where one should lose one''s head. Renzo Piano The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds.

The hottest posts everyone's reading

The Innovative Educator

Here’s the roundup of what''s been popular on The Innovative Educator blog. Below you’ll see the top posts along with the number of page views. I hope there''s something that looks of interest to you. If it does, check it out. If you’re inspired use one of those icons below the post to share it with others and/or leave a comment. Entry Pageviews 10 Ways Social Media Can Improve Writing in Your C. Jun 22, 2014, 5994 Does Twitter have a minimum age requirement?