Sat.Aug 02, 2014 - Fri.Aug 08, 2014

3 Ways to Rock Your Classroom Library!


Classroom Library Tools If you are a user, most likely you know about Book Wizard and what an amazing tool it is for finding and leveling books. Recently, Scholastic developed a mobile version for the iPhone and is currently working towards a version for the iPad.

Reinventing Writing by @Coolcatteacher

A Principal's Reflections

" You can''t just drop new innovations into a classroom and hope that the instructor will invent effective ways to use them. To fully utilize a new teaching technology you often need to invent new teaching practices as well." - John Seely Brown I absolutely love this quote that Vicki Davis ( @coolcatteacher ) uses in the opening chapter of her new book titled Reinventing Writing. I have seen all too often technology just get dumped on teachers and schools with no rhyme or reason.

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Your Kid's Future Depends On Their Online Behavior Now


Blogging to Learn

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

As the start of the school year approaches, educators are all busy preparing for the best school year ever. As life-long learners, many of us will approach the new year with excitement and optimism after reflecting on our own teaching during our time away from the classroom.

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.

When tech teaches, what do teachers do?

The Innovative Educator

When I talk to students these days they tell me that when they want to learn something they're interested in, it usually is not teachers or parents they turn to. It’s Google , YouTube, or to others they find online ( aka their PLN ) who engage in their activities of interest.

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The Thinking Stick

Photo Credit: MSH* via Compfight cc. I need to start checking myself when this question comes up during presentations and trainings. At some point someone always asks about privacy. In many cases they don’t even know… I think anyway… that they are asking a privacy question.

Engage Students in Informed Decision Making

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

With access to an abundance of online resources, students can become informed decision makers and stakeholders in their own learning. Use of online polls, surveys, and digital tools for collecting feedback can turn passive observers into active participants.

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7 Simple steps to setting up Google Hangouts on Air

The Innovative Educator

Google Hangouts on Air let you conduct a video conference with up to ten people that is live streamed and taped for later viewing. Earlier versions of hangouts, were quite clunky with a few glitches, but they''ve come a LONG way since I first wrote about them.

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10 Tips for Going Paperless in the Classroom

My Paperless Classroom

This post first appeared on the ScanSnap Community Blog There are many reasons for a teacher to take their classroom paperless , but what happens when someone else decides it is time for your classroom to kick your paper habit?

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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.

Creating & App Smashing with App Dice

Comfortably 2.0

I have to give all the credit for this awesome idea to Ryan Read. Ryan is an Integration Specialist in Illinois and boy does he have some great ideas! I ran across his #appdice idea while perusing my Twitter stream last Spring and was immediately intrigued. It''s a simple way to get students to creating in your classroom and #appsmashing. I wanted to create a set of my own geared towards

EdTech You Should Know

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

EdTech You S hould Know is a new show in the Instructional Tech Talk network of podcasts, created and facilitated by innovative educator Jeff Herb. The show features one educational technology tool per episode that is worth knowing about.

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Time to Dethrone Testing from Its Godly Position in Public Education

The 21st Century Principal

"We would like to dethrone measurement from its godly position, to reveal the false god it has been. We want instead to offer measurement a new job—that of helpful servant. We want to use measurement to give us the kind and quality of feedback that supports and welcomes people to step forward with their desire to contribute, to learn, and to achieve." Margaret Wheatley, Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time Want to know what''s wrong with testing and accountability today?

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Find great photo contexts with Getty Images app


Photos have nearly endless applications in speech-language therapy: descriptive skills, focus on specific structures such as verbs or prepositions, social and executive functioning. Programs such as Visualizing and Verbalizing use photos to build schema and gestalt processing.

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.

Classrom Cribs! Brain Friendly Learning Spaces

The Daring Librarian

Hello friends! This is a rare *guest post from my amazing friend Erin Klein , and her friends AJ Juliani , & Ben Gilipin about a topic that I find very fascinating! I''ve always had a obsession about interior design and decorating. Teacher Librarians.what are our classrooms?

Free Online Event: Improve Writing with Google Docs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Would you like to improve your students'' writing skills and help them bridge the gap between writing in school and writing in the real world? One way of doing so is by using digital writing and Google Docs, the documents editor available in Google Drive.

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2 Things That Really Matter When Leading Your School, District, or Organization This Year

The 21st Century Principal

At the end of the day, we can set up all the policies and procedures we want; our schools or organizations still may not be successful. All the goals, strategic plans, visions, and missions we establish are meaningless and will not spur success if the people do not feel what they are doing is meaningful and worthwhile, and they do not feel valued. I like this quote from Margaret Wheatley''s book Find Our Way: Leadership for Uncertain Times.

Innovate with Houston A+ Challenge this school year!


If you type the word “innovation” into a Google search, you’ll get 125 million results in under half a second. Awesome? Overwhelming? Absolutely. In a world where information is accessible and expansive, how do we as educators begin to understand what innovation looks like in a focused, applicable format? In other words, how do … Continue reading → Professional Development a+ challenge academy houston houston a+ challenge innovation

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.

The hottest posts that 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 Are #EdTech Resources Keeping Student Data Safe? Jul 27, 2014, 3017 Got Chromebooks? Now what? Enlist the help of your.

Connect & Collaborate Through Global Virtual Classroom

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

For many years my dear friend and mentor, Janet Barnstable , has been part of an amazing Global collaborative project, The Global Virtual Classroom (GVC).

Perverse Practice of Focusing on 'Bubble Students': Malpractice in the Schools

The 21st Century Principal

One of the most insidious by-products of the age of testing and accountability is the suggestion that educators should "focus on bubble students" in order to raise a school''s test scores. For those who might not know what the term "bubble student" is, in education lingo, the bubble student is the student who has the greatest chance of demonstrating growth or an increase in test scores.

The Homeschool+ Onlinle Conference and AltEdFilmFest Start Today!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our 2014 Homeschool+ Conference start tonight!

EdTech at School

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

Notes From the Session By Jeremy Sambuca @ #EDCAMPSTEAM

Saving Socrates

This post is a bit unconventional, but I found this session particularly useful today and thought I would share my notes from it. It was run by Jeremy Sambuca (@jsambuca) who is the Director of Ed Tech @ Hewitt School in Manhattan which is all girls. Dream Big and Print 3D Makerbot now costs same as macbook air. Patents open up which keep cost down. Makerbot acquired by Stratasys, major 3D printing company. So at GE parts inside car are 3D printer. Also the double decker airplane.


Technology Tidbits

Chronicle is an innovative new iPad app that allows educators to assess students in real time on any subject as well as their behavior w/ a unique "traffic light" system. Also, it allows educators to share student data, generate detailed reports, and add media (i.e.

NC Gov McCrory & Legislature Approves Budget with Hidden Anti-Public Ed Agenda

The 21st Century Principal

Today, North Carolina Governor McCroy signed the budget presented to him by the legislature. What amazes me is how our state political leaders can say with a straight face, that they have given teachers a "historical pay raise." Teacher raises are actually between 18% and.3%, depending on years experience. From what I can see, here''s what this budget really does.

Great Tip! How to Find Private Content in Google+

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What a find! Thanks to +Ana Hoffman by way of +Mary Ann Davis then +Luiz Fernando then +John Elstone (love the RIPPLES on Ana''s original post!) for sharing this tip. To find private messages in Google plus, simply: 1. Do a regular Google search in your Omnibox, either for a person or a keyword or a combination. Under Search Tools , select Private. Ouila! Here''s Ana''s post. Feel free to leave positive comments for her!

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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.