Sat.Aug 11, 2012 - Fri.Aug 17, 2012

Google Docs and Evernote - when and why I use each one

Educational Technology Guy

This past Friday I attended EdcampCT and had a great time learning, sharing, and meeting new people. I facilitated a discussion about Evernote and one of the questions I got was "why not just use Google Docs for notetaking?"

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Questions To Ask For #LeadershipDay12

The Web20Classroom

Once again, its #LeadershipDay. For 6 years educators have been gathering together on this day to write specifically to address technology and leadership. And since I''ve had my blog I have participated. Here are my entries: 2009 , 2010 , 2011 ).

From AOL Squatter to Start-Up Sensation: The Eric Simons Story & Claco Launch


a student''s story through a teacher''s eyes. Eric Simons: founder of ClassConnectInc & Claco - As I stare at my blank writing canvas, I contemplate where to begin with the remarkable story of such a talented and inspirational person.

Jumping on the Bandwagon

A Principal's Reflections

I have been engaged with social media for over three and a half years now. As I often reflect on my journey, I can’t help but think about the early days and months after I first began to use Twitter and some other tools.

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.

What Can You Do With Google? Lots of things.

Educational Technology Guy

What Can You Do With Google is a nice infographic from GCFLearnFree that provides a nice summary of some of the tools and apps that Google has and what you can do with them. The web page also has an interactive with more details and information.

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More Trending

5 Things Teachers (And Administrators) Can Do to Make Learning Real in Their Classrooms

The 21st Century Principal

To paraphrase Marc Prensky from his collection of essays From Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom: Hopeful Essays for 21st Century Learning : “The easiest, executable solution to our education problems today “is to change what goes on in our classrooms.” We need to move from teacher-centered and teacher dominated learning models to more personal, student-centered learning models. In the process, we will do what Prensky calls “Making Education Real” for our students.

Adobe Educators' Choice Awards

A Principal's Reflections

Every year educators create outstanding lesson plans to help students learn, understand and uncover their passions. We want to ensure that the hard work does not go unnoticed.

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Interesting idea - Chromebook + Nexus 7 instead of just an iPad

Educational Technology Guy

At EdcampCT this past week, I was chatting with Greg McVerry ( @jgmac1106 ) about devices, 1-1 and BYOD and he made an interesting comment. Instead of a school purchasing an iPad and keyboard for all the students, what about a Chromebook and Nexus 7 for each student?

Making a Case for Mobile Learning

The Mobile Native

Guest Post for SmartBlogs on Education Over the past four years, I have had the privilege of teaching in a forward-thinking school district that has embraced the use of mobile learning devices in the classroom. Mobile learning has become the new buzzword in many educational communities.

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.

Wunderlist: Easy to Use Anytime-Anywhere To-Do List App for Educators

The 21st Century Principal

Recently, I installed the Wunderlist app to my desktop and my Android tablet. I have used Evernote for my To-Do Lists for sometime, but after reading this article , I decided to give Wunderlist a try. It is an excellent app educators and anyone who needs a simple tool to track their tasks.

Separation and connection

Learning with 'e's

The Internet has taken the act of human contact and amplified it exponentially. We are witnessing a time where a mobile world wide web of connections is proliferating, and in which social mores, human relationships and communication conventions have been irrevocably changed. This is not hyperbole.

Google Cloud Print - great tool with great features

Educational Technology Guy

Google Cloud Print is a very cool, useful service Google has. Google Cloud Print connects your printers to the web, allowing you to print from any device (smartphone, tablet, Chrome device , PC, or other web-connected devices) without any cables.

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Thursday - Paulo Blikstein from Stanford on Cutting-Edge Technologies for Inner-City Learning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, August 16th, for a live and interactive webinar with Paulo Blikstein, assistant professor at Stanford University’s School of Education and (by courtesy) Computer Science Department.

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 Things School Leaders Can Do Now to Revolutionize Education in Schools and Districts

The 21st Century Principal

“The educational improvement efforts now in place are aimed at bringing back the education that American offered students in the 20th century (with some technological enhancements,” From Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom: Hopeful Essays for 21st Century Learning by Marc Prensky Do Americans really have the stomach to “reform their schools?”


The importance of being networked

Learning with 'e's

In yesterday's blogpost Separation and connection I talked about the nature of social media and their capability to amplify human contact. Specifically, I made the point that Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are enabled and strengthened when we make connections through social media tools.

Black Menu - access all of your Google apps from here - Chrome ext

Educational Technology Guy

I''m a huge user of Google''s many apps and services. I use Sites, Blogger, Chrome, Chromebook, Android, Search, Reader, Calendar, Gmail, Tasks, and much more. While I have shortcuts on my new tab page in Chrome and on my Chromebook, I can''t fit all of them on one page.

Web 2.0 Tools


So I found this most exciting new web resource called jog.the.web OHHHHHHH do I absolutely LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!! So its a website that allows you to share web resources within the same window. well this is the description on the website.

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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.


Comfortably 2.0

"A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed." Henrik Ibsen As many of you might know, I am taking the next step in my teaching career at a new school district this year. I started a couple of weeks ago and have been busy ever since. I will admit that my new position has left me stressed a bit, wondering how I am going to keep 100 teachers in three buildings happy


Six Great Topic Forums from Connected Educator Month

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

I have to say, I''ve been really appreciative of the opportunity to participate in the organization of Connected Educator Month , and while the kickoff days and preparation for the virtual Learning 2.0 Conference (next week!) have consumed a lot of my attention, I want to make sure you don''t miss out on the six open forum discussions where you can ask questions or weigh in on some really great topics.

Science Niblets - The Science Behind Everyday Topics

Educational Technology Guy

Science Niblets is a cool site I learned about from my PLN on Twitter today that explores the science of everyday topics. The site has articles that describe and explain scientific topics including natural phenomena, biology, technology, physics, and more all related to things we experience in our daily lives. The articles are geared towards the general public and are short and easy to understand.

It's Good to Be Back!


It''s Good to be back! I''m gearing up for the first day of school. It is fast approaching, and hopefully the next few days will run so smoothly, it will be a direct reflection on how the school year will run. I am very excited to be at OB FULL-TIME THIS YEAAAARRRRR!!!

EdTech at School

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

You Want to Command Attention?

My Paperless Classroom

If you want to command your student''s attention, look the part. Clowns, purple dinosaurs, giant mice, these are larger than life characters that kids are tuned into.


Evernote - my adventure this year using it with my students

Educational Technology Guy

Evernote is one of my favorite tools and resources. I use it for lesson plans, research, collecting resources, clipping things from the web, organizing materials and much more. Evernote and Google Apps get 90% of what I need to do done. I just won a very cool contest Evernote hosted for educators. Along with 9 other teachers, I won a year of Evernote premium for me and all of my students, along with training and support to implement it with my class.

EdCampCT Reflections and Resources

Educational Technology Guy

EdcampCT 2012 was held this past Friday at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT. Hats off to the planning/hosting team for another great event. And, of course, hats off to the food service team for the awesome lunch and those incredible homemade potato chips! For those who don''t know, Edcamp is a great series of free, unconferences for educators.

If This Then That - Put together “recipes” to automate actions online

Educational Technology Guy

If This Then That is a very cool site I learned about last Friday at EdCampCT. It allows you to create "recipes" that will automate actions online for you. For example, you could have one that will automatically download a photo that you were tagged in on Facebook to your Dropbox account. It''s easy to use with step-by-step instructions and plenty of pre-made recipes that you can use. Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, email are all "channels" that can be used in your recipes.

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.

Adobe Educator's Choice Awards - honoring innovative educators - apply now

Educational Technology Guy

Adobe Education Exchange is a great resource for educators, with resources, lesson ideas, lesson plans, and a place to collaborate with other educators. The 2012 Educator''s Choice Awards is an awards program for educators. Any educator can enter. You submit your innovative teaching and learning materials and you could win some really nice prizes. Submit your projects, lesson plans, curricula, tutorials, and more. Educators will rate the work submitted.

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CollateBox - Simplest way to organize & share spreadsheets

Educational Technology Guy

CollateBox is a free online (beta) service, by invite (request one on their site) that allows you to organize and collaborate on spreadsheet data. Copy and paste existing data from a spreadsheet into Collatebox, set filters, hide columns, set up views for different people and then update it. One of the big features that set it apart is that you can limit what data each person sees and customize their views, all while keeping the master data updated.

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Sikorsky STEM Challenge - real world engineering for high school students

Educational Technology Guy

I was an engineer for 10 years before deciding to become an educator and work to help other students become engineers and scientists. I was an Aerospace engineer and worked for companies like Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky Aircraft. Sikorsky Aircraft , a leader in helicopters around the world, is headquartered in Stratford, CT, where I live, and has a huge office and plant in Bridgeport, CT where I teach. Their helicopters, like the Blackhawk and S-76, can be seen flying overhead all the time.

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