Sat.Nov 30, 2013 - Fri.Dec 06, 2013

Making to Learn

A Principal's Reflections

The following post was written by Laura Fleming who is the Media Specialist at my school. It is also cross-posted at her blog Worlds of Learning. Here Laura describes our philosophy and journey to create a Makerspace for our students.

Animoby- Cool Whiteboard App for Creating Learning Resources

The Playground Advocate

Recently, I downloaded the Animoby App for my iPad. I''ve been looking for a whiteboard app that is free, teacher-friendly, and does what it says it will do, and Animoby definitely fits the bill. Here is an overview: To use Animoby you will need to set up an account.

#CEL13: Connections

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I couldn''t afford the cost of attending the entire NCTE conference this year in Boston, but I was able to attend and present at the Conference on English Leadership , an intimate conference tied to the main NCTE event that was held November 24-26.

4 Tools to Connect Students to Real World Math

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

On Today Read more on CCSS gettingsmart math real world math

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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.

Pillars of Digital Leadership Series - Branding

A Principal's Reflections

This post is the third 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.

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Animoby: Animated Learning for Anybody

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

For those of you looking for a whiteboard video creation tool to use on any tablet, check out Animoby. Android App Apple App Similar to other whiteboard screencast tools, Animoby lets users create multipaged screencasted videos.

Webinar Resources: SAMR Through the Lens of the Common Core

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I had a lot of fun presenting a webinar today for Infinitec. Here is a link to the slideshow for review! Click to view

On interactions and scalability in online learning

Mark Smithers

Expert CC by Pete Prodoehl. I’m not attending ASCILITE 2013 but I am following the Twitter stream closely and occasionally comment into the stream.

Three Lessons on Technology Integration

Kairos EdTech

Image by Sean MacEntee (CC BY 2.0) Our school, Colegio Inglés , is a private 1:1 school in Monterrey, Mexico. We have established a very complete system and infrastructure in 1:1 technology implementation.

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.

Merit Pay Once Again Proven to Be A Wash Out According to New Research Study

The 21st Century Principal

For those still holding out hope for that merit pay will be the salvation of public education, here''s yet another study that points out that such practices are a waste of time. Roland Fryer from Harvard University and the National Bureau of Economic Research, has a study entitled "Teacher Incentives and Student Achievement: Evidence from New York City Public Schools" that is to be published in The Journal of Labor Economics.

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SAMR and coffee

Kathy Schrock

Since this blog IS the Kaffeeklatsch, I thought I should share some of the ways people have been using coffee analogies to explain the SAMR model. I cannot vouch for the analogies, but thought it was interesting this seems to be a common practice!

A Day Well-Spent at TEDxHonolulu 2013

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

TEDxHonolulu ''s 4th Annual Conference at the Hawaii Theatre , centering around the theme "Cultivating Community", was fantastic! All of the speakers were so inspiring. Sense of Place Au''s Shaolin Arts - Share the cultural understanding and benefits of the Shaolin Temple of China Terry L.

App Task Challenges

Comfortably 2.0

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." ~Benjamin Franklin The most important part of my job as a Technology Integration Specialist is to give teachers ideas or examples on how to seamlessly integrate technology into their curriculums. Setting teachers up for success is something that I take seriously and I find that I am continually differentiating

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.

Just What Do These International PISA Scores Mean? Nothing!

The 21st Century Principal

"There is no association between test scores and national success, and, contrary to one of the major beliefs driving US education policy for nearly a half a century, international test scores are nothing to be concerned about." Keith Baker, "Are International Tests Worth Anything?" Phi Delta Kappan October 2007 Do the PISA international test scores really mean anything? No, according to Keith Baker, who once worked as a researcher for the US Department of Education.

How to set tagging permissions on Facebook

The Innovative Educator

When working with innovative educators, I advise them to set tagging permissions that require them to review photos and posts before they accept the tag.

What can we do with a blank slate?


Many of our students need visuals. For these visual supports we often go to paper, whiteboards (I love to have some small ones handy), and now, apps. All of these methods work well for a quick sketch that supports an idea, a concept, a vocabulary word, a relationship.

Magen David in China!

Saving Socrates

This past week, I had the pleasure of visiting Beijing, China on behalf of Magen David Yeshivah High School. Out of over 62 schools, the Beijing Institute of Education visited this past summer, they chose our school to come present to over 300 principals in Beijing on our educational model.

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 Use of The PISA International Score Rankings as Current Leaderboard in Ed Is Just Wrong!

The 21st Century Principal

The country rankings indicated on the PISA international test scores should not be used like the current lineup in a NASCAR race to determine who''s currently in the lead in the educational "Race to the Top" because these rankings by themselves tell us absolutely nothing.

10 ways to get more likes and engage members on your Facebook page

The Innovative Educator

So, you’ve started a Facebook page. Congrats! However, Facebook is no fun unless there are others there with you. Here are ten things you can do to drive members to your Facebook page today. Invite people to like your page Go to the top right side of your page where it says “Friends.”

SLPs Make Great Showing (AGAIN) among 2013 Edublog Finalists- VOTE!


The finalists for the 2013 Edublog Awards were just announced, and voting is now open. The Edublog Awards is an annual initiative to promote the value of social media in education and share some great resources. Speech-language-related blogs and resources again are well-represented among this year''s finalists, so I would encourage you to go explore and vote. This year the voting is being done through, which you can sign into with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+ accounts.

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A Clear Explanation of How Google+ Events and Hangouts on Air Work Together!

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

+Ray Hiltz of +NewRayCom articulates very well how Google+ Events and Hangouts on Air work together. And yes, I totally agree with Ray''s recommendation to circle +Ronnie Bincer , +martin shervington , and +Mark Traphagen to keep up on Google+ developments. (??? ? ) @mauilibrarian2 G+ This post was originally published at mauilibrarian2 in Olinda. Google hangouts

EdTech at School

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

Obsession with International Test Scores and Arne Duncan 'Crying Wolf''

The 21st Century Principal

Yesterday, the media continued the tradition of sounding the alarm: "Our schools are doomed according to the latest PISA, or Program for International Assessment, scores." NPR chimes in with this one, "PISA Test Results for US Students Are Sobering ," and Huffington Post has this headline, "US Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise."

8 Ways to get more Twitter followers

The Innovative Educator

I''m often asked how to get more Twitter followers. Here are some simple strategi es that worked for me when it comes to either getting followers or following others. Reply to a Tweet someone''s Tweet with useful info i.e. a link. They will appreciate the time you took and likely follow you as a result. Thoughtfully participate in an education Twitter chat.

On interactions and scalability in online learning

Mark Smithers

Expert CC by Pete Prodoehl. I’m not attending ASCILITE 2013 but I am following the Twitter stream closely and occasionally comment into the stream.

STEAM-Powered Notebook Practices

Educator Innovator

by Jennifer Dick, NEXMAP Program Director. For many years, policy makers, employers, and other stakeholders in the sphere of education have expressed concern about ensuring our youth are adequately prepared for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).


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.

North Carolina: First in Flight, Now First in Testing? If It Moves We Test It!

The 21st Century Principal

One sad fact about public education in North Carolina is that the Holiday season comes on the eve of our state''s massive semester testing push, at least in high schools. In North Carolina this year, we''re testing students with state tests more than has ever been done in history. It is pretty clear that the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction''s new philosophy of education is: "If it moves, and breathes, then test it."

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 If you''re not preparing your students to use socia.

An Hour of Code: Webmaking and Writing

Educator Innovator

By Laura Hilliger, PD & Curriculum Lead at the Mozilla Foundation. As part of next week’s Hour of Code , Educator Innovator partner Mozilla Webmaker will be leading several webinars, events and projects, which you can read about here. Additionally, Atul Varma and I are hosting a Geekout that combines writing and webmaking to Make a Beautiful Kinetic Text.