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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.

#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.

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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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Inspire Change: CUE Board Nominations Closing Soon


By Former CUE Board Member Kurt Larsen Recently we observed the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and if you are like me, you’ve heard time and time again Kennedy’s words, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

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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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

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!

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.

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.

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.

Chalk Talk: Low-Tech Solution to Engage Students in Substantive Discussions

The 21st Century Principal

How can we engage students in high, quality substantive discussions on profound topics? One potential way to do this might be to adopt a tradition like our school has practiced since its founding: it''s our "the Chalk Talk" tradition.

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

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

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.

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).


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.

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.