Sat.Nov 03, 2012 - Fri.Nov 09, 2012

Introducing @LiveScribe Sky: the first Wi-Fi Smart Pen with @Evernote Integration


Imagine an Interactive Pen for the Classroom! Launching the World''s 1st Wi-Fi Smartpen - I received the LiveScribe Sky Pen last weekend. before it officially launched this Monday.

What is the True Value of Technology?

A Principal's Reflections

Cross posted at the Huffington Post. This past month my family and I suffered a devastating loss as my grandmother passed away only a few weeks after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Abiding by her wishes not to inconvenience anyone, my parents arranged for friends and family to call an hour prior to the funeral, which was then followed by a short service. Because the funeral was held just days after her death, her two sisters were not able to physically attend the service in NJ.

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Things That Have Me Thinking-Nov 5

The Web20Classroom

Wanna know more about my Things That Have Me Thinking series? Read more here. Why I Unfollowed 5000 People -It was really Tony who did the unfollowing and this post is thoughtful, full of things we all need to think about when it comes to our own social networks and social learning. George wrote a follow up post that takes the opposite point of view, both of which have thinking about my own place in my social networks. I see both sides. On the one hand, I couldn''t follow everyone who follows me.

Have You Decided Not to Vote Because Your Vote Won't Matter?


'If you''ve decided not to vote because you think your vote isn''t going to count, I''d like to challenge to think about something: If you don''t demonstrate your presence by voting, even if right now you''re pretty sure your vote is on the "losing" side, the party you wish was stronger in your state or area will never have a reason to make an effort to strengthen itself. In staying home from the polls, you will have affected nothing and you will continue to bemoan the fact that you have no real choices in future elections In short, you''ve shot yourself, and your community/state/country, in the foot. Can I try to get inside your head a little? Right now, you''re thinking, "Why bother voting?" Maybe you live in a state that is already firmly predicted to go to Romney. You support Obama, but voting for him won''t matter, so why go through the hassle? Or you live in a certified Obama state. Your Romney vote won''t make one bit of difference. Or perhaps you fit a third category; you don''t like either choice, so much so that you can''t even bring yourself to cast a vote for either the Democratic or the Republican presidential candidate. Your third party vote or write in vote is surely a waste. You see yourself as disenfranchised because the other guys control your state and you feel you have no chance of making a difference. You know what? You''re right. Your vote, and with it your opinion of what is best for your country and your community, won''t count, because it will never be counted as long as it remains silent. I read more and more lately, and hear from people I consider to be educated, the phrase, "Why bother when the state is already obviously going one way?" I feel your frustration. I live in the state that put the "tea" in "tea party" and has left moderates like myself out in the cold. A large part of me wants to bury my head in the sand and wake up when the election is over. Here''s the deal, though. If you and I sit out the election, the political process will operate just fine without us, and we will wake up on November 7th having missed an opportunity to declare, "Hey, I''m out here! I may be in the minority in my state/community, but I''m out here!" Here is some food for thought, no matter where you fall in the political spectrum. I''m going to use my state of Texas as an example since I am most familiar with it. Texas is now taken for granted as a Republican state, both at the national level and in state offices. However, a quick glance at electoral college results since 1960 shows Texas has supported the Democrat presidential candidate several times. As recently as the early 90''s we had a Democrat governor, and historically 39 of our 47 governors have been Democrats. You wouldn''t know there had ever been such a presence in Texas if all you listen to is today''s politicians and political coverage. (If your state leans heavily toward one party or the other, has it always done so? I challenge you to do a little research!) In recent years Tea Party Republicans have changed the flavor of politics in Texas. So much so that in my local races I had no real choice in whom to vote for in the primaries. The candidates in any opposed races were just different flavors of Tea. In the general election, my State House Tea Party candidate is running against a Libertarian (which I wouldn''t even know if I weren''t doing my research) and my State Senate Tea Party candidate is running unopposed. Do you notice what''s missing in both of these races? A Democrat. Check out these 2012 election brackets , especially on the state race tabs. The D''s are few and far between. I don''t fully embrace the Democrat agenda either, but you know what? I''m worried that they seem to have disappeared in Texas because lack of balance in the political process is unhealthy. Once you get a particular party in control with no one to stand up and challenge their ideas, you''re in trouble. In general, what is best for all of us (or least harmful to all of us) comes about as a result of ideas on multiple sides of an issue bouncing off of each other and coming together somewhere in the middle through negotiation and compromise. So why have the Democrats in a historically Democrat state given up the fight? Because a large number of the folks who might vote for them are not making their presence known at the polls. Why should the Democrats in Texas make an effort if all of the data they have at their disposal says it''s not worth it? On paper, there is no base to appeal to. So I challenge you, disenfranchised voter, no matter what your political leanings, get out there with me and vote and bring some balance back to this process. Are you tired of Congress being deadlocked and focusing on what you feel are the wrong things? Do you care about your local schools and your city and your town? If the presidential race is "locked up" in your state, there are still tons of local races and issues to be decided, the outcomes of which will affect your life more directly than the President of the United States will. Can''t bring yourself to vote for any major party candidate in a race? Write someone in or vote for a third party just to say, "There are other voices out here!" This quote from an Austin American Statesman editorial sums up the danger of a lack-of-balance nicely: Republicans who still support the Earned Income Tax Credit, public broadcasting, and Planned Parenthood commit apostasy and invite primary challenges. But on the national scale, Republicans have to worry about losing to Democrats. Here in Texas, Dewhurst is coming to Jesus on the TSA groping bill and Perry is finding Satan in the separation of church and state. And Texas Republicans will keep acting this way until they’re more worried about losing to Democrats in general elections than they are about losing to tea party candidates in the primary. (emphasis mine) A couple of final thoughts. The Declaration of Independence says: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. (emphasis mine) The founding fathers gave us a gift - a government which requires we let it know what we want it to do. Even when your vote is on the minority or losing side, you are recording your wishes for how you want our leaders to run our country. Get your opinion recorded; it might help inspire momentum among those who share your views and impact what happens in future elections. And last but not least, never forget that the media and public opinion polls do not decide elections; voters do. Just ask the Chicago Tribune and President Truman. NOW, PLEASE GO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6TH! 2012 election Democrat Obama President Republican Romney United States USA vote'

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.

Web 2.0 Sharing Tools: A Quick Guide


Web 2.0 Tools in Education Series Sharing Tools: A Quick Guide Wouldn''t it be nice if there was a resource that explained, in detail, everything you needed to know about sharing ideas and work online: what tools were available, how to sign up, getting started, etc.?

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5 benefits of learning to play musical instruments

The Innovative Educator

Music lessons offer children many benefits including aiding mental, physical, emotional and social development. Does your child’s school support this? If not, you may want to share the following benefits of learning to play music.

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Real-World Consequences of What We Post On Social Media


Do We Understand We''re Shouting to the World? Photo Used With Permission Under a Creative Commons License Wow! Talk about a chance to really teach students about the consequences of what they post via social media.

DIY: Organize Math Facts & a Freebie!


Organize Student Math Facts Before school started, we had a representative from our math program come to our school. She shared many helpful tips for engaging students, utilizing the online components of our program, and organizing our materials.

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eLearning Enters Puberty – Our Community is Raising a Teen


By Brian Bridges, CUE Member guest blogger Keep this quote in mind “It takes a village to raise a child”. Children are so cute – they say and do things that startle us every day. It is easy to spoil them; we tell endless stories about how perfect they are and ignore their flaws as if […].

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.

How to Automagically Create Shared folders for Students: GClassFolders

The Electric Educator

I''ve been encouraging teachers to use Google Drive (Docs) with their students for several years now. The collaborative and sharing features of Google Drive are unsurpassed and enable tremendous learning opportunities.

7 ways innovative educators use Twitter during a disaster #Sandy

The Innovative Educator

Innovative educators who experienced Hurricane Sandy this past week turned to Twitter to communicate, connect, and share information. Here are some ways Twitter was used as a resource. Teacher Account - A teacher can have an account to stay in touch with students.

@MasteryConnect Partners With Solution Tree


Recently, our good friends at Mastery Connect partnered with Solution Tree to become a technology partner for their professional learning communities. This is very exciting news as it is a great convergence of connected educators, professional development gurus, and technology leaders.

7 Kinds of Thinking Keeping Your School or District from Transformation

The 21st Century Principal

Is your school or district “missing the wave of change” that is propelling many other innovative schools and districts forward? What exactly is it within the DNA and thinking of your educational organization that is causing it to resist efforts to reform, transform, or change? We only need to look to business in recent times to learn what the consequences are for “failing to adapt to the enormous wave of change” that is all around us.

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.

Campus Unconference, power of choice

My Paperless Classroom

When we shared the unconference with the families at our school, we did it after the fact and this was the blog post: Beit Midrash this week was a Campus Unconference. An unconference is a loosely organized meeting of people with something to say.

Family Learns Together Through App Creation

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by Kevin Scritchfield My family’s dream of creating apps for the App Store began over 3 years ago when our kids were involved in the National Bible Bee when it first began.

Thursday Interview - Preparing Youth to Engage with the World

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

'Join me Thursday, November 8th, for a one-hour live and interactive interview (and pre-event for the 2012 Global Education Conference ) with Veronica Boix-Mansilla and Tony Jackson about their free PDF book, Educating for Global Competence : Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World. "In matters of national security, environmental sustainability, and economic development, what we do as a nation and in our everyday lives is inextricably intertwined with what governments, businesses, and individuals do beyond our borders. "This new reality helps us more clearly define the role that education must play in preparing all students for success in an interconnected world. The United States have invested unprecedented resources in education, betting that our outmoded, factory-age system can be fundamentally transformed to prepare students for the rigors of a global economy. They have challenged states and school districts to set clearer, higher standards and assess student progress in more creative ways, prepare more productive teachers, and provide effective intervention in failing schools. "These are necessary strategies for change, but insufficient to create the citizens, workers and leaders our nation needs in the 21st century. Missing in this formula for a world-class education is an urgent call for schools to produce students that actually know something about the world--its cultures, languages and how its economic, environmental and social systems work. " (From the Asia Society website , emphasis added.) Date : Thursday, November 8th, 2012 Time : 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern ( interna tional times here ) Duration : 1 hour Location : In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at [link]. The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page. Recordings : The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at and a portable.mp3 is at [link]. Mightybell Space : Resources, videos, links, and conversation about the interview can be found HERE. Veronica Boix-Mansilla chairs the Future of Learning institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also acts as a principal investigator for the school’s Project Zero. Her research examines the conditions that enable experts and young learners to produce quality interdisciplinary work and develop global competence by addressing problems of contemporary global significance (e.g., globalization, climate change, migration). She recently co-authored Educating for Global Competence : Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World with the Asia Society’s Anthony Jackson. In 2012 she also published Disciplinary Foundations: Teaching Big Ideas for Deep Understanding in Languages, Mathematics and Science. Anthony Jackson is Vice President for Education at Asia Society. He also leads Asia Society’s Partnership for Global Learning, a national membership network of practitioners and policymakers dedicated to integrating knowledge about Asia and the world as a mainstay of American education. Over the past six years, he has led the development of Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network, an effort within the PGL to create a network of small, effective, internationally-themed secondary schools across the country. In 2011, Jackson co-authored the book Educating for Global Competence : Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World , a publication co-developed by the Asia Society and the Council of Chief State School Officers’ EdSteps Program. This book defines the concept of global competence as a consensus standard for the field, and provides a cohesive framework for globally focused K-12 education.'

We're Having a Mock Presidential Election at our School!

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Democracy in action! So exciting! Mrs. Middleton''s U. History classes are in charge of conducting a school-wide mock presidential election on Tuesday. Click on the cartoon below to get to our Elections LibGuide.

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.

Build your PLN: Host a Tweet-in

My Paperless Classroom

In my daily work I email things out from twitter, and I think of it more than I do it. I wish my colleagues were on twitter. But wishing is really nothing but not acting on a good idea, so I am answering the call to bring twitter to my colleagues.

Verizon Innovative App Challenge for Secondary Students

The Innovative Educator

Created to ignite interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), The Verizon Innovative App Challenge opens student''s eyes to exciting new possibilities for their futures, opening doors they may never have known were there. The Challenge is a collaborative competition that offers $10,000 grants and Samsung Galaxy Tabs for winning secondary schools and students.

Be open

Learning with 'e's

In Lord of the Rings, the wizard Gandalf deliberated and wrestled long and hard to open the doors to the mines of Moria. In the story of Ali Baba and the 40 thieves, the mouth of the cave was opened by uttering the phrase ifta? ya simsim - 'Open Sesame'.


Guest Post: "Ready for Rollout"

Comfortably 2.0

I have had students "guest post" on my blog before, but today is the first time that I am having one of my fellow educators composing a post. My colleague''s name is Gennevieve Helzer, and she is the Deaf Educator for the Aurora Huskies. Actually, @MrsHelzer is more than a colleague. She is also my neighbor and a great friend. We have some common planning time and her post stems from


The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

Gamification = Critical Thinking About Assessment.from Students

My Paperless Classroom

When I looked at bringing badges into my class I thought about how can badges be used to open a discussion of goals and assessment. From the reading I have done it seems like at their best, badges improve student engagement by allowing them to act like the stakeholders they are.

7 ways cell phones become a lifeline to staff, students & parents during a disaster #Sandy

The Innovative Educator

During the recent Hurricane Sandy Disaster, many people lost their homes, their power, phone service and internet, but one thing most didn''t lose was their cell phones. Cell phones became a lifeline to those affected by the disaster. In fact in New York City, cell phones were delivered to relocation host school sites as well as schools that reported no phone service. Here are some ways cell phones are being used in recovery efforts.

Digital Learnscapes

Learning with 'e's

It's that time of the year again where we are planning for the Pelecon - the Plymouth Enhanced Learning Conference - that we hold each year in April at Plymouth University. Pelecon 2012 was probably our best conference yet.

Book Review- Preschool Gems

The Playground Advocate

In the interest of full-disclosure, I offered to review the book Preschool Gems: Love, Death, Magic and Other Surprising Treasures from the Mouths of Babes. In return, the author, Leslie McCollom, arranged to have a review copy sent to me.

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.