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.

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.

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.

A new chapter in my career - I'm now CIO for the district

Educational Technology Guy

Teacher >> Chief Information Officer Monday, November 5th, is my first day in a new chapter in my education career. I am the new Chief Information Officer for the district and I will be overseeing the Educational Technology, Information Technology, and work closely with Data/Assessment/Accountability departments. I have already been working on some initiatives and there are some really great things in the works, including upgrades to much of the technology in the district.

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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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Thursday Interview - Preparing Youth to Engage with the World

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

@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.

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.

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.

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'.


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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

My Ten Most Viewed LiveBinders

The Playground Advocate

I''m a big fan of using LiveBinders to curate and share web resources. The more I''ve been at it, the easier it becomes to find and share the right resource when a teacher needs it. I was reminded of this today because I ended up sharing three different binders with colleagues within the span of a half-hour, each of which spoke to a different project or problem that needed to be solved.

Today - Educator 2.0 Preview for Australia Audience, Live and Online

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Educator 2.0 Australian Tour is coming to Australia in February 2013! Today, live in Blackboard Collaborate, and as part of the Australia e-Series , I''ll be providing an overview of the Workshops and Masterclasses scheduled in February 2.013 in four of Australia''s capital cities: Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. For details on the tour please visit the Digital Capability site.

EdTech at School

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The hottest posts that everyone's reading!

The Innovative Educator

Here’s the roundup of what''s been popular on The Innovative Educator blog this week. Below you’ll see the top weekly posts along with the number of pageviews. I hope there''s something that looks of interest to you. If it does, check it out. If you’re inspired, share it with others and/or leave a comment. Entry Pageviews 4 things to help students maintain their online reputation. Oct 29, 2012, 1 comment 2043 5 Reasons to Allow Students to Use Cell Phones.

Helping Children after a Natural Disaster

My Paperless Classroom

Had a great SatChat West Coast this morning. Here is a transcript, how well is your school prepared to shelter in place, how will you communicate? pedagogy