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50+ Free Interactive Games for Elementary


ABCya: The Leader in Education Computer Games for Kids! over 50 games for EACH grade level ~ is My FAVORITE website for elementary learning! There is not a day that goes by in our classroom where we don''t pop on the site for at least five minutes. The children enjoy the games so much.

Utilizing Twitter Chats for Professional Development

Tom Murray

Each week, educators from around the world take part in various conversations on Twitter known as “chats.” These conversations have become an excellent way for educators to connect on relevant topics, share resources and best practices, all while challenging each other’s thinking.

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Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Rethinking Learning Spaces and Environments

A Principal's Reflections

This post is the sixth 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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My Workflow as CIO - includes heavy use of Evernote

Educational Technology Guy

I am the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for an urban public school district. We have over 21,000 students, 3500 faculty and staff, 40 buildings, 15,000 devices, a full data center and fiber network, and an IT department staff of 15.

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.

Creative Curriculum from the Roots Up: Buy. Sell. Teach offers Fun and Free Activities!


An Online Store for the Educational Community - click here to connect - Those of you that follow my site closely know that I typically share technology related resources and rarely share printables.

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Class Badges to Promote Digital Literacy

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Badge - I Teach Above the Line Class Badges is a free online tool designed to help teachers use digital badges as rewards for accomplishing learning goals. The badges can be a useful tool for teachers to keep track of individual student accomplishments as they help learners focus on making progress.

Teen @CGressmanTHS builds a PLN to spread ideas about the key to giving the gift of learning

The Innovative Educator

High school student Courtney Gressman made a powerful public service announcement as part of her social studies class titled “ Learning is NATURAL. The Way We Learn Should Be OPTIONAL.” Unlike most high school students, however, her work didn’t stay locked in the walls of the classroom.

Create Certificates with Autocrat

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Autocrat is a versatile mail merge script created by Andrew Stillman that can be used to generate and send documents to recipients. You can send letters, assignments , grades & comments , lesson plans , and more with Autocrat.

The Obsolete Tech Director

Tom Murray

The role of the typical school district technology director has become obsolete. Speak with your average teacher in many school districts in the U.S., and you’ll find the technology department is better known for getting in the way than for serving the educational needs of both staff and students. Many technology departments, led by obsolete tech directors, are inadvertently inhibiting learning. The mantra of “lock it and block it” no longer works in a 21st century digital learning environment

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.

Thoughts Worth Sharing from Edutopia

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Here is a very nice poster from Edutopia to enjoy! On Teaching. View PDF


The Importance of Unit Planning in a BOLD (Blended Learning)/21st Century Classroom

Saving Socrates

Over the past few months, I have been fortunate enough to work closely with the Magen David Yeshivah blended learning teachers. I created a blended learning template that I adapted from the original Grant Wiggins template on unit planning. I am passionate about unit planning instead of lesson planning alone for all the reasons it has largely been adopted by most good school districts across the country.

Mobile Photography in the Classroom


By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Stephen Davis Mobile photography in the classroom is quickly becoming an excellent tool teachers can use. After all, students and teachers think in images. Images in all aspects of life are increasing in number and sophistication. We have moved from a print-based society to a visual-based society for much of our […]. The post Mobile Photography in the Classroom appeared first on OnCUE. Learn Education Technology

Professional Development Reform: 8 Steps to Make it Happen

Tom Murray

Every year, school districts around the country waste a tremendous amount of time and money on ineffective professional development. The traditional model of “sit and get,” where a one-size-fits-all approach is utilized, yields abhorrent results. Ask teachers from typical school districts in America their thoughts on traditional in-service time, and the feedback won’t be pretty. Professional development in many districts must undergo radical reform, from a model that’s outdated and ineffective


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.

Create Images with Buncee

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I love to create with images and multimedia so today I am excited to discover Bunce. Here is the official description of Buncee.

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Becoming a 21st Century Reader: Pointers for Using E-books and E-Reader Apps

The 21st Century Principal

E-reading has matured to the point that the software for the PC and the apps for the tablets are extremely reliable, and offer users options to make reading electronically comparable, if not better, then reading a physical book. I am an avid reader, and I can count the number of "physical books" I purchased last year on a single hand, and those books were purchased only because e-books were not available.

The Innovative Educator named blog to follow in 2014

The Innovative Educator

What a nice gift this holiday season to find that Common Sense Media''s Graphite blog listed this The Innovative Educator as one of the 11 to follow in 2014. This blog was in great company with several members of my personal learning network being named as well. Here is the rest of the list: 1. Steven Anderson @web20classroom 2. Richard Byrne @rmbyrne 3. Lisa Dabbs @teachingwthsoul 4. Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher 5. Michael Gorman @mjgormans 6. Mary Beth Hertz @mbteach 7. Erin Klein @KleinErin 8.

Building a Positive School Culture

Tom Murray

Schools around the country are being cleaned, waxed, and made to look their best in preparation for another year. It’s about this time when principals begin planning for the new year. Data is analyzed, goals are formed, schedules reworked, communication to parents planned, etc. But where does school culture fit into planning for next year? What steps can principals take to build a positive school culture and strong team? Lead by example. It’s simple. As a whole, staff members watch and mimic

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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.

2 Ways to Track Santa in 2013

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

This year Google has brought us a multimedia rich Santa Tracker which will use street-view technology to help us follow Santa''s big journey on Tuesday evening. Now there is an alternative to tracking Santa through the NORAD cameras. Which will you chose?

Wisdom for the School Leader: Coping with the What-If's

The 21st Century Principal

How many times a day does someone, perhaps one of your teachers or even a parent come to you reminding you of the "What-If''s" that you and your school currently face. For example, they say, "What if it snows next week during exams and state testing?" Or, "What if parents become upset with your decision to delay report cards?" As a school leader, there is no shortage of people around you reminding you of all the possible outcomes of a given situation.


The Innovative Educator

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Digital Leadership for School Leaders

Tom Murray

Year after year, hundreds of millions of dollars are funneled into technology initiatives and resources in school districts throughout the country. From hardware and software, to infrastructure and one-to-one devices, money is flowing into programs and tools for schools like never before, but are these technology devices and tools making a worthwhile impact considering the cost? Who’s leading such implementation and reform? As these tools become more prevalent in schools, it’s school leaders

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.

Elf Yourself this Season

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

If you want a few genuine laughs this season, why not take a few minutes to put those camera photos to use and Elf Yourself? Choose your music and create an elf dance with the ones you love.

Dr. Panda's Bus Driver


The Dr. Panda series continues to produce fun apps with educational possibilities. Specifically, the series of apps (and I need to write about the others) provides a context for exploring different settings and situations in the real world.

The hottest posts that 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 Does Twitter have a minimum age requirement? Jun 13, 2013, 1393 When and How Should Kids Learn to Type?

Professional Development: Let's Work Together

Tom Murray

It was sitting at a breakfast meeting three years ago with a colleague in a neighboring school district and my close friend, Rich Kiker (@rkiker) that it hit me. Rich and I were discussing needs in our home districts, plans moving forward, effective aspects of our professional development, and how to continue to improve on our already successful programs. As we sat there eating our eggs, we began to see clearly, how through a few simple steps, we could continue to help transform professional

EdTech at School

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