Sat.Dec 21, 2013 - Fri.Dec 27, 2013

50+ Free Interactive Games for Elementary

Kleinspiration

ABCya: The Leader in Education Computer Games for Kids! over 50 games for EACH grade level ~ ABCya.com 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.

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.

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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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.

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!

Kleinspiration

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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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.

Professional Learning Networks (PLN)

Tom Murray

Recently, I had the opportunity to record a Google Hangout with four connected educators on “Growing Your PLN.”

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.

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

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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.

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

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.

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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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.

Reflecting on 2013: The Reasons I Blog, and My Top 10 Posts

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

I get asked this question all of the time. Why do you blog? I enjoy it! That''s the #1 reason. I like documenting and reflecting on what I learn, for future reference. My memory bank is sometimes unreliable. That''s #2. I like sharing what I learn with others who might benefit. #3.

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

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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.

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?

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.

My Edublogs Best Free Education Web Tool 2013 *Favorites, *Ones I'll explore, and *Not on the list but on my radar screen for 2014

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Inspired by Shannon McLintock Miller ''s list of favorites from the Edublogs Best Free Education Web Tool 2013 list, I put together three lists of my own.

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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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D.C. Teachers Suffer Faulty Evaluations at Hand of Value-Added Measures: Is NC on Same Path?

The 21st Century Principal

I have made it known that I am no fan of using value-added measures in teacher evaluations. There''s just too much room for error, and there''s too many things that can go wrong, from the test to the calculations. Value-added calculations are done in a mysterious black-box and there is too little oversight and protection measures in place to ensure that the data is error-free. As the Washington Post reports here in "Errors Found in D.C.

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.

EdTech at School

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

Dr. Panda's Bus Driver

SpeechTechie

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.

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

Mr. LeBrun's 11 Homework

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I connected with Ross LeBrun via Twitter this past year and met face to face at TeachMeetNJ 2013. Ross is an ELA supervisor and an awesome #NJED educator. I greatly value his opinion and use him as a sounding board for some of my crazy ideas. He has commissioned me and 10 others to complete a 4-part blog post as a way for us to connect and share. Here we go! Part 1: 11 Facts about Me My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Despite being an extrovert online, I''m an introvert in person.

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Tackling the Difference Between the PD Teachers Want and What They Need Via the Professional Development Plan

Saving Socrates

This is a topic I have been hesitant to tackle. The reason being is that I never want to discourage a teacher from learning new things, or putting new items in their "toolbox;" however, I have found many times that teachers prefer to learn things that are catchy or sound cool, rather than learn about things they actually need to improve on as a classroom teacher to be more effective with their students.

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.

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.

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

Educator Innovators Unite for 2014 Digital Learning Day

Educator Innovator

Several Educator Innovator partners are participating in the upcoming 3rd annual Digital Learning Day on February 5, 2014 , an event that recognizes the powerful work of educators and youth, in school and out, who are making thoughtful use of digital tools. The Afterschool Alliance , Edutopia , YALSA , Digital Is , and the National Writing Project will be highlighting the ways digital tools are leveraged to support Connected Learning. Stay tuned for more information!