Sat.Apr 05, 2014 - Fri.Apr 11, 2014

Professional Opportunities for Educators in 2014


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Inquiry-Based, Constructivist Learning in Physics

A Principal's Reflections

Every year New Milford High School teacher Tahreen Chowdhury teaches Newton’s laws of physics and most of the students are able to grasp the first and the second law. However, Newton’s third law is the one that is most contrary to their everyday intuition.

ThingLink Through the SAMR Lens

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

If you are a teacher with a passion for teaching, ThingLink is an essential tool for your toolkit. This flexible tool is well-suited for helping students dig deeper into content as they create. Learning to use ThingLink is an adventure worth exploring.

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Notes from Leadership for the Digital Age with Alan November - Day 2


Notes from day 2 of TASA''s Leadership for the Digital Age with Alan November. For my notes on Day 1 of this academy, which took place January 15, 2014, click here. Notes from the Discussion We no longer have to go to school if we want to learn.

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.

Almost 70% of teachers are not engaged. Here’s why that matters so much

The Hechinger Report

Wednesday Gallup released a major report on the State of American Schools. Their data paints a picture of schools performing as a complex ecosystem, with the wellbeing, engagement, and performance of teachers, students, and principals all intertwined.

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Integrating Technology Using the SAMR Model to Meet Common Core in the Classroom


There are many practical ways educators can move their students t hrough the SAMR model (Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition) through technology integration, to extend learning, to meet the common core standards and develop lifelong learners.

Let the VAM Lawsuits Begin: Issues and Concerns with Their High-Stakes Use

The 21st Century Principal

Lawsuits against states using value-added models in making teaching evaluation decisions has begun in earnest. There are now three lawsuits underway challenging the use of this controversial statistical methodology and the use of test scores to determine teacher effectiveness. This increase in litigation is both an indication of how rapidly states have adopted the practice, and how these same states failed to address so many issues and concerns with the use of VAMs in this manner.

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Pear Deck

Technology Tidbits

Pear Deck is a cool educational tool that interacts w/ Google Chrome (extensions) or Google Drive to create interactive quizzes/slides/presentations.

Three Time Saving (and Stellar) Sites for Educators and Students Doing Research

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Preparing for the #edchathi April Twitter chat today. The topic is: "Time Saving Tips for Educators" I''ll be recommending 3 time-saving sites for teachers and students doing research. Won''t you join us? The #edchathi chat will be from 6:00-7:00PM HST.

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.

Big Event Announcements: Learning About Learning, Reinventing the Classroom, ISTE Unplugged, Gaming in Ed, Library 2.014

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Look What We Found: POETRY!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

April is National Poetry Month , and, while I''m excited that poetry is showcased this month, really, poetry is all around us everyday. Rather than teaching an isolated poetry unit for two weeks during the school year, I incorporate poetry into every unit all year long.

Open scholarship

Learning with 'e's

There is much talk about openness in education. Most of us by now are familiar with open learning , and many could describe their use of open source software such as Moodle, Mahara, Linux and Open Office.

Do public schools beat private schools? The quality of evidence

The Hechinger Report

Tuition at many of New York City’s top private schools is over $40,000 a year. That’s more than Harvard. It’s grown almost 50 percent in the past decade–faster than private university tuition.

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.

Bose Soundlink Mini: Powerful, Compact Speaker for Your Tablets and Other Bluetooth Devices

The 21st Century Principal

While I am not sure whether this topic directly fits the needs of school leaders and educators, I have so enjoyed the sound the Bose Soundlink Mini provides so much, I just have to share it. Though please understand I am not a Bose or electronic salesman and I am not getting any fees for this post.

Virtual Nerd Mobile Math

Technology Tidbits

Virtual Nerd Mobile Math is an excellent free iOS app by education leader Pearson. This is a great Common Core aligned app that allows users to find educational videos, concepts, and tutorials on MS/HS Math.

Richly social and intensely personal

Learning with 'e's

Being invited to present the closing keynote speech at CSEDU in Barcelona was a great honour. CSEDU is the annual Computer Supported Education Conference which is now in its sixth year.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 8th Play is the highest form of research. Albert Einstein The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning.

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.

Revisiting Test Pep Rallies in a Season of Testing: Good Practice, Waste of Time, or Bad Ethics?

The 21st Century Principal

In 2011, I explored the topic of "Test Pep Rallies" in a blog post entitled " Test Pep Rallies: Good Practice or Waste of Time". With the advent of Race to the Top and the Obama administration''s education policy forcing states to elevate standardized tests to even higher stakes, I wondered if the practice had become even more prevalent. I again did a quick search for research on the topic, and as far as I can tell, no studies of whether the practice even affects student achievement exist.


Technology Tidbits

Sanderling is a new social network for professional development. This online community lets educators share their professional development stories as well as resources. Members can also find a nice list o resources such as: lesson plans, reviews, articles/links, and more.

The Psuedo-curriculum

I know this will be provocative for some of you but lately when I've heard people use the phrase "co-curriculum" I've silently translated it in my head to "psuedo-curriculum." " I'll explain more below but understand that I am not devaluing out-of-class activities but expressing frustration that we don't really value them. My frustration here has been long simmering but two strands of experience and thought are mingling and bringing things into focus for me.

School Culture and the Importance of Grit and Resilience

Saving Socrates

I was talking with a colleague from a different school today. She asked me what buy in from parents have to do with school culture? I answered her that it has EVERYTHING to do with school culture. The culture of the school, of any school, where you implement changes, however small, has to be one of grit and resilience. Of prioritizing students not just learning, but becoming the drivers of their learning.

EdTech at School

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

Blogging: Publishing, Connecting, and Engaging Other Educators Globally

The 21st Century Principal

Blogging is a way for educators to publish their ideas, connect with other educators and engage in audiences from around the world. As a self-publishing platform, blogs allow educators to share their ideas easily with other educators. For example, as an administrator, I often share how our school approaches a particular problem.


Technology Tidbits

Classcraft is a site/game I covered awhile back when it was part of a kickstarted campaign. I''m happy to say that this innovative RPG style game is now available for classrooms.

Inspiring story of social media giving @CarlysVoice a #StuVoice

The Innovative Educator

Carly Fleischmann hadn''t communicated with many people before she started using social media. That is because Carly doesn''t speak. Today however, social media has opened the door to give this very social young lady access to connecting with tens of thousands of people around the world.

Intro to Chromebook Interface Demo

Hansen's Link to Tech

This year and especially for the next couple years more and more schools and the general public will continue to hear more about the Chromebook and how it will be integrated in schools.

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.

Selecting apps, using Tony Vincents app rubric

Leading with Technology

Apps are everywhere and used in many different ways. When selecting an app there are many things to consider. Some of the things to consider may be what is app going to help my students learn. Is the app customizable, can many students use the app in different ways? How does this app allow for redefinition of learning. To help answer some of these questions and pick appropriate apps to use with students, I use the Tony Vincent app rubric from the website Learning in Hand

Padlet Update

Technology Tidbits

Padlet, formerly know as WallWisher, has just released a major update that will have a major impact in its use in education. Thanks to Richard Byrne''s award winning blog, I noticed that Padlet now will let users use a username to login rather then an email address. This is ideal for schools where sites requiring a student email address is an issue (CIPPA/COPPA compliance). For more information on Padlet''s login change click here.

Teen explains the power of a student PLN

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by Connor Wood I had never heard of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) before Lisa Nielsen asked me to write about mine. I did not originally set out to make a PLN. It just sort of happened as I started asking around for interviews for my education blog, Trismegistus Nab-tu-we. I also contacted author Henry Olsen and entrepreneur William Peregoy. They were both helpful in giving me the tools and ideas I needed to start my blog and autodidactism.