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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.

Professional Opportunities for Educators in 2014


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2014 Annual CUE Conference: We are Family


Written By CUE Member Lisa Nowakowski @NowaTechie Trying to get all my thoughts, feelings, and experiences of CUE 14, in one blog post has been a challenge. How can I possibly sum up: the friends I made, the friends I caught up with, the ideas that inspired me, the conversations I had?

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.

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.

Bucking the Trend

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Michael Warren , a Social Studies Teacher at Hasbrouck Heights High School in NJ. Michael recently visited New Milford HS and reflected on hist visit below. You can follow him on Twitter at @mrwarren29.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Google Hangout on Air - Managing BYOD - Live on April 7th!

The Innovative Educator

Join me for a BYOD Google Hangout on Monday, April 7 th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Topic Managing the BYOD classroom Guests will discuss the following Getting started with byod management. Preventing distraction. Fostering trust in students who are using their own devices. The role of students in classroom management. Explaining this will work to administrators. Getting parents to support responsible use.


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.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

'Hang on to your hat--a flurry of event announcements: two big events coming up within just a few weeks that are going to be TERRIFIC; really fun notes about what we''ll be doing at ISTE this year as part of "ISTE Unplugged;" a brand new conference announcement for "Gaming in Ed;" the call for proposals our annual Library 2.0 conference; and more. :) All events are free (thanks to our terrific sponsors!). Learning Revolution Online Conference - April 21st - 25th, 2014 This event brings together people who are thinking about learning from our different and important learning places: the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional, and home learning worlds. What are we "learning about learning?" We will explore and bridge the conversations about learning that are common to these worlds, including: learning theory, learning practice, learning science, learning space design, and technology for learning. Monday - Wednesday are pre-event keynote evenings; Thursday and Friday are conference days. To learn more or submit a presentation proposal sign up at the Learning Revolution site. (I''m also looking for a core team of evangelists to drum up interest and excitement in the different learning worlds--contact me if you can help!) Reinventing the Classroom - May 1st, 2014 Thanks to sponsorship from Classflow we have just announced a new, free world-wide conference which will be held online and will focus on innovative classroom uses of ed tech. Oh, so much fun, Classroom 2.0 fans! Conference strands include the following topics: Teaching with Technology, Student Devices, Online Learning, Subject-Specific Ed Tech, Creative Ed Tech, Web 2.0 & Social Software, and Administrative Support. Learn more and sign up to present at ISTE Unplugged - June 27 - July 1 What do Audrey Watters and Kevin Honeycutt have in common? They are both going to be in Atlanta playing special roles at the annual five-day social media party that is ISTE Uplugged! Audrey will be hosting the all-day unconference ON FRIDAY that we now call Hack Education (previously EduBloggerCon), and Kevin is going to be convening a "digital jam" (in the way that only Kevin can) for the now-annual post-unconference Party --which is being hosted this year by ClassFlow , who have stepped up and are exclusively sponsoring all the ISTE Unplugged events (huge thanks to them for this!). Also--don''t miss our annual Global Education Day (now ON SATURDAY) and the always-happening-place-to-be Bloggers'' Cafe. This is the EIGHTH year of our activities at ISTE, so come join us! (And don''t forget that everything at ISTE this year is a day earlier than usual.) Gaming in Ed - September 15 - 19, 2014 I''m so excited to announce another brand new online event, the first Gaming in Ed conference, with co-chair Allisyn Levy from BrainPOP. This conference is so new we haven''t even settled on the strand list yet, but the first phase of the conference site is up and we will be announcing updates and some amazing keynote speakers. The call for proposals will open on May 15th. Details at Library 2.014 - October 8 - 9, 2014 Now in its fourth year, our future of libraries and librarianship virtual conference is always an amazing event--thanks in no small part to co-chair Sandy Hirsh from the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University--and the amazing keynote speakers she gets. The call for proposals opened April 1, so please consider presenting! We''ll also be having Connected Librarians Day on October 3, focusing on K-12 and teacher librarians. MORE Of course, Global Ed Con in November will be celebrating its FIFTH year, and the call for proposals will open May 1. Get ready! RSCON MiniCon number one was this past weekend, number two is in May, and the full deal is July 11 - 13. Stay tuned. Homeschool Conference II is August 7 - 8, Search Matters is August 14, and don''t miss our weekly newsletter and all the other event fun at The Learning Revolution Project. See you online!'

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.

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!

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.

The hottest posts 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 How obsolete is your school? Take this quiz to fin. Mar 19, 2014, 3773 Is boredom the real epidemic in our schools?

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.

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.

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.