Sat.May 18, 2013 - Fri.May 24, 2013

Google accepting applications for next Google Teacher Academy (GTA) in Chicago July 24-25

Educational Technology Guy

Google is now accepting applications for the next Google Teacher Academy (GTA) in Chicago, Illinois on July 24-25. This is a great, free, professional development experience for educators that Google runs around the world. Teachers who have attended always give it rave reviews.

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Google Tools To Check Out

The Web20Classroom

Most folks are familiar with the most common Google tools. Search, Hangouts, Docs, Mail, Drive all are used by countless folks around the world. In fact this blog is written with Google Blogger. I use Google and live there most days.

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Game Design as a Catalyst For Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Over the course of this school year, I have been fortunate enough to share ideas on technology integration with Judy Wilson , my children’s principal at P.S. 3 in Staten Island, NY.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Shoot and Edit Video

The Playground Advocate

In 1993, I was given the opportunity to visit a video production studio on the campus of Indiana University as part of a class I was taking for my computer endorsement on my teaching license. I really had two takeaways that day: 1.

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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.

CloudConvert - online file format conversion

Educational Technology Guy

CloudConvert is a free, online file format conversion service that lets you easily convert files from different formats. Simply select, or drag and drop, your files, select options (email when done, send to Dropbox, send to Google Drive) and off you go.

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Happy Birthday Blog!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

My blog turns one-year old today! 21,263 page views Thank you to all who have read my blog this year! I know I haven''t posted much lately, but I have a list of topics to write about once I get through the end of the school year. Please continue reading and sharing my posts!

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Which Model of Project-Based Learning Is Needed in 21st Century Schools?

The 21st Century Principal

“PBL has been practiced in various ways in education and has become increasingly common with the advent of of digital technologies in recent years.” Yong Zhao, World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students Project-Based Learning (PBL) is being touted as the 21st century answer to how we should be educating students and the perfect delivery-system for the Common Core State Standards.

Google Apps and Chromebooks Training Resources

Educational Technology Guy

I put this list together for our district as we are going with GAFE and Chromebooks and I figured I''d share it here too.

Learning theories for the digital age

Learning with 'e's

I pointed out recently that many of the older theories of pedagogy were formulated in a pre-digital age. I blogged about some of the new theories that seem appropriate as explanatory frameworks for learning in a digital age.

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.

The packet-driven classroom

The Innovative Educator

Jeff Bliss got our attention when he shared his frustration with his teacher, classmates, and the world about his learning environment.

7 Principles to Guide Amazingly Simple School Improvement Plans and Planning

The 21st Century Principal

“The simple way isn’t always the easiest. Often it requires more time, more money, and more energy. It might require you to step on a few toes. But more times than not, it will lead to measurably better results.”

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iBooks creation project gets coverage in Monterrey's local newspaper

Kairos EdTech

Apple content creation history iBooks iBooks Author Literacy PBL


Come to the Mobile Learning Experience in September 2013

The Mobile Native

Cross Post from @TonyVincent "Learning in Hand" It''s my pleasure to be on the team organizing Mobile Learning Experience 2013. It''s the third year of this fantastic conference.

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.

Wrong! Free computers don’t affect educational outcomes

The Innovative Educator

In case you missed it, a wrong-minded study was released this month from the National Bureau of Economic Research that says that computer ownership does not affect educational outcomes. Makes you wonder how on earth earth such misguided studies can even be commissioned.

Structuring Classrooms for Exploration, Risk-Taking and Engineering

The 21st Century Principal

“But engineering isn’t about perfect solutions; it’s about doing the best you can with limited resources.” Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture As Randy Pausch suggests, engineering isn''t about "looking for the one right answer or perfect solution." Engineering is about looking for solutions that work.

Using Teleconferencing for Language Acquisition and The Study of International Affairs

Saving Socrates

When I was about 9, I went on a trip to the Caribbean. There are two things I distinctly remember about this trip 1) that my brother almost drowned 2) that I made friends with an incredible girl from West Germany. Her name was Martha and she looked nothing like the "aryan ideal" we are taught about in studies of the Holocaust and WWII. She had beautiful green eyes and dark brown hair with natural red highlights.

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It’s the openness, stupid

Mark Smithers

Openness and Collaboration licensed CC BY 2.0 by Paul Downey. A couple of days ago I wrote a dreadful piece of drivel that I’ve since removed from this blog (not a step I take lightly but it was just that bad).


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.

5 ways to increase chances of a successful #1to1 implementation

The Innovative Educator

As more and more schools hop on the 1:1 or BYOD bandwagon in one way or another it is important to deeply consider proper implementation.


5 Abilities of Successful School Leaders in a Sea of Change.Mindful Leadership

The 21st Century Principal

“The new reality requires all leaders to have unprecedented presence of mind as a starting point from which to lead.” Maria Gonzalez, Mindful Leadership: The 9 Ways to Self-Awareness, Transforming Yourself, and Inspiring Others Having presence of mind in the midst of crisis and trouble is vital to leaders whether inside or outside education. To understand how vital, we only need look backward to great leaders who demonstrated great presence of mind in the midst of calamity and trial.

Wikiweb Shows Connections Between Topics


While Wikipedia is far from the gold standard of research sources, it does give a good general overview of topics and in my experience is quite well-written.

Google+ Hangouts: Cool Conversations and BookTalks Without Borders

The Daring Librarian

This is a story about Sister Libraries, Twitter, Google+ Hangout, and connecting kids! It all started with a Tweet by my dear friend & Tweep Tiffany Whitehead aka The Mighty Little Librarian and her awesome BFF EL teacher Alaina Laperouse both of Central Middle School in Baton Rouge Louisiana!

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EdTech at School

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

4 Ways to Provoke Change In Our Education System

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by Jaime R. Wood In his most recent TED Talk , Sir Ken Robinson says, “There are 3 principles on which human life flourishes, and they are contradicted by the culture of education under which most teachers have to labor and most students have to endure.diversity.curiosity.creativity.” What does it take to infuse these principles into the education systems we build?

Connecting 21st Century Learning, Technology, and Common Core Standards


21st century learning and technology integration are part of the Common Core design. 21st century skills include: CC by 3.0

Enter a competition to support youth in building a better web

Educator Innovator

For young people who ‘live on the web’, making the web a better place is an ideal version of community engagement and betterment. And they have many ideas about what a better web could be. Project:Connect engages youth-serving organizations in supporting young people to take on the challenge of creating a better web community. An opportunity and a challenge.

Innovative tool for the NYC mayoral race

The Innovative Educator

Who should be New York City's next education mayor? Gotham Schools helps citizens decide with an innovative tool which you can see in the photograph below. Visit the site at [link] I want more ». NYC Mayoral Race

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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 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. Post Views Was #JeffBliss disrespectful for using his #StuVoice. May 12, 2013, 12 comments 3888 5 ways to use Pinterest as a creation tool for lea.

Are You Ready for the Summer of Making and Connecting?

Educator Innovator

The Summer of Making and Connecting organizes hundreds of events, projects, and programs in communities across the nation, around the world, and online to help people connect learning to their interests and to enable teachers to learn from and network with their innovative peers. The campaign brings together organizations from the worlds of DIY, making, writing, and learning to build the Connected Learning movement.

Take up tinkering with Afterschool Alliance

Educator Innovator

Join the Afterschool Alliance for a three-part webinar series for afterschool and summer learning providers that want to embrace a maker culture. Designed for maker “novices”, the webinars will offer an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the learning philosophy that underpins making culture, and the chance to see and hear how it works in practice.