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The Right Way is Your Way

A Principal's Reflections

I have read some very thought-provoking posts and associated commentary over the past couple of weeks focusing on how particular educators use social media. What I have found interesting is the powerful opinions as to how one should use social media.

Dan Pink (Give-Away): To Sell is Human (@DanielPink ) Autographed *new* book!


One Book that Changed the Way I Teach Anyone that follows my digital footprint knows that I admire the work of Dan Pink. image/info from Daniel H.

Reuse, update and recycle old technology

Educational Technology Guy

Technology changes rapidly and it seems like something you just bought last week is already outdated and replaced by something new. Some people and companies are always buying the latest and greatest technology, but schools, and most people, can''t afford to do that. So, what can we do?

3 Ways to Embrace Change This Year

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Teachers embracing technology to support the Common Core and new ways of teaching may want to get organized and prepared for some positive changes. Here are 3 ways to get ready for change in the New Year.

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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.

EdTechSandyK's Top Five Posts of 2012


White Rocket Burst Used With Permission As the new year begins, I thought it would be interesting to start my 2013 postings by looking back on the five most popular posts on this blog from 2012.

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Great Tips, Resources and Ideas for Going Paperless in the New Year

Educational Technology Guy

I am a big fan of going paperless whenever possible and technology just keeps making it easier to do. Google is one of the sponsors of the Paperless pledge and has some tips, resources and ideas for going paperless and I have collected a variety of resources and tips. Here they all are.Check them out and check out Paperless2013 and sign up for more tips.

Digital Literacy Badges

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Set a Goal and Earn a Badge! It''s simple. In an attempt to promote digital literacy and contribute positively to implementation of the Common Core I am pleased to introduce Beye Badges. Set a Goal and Earn a Badge! It''s simple. This is a virtual classroom so anyone can participate.

Are we more intelligent?

Learning with 'e's

This is part 2 of the series on technological futures. When discussing the future, especially the future of technology, there are some writers who almost always seem to be quoted.

Google+ Communities Live Brainstorm - January 9th

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Wednesday, January 9th, for a live Futureof community conversation and brainstorm to talk about the use of Google+ Communities , and specifically for learning and education.

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.

Getting Organized Tips and Resources

Educational Technology Guy

GET ORGANIZED!! Here are some tips on getting organized. I am a very organized person (type A personality and was an engineer for ten years) and I used to teach organizational skills to other employees at one of my jobs. There are a ton of different organizational methods out there, but it is actually pretty easy to be organized and stay that way using some free tools. I use a variety of tools to keep myself organized and share them with colleagues, administrators, teachers and with students.

Digital Literacy Badge #1 - Design Your Digital Self

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Design Your Digital Self - Promoting Digital Literacy An activity intended for all My Digital Self - blogmaster 1. Create Your Avatar. Save it as a.jpg for later use. Create your own Playlist on MentorMob! Sign up or log in to ThingLink Log In or Sign Up 3. Upload your avatar to ThingLink.

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Communication and learning in a digital age

Learning with 'e's

The latest issue of the online open journal eLearn Centre Research Paper Series has just been published.

Start the New Year with a new way to look at students who don't seem to care

The Innovative Educator

There is more than one way to look at someone. "My students don't know how to learn. They don't know how to succeed. And, it doesn't seem like they care to change any of that.

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.

Becoming Authentic Leaders: Coming to Terms with Our Shadows in the New Year

The 21st Century Principal

In the pursuit of 21st century leadership, there is much talk about authenticity. As Lama Surya Das writes, “Just as we are all born with innate luminosity, so too we are all born with a darker or shadow side.” In the interest of becoming authentic 21st century school leaders, it is vital that we come to terms with our shadows. Just as often happens in our lives outside our leadership roles, we often find ourselves struggling with our own “shadow elements” in our many leadership roles.

Create a Figurative Language Poster

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Figurative language spirals through the Common Core (CCSS) along with the seemless integration of research and technology. Why not combine the three to create figurative language posters? is a free tool to create attractive posters.

The future of classrooms

Learning with 'e's

This is the fourth blog post in my series on the future of learning and technology. What will be the future of school classrooms? It is unlikely that we will see the demise of the classroom in the next decade.

How will you help datapoint students who are standing up and speaking out

The Innovative Educator

Noa Rosinplotz at Spelling Bee via Flickr More and more students are waking up, standing up, and speaking out against standardized testing. Most recently 6th grade student Noa Rosinplotz posted the following story on her Facebook Page aptly named Datapoints.

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.

iPad or Samsung Tablet? Get the iPad

The 21st Century Principal

FINAL UPDATE 1-1-2013: Just to let everyone know, Samsung absolutely refuses to resolve this issue with the Galaxy Tab 7.7. In a phone call today with Verizon tech support, their hands are tied because SAMSUNG WILL NOT SUPPORT THE DEVICE. They refuse to acknowledge there is a problem, and made no offer to me to even explore the issue. I am amazed of the arrogance demonstrated by Samsung in this matter.

Digital Literacy Badge #3 - Savvy Searcher

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Why do so many students choose Wikipedia from search results even though the reading level is relatively high? Familiar results, like McDonalds, you always know what you''re going to get.

The future of intelligence

Learning with 'e's

This is the third in a series of blog posts on the future of learning and technology. In my previous blog post I examined the debate about whether we are becoming more intelligent or less intelligent as a result of our prolonged and habituated uses of technology.

Thursday Interview - Jim Knight on Elevating the Teaching Profession

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, January 3rd, for a live and interactive interview with Jim Knight, on his book High Impact Instruction : A Framework for Great Teaching.

EdTech at School

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

This is how Democracy ends — Apology from a former teacher

The Innovative Educator

Recently Kris Nielsen , the Teacher Dropout I featured on my blog last month, wrote this to me on Facebook: A while back, I asked you if you saw any redeeming qualities about CCSS. Your answer got me thinking. Since then, you could say I've seen the light. To follow is the post he wrote that appears on his blog Middle Grades Mastery.

Digital Literacy Badge #2 - Curate Your Content

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Why Curate? Collect, organize, store and manage web content in flexible ways to allow for shared resources that are accessible online. Use bookmarklets for efficient one click content collection. Enjoy the social aspect as you are ultimately connected to the ideas of others.

Facing the future

Learning with 'e's

At the end of each year many of us tend to focus on the future, wondering what it will bring. We wish each other a happy New Year, and hope that life will treat us kindly. We try to shape our own futures by making New Year resolutions, many of which fall by the wayside after a week or two.

10 Super Geeky Tips for the New Year 2013

The Daring Librarian

I was going to update this post from last year & add some new stuffs for 2013 because this IS the time of year that I do try to do my Geeky housecleaning. But dag.this post holds up! So.being sorta lazy anyway I''m going to re-post it with new commentary!

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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.

Why are we here?

The Playground Advocate

Warning: This is one of those posts in which I''m thinking out loud to try to get at what I believe. This goes down a few rabbit holes before arriving at a conclusion. You may want to wait for the movie. I''ve been sitting on this post for a while now. I''m not sure why.

On Getting Today

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

On GettingSmart Today


Why the Chromebook Matters.


In 1998 I attended a mini conference at Sun Microsystems in Redwood City, California. I was there because a more seasoned teacher, Larry, who had taken me under his wing, told me it would be fun. We sat in a small conference hall with a bunch of engineers while a bespectacled, big-haired guy at the… EdTech chromebooks computer sun microsystems Technology