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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.

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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Technology changes rapidly and it seems like something you just bought last week is already outdated and replaced by something new.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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Why the Chromebook Matters.

Question Tank

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

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.

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.

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.

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 on Apple: Google Maps


Toward the end of 2012, Google released a flurry of updates and new apps for iPad, many of them useful for SLPs.

Top 5 most popular technology solutions in 2013

The Innovative Educator

Here are my predictions for the five most popular technology solutions we’ll begin seeing more of in 2013. 1) Lifting the ban Policymakers will stop banning and start embracing the use of cell phones and other student-owned digital devices in school. This will help provide equity and access to students using the tools they use in life and need for success in the world.

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 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.

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.

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.

Extraordinary education happenings in 2012

The Innovative Educator

17-year-old Nikhil Goyal nails it with his take on the Best of 2012: The Five Most Extraordinary Things to Happen in Education for GOOD magazine. Goyal hits on five transformative developments effecting education this year. The one I''m most jazzed about for innovative educators is how students were able to use the power of social media to have a voice in the education conversation.

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.

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.

EdTech at School

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