Sat.Jun 22, 2013 - Fri.Jun 28, 2013

My #ISTE13 Reflections from San Antonio!


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Google Reader is Shutting Down July 1st - here's a great replacement

Educational Technology Guy

Lots of people use Google Reader as their RSS feed reader, including a few thousand who follow this blog using the RSS feed. Google is shutting down Google Reader as of July 1st. Here''s how you can backup your subscriptions and a great replacement you can use.

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The Role of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Making Education Available to All

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Juliana Meehan - Teacher of English at Tenafly Middle School and candidate for New Jersey principal’s certification through NJ EXCEL, currently interning with Principal Eric Sheninger at New Milford High School. She is also co-creator of IOCS project.

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Grow Your Twitter Network With a Spiffed Up Profile


Are you an educator just getting started on Twitter? Or have you been on Twitter for a while and would like to increase your ability to connect to others? From my experience on Twitter, here are a few simple tips about your profile that might help you connect to more people.

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.

Student-run Twitter chat to learn more about WW2

Kairos EdTech

It''s 10:00pm and kids are on Twitter. chatting with their friends. What''s surprising about that? Nothing really, if the topic of their chat were the usual, but tonight, they''re discussing major issues regarding WW2. Now that''s unusual!

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Adopting a Digital Disruptor Mindset to Transform Education

The 21st Century Principal

“When people adopt technology, they do old things in new ways. When people internalize technology, they find new things to do.” James McQuivey, Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation When it comes to engaging in innovation with technology, the mindset we take toward technology is extremely important. We can either take a "technology adopter" mindset or we can take a "digital disruptor" mindset.

Collaborative Learning with ThingLink - Wagon Wheel

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Yesterday I created an interactive image to demonstrate how easy it is to engage in collaborative leaving with ThingLink. If you explore the live image, you will discover the Padlet online board that is being used to assemble collaborator''s thoughts.

Bringing ISTE 13 home

Kairos EdTech

Photo by Larry S. Anderson ISTE''s Annual Conference is very simply the Mecca of EdTech learning. With an attendance of about 18,000 people* , it draws educators from all over the world.

10 Killer iPad Projects Students Will Love #ISTE13


Notes from ISTE13 Concurrent Session Holly Dornak and Jessica Dyer, ITS''s, Lamar CISD All presentation resources posted here: [link] - Goal is to use the iPad or whatever device it might be to do higher level skills/ higher levels of Blooms. iPad Essential Skills - allow students to teach you if necessary! Spotlight Search - Kinder on up can do this with training!

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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.

Calendars and Calendars+ by Readdle: Excellent Google Calendar App for the iPad

The 21st Century Principal

I have never been completely happy with the calendar app I have been using on my iPad. I have been using the Google Search app for both my email and my calendar, and it has worked fine for email, but the calendars feature has a great deal of quirks causes quite a bit of frustration.

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A quiet invasion

Learning with 'e's

This image shows students taking notes. Whenever I show this image, I see many people in my audiences nodding in recognition. It seems to be a familiar, every day occurrence in some classrooms. In others it is rare or unlikely, because mobile phones are banned in some schools and colleges.

SAMR - Teaching Above the Line

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Image created by the amazing Janet Barnstable For as long as I can remember I have been an advocate for helping teachers understand the stages of technology integration in order to effectively use tech as a tool for learning.

Mapping with Google MOOC

Kairos EdTech

I recently took and finished the MOOC on mapping provided by Google. It was such a great experience. The entire course was available online for free and I was able to earn this certificate from Google.


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.

QuickAgenda: Easy-to-Use and Simple Meeting Note App for Your iPad

The 21st Century Principal

If you’re looking for a much, much simpler app for your iPad or iPhone to keep track of meeting information like meeting notes, talking points, action items, there’s an app for that called QuickAgenda.

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5 tips to help students write for career success

The Innovative Educator

Here is how most of my writing starts. The unspoken truth about teaching writing in schools is that few people doing so are published writers themselves. What's worse, the message that students get is that in school they don't focus on writing for real.

Learning Through Music & Collaboration

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Time for a bit of summer fun. Please click on the link to contribute ideas to kickoff a project with Padlet. Please contribute to this board. Click to view

Learning in round spaces

Learning with 'e's

Plymouth University''s Immersive Vision Theatre Traditionally, classrooms have been rectangular. Square buildings are easier to design and cheaper to build.

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.

8 Books for Summer Reading and Professional Development

The 21st Century Principal

Looking back through my reading notes, if I had to select 7 books that I suggest as “Must-Reads for the Summer of 2013” here’s those seven. Each of these books forced me to examine and challenge fundamental assumptions I had about teaching, technology, leadership and education.

Directions for Getting Our Faculty Up and Running on Google+ and Hangouts

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I put together this set of directions for our faculty so that they can participate in our weekly Tech Staff Office Hours Google+ Hangout sessions this summer. I thought the information might be useful to others as well. (We

Wagon Wheel Through the Lens of the Common Core

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

The wheels are turning slowly, but that''s okay. Let''s start with vocabulary and the big picture. Here are the lyrics, wordled and connected to the Common Core Shift #6 - Vocabulary. It''s a good way to dig deeper into words.

3 ways to use the old-school phone to enrich learning

The Innovative Educator

One of the oldest forms of mobile social networking is the old-school phone call. Innovative educators like Will Richardson and Marc Prensky have said, “ Life is an open phone test.” Except at school.

EdTech at School

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

Advantages of Using eNewsletter Services to Inform and Connect with Stakeholders

The 21st Century Principal

“E-mail newsletters (eNewsletters) are a valuable cost-effective way to keep your school at the top of your target audience’s mind.”

Creating Digital Notebooks with OneNote #ISTE13


Notes from ISTE 2013 Concurrent Session Helen Gooch Instructional Technology Coordinator Microsoft Innovative Educator All resources will be uploaded to ISTE website by the end of the week. Why OneNote? OneNote is like a bookshelf full of notebooks. Each notebook can have tabs. You can sort all of the notebooks and tabs. Notebooks can be shared. Changes can be tracked. Allows for seamless work.

Mastery Connect - An Essential Tool for the CCSS

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Without a doubt, the most useful reference tool I use when planning CCSS aligned technology powered learning experiences is Common Core , by Mastery Connect. I have the widget installed on my websites and wikis. I have the app on my iPad and iPhone.

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PicMonkey is Pretty & Pretty Free for ISTE!

The Daring Librarian

UPDATE from PicMonkey: Beloved educators, our cup ran-eth all over the place! Thank you so much for your interest in PicMonkey''s special ISTE promotion for Gwyneth Jones'' readers. Unfortunately, the promo code went wild on the internet and we, frankly, ran out.

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.

6 Steps for Curbing Email Miscommunication

The 21st Century Principal

“The good news about modern communications is we do not have to do it face-to-face we can use email. The bad news is we do not do it face-to-face we use email. Yes, the good news is that we can, and the bad news is that we do.” Chade-Meng Tan, Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness, (And World Peace) How many times have you sent an email and immediately regretted doing so after pushing the send button?

Summer Watching: Body Language and Life Outcomes


It is rare that I watch a TED talk that it doesn''t change my thinking in some way, at least temporarily. Isn''t that what learning is about? I often intend to watch more of these talks and don''t succeed, but I recently noticed that TED is available on Netflix. Not that it was hard to access the resources from the multidisciplinary Technology, Entertainment, Design (and much more) conferences, given the great (free) website and iPad app, but streaming it on my TV is even better.

Explore, Learn, Contribute & Share

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Just having a bit of summer fun today sharing and collaborating about music. Join us! The Wagon Wheel is growing nicely