Sat.Feb 02, 2013 - Fri.Feb 08, 2013

The Administrator PR Machine

The Web20Classroom

It seems like everywhere we turn, education is under the microscope. From members of Congress to the mother next door, everyone has an opinion on education. What we should do and how we should do it. And, to me at least, the focus is on the negative. This is what''s wrong." "Why

Dropbox adds new features - document preview and photo sharing

Educational Technology Guy

Dropbox , the very popular cloud file/sync/backup/sharing service , has announced some new features, including document preview and photo sharing and sorting. You can preview PDF, DOC, DOCX, and PPT files by double-clicking on them.

Can't Keep Track of Volunteers for Valentines- Let Sharipe Help You Out


I was recently contacted by a company named Sharipe (share-uh-pee) to help spread the word about their current beta test that they are conducting.

Leadership Ignited

A Principal's Reflections

I have tweeted over the past couple weeks my excitement for the new structure of the NASSP Annual Conference. The leadership of NASSP is well aware of trends in and the value of connected learning and have created a learning experience that will meet the needs of all attendees.

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.

Organize, Curate, and Share Your Online Resources - #TCEA13


Scan the QR Code to Go to the LiveBinder Today Kim Garcia ( @DigitalLearners) and I ( @EdTechSandyK ) are presenting on the topic Organize, Curate, and Share Your Online Resources. Posted here are a link and a QR code which will take you to a LiveBinder with the resources for our presentation.

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Congrats to @MasteryConnect for New Million Dollar Investments!


I wanted to shoot out a quick email letting my readers know about an exciting landmark for one of my favorite education companies, Mastery Connect. As stated before, I''ve been using Mastery Connect before the Common Core was '' popular.''

8 ways to use social media to connect and coordinate with parents

The Innovative Educator

Social media can be a powerful tool to coordinate and connect with parents. At the school level, this is important work for everyone, from the classroom teacher to the principal.

Knowing When Not to Say Anything: 4 Times Silence Is Better Than Words

The 21st Century Principal

"While embracing the value of straight talk, school personnel also need to realize often there is one communication tool that is even more powerful and effective: no talk at all," writes Robert D.

Livescribe announces Discounted Education Pricing on SmartPens.

Educational Technology Guy

I''m a huge fan of the Livescribe SmartPens and use them daily in my role as CIO. I had also used it as a teacher. May administrators I know are looking at them for teacher evaluations and notes and students love them. These pens let you take handwritten notes, as well as record audio, and then sync these notes to Evernote, Google Drive and more. It''s a great way to take notes and then have them available anywhere.

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.

Twitter for Professional Learning - #TCEA13 #Twitter4PL


Today @MagisterWarren and I ( @EdTechSandyK ) are presenting a workshop on Twitter for Professional Learning at the TCEA 2013 Convention and Exposition. Below is a link to the LiveBinder with all of our presentation resources. If you are in the workshop with us, we hope you enjoy it! If you are just stopping by this blog, I hope the resources in the LiveBinder will be useful to you. You can also follow the hashtag #Twitter4PL to see what was tweeted on the topic before and during the workshop.

Social media for teachers

The Innovative Educator

Illustrated by Peter Grundy From Scholastic Instructor SOURCES: Social media PD: Project Tomorrow, “Speak Up 2011.” Twitter: Semiocast. YouTube: NielsenWire, “August 2012, Top U.S. Online Video Sites.” Facebook: Yahoo! Finance, “Number of Active Users at Facebook over the Years.”

Should You Flip Your Classroom?


By CUE Guest Blogger Ramsey Musallam, Ed.D Flipped Learning comprises moving facets of teaching out of the classroom and into homework time.

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Ideas for Establishing & Revising Your School or District's BYOD Policies

The 21st Century Principal

A Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy is a necessity in a 21st century school. I am not sure deciding whether or not to provide wireless Internet access to students is even optional anymore. With more and more of our students getting technological devices with WiFi capabilities, they come to our schools with the expectation that they are going to be connected.


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 Do Educators Use Twitter?


In preparation for a workshop I am co-teaching at the 2013 TCEA Convention and Exposition on Twitter for Professional Learning , I sent a few requests out to my Twitter followers to ask them to share why they use Twitter as educators. Considering it was Super Bowl Sunday, I think I got a pretty good number of responses! I asked the respondents to use the hashtag #Twitter4PL and used Storify to aggregate responses based on the hashtag.

Solution to combatting lonely, isolated educators: #PLN

The Innovative Educator

Feelings of isolation occur with some regularity among educators, especially those who teach in specialty areas and/or small schools. Teachers spend much of their day separated from peers in classrooms that can become silos.

Tonight - Laura Grace Weldon on "Free Range Learning"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me tonight, Thursday, February 7th, for a live and interactive conversation with Laura Grace Weldon on her book Free Range Learning : How Homeschooling Changes Everything.

5 Ways Schools or Districts Can Immediately Use Technology to Engage in Authentic Learning

The 21st Century Principal

"Opportunities brought about by the recent developments of technology have been almost completely missed in education," writes Yong Zhao in, World Class Learners; Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. Take a quick look in schools, and you will see that there are a great deal of "missed opportunities." You are still likely to see students sitting in rows, teachers at the front of the room lecturing, or students flipping pages in a textbook and answering questions at the end of chapters.

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.

Changing the world

Learning with 'e's

It's not often you get to talk with someone who has changed the world. That's exactly what I did this week in a glittering lounge in the Carlton Ritz Hotel, when I sat down with Steve Wozniak , co-founder (with Steve Jobs) of Apple.

What does an Ed Tech Coordinator Do?

The Innovative Educator


Takeaways from #tlchat #sschat combo convo "Student Collaboration, Research Skills and Tech Integration"

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Yes, this was a very special collaboration indeed, between #TLChat and #SSChat (teacher-librarians and social studies teachers). My main takeaway too-good-not-to-share from TLChat''s Virtual Cafe''s "Student Collaboration, Research Skills, and Tech Integration" was presenter Ron Peck''s slideshare.

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5 Keys to Effective Social Media Strategy for Schools and School Districts

The 21st Century Principal

Should schools and school districts have a "social media strategy" like business and industry? In the corporate world, social media has moved from being a novelty to a deliberate strategy to engage the public. It seems like schools and school districts mostly do social media as an add on, where someone in the central office "just happens" to post announcements to Facebook or Twitter. But if schools were going to be more deliberate about their social media strategy, what would they do?

EdTech at School

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

You can't walk where I walk

Learning with 'e's

Someone once told me that life is like a fast moving stream. You can put your foot into it, and even let it flow over you for a while, but you can never put your foot into the same river twice. That's quite profound, but there is something even more profound. It is this: You can't walk where I walk.

iversity 'social reading' tool enables collaborative engagement with learning materials

The Innovative Educator

iversity is a blend of a social network and an online learning workspace that aims to provide a state-of-the-art alternative to the clunky course management platforms such as Blackboard and Moodle and users can sign up for free. The platform can also be used to organize research projects or study groups and it embeds a ''social reading'' tool similar to Book Glutton that allows members of a group to collaboratively annotate documents and images.

Causes of the French Revolution - Flip

Kairos EdTech

This is a flip I created in TED-Ed to explain the causes of the French Revolution. Please take a look and provide your feedback at: [link] You will see all the different sections of the lesson.

2 Favorite Tech Tools to Save Web Content for Later Reading

The 21st Century Principal

Here''s a common tech problem those of us who read a lot of web content encounter: You encounter three articles on the web, and you don''t have time to read them. The old fashioned solution would have been to bookmark them and return to them later when you had time. But let''s throw in a wrinkle.

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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.