Sat.Jun 08, 2013 - Fri.Jun 14, 2013

5 Leadership Questions To Finish (And Start) The School Year With

The Web20Classroom

In many places, the end of the school year is upon us. Students are eagerly waiting for that final bell to ring, and teachers are busy making those final preparations to finish things out.

Forging Ahead With Change

A Principal's Reflections

As the school year comes to an end at New Milford High School, I can’t help but begin to think about sustaining the many changes that have taken place over the past few years as well as identifying other areas where change is needed.

Google Docs Research Template - A Stepping Stone

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Google Docs Presentation is well-suited for use as a tool for short student driven research projects because of the availability of efficient integrated research tools right on the page. Earlier this year I designed a template to introduce teachers to the usefulness of the tool.

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Time-Saving Tech Tips


You can eat, breathe, and sleep technology, and still not come close to knowing all of the short-cuts which could save you copious amounts of time at work or in your personal life. I was reminded of this when a David Pogue TED talk came across my radar earlier this week. I personally learned six new things from his less than six minute talk! The first tip he shares is my favorite. Take a few minutes to watch Pogue''s presentation. It''s entertaining as well as informative.

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.

Does Twitter have a minimum age requirement?

The Innovative Educator

Twitter used to be very clear that you had to be 13 to use their site. In fact, it was the first bullet in the "Basic Terms" section. On September 18, 2009, Twitter released a new Terms of Service that omitted the age requirement which you can see here

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Open School ePortfolio for Authentic Assessment

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

An ePortfolio is a collection of student work that is used to document effort, progress, and achievement over time. Students become actively involved in their own learning as they engage in goal setting, decision making and self-reflection.

How to Tap into Digital Resources in the Classroom?

Kairos EdTech

Photo under CC licence by Giulia Forsythe extracted from Flickr Our classrooms are becoming digital.

5 ways innovative educators can spice up their Linkedin profile

The Innovative Educator

Crossposted at Smartblogs Linkedin is the 21st century resume. As such, part of supporting college and career readiness includes having an updated online image.

Why I don't want an IWB (Interactive Whiteboard)

Nik Peachey

Recently, I have been asked quite few times about IWBs and which ones are best etc. My usual answer is 'none' and then I have to explain, so I thought, instead of explaining I would write this post so that I could point people towards each time they ask.

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.

Webinar: Unpacking the Common Core -Technology Powered Projects

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Technology can be a powerful tool to help us meet the Common Core Standards and prepare our students for success in school and beyond, and a great way to use that technology is with student projects.

Why Content Matters to the 21st Century Teacher

Saving Socrates

When I began seriously thinking about entering the teaching profession, I never thought I would actually need to justify the need for content. In fact, the reason I initially went into education was the instill in my students the same love towards country and knowledge of history I had been given when growing up. It was second nature to me. American History was something I was dedicated to, almost like a religion. It remains something true and dear to me.

Where does world-changing fit into the #CCSS ?

The Innovative Educator

My friend Angela Maiers has been visiting me in New York and came over last week totally jazzed about helping kids in a school she visited change the world during the last couple days of school.

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CUE the Lights…on With the Show!


Preview of CUE CEO Mike Lawrence’s UpFront Column in the upcoming Summer 2013 issue of the OnCUE Journal. While my parents weren’t classroom teachers, it is clear looking back that they understood the power of media as an instructive tool. They surrounded me with opportunities to engage my young neurons using video, voice, art, and song. […]. The post CUE the Lights…on With the Show! appeared first on OnCUE. CUE News

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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.

Unpacking the Common Core: Tech Powered Projects

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Earlier today I presented a webinar for Simple K12. I packed a lot of content and resources into the 30 minute presentation so I am publishing the interactive slideshow here. The slideshow has plenty of links to explore. These resources can be viewed at your own pace. Note: To view everything on each slide, click the bunny slippers instead of the arrow to advance the slideshow. Click the X to view full screen. Good news!

Interactive Books and More with Collins' Big Cat Series


Harper Collins'' "Big Cat" Series of apps for iPad is not to be missed- you should be sure to download all 8 of the apps while they are free! These interactive books are great for your early learners or those working on developmentally lower skills.

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Students Talk Social Media in Education via the 1st #StuVoice Google Hangout

The Innovative Educator

Student Voice launched their first Google Hangout. The topic was: Learning in the 21st Century: Social Media in Education. During the hangout participants discussed how they are using social media in their education and how they think it can better be used in their learning experience. Here are the topics that were discussed. Education on proper use - Social media is an effective and necessary tool when those using it are educated properly on its use.

iBooks History PBL - Recap

Kairos EdTech

Click here Click here Click here Click here iTunes U course for educators to implement the project. Access to documents, descriptions, rubrics, etc. Click here This is the description of the project we wrote for the local media: Our students live and learn in a different way than most of us did.

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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.

Starting a Writing Class with KidBlog

My Paperless Classroom

So this week I am super-excited to be sharing my passion about writing with a new group of students. I spent today setting up the site for the Dawson College bound writing program.

"Apptastic Apps for Learning" Featuring Remind 101

Comfortably 2.0

Today''s edition of Apptastic Apps for Learning" is all about Remind101. Remind101 is the best and safest way for you as a teacher to text your students and stay in touch with parents. You can use it on your computer or you can send messages from your iPad or Android device.

Disruptive education

Learning with 'e's

Earlier today at the EDEN Annual Conference at the University of Oslo, I interviewed June Breivik. June, who is at the Norwegian Business School will be presenting a keynote speech tomorrow at the event on ''Disruptive Education.''

Google SMS discontinued. Try these great alternatives.

The Innovative Educator

Google SMS provided a great way for students to learn right from their phones. Sadly, now they are gone. Google's decision to streamline their services, unfortunately leaves behind so many of our students who don't have access to the internet. Fortunately, in the world of Web 2.0 once one service is out, another one or two gems are usually standing by in the wings to replace it.

EdTech at School

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

Anyone Up for a Cardboard Challenge ala Caine's Arcade?

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

I attended Kamehameha''s Kukulu Kaiaulu 2013 conference last week. Imagine: Building Global Communities was the theme. Boy, did it start off with a bang! The opening keynote was indeed about imagination and building global communities.

GTA Chicago application video

Kairos EdTech

This is my application video for the Google Teacher Academy to be hold in Chicago. I''d like to thank all the people who have contributed to this happening, the ones who have provided feedback and my PLN for showing support. If you haven''t considered applying for this, I really recommend you should.

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The kids are all right

Learning with 'e's

This morning, here in Oslo, it was all about the kids. And why not? Too often we gather to discuss education, to expound on learning theories and to congratulate ourselves for our pedagogical prowess, and yet we miss the crucial element, the context which should be central to everything we do.

Taking Time to Reflect as a School Leader: Courageously and Respectfully

The 21st Century Principal

“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.” Pema Chodron One, sometimes ignored, fundamental practice of leadership is “self-reflection” or “introspection.” In our busyness of the day, we forget, or fail, to take time to reflect and look within, which is where the core of who we are as leaders comes from.


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.