Sat.Nov 23, 2013 - Fri.Nov 29, 2013

LiveMinutes - Edit your Evernote notes in real-time with others!

Educational Technology Guy

LiveMinutes is a very cool app that integrates with Evernote (my all time favorite and most used app) and allows you to work on the same Evernote note with others, similar to Google Docs.

So.You Are Connected. Now What?

The Web20Classroom

Remember October? No, not Halloween. Although if you are like me might still have some of your kid''s candy still in the bucket on top of the refrigerator.) Remember, it was Connected Educators Month.

Holiday Door Decorations for Classrooms and Creative (but Simple) Winter Themed Bulletin Board Ideas!


My second grade classroom! Thanks to Pinterest for the Inspiration! We had a lot of fun this holiday at my school. We had two new teachers join our grade level. There are four of us on our second grade team. Thanks to Pinterest, we''ve all gained some creative inspiration this season.

Why Do You Blog? A Student's Perspective

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by New Milford High School sophomore Sarah Almeda. After learning about her Chemistry blog titled Avogadro Salad I asked her to share some insight on the importance of blogging from a student''s perspective.

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.

Google+ - what is it and how to get started using it

Educational Technology Guy

Google+ is Google''s social network and it has become my preferred social network. Facebook has gotten too political, although I do use it to keep in touch with friends and family. Twitter is great, but Google+ offers so much more - photos, videos, animations, longer postings and comments.

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My 2nd Graders Love Our New Beautiful Classroom Pet Environment from BioBubble!


Versatile. Creative. BioBubble. One of the most common requests I hear from my students is to host a classroom pet. Seemingly a small request, but so much work and so many choices. These little guys don''t take care of themselves like The Wonder Pets.

Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Public Relations

A Principal's Reflections

This post is the second in a series that will outline the foundational elements of my new book, Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times. It is set to be published by Corwin Press on January 14, 2014.


The Playground Advocate

My wife, along with several other people I know, has been making daily posts on Facebook this month, sharing the things she is thankful for.

mQlicker – Create Interactive Presentations

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

mQlicker is an audience response system that that allows users to turn a PowerPoint into an interactive slideshow to engage audiences and collect useful feedback. mQlicker is free, flexible and definitely worth checking out for use in a variety of educational settings.

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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.

Striving for Higher-Order Thinking and Depth of Knowledge


A little over a year ago, I read Higher-order thinking is the exception rather than the norm for most classrooms on Scott McLeod''s blog, Dangerously Irrelevant , and have been mulling it over, wondering if our school district is any different.

Edublog Awards 2013 - Nominations

Kairos EdTech

This is my first time participating in the Edublog Awards. Because blogging has been an instrumental part of reflecting on and improving my teaching and coaching practices, I''m excited to nominate the following candidates for these awards.

My #EduBroAwards Nominations

The Playground Advocate

A little background. the #EduBroAwards is an awards show for education that is now in its second year.

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3 Ways to Reduce Your Chances of Accidentally Bringing Up Explicit YouTube Content In Your Classroom

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

(11/26/13 update: This post has been revamped to include three, not two, methods of minimizing explicit results. Also, the title has been changed to reflect the slightly different focus of the post.)

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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.

Sleepless in cyberspace

Learning with 'e's

It was interesting to see that many of my students identified with some of the ''symptoms'' of computer dependency presented in the slideshow below. It got me thinking - how many of us are dependent to any extent on the technology we carry around with us?

LiveMinutes: Add Real-Time Collaboration to Your Evernote Account

The 21st Century Principal

With a new Evernote extension called LiveMinutes, users of the popular notetaking app can now collaborate with others in real-time on notes. Of course, you''ve always been able to share notes with others, but this process can end up with conflicting versions of the notes.

The Mobile Professor

Connecting 2 the World

One thing that #acwrimo has done is to remind me to blog my research ideas and insights as I''m developing them. With that in mind, I''ve decided to talk about some new research I am considering. Many of the ideas are still in the early stages, but the more I read and participate in online groups, the more I''m convinced this is research that needs to be done. The Mobile Adjunct Currently, I am involved in #adjunctchat, a community that meets on twitter at Tuesdays at 4:00 PM, New York time.

2 Unconferences in 2 Days: EdCamp Honolulu and EdCampOnline -- Part 1 of 2

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

I hadn''t ever been to an EdCamp before, so to attend two in two days was quite amazing. One event was in person, the other was online (a first not only for me, but for edcamps!). I thought about combining the two in one post. Too much!

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.

WHY? matters


In the Spring of 2012 I touredNeighborhood Centers Inc.''s s Choices in Educationin Houston where I had the honor of meeting some amazing people: teachers, administrators, family development workers, parents, students. We sat down with several of them throughout the tours and asked the same question each time: “Why does learning matter?” Everyone sat up straight, looked me in the eye, and shared deeply personal stories about their upbringing. Many dug deep into family tree roots. Others, in

Mendeley: Free or Inexpensive Research Reference Manager for Use Across Devices

The 21st Century Principal

One of the grandest lessons I''ve learned in one semester in my EdD, doctoral program, is that being able to organize all my journal articles and documents is a must.

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My Noms for the 2013 Edublog Awards


It''s Edublog awards time! The 10th Annual Edublog awards are once again a reminder to the districts of the power of the Capitol, and how they must never rebel against their country again. Oh wait, that''s The Hunger Games. They are on my mind this weekend for some reason. The Edublog awards are an effort to "promote and demonstrate the educational value of social media," particularly as some school districts block blogs and Twitter.

mauilibrarian2's 10 Nominations for the 2013 Edublogs Awards #eddies13

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

This is a fantastic reflective exercise for me! I had even more fun picking my favorites this year than last. I hope you find new people on this list who will inspire you , as they have inspired me.

EdTech at School

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

Ask, listen, and save our schools


In July 2011I participated in the Save Our Schools rally and march in Washington. Summer temps soared and the humidity had no mercy on the thousands of teachers, parents, students, and concerned citizens assembled peacefully across from the White House, yet the crowd kept growing. One marcher from Wisconsin lost her group while en route to 16th Street. When I asked what inspired her to attend the event, she noted that it didn''t matter who she walked with, so long as she walked.

Misplaced Faith in Value-Added Measures for Teacher Evaluations

The 21st Century Principal

Due to Race to the Top and the No Child Left Behind waivers, 41 states have now elected to use Value-Added Measures or VAMs as a part of teacher evaluations. This is done, without regard to the limitations these statistical models have and without any supporting research that says doing so will increase student achievement. What are those limitations?

Itching to upgrade? I did!


Sometime after the release of iOS7 I noticed my 3rd generation iPad was beginning to behave strangely. Especially when updating apps, the device would sometimes do a sort of ominous curtain-down thing (I imagined a sad noise accompanying this) and shut off of its own accord.

Help for parents who want to keep their children safe online

The Innovative Educator

More than ninety percent of parents think they should have a lot of responsibility for ensuring their children are safe on the internet, but only one-third think they are prepared to do so. About three quarters of parents think a major portion of the responsibility for ensuring children’s safety on the Internet falls to schools (source: Research on parent attitudes toward internet use PR Newswire ( [link] ).

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.

Thanksgiving policies, technology, and higher education

Connecting 2 the World

This week is Thanksgiving in the US. In the past, Thanksgiving had a special place in the hearts of Americans, especially as we became a mobile nation. It was the day when people would go back to their hometowns, families, and communities. But last year, the envelope was pressed and Thanksgiving became a day when retail establishments decided they could force workers to report to work. This year there are even more.

My Edublog Awards Nominations

The Playground Advocate

Which apps does your school use?

Leading with Technology

I have created a Symbaloo to show the apps that Auburn School Department uses for grades K-2. Just click on the word Symbaloo and you will be taken to an interactive tile board. When you click on the tile it will take you directly to the Apple iTunes App store. Enjoy this Symbaloo tile board that gives you the Auburn School Departments K-2 apps. Uncategorized Apps ITunes Store Symbaloo