Sat.Oct 26, 2013 - Fri.Nov 01, 2013

Mini-Lesson Examples and Mentor Text Ideas for Workshop!


Teaching young authors is my favorite part of the day. Reading and writing go hand in hand in our classroom.

The World Innovation Summit On Education-#WISE13

The Web20Classroom

This week (October 29-October 31) I am in Doha, Qatar, attending the WISE Summit. Folks from over 100 countries are gathered to talk about what is working in education, examine current trends and discuss how countries can work better together, to provide kids everywhere a solid education.

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The Best Feedback a Principal Could Get

A Principal's Reflections

The following post appeared on the blog of Robert Dillon. In this piece he describes what he saw at New Milford High School during his visit while the students were present the Friday before the Edscape Conference. His reflection has been posted with permission below.

Free Evernote Training Videos on YouTube

Educational Technology Guy

Evernote is one of my favorite and most used apps. I use it for project management, task lists, meeting notes, reference notes, web clippings, personal tasks and more. I just found out about some great training videos on YouTube that show you how to do different tasks in Evenrote. Check them out here: [link] If you don''t use Evernote , check it out. It''s free, easy to use, and cross platform.

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.

#EdCampOnline Experience 10-26-13 #ce13


Yesterday I had the exciting opportunity to participate in the first ever EdCamp to be held online. If you are not familiar with EdCamps, they differ from traditional professional development experiences in that they are organized by the participants on the day of the event.

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Teachers Hate Pep Rallies!

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Danielle Shanley, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for New Milford Public Schools, NJ. Here she reflects on what she say in New Milford HS on a Friday before our annual Spirit Week pep rally.

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Lessons from WDW #9: Positive Messaging

The Playground Advocate

I''ve been thinking a lot about student happiness lately. We know that students learn better when they feel comfortable and happy. I also contend that learning itself can create happiness, but there are undeniably factors that can influence a child''s happiness that are out of our control.

Hey Edmodo Users, Are Your Groups Secure?

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

With the start of the school year off to a running start, it is important to address some key items that will insure success of your groups and prevent some not so nice things from occurring.

Edmodo 101

Addressing the #bullying problem starts with adults

The Innovative Educator

Editor's note: October is National Bullying Prevention Month. It was created to raise awareness about bullying prevention. This post brings attention to a problem that we sometimes forget or are too uncomfortable to discuss. Bullying does not discriminate based on age.

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.

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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Teacher Creativity Skill: Go Somewhere You've Never Been

The Playground Advocate

In the same way that meeting new people is a good catalyst for creativity, experiencing new places can change your perspective, can inspire wonder, and can lead to new ideas. Think back to the times in your childhood when you had the opportunity to visit a new place.

PLN '13: What's New in Connecting and Sharing


Last week I had the opportunity to present at the MassCUE Conference at Gillette Stadium. Not on the field; I think it would have been hard to hook my iPad up to the big monitors.

If you're not preparing your students to use social media well, you're not doing your job

The Innovative Educator

Our students are living in a world where more than 90% of employers use social media for recruiting. If students are not savvy users of social media, they can kill their chance of getting many jobs. In fact 1 in 3 employers said candidates weren't hired because of something they said online. On the other hand, students can use social media to shine. Innovative educators are tasked with helping them do just that.

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.

Google Docs for Learning Glog on Edudemic

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Read on Edudemic I was excited to see my Google Docs Glog featured in a post by Jeff Dunn on Edudemic last month. This morning it has been getting some attention on Facebook and Twitter, so I thought it would be a good idea to direct the readers of this blog to the post, 1 2 Effective Ways to Use Google Drive in Education. I''ve received some requests for the link to the live glog through my PLN, so I''ve embedded it here.

All About the H?k?le‘a’s Upcoming Worldwide Voyage -- A Hangout with Miki Tomita

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

University Laboratory Public Charter School teacher and H?k?le‘a le‘a crew member Miki Tomita agreed to hang out with Google Rocks! Hawaii HOA panelists* to talk about the H?k?le‘a’s le‘a’s World Wide Voyage 2014-2017. What an eye opener! ? ? ? ? ?

Praxis makes perfect

Learning with 'e's

Today we discussed praxis. It''s not as commonly referred to in the educational field as it should be. It is a poorly understood concept, and not particularly well researched either. And yet praxis is (or should be) at the very heart of what we do, and who we aspire to be, as educators.

Think before you send or post

The Innovative Educator

This poster from Edutopia provides a simple acronym to guide innovative educators, their students, and families in both online and face-to-face conversations. Here are some more resources from Edutopia for teaching digital citizenship [link]. Digital literacy social media in education

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.

On leaving academia

Mark Smithers

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The EVSC ICATS 30 Day Challenge is Back!

The Playground Advocate

For the past 3 years, the EVSC ICATS have hosted a 30 Day Digital Tools Challenge. The goal is to create conversations among teachers around how great digital tools can be used effectively in the classroom. Each day, the ICATS introduce a tool, share some resources for getting started with that tool, and invite participants to share how they see that tool fitting into their classrooms.

Global conversations

Learning with 'e's

Do you remember the days before the Web? I do. I''m talking about the period just prior to 1995. We would converse on a one-to-one basis using telephones (which were almost always tethered because there were also very few mobile phones before 1990, and they were the size of a house brick).

Reflecting on the 2013 Schools of the Future Conference in Honolulu -- 8 Takeaways

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Over 1300 educators from public and private schools attended the 2013 Schools of the Future Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center, in Honolulu, on October 17 and 18, 2013. Kudos to the organizers for a highly successful conference!

EdTech at School

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

Need an Inexpensive Outliner App for Your iPad or iPhone? Try Cloud Outliner

The 21st Century Principal

As a former English teacher, I have often believed in the power of outlining as a means to organize thoughts for a project and a presentation, and now, as an administrator there are still many times I use the strategy to organize thoughts or ideas for a school-wide project.

AURAS- Augmented Reality


AURAS-Did you know the $20 (both sides!) has a built in Aura? Set up an account and create Auras: A couple of places to get your tools for creating auras: Bottom left of screen Right-hand side of screen Helpful hint: Use the “ i” for help. The tutorials are wonderful! Channels Trigger Images Overlays Screens shots above came directly from the Aurasma website: Four easy steps to create an aura: Upload a trigger image.

Get it together

Learning with 'e's

What can we learn from digital curation of content? Let''s start with some theory: According to the revised Bloom''s cognitive taxonomy by Anderson and Krathwohl, ''creating'' is suggested as the peak of achievement.

The SUM of an Amazing Summer

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

This summer has been amazing, revitalizing, evolutionary, and. for my professional development. I could have written 20 posts about the events this summer, but I had no time to write! So, I will just sum it all up here. I''m still having trouble slowing down my brain to get the thoughts on this page. Stop me in the hall, catch me on Edmodo, tweet to me, and I will just start gushing out of control.

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.