Sat.Sep 21, 2013 - Fri.Sep 27, 2013

Inspiring Students to Think About College

A Principal's Reflections

One of our goals at New Milford High School is to present as many college options as possible to our students if that is the direction they want to pursue.

Evaluating authentic mobile apps for learning

Nik Peachey

Back in April 2013 I delivered a workshop at the IATEFL 2013 conference in Liverpool. The topic of the workshop was ' Criteria for Evaluating Web Tools and Apps ' and in the workshop I encouraged participants to share and explore their subconscious criteria for deciding which apps and web based tools they used with their students. I particularly encouraged them to think about 'authentic' apps rather than those made for learning.

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The trick to making your Facebook group an overnight sensation

The Innovative Educator

You may have noticed that there are some groups that appear to be popular or wildly successful after mysteriously acquiring hundreds or thousands of members overnight. You might be thinking. This group is really onto something to be able to get so popular so fast.

Webinars This Week

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Please join me and Simple K12 for back to back webinars this week. SK12 common core elearning free technology SAMR tech integration vocabulary webinars

GameSalad Turns Game Players Into Game Makers!

GameSalad lets students build their own web & mobile video games! Students learn anywhere with our Chromebook friendly creation tools and step-by-step tutorials. Our PBL lessons teach the fundamentals of Computer Science & Game Design as students create.

The Art of Storytelling

A Principal's Reflections

I decided to hold back (for now) on a rant that has been brewing for the past two days and instead have decided to take a more constructive approach on my blog. A great debate that has emerged over social media channels has been how we honor and acknowledge our educators and others in the profession.

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Should Schools Run Businesses?

The Innovative Educator

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5 to 6 Hours of Basic Training on iPads? What?


Photo Used Under Creative Commons License My last post was on the plan the educational technology team in my school district came up with for iPad Basic Training for Teachers.

Resilience, a Key Word for Connected Educator Month

My Paperless Classroom

This morning I am blogging from my tablet using Blogsy, a pretty great blogging app that will allow me to submit this post to a blog on several different platforms. I don''t usually blog from my tablet.

Empower: Should We Use That Word as School Leaders?

The 21st Century Principal

''Empower" is another slippery word, used with good intentions, but when we really break it down, it can have a very negative connotation." Mark Adams, Courageous Conflict: Leading with Integrity and Authenticity I never really thought about the negative connotations that the word "empower" has until I read Mark Adams book Courageous Conflict: Leading with Integrity and Authenticity.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

No more multiple account frustration with Google Chrome

The Innovative Educator

Editor’s note: I asked Chris to write this post after he taught me something that has saved me so much time, energy, and frustration because I have personal accounts, professional accounts, and yes, even an account for my dog! If you have multiple accounts, this post is a must read. Thank you Chris!!!! Guest post by Chris Casal Most educators know that it is a best practice to keep separate professional and personal accounts.

I want to be an astronaut

Learning with 'e's

I remember my meeting with my careers advice teacher, during my final year at school. It was 1972, in the heady days of the final lunar landings , where space exploration was top news and we were all very excited by it. Space travel and lunar landing had caught the imagination of every kid.

Could Your School Go Paperless?

My Paperless Classroom

Why Should a School Go Paperless? Going paperless on the classroom level is difficult and ultimately in the best cases it is never truly paper-free. There are always tasks that are just better suited to paper than to tablets (drafts, quick notes, a brainstorm, a group poster ).

ASCD Launches First-Ever Pinterest Contest: Expand Your Professional Library for Free

The 21st Century Principal

For those who are avid readers wanting to expand their professional library for free, here''s an opportunity of interest. ASCD has launched their first ever Pin to Win Contest with Pinterest.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Innovative NYC DOE staff rock the #BammyAwards

The Innovative Educator

The key to ensuring students are prepared to use social media for academic, social, and career success is bringing the right people to the table to guide and support those working with children and staff toward achieving success.

Recommended Watch: "How Social Intelligence Influences Your Social Media"

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Watched this Google+ hangout with Martin Shervington and TheGoToMom Kimberley Blaine and thought it was too good not to share. Solid advice that is helpful in real life as well. :) Linda (??? ? ) @mauilibrarian2 G+ This post was originally published at mauilibrarian2 in Olinda. advice for moms emotional intelligence Google+ Hangouts social media

JedCampSFBay, Hack your PD

My Paperless Classroom

10/27 join us for a mindful day of discussion and learning. We are so excited to invite you to attend JEDCAMPSFBAY, an edcamp unconference in the San Francisco bay area for Jewish educators. Are you Jewish and teaching? Are you teaching in a Jewish context like a Day school or synagogue?

Becoming an Authentic Teacher Instead of a Machine That Produces Test Scores

The 21st Century Principal

How can we avoid becoming robots in the classroom and in our school offices when all the talk is data, data, and more data? When all the educational buzzwords are the same words and language used to describe mechanistic processes, it is easy to lose sight of education as a process involving real people with real inner lives. To avoid becoming these automatons of a lifeless education system, we do need to take time to work on the inside too.

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.

Being a connected educator has helped me grow my BaMMily tree

The Innovative Educator

Tonight I will have the honor of being recognized as a Bammy award finalist for my work as an education commentator along with recognition for being a top 100 influential voice in education for my work as a connected educator. The first thing you should know is that you can tune in live tonight!

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Connected Educator Month Kickoff Details! PLUS Library 2.013 Proposals Deadline

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Quick news on Library 2.013 , our third annual worldwide, online, and free conference on libraries, librarians, and librarianship: the formal deadline for session proposals is end of day Monday, September 30th. We hope you''ll submit !

JedCampSFBay a mindful day of discussion and learning

My Paperless Classroom

10/27 join us for a mindful day of discussion and learning. We are so excited to invite you to attend JEDCAMPSFBAY, an edcamp unconference in the San Francisco bay area for Jewish educators. Are you Jewish and teaching? Are you teaching in a Jewish context like a Day school or synagogue?

Google Chrome Browser Update!

Hansen's Link to Tech

Very recently Google Chrome has been forcing a new browser update that will alter how you have been using and visually recognizing it''s interface. Yesterday, today, or sometime in the near future you will notice (without your permission) Google Chrome will change it''s look.

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.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Explore and Wonder

The Playground Advocate

Take a moment to assess the times in your day when you explore a topic purely because it interests you and the times when something you hear or see acts as a catalyst for your curiosity and imagination. This happens to me quite a bit, and I take it as evidence that I am a learner by nature.

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SONIC'S Limeades for Learning Project: Get Your Teaching Project Funded!

The 21st Century Principal

SONIC Drive-In has announced once again their project, Limeades for Learning, which is a philanthropic initiative in partnership with that funds teacher projects to pay for necessary supplies and tools that might otherwise be paid for out of their own pockets. With this year’s funding, SONIC will have contributed more than $3 million to this initiative. SONIC customers can make a difference in their local communities by voting online Sept. 23, 2013 through Oct.

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Learning about Clouds with Sonic Pics

My Paperless Classroom

Cumulus clouds in fair weather. Photograph taken by Michael Jastremski. Today in first grade we are learning about clouds.

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What is the Cloud and Why Should Teachers Care?

My Paperless Classroom

used by permission The other day I was talking with someone at school about sharing photos from an Ipad and I mentioned "the cloud" and they stopped me.

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EdTech at School

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