Sat.Oct 18, 2014 - Fri.Oct 24, 2014

Connecting Students To The World

The Web20Classroom

I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was in sixth grade and sitting at a desk in my language arts classroom. We had been doing an integrated unit in all our classes about cultures around the world. We’d been looking at all sorts of places that, at the time, seemed exotic to me.

Professional Learning School Leaders Need and Deserve

A Principal's Reflections

During my ten years as a school leader I dreaded professional development days in my district. I am not sure any educator looks forward to these monotonous experiences (developed under the guise of learning!) that are supposed to provide us with new skills and knowledge to do our jobs better.

What are #FutureReady Schools and Classrooms via @OfficeofEdTech


You''re Invited: Free Webinar Hosted by The Office of Ed Tech Join myself along with a panel of fantastic practicing educators as we discuss #FutureReady schools with The Office of Ed Tech.

Five Tips for New Teachers to Become Connected Educators

Teaching With Soul

. (Originally posted in August 2012, updated for October 2014.). This month, the U.S. Department of Education kicked off Connected Educator Month , with engaging keynotes, panel discussions, book chats, and more. During this month, educators in the U.S.

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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.

Meet ThingLink Expert Educator Jodie Johnston

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Today we are celebrating Connected Educator month at ThingLink by introducing our readers to one or our Expert Educators, Jodie Johnston. Jodie is a Curriculum Technology Specialist from Overland Park, Kansas who specializes in Web 2.0 Tools.

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Google Forms for Reading Open Response

Class Tech Integrate

I was able to meet with Trish Lopez in her 5th grade class at Elmdale Elementary School in Springdale, AR. We had a conversation about the different ways that Google Forms can be used in the classroom.

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Create a Digital Citizen- Resources to Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week Oct. 19-25th


Digital Citizenship Week is October 19-25th. Digital Citizenship Week is all about teaching kids how to think critically, be safe, and make smart and responsible decisions when using digital media.

Live Event: Best Google Tips for Your Classroom

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

On Saturday October 25th, Simple K 12 will be hosting a free Google day of learning designed to provide educators with The Best Google Tips for Your Classroom. Educators can enjoy a series of webinars throughout the day, starting at 10 AM EDT.



October is tough for me. I live in the Northeast ( in a location that is in a questionable time zone ), and have a touch of seasonal affective disorder, so fall isn''t the best time.

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.

Networked Scholars – From K through 12 and to Higher Ed

Improving Education Environments

Bringing Up Three by Bringing Up Madison:CC-BY. One of my teacher credential students asked me recently why our course, Teaching in the Age of EdTech , had focused on theoretical concepts through the first third of the course and seemed to ignore the more practical, toolkit uses of technology.

ThingLink for Video Adds Interactivity


I''m taking a MOOC through Coursera and UC Irvine called Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom. This week, we had to turn in an assignment. One of the options for the assignment was to make an introductory video for an online course. I''ve used several video creation apps and programs before, so I thought it would be easy. But not so fast. The video needed at least one interactive element ! That''s not something I''ve done before.

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Join Our Live Event on October 28th

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I am excited to have the opportunity to connect live and worldwide with talented EdTech SuperStars during the next ThingLink Interactive Image Slam. Join me and guest experts Richard Byrne and Shelly Sanchez Terrell to explore some interactive images.

Stop 20th Century Thinking

My Island View

In the 21 st Century our approach to education can and should be very different from previous centuries. The basic skills we teach are pretty much the same, but the tools we have to use require a different approach, as well as additional and very different literacies from centuries past. Information once difficult to find, maintain, and disseminate is now found by a voice command to a mobile device.

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.

SmartPens in the Classroom

My Paperless Classroom

Are smartpens finally smart enough to assist in classroom learning? Jeff Herb of Instructional Tech Talk and I had a great conversation about Livescribe pens and the new Equil2 smartpen.

3 Reasons “Long Range Wi-Fi” Creates Warehouse WiFi Issues

SecurEdge Networks Mobility Blog

Wi-Fi equipment manufacturers are well known for advertising “long range wireless” or “with our system you’ll need the fewest number of access points” or “our access point can cover 10,000 sq.

NaNoWriMo: An #EduAwesome Project for Your #BestYearEver

Educator Innovator

This post originally appeared at Edutopia. The first time I introduced National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo) to my 8th graders, I was terrified. One of my teacher friends had said, “They’ll run screaming from the classroom in tears!”.

The AfL truth about assessment

Learning with 'e's

David Warlick once said '' for the first time we are preparing young people for a future we cannot clearly describe.'' In a fast changing world where everything technology touches grows exponentially, we really are in serious trouble if we cannot prepare children for uncertainty.

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.

Legos in Edu

My Paperless Classroom

This week on #PATUE , Lego in edu with @nathan_stevens — Sam Patterson (@SamPatue) November 16, 2013 Bo and Yana with building attachment I never thought I would use LEGO as a teaching tool. I built with them back in the free range age of lego.

What's Next for PBL?


Suzie Boss PBL Planning As we move toward more widespread adoption of PBL, we imagine further reinvention of this powerful method of teaching and learning. Here's a forecast of what's ahead

Risk-Taking for Everyone: Our First School-Wide Cardboard Challenge

Educator Innovator

The following post was submitted by Educator Innovator partner Imagination Foundation, and is one educator’s reflection on the experience of her school’s participation in the Global Cardboard Challenge , a worldwide celebration of imagination.

Google Forms for Reading Open Response

Class Tech Integrate

I was able to meet with Trish Lopez in her 5th grade class at Elmdale Elementary School in Springdale, AR. We had a conversation about the different ways that Google Forms can be used in the classroom.

EdTech at School

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

Aligning your instructional activities in your LMS to the standards

Kairos EdTech

There is an increasing awareness and shift toward standard-based instruction and assessment. Common Core standards are now common language in teachers'' lesson plans.

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The Gradual Release of Responsibility via Google Classroom

Inquire and Inspire

There are some very useful features within Google Classroom that make it an ideal medium for implementing the gradual release of responsibility into your programming.

Need a Literary Character Halloween Costume Idea? 7 GREAT DIY Costume Sites to ? Out

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

We''re having a Literary Character Add-On to our Halloween Costume Contest at our school! Here are the rules and judging criteria (you could win both the general prize and the literary character prize): Stumped for ideas?


This time it's personal

Learning with 'e's

Personal. Idiosyncratic. Individual. Separate. Different. Unique. Singular. Distinct. Yes, you. Nobody else is like you. Many are similar, but only you are. That means that when you learn, you do it differently to everyone else.

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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.