Sat.Nov 15, 2014 - Fri.Nov 21, 2014

Closing the Global Education Gap

Digital Promise

High-quality educational content is for everyone. Professional tools to create music, video and art are for everyone. Access to expertise is for everyone. And, everyone needs the opportunity to collaborate and communicate as part of the educational experience.

2-Page Spreads in iBooks Author

iTeach with iPads

Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching. author unknown. Recently, I was presenting on iBooks Author from the Early Childhood perspective along with 2 other Apple Distinguished Educators presenting from the middle school perspective.

Real World Ready

A Principal's Reflections

This past September I was honored to have been asked to speak at TEDxBurnsvilleED. The theme for all of the TEDx talks was Real World Ready.

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Transforming Our Learning Metaphors #yvrignite

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

I made a sound recording of the presentation that I did at the Discovery Education YVR Ignite Session yesterday, and then I added the recording to my timed slides. This was an inspiring event, thank you to Dean Shareski for organizing it and providing me with the honour of presenting.

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.

Four Steps to Building a Thriving Online Community for Every Teacher

Digital Promise

Many connected educators tout the value they’ve found in developing a Personal Learning Network, or a “PLN.” ” Yet, the online communities that are built often become graveyards of unclicked links to the latest app or education technology idea.

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Checkout the ThingLink AppSmash Challenge Channel

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

We are pleased to share a channel of ThingLink interactive images created by members of the ThingLink EDU Community. These amazing educators have used ThingLink as their presentation tool for smashing apps.

Thanks to our Pacific Islands Artifact Makers for sharing!

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We held our first lunchtime student maker event in the library, and it was GREAT! We learned about Kazu''s lauhala (pandanus) weaving project. Tahiti explained how she made her leiomano (shark tooth weapon). Sophia described the making of her kapa (fabric).

Kicking the Tires: A Pathway to Better Ed-Tech Pilots

Digital Promise

Would you buy a car without taking a test drive? Despite the proliferation of trusted expert reviews, consumer feedback, and official ratings, 84 percent of Americans will only buy a car after taking it for a spin first.

Ironman Arizona Triathlon

Turning Learning On Its Head

Today’s post is not about education or the flipped classroom. It is about one of my other passions: triathlons. What and Why. As some of you may know I have had an obsession with triathlons for the past fifteen years.

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.

9 Reminders for School Leaders When Reviewing Value-Added Data with Teachers

The 21st Century Principal

“A VAM (Value-Added Model) score may provide teachers and administrators with information on their students’ performance and identify areas where improvement is needed, but it does not provide information on how to improve the teaching.” American Statistical Association Today, I spent a little time looking over the American Statistical Association’s "ASA Statement on Using Value-Added Models for Educational Assessment.”

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Top 100 Sites/Apps of 2014

Technology Tidbits

Well, it''s that time of year again for my favorite and most robust list on the top 100 Sites/Apps of the year. As w/ the previous year''s list, more and more mobile apps are making the list as mobile learning continues to be the rising trend in education.

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Five Recommendations for Developing Better Education Technology Products

Digital Promise

This blog post was originally published by EdSurge. Guest co-author Mary Jo Madda is an Associate Editor at EdSurge.

Looking ahead

Learning with 'e's

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.

Desk: Interesting Blogging App for Mac Users

The 21st Century Principal

I have posted about some Mac blogging software options before. Recently, I stumbled upon Desk, which offers some features totally unlike the other blogging options available. Desk is an interesting writing app for Mac users. It offers writers a distraction-free place for writing blogposts.

Google Apps Fail…

There is no box

Image Source: [link]. Having used Google Apps for Education since 2007, I’ve been through a lot with the platform. Whereas I used to look forward to the newest updates and the improvements to usability and stability they brought, I find myself dreading them lately.

Connected Superintendents Help Drive Innovation

Digital Promise

Superintendents set the tone, vision, and direction of their school districts. They determine district priorities, choose where to invest oft-limited funding, and develop policies that reflect the perspectives of schools, administrators, teachers, and, ultimately, students. In short, superintendents prepare their school districts for the future. Today, that means supporting students with high-quality learning technologies that provide new opportunities otherwise not possible with textbooks alone.

Freedom, democracy and education

Learning with 'e's

What is freedom? Many have asked, and there are many answers. Some would define freedom as a human right - to speak, to act or to think as you wish - and see this exemplified in a truly democratic society. Others would be content to see freedom as a state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.

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.

So You Want to Do the Hour of Code

My Paperless Classroom

What is the Hour of Code? From [link] "The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104."

Using Google Drive without Google Apps

The Electric Educator

I think Google Apps for Education is a great tool; especially Google Drive. There are a myriad of ways that Drive can be used to engage students.

League of Innovative Schools Competency-Based Study Tour

Digital Promise

Competency-based education focuses on students mastering a specific skill or piece of knowledge. Students who can show they’ve mastered one content area can dive deeper or progress to the next level, while those who struggle in a certain area can get they help they need, ensuring they understand the work before moving on. This approach keeps students from falling through the cracks and allows teachers to focus their attention on the students who need it most.

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Student Collaboration Tips for Docs & Slides

Class Tech Integrate

Google Apps for Education have allowed teachers to expand their classrooms in so many ways. My absolute favorite thing about Docs, Sheets, and Slides are the multiple opportunities that students have to work collaboratively within. Here are a couple simple tips for organizing Docs and Slides for Collaboration. accountability GAFE Google Docs Google Sheets student collaboration technology integration

EdTech at School

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

When Accountability Becomes a Wall-Street Tactic of 'Cooking-the-Books'

The 21st Century Principal

What happens when all that matters are test scores? Just ask former El Paso Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia who was sentenced by a federal judge to three and half years for a test-cheating scandal(See “Former EPISD Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia Gets 42 Months, Offers No Apologies for Scandal.” ) Don’t get me wrong, I don’t shift the blame for one minute away from from Garcia.

2014 Global Education Conference - Day Four

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Thursday, November 20th, is day four of the fifth annual Global Education Conference. Actually, it started already, but I was so exhausted yesterday I fell asleep without realizing I hadn''t posted the next day''s schedule!)

The Patten Solution – MDM For iPads That Works

There is no box

I spent yesterday morning in a Mobile Device Management shootout listening to a series of MDM vendors tell me they all did basically the same thing when it comes to MDM on iPads. The reason, or blame, is Apple’s APIs.

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ASHA 2014 Orlando Session


I am excited to be presenting in Orlando next week, as well as having the opportunity to see great friends and get lots of ideas from attending sessions! This year I am presenting another sequel to my Pairing Picture Books with Apps series.

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.

A Quick Visual Guide to the Location of Google+'s Hangout-on-Air Controls

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I always go to Google Support for the most up-to-date information on Google products. In the case of Hangouts on Air, this would be Get Started with Hangouts on Air in the Google+ Help Center. But where exactly where are the Hangout-on-Air Controls?

AR Flashcards - Animal Alphabet

Technology Tidbits

AR Flashcards - Animal Alphabet is an excellent free iOS app that uses augmented reality to help young students learn their alphabet. This app is highly engaging and brings dinosaurs/animals to life in stunning 3D when view a AR Flashcard from an iOS device.

Filtering In The Cloud #cetpak20

There is no box

This year when our Lightspeed Rocket 1.0 box failed, we decided to dive head first into a hosted web filtering solution. We worked with Securly over summer on some custom requirements and after a few false starts, made the switch at the start of school.