Sat.Oct 12, 2013 - Fri.Oct 18, 2013

Keep Organized w/ Awesome Planners from @ErinCondren Designs! Built w/ Teachers in Mind!


Teacher Lesson Planners : Custom Built Just for You ! with a Give-Away below - By best friend and colleague, Cierra , couldn''t believe when I told her that I had never heard of Erin Condren. She told me I had to go home that night and check out her designs.

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The Secrets to Creating a Positive School Culture

A Principal's Reflections

If someone would have asked me this question a few years ago I honestly would not have had a good answer. I always thought a positive school culture was one where strict rules were created and consistently enforced to keep students focused on learning.

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Teacher Creativity Skill: Meet Someone Amazing!

The Playground Advocate

This being Connected Educator Month , I''ve been reminded over and over about the power of connections. Sometimes meeting someone new changes your whole perspective on the world, and collaborating with someone new can change how you understand the work that you do.

Create Short Animated Videos for Learning With the Tellagami App


Through a teacher and an educational technologist in my school district, I''ve recently discovered the Tellagami app for creating short animated videos. The video below is only the third Gami (the app maker''s term for a finished product) which I have created.

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.

Accidentally Creating a Digital Writing Workshop via @KleinErin on @Edutopia


As a classroom teacher, it was never my intention to integrate technology into all facets of my instruction. I knew that I would be encouraged to use such digital devices in my practice, but I hesitated to introduce a tool simply because it was flashy.

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Webinar: SAMR Through the Lens of 21st Century Skills

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

SAMR Through the Lens of 21st Century Skills October 15, 2013, 4:00 PM CST Are you looking for ways to leverage the power of technology to help students develop 21st Century Skills?

How to get teachers on board?

Kairos EdTech

Image by marsmet546. Extracted from Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Walkthroughs and observations are part of my weekly job. People naturally resist change for a variety of reasons: fear of the unknown, complacency in their comfort zone, fear of failure and a number of other reasons.

Mobile learning and blended interaction

Learning with 'e's

Veteran education theorist Michael G. Moore once wrote about three types of interaction. Learners interact, he said, with content, with their teachers and with each other. Other theorists subsequently expanded on this interactional triumvirate.

iPad Essentials: 4 Tricks to Find Apps


The App Store is huge and overwhelming. It''s important to have some strategies to find apps; here are some I commonly share in workshops and thought you all might like to know about! Make sure to look at iPhone apps in the App Store App, if you can''t find the app you are looking for.

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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.

Using Avatars to Teach Digital Citizenship on GettingSmart Today

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

In honor of Digital Citizenship Week, October 21st - 25th, I''ve revised one of my favorite interactive learning experiences. Read more on ce13 ce# digital citizenship elearning gettingsmart multimedia

The Importance of Student Buy In for the Use of New Technology and Teaching Methods

Saving Socrates

When I first started teaching, I use to use the phrase "I do not care, " frequently. In fact, it became a catch phrase among my students. I didn''t mean that I didn''t genuinely care for my students, it was obvious to them and me that I did. I spent countless hours grading papers and tests to give them comprehensive feedback within a 24 hour period of whatever they did. I met with them after school and on Sundays to review for AP''s.

'Always on' learning

Learning with 'e's

This is a continuation of my series on mobile learning. Mobile devices represent a tangible step-change for learning. They facilitate personalised learning while we are on the move, and enable us to access the Web.

Working around the App


It''s important to emphasize that apps and the iPad itself are simply tools we can use in our work to address student objectives. Apps can provide or extend a context in which we are targeting particular skills, and I love talking about the activities that can be going on "around the app."

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.

2 Games for Learning: Alge-Bingo and Remembus

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I''d like to introduce the readers of the blog to 4TheKingdomApps, a father and son team who have developed a couple of apps for learning. Kevin Scritchfield is a veteran high school math teacher and his son Tad is a high school student.


Developing elearning content using modern technologies

Mark Smithers

As well as providing occasional controversial thoughts about e-learning and educational technology in higher education I try to provide solutions to real world technical challenges in developing and implementing e-learning and educational technologies.

Mobile content curation

Learning with 'e's

This is a continuation in my series on mobile learning. What is digital curation? For those who visit museums or galleries, curators are those who are expert in a specific genre of exhibit, and who ensure that the displays are kept up to date, accurate and relevant to the viewing public.

Ideas for supporting #TeacherEffectiveness with #EdTech - Domain 1

The Innovative Educator

Technology provides teachers with a great way to provide evidence with artifacts of their effective practice. Across the country this has been a priority for schools that are incorporating a teacher evaluation based on the Danielson Framework for Teacher Evaluation. The model contains various components organized into the following four domains.

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.

Connected Librarians Day Today + More Awesome Heroes at the Nightly Connected Cafe All Week

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Today we have a great line-up of Library 2.013 pre-conference sessions, all free (of course!), all dedicated to "connected librarians," and all part of the spectacular Connected Educator Month. The schedule overview is below, with more information and how to join the sessions at [link].

Tellagami in the Classroom

Comfortably 2.0

The favorite part of my job as an Integration Specialist is when I get to sit down with a teacher and introduce and work with them on a technology that can be integrated seamlessly into their classroom. I had that opportunity yesterday with Brenda Klawonn (@bklawonnNE).

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Untethered, But Totally Shackled

Some guy named Rae...

I got a chance to play with Google Glass today, and wow — how cool is that?!? If you haven’t seen or played with Glass yet, find someone who has one and try it out. Do not pass go, do not collect… well, you know the drill. Glass frees us. It — along with smart […]. Work/Life Balance google glass IT mobile devices

5 Ways To Open Up Learning & Engage Students

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by David Price “Dave Price casts a penetrating light on how the new dynamics of digital culture are transforming not only on how we work and play but how we think, feel and learn.” - Sir Ken Robinson When my eldest son was 13, I used to drag him out of bed each morning to go to school. Eventually I learned the reason for his excessive tiredness. He was taking part in internet chat shows on his (then) interest in libertarian politics. Not listening to, but taking part.

EdTech at School

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

Worldwide, Online, and Free - The Library 2.013 Conference Starts Friday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Please join us for the third annual global conversation about the future of libraries: October 18-19, 2013, [link]. The conference is once again being held entirely online around the clock in multiple languages and time zones. Everyone is invited to participate in this FREE forum designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. We have 146 accepted conference sessions and ten keynote addresses.

The Accountability Issue

Comfortably 2.0

"At the end of the day we are accountable to ourselves-our success is a result of what we do." ~Catherine Pulsifer As I sat in a session at #edcampcentralNE last week the topic of teacher accountability came up. Technology integration was the issue being discussed and a teacher in the room expressed something to the effect that "unless teachers are held accountable by administrators, the

Can I use YouTube as a Timer?

My Paperless Classroom

I agree to give a speaker a heads up at the 30 minute mark. Since my fingers were on my laptop I did a Google search for "Set timer for 32 minutes" I was hoping for the Google timer. I know it use to exist, but didn''t come up in this case. It seems Google giveth and Google taketh away.

6 Ways Graphite™ Supports Teachers Implementing #CCSS

The Innovative Educator

Here what teachers have to say here. I r ecently shared that Graphite, a new, free service from Common Sense Media provides rigorous ratings and reviews of apps, games, websites, and digital curricula.

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.

The Olymp-i-a Challenge: An Afterschool Celebration Engaging Youth to Write for Change

Educator Innovator

The Olymp-i-a Challenge is hosting a unique Lights On Afterschool event as part of the Afterschool Alliance celebration. The event will take place online and runs October 14–20. All afterschool programs and supporters of afterschool programs and activities are invited to participate at any time throughout the week. The Olymp-i-a Challenge engages youth in daily awareness and journaling for peace , green-living , and health.

What EdCamps Are All About

Comfortably 2.0

Year two of #edcampcentralNE is in the books. Another great day of collaboration, conversations and sharing. I could go on and on about the benefits of attending an Edcamp and how amazing it is to sit in sessions with like minded educators discussing their passions, but I won''t. What I will do is offer you some insight from one of my former high school teachers that attended an Edcamp this

Teaching "Ted Talk" Skills

My Paperless Classroom

There is nothing like a good model to help teach a skill. Unfortunately when you are teaching PowerPoint there is nothing like a good model. This year where the curriculum said "PowerPoint" I wrote in Ted Talk Skills. We used Haiku Deck, an awesome app for iPad-based presentations. I love the creative commons search built in to the interface as well as the wide range of ways to share the deck. I have embedded the deck we used in class. The notes are visible on the website.

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