Sat.Nov 22, 2014 - Fri.Nov 28, 2014

Three PowerPoint Alternatives You Need in Your Classroom

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

There are an estimated 300 million PowerPoint users in the world delivering an estimated 30 million PowerPoint presentations each day. Here are some other options that might work better in the classroom. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

Giving Voice to the End Users in Districts’ Technology Decisions

Digital Promise

Richard L. Gay is the purchasing manager at Baltimore County Public Schools , a member of the League of Innovative Schools. This blog post is part of a series that highlight different stakeholders' perspectives on purchasing practices for K-12 personalized learning tools.

A Wake Up Call For School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

So the other day I tweeted out this comment, “I am amazed each day to see so much educational progress in my Twitter feed. This should be the norm, not the exception.”

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Growth Mindset: GoBrain and Making a Splash

User Generated Education

A recent interest of mine has been the Growth Mindset. I have blogged and presented on this topic: The Educator and the Growth Mindset. The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop. Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection.

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.

Overcoming The Barriers To Creativity And Innovation

The Web20Classroom

It''s been a few weeks since I returned from Doha, Qatar and the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). If you aren''t familiar, this conference centers around scalable, actionable ideas for the future of education worldwide.

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Seven takeaways from ConnectED to the Future

Tom Murray

On Wednesday, November 19, 110 of the nation’s top superintendents, U.S. Department of Education officials and representatives from a myriad of organizations, convened at the White House for theSuperintendents’ Summit, declared “ConnectED to the Future,” by President Obama. The event was an an extension of theConnectED Initiativelaunched earlier this year. Obama kicked offFuture Ready, a bold new effort to maximize digital-learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward

Free Digital Formative Assessment Tools… Important Thoughts Before Implementing

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

As you might know there are some amazing formative assessment tools on the web. In this post I wish to share some of those with you, along with some things you should think about before using. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0,

STOP… NOMINATE… and Listen (or Watch)


Written by CUE Member (and Vanilla Ice fan, apparently) Mark Hammons @mhammons The ITM is ‘Kickin’ it’ with a brand new season! That’s right folks… the show you’ve come to know and love is back for a whole new season!


Facilitate a Writing Workshop Using Google Docs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Get resources On Saturday Nov ember 22nd, Simple K 12 is hosting a free Google Day of Learning designed to provide educators with The Best Google Tips for Your Classroom. Participants can enjoy a series of webinars throughout the day, starting at 10 AM EDT.

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.

Great Digital Citizenship Activity for Teens to #SayThanks this Thanksgiving

The Innovative Educator

Looking for a terrific Thanksgiving week activity that teens will love? Facebook brings us their "Say Thank you" video tool. Students can let Facebook auto generate the video, or they can put some thought into selecting meaningful pictures and posts to customize the video.

Graphic Organizers with Google Drawing

The Electric Educator

Google Drawing is the forgotten stepchild of Google Drive. It doesn''t have a MS Office / iWork equivalent and most people aren''t quite sure what to do with it. Drawing is a simple shape tool in which you can create and annotate simply graphics and illustrations.

Formative Assessment with Plickers


Formative assessment helps teachers make data-informed decisions to plan for and/or adjust instructional activities, identify potential misconceptions, monitor the pace of instruction, etc.

3 Alternative to Shopping on Black Friday

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Black Friday is certainly a big day for shopping, but for teachers it can also be a day to take a breath and try something new over the long weekend. We encourage educators to consider 3 ThingLink inspired alternatives to shopping today. Learn more on the ThingLink Blog

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.

The Future of Learning, via Museums #MCN2014

Improving Education Environments

I had the opportunity to be on the final panel at #MCN2014, the Museum Computer Network annual conference in Dallas.

Myth of the Powerful Teacher Doctrine: Excuse to Keep Funding Low

The 21st Century Principal

“The research-based truth is that the teacher effect (i.e., 10-20% of the variance in test scores) is not strong enough to supersede the powers of the student-level and out-of-school influences and effects (i.e., 80-90% of the variance in test scores) from one year to the next.”

If You're Not Giving, You're Not Teaching

The Innovative Educator

Thanksgiving is a great time to think about and celebrate giving. The best teachers are the best givers, but not all teachers believe in giving. In fact some teachers think it is unfair to be expected to share their hard work. I was reminded of this recently during a conversation among innovative educators who were discussing how much they enjoy the opportunity to share best practices and materials across schools.

ASHA 2014 Takeaways!


Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! For me, the holiday followed soon upon returning from the ASHA 2014 Convention in Orlando, where I presented and also attended many sessions. It was fun being in Orlando, even with sort of crappy (cold, then rainy) weather.

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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.

Video for assessment

Learning with 'e's

I have always believed that assessment should be primarily for the benefit of the student, not the teacher. I concede that teachers need to know how their students are progressing, and this is very much a part of the assessment process.

Google Certification Academy - Expanding and Growing!

The Electric Educator For the past two years I have been developing the Google Certification Academy (GCA), a program designed to help educators become Google Education Trainers (GETs).

Automated Emails for Overdue Library Books using Google Forms

Inquire and Inspire

Recently, I was working with the teacher-librarian at my school to help her create a system for notifying parents of their child''s overdue library books. Writing notes by hand or even printing out page after page of notes to send home in the kids'' backpacks just wasn''t working.

The Growing Pains – Reflection on #OpenEd14

Improving Education Environments

A colleague who was unable to attend #opened14 this year emailed me to ask my take on the Babson survey and how it was being handled at the conference. Her thoughts: it appears that for a lot of folks “open ed” means open curricula or open curricular resources (texts/videos/games). if this is the case, then i’m confused by the fact that no one seems to remember we’ve been here before. back in the … early 90s?

EdTech at School

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

Globally connected minds

Learning with 'e's

Wouldn''t we be foolish if we were faced with huge problems, and couldn''t solve them because we were unable to use our collective intelligence, or the global connectivity we now enjoy? Trying to tackle grand scale problems as individuals is like trying to smash a large boulder with a tendon hammer.

Always “Loading”…a Learner First Mindset

Kyle Pace

I spent about 30 minutes making my first creation with Canva; if you haven’t given it a try it’s really easy to use and a lot of fun. Students can create all sorts of graphic images to use in various projects or as a stand alone item.

14 Fabulous Finds - A Daringly Geeky Gift Guide

The Daring Librarian

I love buying gifts for family and friends! So, I thought I would share a few of my favourite finds both luxury and geeky to help give some good gifting ideas for the season. Most of the links take you to Amazon because I''m a Prime member and their delivery and prices are the BEST.


Saving Socrates

As we approach the epic parent teacher conference season, I stumbled on an article that I found very profound. It''s not often that articles challenge me to rethink the way I approach things and even make me cry, but this one did just that. Thank goodness, I am now responsible for 600 children and their families. I have a distinct pleasure of walking up every day and going into a building knowing I can help children learn better, grow, and blossom.

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.