Sat.Nov 10, 2012 - Fri.Nov 16, 2012

Scholastic: Common Core Fact vs. Fiction


My Interview with Scholastic Common Core: Fact vs. Fiction Scholastic is the home to some of my favorite teaching resources, and I''m honored to be included in their most recent edition of Scholastic Instructor.

Google Lesson Plan Search - easily find great lessons

Educational Technology Guy

Google , one of my favorite resources (in addition to Evernote ) has lots of great things for education, including free apps and services. They also have a great library of lesson plans for educators. There are thousands of lesson plans available and all are searchable and sortable.

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Video as a Tool to Understand CCSS Mathematical Practices

A Principal's Reflections

Success at the Core is a free resource available to teachers and leaders to assist in the successful implementation of the Common Core Standards. All materials are designed to complement—not supplant—existing school improvement initiatives. Video, print, and online materials can be selected by leadership teams or teachers, and tailored to fit their needs. One of the powerful aspects of Success at the Core is the use of video to to illustrated effective pedagogical techniques in mathematics.

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Get Connected, Globally-#WISE2012

The Web20Classroom

I have traveled to Qatar for the World Innovation Summit on Education. In it''s 4th year, WISE aims to draw together the major players in education to have conversations and create actions to make change in education. Over 1500 people and 100 countries are represented. During the 3 days of the conference folks will come together to talk about access to education, technology, sustainability of educational initiatives and more.

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.

Pop Blends: a Fun Phonics Game for Centers!


Pop for Blends enter the give-away below Pop for Blends is a fun phonics game that is simple to learn and fun to play. I loved that I could just take off the plastic wrapping, read the brief directions posted on the side of the box, and begin playing.

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If We Could Write 10,000 Words.

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I''ve been thinking about writing and how to evolve my students into better writers, but to be honest, I don''t really consider myself an accomplished writer. The irony should be slapping you, dear reader, in the face: I am an English teacher, so shouldn''t I be an accomplished writer?

Veterans Day 2012


I am the proud daughter of a WWII veteran and proud citizen of a nation whose freedoms have been purchased and protected by all who have worn the uniform throughout our history in times of conflict and peace.

5 Reasons to “Gamify” Your Class

The Innovative Educator

Imagine if students were as motivated to do their schoolwork as they are to beat Halo 4. Gamification” is a fancy word to describe how to achieve exactly that - bringing game-like engagement to non-game settings - and it’s beginning to pervade all aspects of life, including education.

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Online Tech Tips - free online tech help and tips

Educational Technology Guy

Online Tech Tips is a great resource for anyone who uses computers. The site has great information on tricks, tips, updates, and fixes for your computer. There are tips for Windows, Mac, smartphones, and much more. The site is well designed and easy to use and the tips are written in a way that most computer users can understand. It has a huge variety of information and resources that are very useful. The site offers RSS feeds and email subscriptions so that you can keep up with any new tips.

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.

CSI: Salinas

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Teaching students to infer and formulate arguments can easily be in context of a novel. Using Steinbeck''s Of Mice & Men , students can analyze the text to create an outline for a mock trial for either George or Lennie.

Four Ways to Keep Track of Who Uses eReaders

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Interested in who uses eReaders? Here are four ways to keep track: 1. Read reports and surveys of research organizations.

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Translate Informal Learning Into PD Credit with Knowit

The Innovative Educator

When it comes to innovative educators it’s not unusual to spend a lot of time on social media—reading, watching, sharing, learning, connecting, and creating.

InstallFree Nexus & Rndr shutting down - any know of alternatives?

Educational Technology Guy

InstallFree Nexus and Rndr were two free applications that I found very useful. Unfortunately, they are shutting down on November 15th (tomorrow). InstallFree Nexus allowed you to use Microsoft Office or LibreOffice on an iPad, Android Tablet or Chromebook and access your files from a variety of cloud services to edit. Rndr enabled any browser to render plugins like Java that may not be compatible with the device. This is very useful for Google Chromebooks, since many educational sites use Java.

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.

QR Codes for Imagery Writing

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

This activity will appeal to students who are kinestetic and visual learners. Using BYOD, students will bring to class their personal device and use a QR code reader to access pictures on the web. Students will then incorporate sensory details to write a short creative response based on each picture.

Tech Tools Sunday!


It''s raining awfully hard this afternoon, so after church instead of running to the grocery store, I decided to fish around the internet to find some cool new tools! And here is what I found.

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Next generation learning

Learning with 'e's

In my previous blog post, the architecture of learning , I outlined some of the key characteristics of learning in a digital age, and started to identify some of the main differences between Learning 1.0 before social media) and Learning 2.0.

8 Tips for the Care & Feeding of the Reluctant Tech User

The Daring Librarian

Teaching tech in isolation never works. When a reluctant tech user learns how to do something with a project about which they''re personally passionate, they''re gonna be instantly engaged, work hard at it, and feel super exultant when it works!

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.

Cell Phones in the Classroom: Distraction or Undervalued Teaching Tool?

The Innovative Educator

While some educators see cell phones and digital devices as distractions and sources of attention deficit, others say these are wonderful, undervalued teaching tools. Do we need to suppress the use of cell phones in classrooms or bring today''s teachers up to speed on how to teach with this new tool? Listen as Rae Pica hosts a conversation on BAM Radio’s Educator’s Channel where " Cell Phones in the Classroom " author Liz Kolb and I take on Greg Graham author of Cell Phones in Classrooms?

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Sky Pen Pilot Program

My Paperless Classroom

I am so pleased to announce that Livescribe and Kehillah Jewish High School are parentering in a Pilot program for the new Sky smart pen from Livescribe.

Skills for Learning 2.0

Learning with 'e's

I have been thinking and writing about ' Learning 2.0 ' for some time now. This is the argument that there has been a paradigm shift in the way students learn - from 1.0 from passive to active, from individual to social and from consumer to producer.

Beware of Teachers Speaking About Greeks

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I am a fanatic about Homer''s Odyssey and all things related to the epic poem. I am such a fanatic that I convinced my colleagues the past 4 years to let me give a 2-day lecture to the entire 9th grade on background information associated with the Trojan War. I cram 10 years of war and mythology into two 45 minute periods (repeated 7 times for the various class periods). It is an epic task that I love.

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EdTech at School

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

The Next Step

Comfortably 2.0

"Don''t be afraid of your fears. They''re not there to scare you. They''re there to let you know that something is worth it." ~ C. JoyBell C. Have you ever received a quick note or an email that made your day? I did the other day. Here it is verbatim, "Just wanted to write you a quick note that Kidblog was GREAT this morning!! :) Everything went smoothly and the kids really


Texting and Blogging in Education

My Paperless Classroom

This iPad case has a BT keyboard, should work w/ iPhone Can those words and ideas even be in the same sentence? I am sure that there are many logical arguments against using cell phones in class. Here''s the thing. All my kids have their phone, everyday.

The future of gaming

Learning with 'e's

Games based learning is one of the most important strategies for 21st Century education. We have enjoyed playing games since time immemorial, and video arcade games such as Asteroids and Space Invaders of the 1970's were just the start of the emergence of digital games.

The hottest posts that everyone's reading

The Innovative Educator

Here’s the roundup of what''s been popular on The Innovative Educator blog this week. Below you’ll see the top weekly posts along with the number of pageviews. I hope there''s something that looks of interest to you. If it does, check it out. If you’re inspired, share it with others and/or leave a comment. Entry Pageviews 4 things to help your students manage their online rep.

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.