Sat.Jul 19, 2014 - Fri.Jul 25, 2014

Roadmap to a Job-Embedded Growth Model

A Principal's Reflections

I remember a few years back during a meeting with teacher leaders, a tipping point that would ultimately change the direction of professional growth at my school. During this conversation I was passionately sharing my experiences as a connected learner.

Check out the NEW site: ClassroomCribs AND see How-To Set Up Brain-Friendly, Beautiful Learning Spaces!


Free Classroom Design Webinar: I would love for you to join me on Tuesday, July 29th at 3pm ET for a free webinar all on setting up your classroom learning space. Prior to going into teaching, I studied Interior Design. Paying close attention to how we set up our spaces is very important.

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Making Curation Easier With @IFTTT

The Web20Classroom

There is simply no end to the flow of information available on the Internet. When it comes to trying to organize it and do something with it you may run into some challenges. I know I regularly am looking for ways to make that process better. Thank goodness for IFTTT.

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Tap Into Sound with ThingLink & Audioboo

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

This weeks ThingLink Teacher Challenged asked participants to focus on audio as they design lessons. We introduced Audioboo as an integrated web based platform and app that easily captures and collects audio for use.

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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.

10 Activities to do on an iPad instead of a Worksheet

Comfortably 2.0

I always have teachers wanting to know how they can better utilize the iPad in their classrooms. I know that it''s very easy when first receiving an iPad to take a worksheet that you have done for several years, and convert it to glass. But glass can be boring too, so I created this Breakfast Club session to give my teachers some ideas on ways to better utilize this powerful tool in their

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ISTE 2014: Save the Date for Next Year!


Written by CUE Member Reuben Hoffman The convention center was sparse. The registration lines were empty. Where are they? I asked myself. Traveling down an escalator, I started to hear the buzz of voices. I turned the corner and there they were, sitting in groups of 10 to 30, circled up.

Why I Still Love Wikispaces

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I have been creating wikis with Wikispaces for quite some time. I use wikis for student collaborative projects and I use them during professional development. I use wikis as a place to collect, organize and share content that often originates on a blog post I''ve written.

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Mobile Momentum: Internet Trends Report 2014

Kevin Corbett

MOBILE MOMENTUM GROWING. Mary Meeker has attained almost legendary status for her annual Internet Trends reports.

What type of video games are right for your child?

The Innovative Educator

At their most basic level, playing video games is akin to reading books. Like books, video games can range in quality from trashy novels to informative historical fiction. Like books different genres of video games have varying learning potential.

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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.

Activators and Summarizers with Mobile Devices

Kathy Schrock

This post first appeared in my "Kathy''s Katch" blog for the Discovery Education Network and is re-posted here with permission. Activators and summarizers have been used in classrooms for a long time. We all have our favorites and students know what to expect when we begin to use them.

Tuesday Webinar: Using Google Slides to Construct Knowledge

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Would you like to design student-driven learning experiences that require students to construct knowledge as they create - an idea supported by the Common Core State Standards? This could be easier than you think.

Some TED Talks of interest to SLPs and Language Folks


Summer is a great time to slow down and think. TED Talks have long been one of my favorite ways to take in some new info- these short (varying from 5-20 min) presentation recordings are created at Technology-Entertainment (the E should be Education for as much as these talks address that area)-Design conferences around the world and feature leading researchers and creative people speaking on important topics.

Many New Ideas are Quite Old

Now that I’ve finished my dissertation, I finally feel free to turn my attention to other scholarly pursuits. I feel an obligation to bring closure to the historical work I began a few years ago so I will be spending the next several months working with primary sources and reworking old drafts into publishable articles.


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.

Is Your School or District in the Business of Suppressing Creativity and Genius?

The 21st Century Principal

"Why would anyone want to suppress genius? Well, it is not intentional. It is not a plot. Genius is an innocent casualty in society''s efforts to train children away from natural born foolishness." Gordan MacKenzie, Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool''s Guide to Surviving with Grace Is your school or district engaged in what Gordan MacKenzie calls "suppression of creative genius?"

7 Questions to Inspire Thinking and Ideas: ThingLink App

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I had the opportunity to "lead" #1to1ipadchat,with Dena Gynn last week. Follow @ Glynn_ed In preparation for the event, Dena advised me to write 6 questions to guide a discussion and provide examples. I did that and I also scheduled the timed released tweets through Tweet Deck.

The Paperless Way to Collect Parent Contact Information!

Collect Parent Contact Information w/ a Google Form! Use a Google Form to gather Parent Contact Information this school year! It''s not just about saving trees and going paperless, although those are good reasons!

The hottest posts everyone's reading

The Innovative Educator

Here’s the roundup of what''s been popular on The Innovative Educator blog. Below you’ll see the top posts along with the number of page views. I hope there''s something that looks of interest to you. If it does, check it out. If you’re inspired use one of those icons below the post to share it with others and/or leave a comment. Entry Pageviews 10 Ways Social Media Can Improve Writing in Your C.

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.

Developing Writing Confidence Through NaNoWriMo

Educator Innovator

Each November, over 2,000 K-12 educators bring literary fun and adventure into their classrooms through National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). One educator, Seve Isaacs, shares his story below, as well as the results he sees in students long after the month is over. A group of high school biology students were told to write a five-page paper on a science topic of their choice, due in a week. The students let out a collective groan that would have made the most patient teacher roll their eyes.

Book Writer

Technology Tidbits

Book Writer is a fantastic iOS app for digital storytelling that lets users create interactive digital books, PDFs, and more. Educators are using this to Flip their classroom, create tutorials, photo books, presentations, and Project Based Learning.

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The Mobile Learning Imperative in Higher Education

Kevin Corbett

The Mobile Learning in Higher Education [ INFOGRAPHIC ]. 72% of best selling apps in 2012 were aimed at PREschoolers and children in elementary school. 52% of children now have access to a smartphone or tablet. On average, each millenial owns 2.4 devices.

“Corporation” doesn’t have to be a dirty word

The Innovative Educator

I have had the pleasure to be involved with creating partnerships between innovative educators and the companies that provide them with resources. This currently includes companies like PBS, Common Sense Media, Google, and, Microsoft, SMART, and Edmodo. Unfortunately, for some, when the word corporation comes up, there is immediate distrust. This is a big PR problem that corporations need to take seriously.

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

Future of Museums Virtual Conference Thursday - Instructions and Final Notes

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our Future of Museums Conference is this Thursday, July 24th ! Our free, collaborative global conversation about technology, museums, and the future will be held from 9:30am - 5pm US-Eastern Time. The conference will feature the keynote speakers and crowdsourced sessions, which are listed in the current conference schedule below. We hope you will join us for some or all of the day’s sessions. Go to [link] for the hour-by-hour schedule in your own time zone and links to attend each session.

Booktrack Classroom

Technology Tidbits

Booktrack Classroom is a innovative tool for education that allows educators and students to add layers of sound effects/tracks/music to text. A simple way to put it is a soundtrack for books, but it is so much more.

The mLearning Moment in K-12 Education

Kevin Corbett

The U.S. education system is having its mobile learning (mLearning) moment, with devices in some form in the majority of schools and more predicted in the next 1-2 years.


K12 Online Conference Call for Proposals

Educator Innovator

Educator innovators are lifelong learners, and that means we are always looking for inspiring new learning opportunities. One professional learning event that happens every year, the K12 Online Conference in October, is a free online conference open to ANYONE and organized by educators for educators around the world interested in integrating emerging technologies into classroom practice. A goal of the conference is to help educators make sense of a continually changing learning landscape.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.