Sat.Mar 09, 2013 - Fri.Mar 15, 2013

Grade Change: Moving a School Culture Forward

A Principal's Reflections

Recently Jeff Fiscina , one of my math teachers, submitted a guest post on my blog that emphasized some of his grading practices that best support and promote student learning.

With @ClassDojo - Go Paperless, Reach Common Core Standards, & Enhance Engagement!


Class Dojo is more than a behavior tool. My relationship with ClassDojo goes back a long way. I started beta testing their product before it launched to the public when they were working with ImagineK12. I remember when Sam, one of the co-founders, emailed me to first connect about the product.

The Administrators Toolkit Updated and Refreshed

The Web20Classroom

I originally wrote this post way back in 2009. Lots has changed since then. So let''s dust it off and do some updating. Most schools and districts spend lot of time and effort trying to get their teachers up to speed on technology and its use/place in the classroom.

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7 ways to connect with parents via texting

The Innovative Educator

An abridged version of this article was originally posted in SmartBlog on Education. Building the home-school connection is important for all school staff, but few realize the power of the tool in their pocket. Even if they don’t have internet access, most parents have access to cell phones.

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.

Our Doors Are Always Open

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Steve D’Ascoli. Steve visited New Milford High School on Thursday February 28, 2013. NMHS routinely hosts visits from outside educators, schools, and organizations in an effort to provide insights on our initiatives. Below is a reflection by Steve on his recent visit.

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Common Core Standards Featured Prominently in 2013 Annual CUE Conference


Educational leaders know that any change in pedagogy, standards and assessment would require large doses of quality professional development to implement effectively. So what do you do when all three are changing? Send your team to the CUE Conference, of course!

More Reading. More Writing. More Engaged Citizens of the World.

The Innovative Educator

By Sarah Mulhern Gross. Cross posted on March 6, 2013 on The Reading Zone Cum hoc non propter hoc.

3 Steps to Leveraging the Power of Technology to Disrupt Your School or District

The 21st Century Principal

“When people adopt technology, they do old things in new ways. When people internalize technology, they find new things to do.”

20 Terrific Presentation Tech Tools for Kids!


I recently submitted a piece to my friend, Laura Candler, for inclusion of her new eBook: 20 Terriffic Presentation Tech Tools for Kids. I''m honored to be included among such fantastic contributing authors. Even more so, I''m looking forward to trying out a few of these tools with my own students.

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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.

From Blended Learning to a Robust Infrastructure: Questions for Technology Leaders


Part 2 of 2 – by Catherine Banker and David Tokofsky Applying technology to create the most effective blended learning environment should begin with asking a lot of questions of experts in education and technology. It’s easy to think that harnessing technology in education is a matter of buying computer hardware, setting up a wireless […]. The post From Blended Learning to a Robust Infrastructure: Questions for Technology Leaders appeared first on OnCUE.

6 Reasons to Incorporate “Smithsonian Quests” Into Your Classroom

The Innovative Educator

By Ashley Naranjo, Education Technician for the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies For some time now, the education community has discussed and explored how to get out of the standardized-testing rut and make learning enjoyable again.

Who's afraid of the big bad MOOC?

Learning with 'e's

After seemingly stalling for a short time, MOOCs ( Massive Open Online Courses ) seem to be graining ground again. First there were the cMOOCs, free and open online courses that focused more on learning than they did on accreditation.


Ready for some fun? How about a Twitter Party & a Pinterest Party with @MariaDismondy - Mark your Calendars!


One of my favorite people in the world, Maria Dismondy , has 2 AMAZING events coming up for YOU to be a part of and join the fun! I met Maria through this blog. She is a Michigan children''s author and asked that I post about her new books. I fell in love with her stories and so did my students.

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.

5 Guidelines for Rational School Leader Response to Social Media Issues

The 21st Century Principal

What should be a school leader’s response when a student uses social media in an inappropriate manner? This Winston-Salem Journal Editorial “More Education, Guidelines Needed for Officials, Students on Social Media and School Security,” makes the usual call for more rules and education about improper use of social media. But was this event a “social media problem” or was it “a behavioral or crime problem?”

John Stossel hated school. Investigates unschooling.

The Innovative Educator

In case you missed it, last week, John Stossel did a segment on unschooling as part of his “ Education Blob ” special. In the segment he pointed out that the number of homeschoolers is on the rise nationally, a whopping 75% since 1999.

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mARch: Augmenting with Aurasma, Part 3- Using Text and Sharing your Work.


The last several posts here focused on using the Aurasma app to "augment," or layer discoverable visual information, over an image, specifically a book page. These same steps can be used to augment other materials- flash cards, posters, bulletin boards, printed images or student-created art.

Minimally invasive education

Learning with 'e's

The following is an exclusive interview that was organised by EDEN and is mirrored from the EDEN homepage. It was conducted in the run up to the EDEN Annual Conference which will take place in Oslo, Norway on 12-15 June, 2013.

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.

Create a Rotating Slider for your Google Site

The Electric Educator

I build a lot of Google sites and have long been on the lookout for a rotating "slider" that would work well with Google Sites. I looked at several options, but was never satisfied with the result.

Say goodbye to bake sales forever

The Innovative Educator

One of the greatest joys of youth is their optimism. Every year school kids across the country optimistically believe they can change the world for the better. From collecting bottle tops to toys to food, children have a never ending desire to give.

mARch: Take Virtual Field Trips with Tour Wrist


Moving into other applications of augmented reality (AR) in interventions, today I am going to talk about Tour Wrist (Free for iPhone, iPod, iPad).

Monday Interview - Poverty, Public Education, and Corporate Influence

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Monday, March 11th, for a live and interactive conversation with Paul Thomas on his book Ignoring Poverty in the U.S. : The Corporate Takeover of Public Education.

EdTech at School

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

Poetic Voices via BYOD

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Lacking time and energy (and talent perhaps), I haven''t written poetry in awhile. Using the Blogger app, I "wrote" this with the voice recorder keyboard on my Samsung Galaxy S3 phone. The voice recorder is close, but not exact (I was also on my Bluetooth ear piece while cooking dinner dictating this piece--multitasking as always). I didn''t say the word "whiskey" but evidently my phone heard it (subliminal? subconscious?).


What is Your Digital Status?

The Innovative Educator

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Chrome Web Extensions: MeasureIt! and Color Picker

The Electric Educator

Google Chrome is the world''s second most popular web browser. Chrome features fast and reliable access to the web. This series of posts highlights Chrome extension and web applications, which enhance and extend what can be done with the Chrome web browser.

Upcoming Presentations


Hi Folks- Just wanted to give you an idea of where I will be the next few months: March 23, 2013- EdCamp Access , organizing and facilitating a session or two. If you are in the Boston area and can come to this free unconference dedicated to ideas and issues in special education, please do. Click through to find out more about the EdCamp model and to register. I can attest that I learn a TON from innovative PD events such as EdCamps.

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.