Sat.Nov 16, 2013 - Fri.Nov 22, 2013

Scholastic's First Thanksgiving Full Common Core Unit Plans with Videos and Printables!


The First Thanksgiving Scholastic has put together NEW Common Core-aligned lesson plans to introduce your class to the real story of the first Thanksgiving. There are interactive guides, lesson plans, activities for centers, printable reproducibles, virtual field-trips and more!

BYOD and the Paperless Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

At New Milford High School teachers are adapting their professional practice as we continue to evolve into a Bring Your Own Device school where student-owned technology integrated effectively.

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Google announces 5 New GAFE Courses for Teachers and Admins

Educational Technology Guy

Google has an excellent selection of free courses and training materials for Google Apps and more. ( see a bunch here). They have just announced 5 new online courses for teachers and administrators on Google for Education that were designed by educators. New Courses include: Internet 101, Apps for Education, Gmail, Drive, Chrome and Chromebooks. They are self paced and well designed.

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Instructional Shifts to Support the Common Core

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Are you looking for ways to effectively implement and manage the Common Core aligned classroom? The CCSS identify a spiraling set of skills necessary to prepare students for success. The standards are designed to teach students how to think.

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.

Thanksgiving Craft-ivity, Disguise the Turkey Bulletin Board, and Turkey App!


Having Fun with Thanksgiving My kids did the cutest job hiding their turkeys this week. I loved seeing how creative they each were in their designs. It is so fitting how you can see each of their personalities shine through in their work.

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Financial Literacy Resources for Students

Educational Technology Guy

Money management and financial literacy are important topics for students. Here are some sites that have some great resources to use with students to learn about money and finances. link] - Money as You Grow – Kids and Money – President''s Advisory Council on Financial Capability Offers 20 essential, age-appropriate financial lessons—with corresponding activities—that kids need to know as they grow.

SAMR Model Musings

Kathy Schrock

I have been asked to elaborate on my understanding of the SAMR model, a model written about extensively by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. This model suggests a structure for the design of embedded technology use in the classroom to have a significant impact on student outcomes.

Thrilled to be Hosting the 1st Indiana #GAFESummit

The Playground Advocate

I have the pleasure of working for a forward-thinking school corporation, and I am blessed to have a job that gives me the opportunity to work with teachers to find meaningful ways that technology can enhance teaching and learning in the Digital Age.

Blended Learning in Action- The Next Generation of Education!

Saving Socrates

This past week, I had the pleasure to formally observe one of our terrific high school teachers, Rebecca Cohen, using blended learning in the classroom (thanks to our BOLD, blended online day schools grant). Rebecca full utilized a rotational model embedded in our blended learning classroom. Students were divided into three major groups. One group worked on the computers utilizing gradpoint to pinpoint information on enzymatic reactions. Another group worked on a lab on enzymes.

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.

High School Senior's Take on the Common Core and the Obsession with Testing

The 21st Century Principal

The debate over Common Core continues. This video captures a high school senior Ethan Young speaking eloquently about some of the concerns about establishing a national curriculum and our current education system''s obsession with testing, accountability and standards.

Nominations for the 2013 Edublog Awards


The purpose of the Edublog Awards , or Eddies, is to raise awareness of educational blogging and social media for learning.

The colAR App: Another Great Place to Play

The Playground Advocate

When I was a kid, I used to love to draw and color. I would draw airplanes, battle scenes, dinosaurs, and blueprints for the ultimate underground hideout. There is something awesome about the act of creating visual representations of the things your mind imagines.

iMovie Trailers Across the Content Areas (republish)

Kathy Schrock

This post originally appeared in September of 2013 on my Discovery Educator Network blog, Kathy''s Katch , where I pen a monthly blog post. Please take a look at it when you get a a chance. The new posts go up the first day of the month!

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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.

Project Based Learning: Tips for Putting the Cliches Into Practice


By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Lisa Highfill The pendulum is swinging again with Project Based Learning, but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater! Cliches about education have surfaced often throughout the years as attempts to explain the latest fad or learning design.

Talking isn't enough. 10 suggestions to help keep teens safe.

The Innovative Educator

By Lisa Nielsen with guidance and contributions from Willyn Webb Today's party companions Molly and tampons with boozetube flasks. What do these essentials for today’s EDM (or electronic dance music) culture have to do with being an educator?

Tips on Revision: Trouble shooting sections: Introduction and Background/Lit review

Connecting 2 the World

Introduction : What goes into the introduction may vary stylistically depending on length, discipline, and purpose. However, a good introduction will allow the reader to decide if they want to continue reading. When you have been asked to revise the introduction, the first thing you need to determine is was this the result of your writing not being focused or clear enough or is this the reviewer wanting you to change direction or refocus your paper?

Goldiblox -- Toys to "Get Girls Building"

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Teacher-librarian friend +Michelle Carlson Colte sent me this tweet last evening. Love this video by @goldieblox [link] A Rube Goldberg machine by girls @MrsC758 @RacStrong @mauilibrarian2 — Michelle (@Michelle_Colte) November 22, 2013 What a great idea!

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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.

Just an illusion?

Learning with 'e's

The study of human perception is not easy, but can be a lot of fun. How do we know for example, that we all represent reality in the same way? How do I know that my perception of the colour blue is the same as yours? We can''t really know for certain.

Digital Presentation Tools: Animoto,, and Thinglink


Want really quick ways to make a professional looking video and projects that will WOW your parents, kids, and co-workers? Take a look at these three fabulous tools! Animoto If you are an educator, you can Create a free account and have access to more templates, and it will allow you to have more time to record videos. Once you register for a regular free account, you have to Apply for an educators account here [link] It is quick and easy! Every year, you have to reapply.

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GlobalEdCon 13 - Final Day + Global Education Declaration

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Today is the final day of our five-day 2013 Global Education Conference.

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13 Must-Haves in My Social Media Curation Tool Kit

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

I''m getting ready for the EdTech Mixed Plate Show tonight, pondering one of the questions that will be asked of me: "How do you curate what you find online so you will remember to use and to share with others?"

EdTech at School

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

ASHA 2013 Update- from a Techie Point of View!


ASHA 2013 in Chicago is in the books. It was great traveling to one of my favorite cities for this event. McCormick Place is huge, seemingly bigger than I recalled from the last time ASHA was there.

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Wokka Explains Brushes 3

My Paperless Classroom

I another in a series of puppetcasts I create to serve as mini lessons: Wokka Explains Brushes 3 In this Puppetcast Wokka shows you how to use the Brushes 3 app to draw a turkey. Presenting the mini lesson as a video allows me to get the iPads out of the cart while the lesson is presented.

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A Global Education Declaration

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

How Social Reading Enhances the #CCSS

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by Travis Alber ReadUps is an online discussion platform where students can read online and discuss content inside the book. Actually, it doesn''t have to be a book, it can also be an imported URL, an uploaded course packet, or whatever you paste in. But the purpose of the ReadUp is to "meet up" inside what students read, and to discuss it. Discussion features allow students to leave comments and responses on any paragraph, or message other readers in the book at the same time.

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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.