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

The Meaning of Valentine's Day

A Principal's Reflections

I know I have said this before, but I really love my job. I love my job mainly because of the students and staff that I am blessed to work side by side with each day at New Milford High School. This morning Doreen Zacher, my Student Assistance Counselor (S.A.C.)

Simplify Project Based Learning With Biteslide - guest post

Educational Technology Guy

Simplify Project Based Learning With Biteslide Introduction What is Project Based Learning? What is Biteslide? Planning the project The Entry Event Researching the project Creating the project Presenting the project Conclusion Introduction In this article I shall give you a brief introduction to Project Based Learning (PBL) and show you how Biteslide can be used as an end-to-end technology solution for PBL projects. There is a dizzying number of EdTech tools on the market today.

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Turn your Photos into Stylish Creations with @Smilebox!


Turn your Photos into one of a kind Creations! print, post, and share - Looking to Make a Beautiful and Simple Class Memory This Year? I''ve used Smilebox for a few years now. For me, it was what PicMonkey and other photo embellishing sites now offer. only better!

Visualead: Colorful QR Code Generator

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Visualead is a free and user friendly tool for generating colorful QR codes in three simple steps. Uppload an image. Drag the slider over the image. Click lick a button to generate the embed code.

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.

Just Another Typical Day

A Principal's Reflections

This past Wednesday (February 6) was the second annual Digital Learning Day. New Milford High School joined thousands of other schools and educators across the country to showcase how digital learning is changing education.

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Digital Storytelling and Stories with the iPad


Digital storytelling is a first person story, where the narrator is digitally sharing his or her story; while a digital story is narrated in third person and shared digitally. Both can include imagery, background music, or motion.

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Inspiration Maps for iPad: Excellent Mapping Solution for the iPad

The 21st Century Principal

Inspiration is an excellent choice for concept mapping because its features make it useful as a classroom tool and as a tool for anyone who uses mindmapping techniques. Now, Inspiration is available for the iPad with its Inspiration Maps for iPad app.

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iBooks, Nearpod Yes! Create your Own Interactive Books!


Imagine being able to create your own books or documents that students could view via the iPad, instead of wasting precious time at the copy machine making numerous copies of paper that students will just lose anyway. Well you can, with iBook Author and the iBooks App on the iPad.

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5 ideas to make the most of teacher evaluation

The Innovative Educator

There’s been a lot of news about the Gates Foundation recently released guiding principles to policymakers and practitioners who plan to implement new teacher evaluation models.


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.

YouToo can be a Movie Producer on YouTube

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

While I have used YouTube for housing my screencasts and sharing videos related to class, there are new editing features that YouTube has enabled to enhance presentations that include adding notes, thought bubbles, pauses, and background music, as well as enhancing the visual aspects of the video.

On Getting Smart Today

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners



Three things

Learning with 'e's

There are three things we need to know about learning for this generation. The first is that learning needs to be personalised.

5 ways to help your students know how special they are this Valentine's Day

The Innovative Educator

How are you helping your students know how special they are this Valentine''s Day? Here''s some ideas from Angela Maiers. Know their significance. Let them know why they matter. Help them choose to matter.

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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.

When Interactive Boards and Tablets Aren’t 21st Century Classroom Tools

The 21st Century Principal

I think most educators would agree that interactive boards are not always 21st century classroom tools. In fact, when they are only used to reinforce lecture, worksheets and other 20th century teaching and learning methodology, they are little more than chalkboards with computer chips. The iPad is not necessarily a 21st century classroom tool either, if students are only using it to read e-texts and complete e-worksheets.

Digital Curation & Sweet Scoopage

The Daring Librarian

My name is Gwyneth and I am NOT an expert at Digital Curation. But I''m learning! I joined! when it first came out, but it didn''t "get it" and fall in love with it until I saw it in action this summer in Australia with Joyce Valenza! (I I know, pinch me, right?)

Mobile gives the edge

Learning with 'e's

Smart mobile phones continue to disrupt our society. They are increasingly pervasive and accessible.

Strengthen the home-school connection right from your phone with

The Innovative Educator

School guidance counselor Willyn Webb says that has made a positive improvement for her school’s Parent Accountability Committee (PAC) which meets once per month. Celly is a free, mobile social network that works via group texting. It is instant, private, and secure.

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.

When Tests Matter More Than Students: Test-Prep Learning Cultures in Action

The 21st Century Principal

"Who would want to teach in a system that measures your worth as an educator by how much your students can regurgitate on a two-hour multiple-choice test and that has reduced much of the curriculum to tedious test-prep exercises? writes Tony Wagner in his latest book entitled Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World. Who, indeed, would want to teach in the kind of education system Wagner describes in this question?

Common Core Assessment: An Inflection Point in Public Education or More of the Same?

Question Tank

The assessments rooted in the Common Core standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics begin this year for 45.5 out of 50 states. Minnesota is the 0.5 because they decided only to adopt the English Language Arts standards. Other than Texas and Alaska though, I bet you would have a hard time guessing that Nebraska… common core Data Analysis EdTech Education nclb Smarter Balanced

Being Negroponte

Learning with 'e's

Learning when there is no school' In 1995 I read a little black paperback book that changed my view on the world. The title of the book was ' Being Digital ' and the author was Nicholas Negroponte. Several key elements of Negroponte's book stood out for me and challenged my thinking.

Creating avatars and icons instead of photographs

The Innovative Educator

By Susan Ettenheim | High School art/media/library/technology teacher We've found that the whole problem of students posting personal photographic representations is gone when we teach them about making avatars or icons as personal representations. Here is the lesson we use for Youth Voices for building Avators / Icons. You will see that this lesson is in the context of our site, Youth Voices , but it certainly can be used in any context.

EdTech at School

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

3 Principles to Guide Your Social Media Debut

The 21st Century Principal

"While principals and superintendents are rearranging their organizational charts and agonizing over budget proposals, important conversations about their schools are being held all around them. These conversations used to take place at the grocery store, around the swimming pool in the summer, and at community events; now they take place on the web on the neighborhood digital bulletin boards, on Twitter, in blogs, and on YouTube."

Common Core Assessment: An Inflection Point in Public Education or More of the Same?

Question Tank

The assessments rooted in the Common Core standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics begin this year for 45.5 out of 50 states. Minnesota is the 0.5 because they decided only to adopt the English Language Arts standards. Other than Texas and Alaska though, I bet you would have a hard time guessing that Nebraska… common core Data Analysis EdTech Education nclb Smarter Balanced

Through a child's eyes

Learning with 'e's

We are constantly developing our understanding about how children learn. Research from the behavioural and cognitive sciences, neurosciences and pedagogical research fields is regularly yielding new findings.

The hottest posts 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 page views. 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. Post Views 5 Rewards of Teaching Young Students to Blog Feb 1, 2013, 6 comments 2383 8 ways to use social media to connect and coordinate w/parents.

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.