Sat.Jun 14, 2014 - Fri.Jun 20, 2014

3 Simple Rules For Attending Any Conference

The Web20Classroom

As the end of June approaches that means the annual ISTE (International Society for Technology In Education) Conference is around the corner.

Twitter as a Tool For Academic Discourse

A Principal's Reflections

For My Prince and Princess on Father's Day

Tom Murray

In two days, my little boy will be one. In a blink of an eye, he’s gone from a sweet newborn baby, to a crazy babbling toddler on the verge of taking steps of his own. My princess, now four, talks about her wedding day, what she wants to be when she grows up, and her favorite app of the day. I’m not quite sure where time went, but in a few blinks, life has moved on. I’m a guilty one. I’m guilty of often putting work in front of my little angels. Guilty of often having my head buried in my email


Creating a Classic Cell Style Animation using Google Slides

My Paperless Classroom

Links to the finished project: As Published at 1 FPS

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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.

Educators Explain with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Teachers have been busy creating interactive images for Week 1 of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. The first challenge was designed for teachers to create an image about something within their realm of expertise to explore the tool without trying to create a complex lesson.

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5 Reasons to Consider an Accelerated Degree Program

The Innovative Educator

While the idea of spending four fabulous years of freedom to be on your own immersed in study, is certainly appealing, t here are a number of reasons why the traditional college experience might not work for students.

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Learn One Thing -Blogger

My Paperless Classroom

So I am presenting at several conferences and workshops that focus on Google Apps tools for use in the classroom. If you haven''t noticed there are MANY Google tools, but Forms, Sites, Docs, Drive Slides, and Sheets tend to get the first run of attention.

Educators Design Your Digital Self

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Join Us for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge I have been having a lot of fun connecting with educators and expanding my PLN this summer as I facilitate the ThingLink Teacher Challenge.

Writing 2.0: Technology-Rich Approach to Common Core Writing


What skills are most desired by employers? On most lists , communicate effectively is the number one desired skill. How do we communicate? We communicate face-to-face, in writing, through various technologies, and multimedia. What is does it mean to be literate?

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.

Netflix’s founder saves the day for one education software startup

The Hechinger Report

The Hechinger Report has been publishing excerpts from Richard Whitmire’s book On the Rocketship: How Top Charter Schools are Pushing the Envelope. In this third and final installment, Netflix founder Reed Hastings steps in to take over DreamBox. CHAPTER 25: Danner (and Reed Hastings) Discover DreamBox. March 2010: Palo Alto, Los Altos, California; Bellevue, Washington.

Sphero and STEM teaching Polygons and Angles

My Paperless Classroom

This is a review of the the Second main lesson Sphero Education supplies to get teachers started with STEM and Sphero. The video walk through notes the support and structure Sphero has put in place. From clear standards to screen by screen programming guidance.


Free Google Docs Writing Workshop Webinar

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

How would you like you like to improve your students'' writing skills along with their technology skills? Join me and Simple K-12 for " Facilitate a Writing Workshop Using Google Docs", a free webinar on on Wednesday, June 18th at 1:00 PM EDT.

Vine Video Summer Book Trailers

The Daring Librarian

(Warning: This blog post may load slowly because of all the embedded videos. To hear the audio, click on the tiny speaker in the top left of each video) Every year I get excited to share with my kiddos our district & local library Summer Reading List (more about that below!)

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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.

What happens next?

Kyle Pace

We are now one week out from the 2014 ISTE Conference. There’s been quite a few pre-conference posts circulating about what to do, what not to do, and other great pieces of advice that are helpful to newbie and veteran attendees alike.

Learn Along with Me this Summer

My Paperless Classroom

Since this is my first summer working on a 12 month contract, I knew I couldn''t make the commitments I had made in past summers. This wasn''t going to be a summer of running summer camps, or teaching middle school students to blog. What was this summer going to be about?

Design Your Digital Self

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I am very excited to launch the Thinglink Teacher Challenge activity for week 2, Design Your Digital Self. I think you will enjoy this challenge and find it to be a great kick-off activity for use with students in the fall.

10 Tips to help educators break into paid gigs

The Innovative Educator

Cross posted at Smartblogs for Education Have you ever been inspired by a great conference keynote speech? A workshop presenter that your school or district hired? Do you want to share your ideas, be useful to others, and make some extra money? Have you ever wondered how that could be you some day? Well, it can, but it takes time to position yourself to take your show on the road.


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.

The shape of minds to come

Learning with 'e's

This is number 17 in my series on learning theories. I''m working through the alphabet of psychologists and theorists, providing a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In my most recent post I featured Hull''s Drive Reduction theory and its applications to education.

The Wiki that I Forgot

My Paperless Classroom

It seems like I am always creating something online: a blog post, a Google+ community, a Wiki, a Livebinder, an account on any number of websites. In general I do a pretty good job of keeping track of the work I create, in general.

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NC Legislators Vow to Find Voucher Money Despite Budget Woes

The 21st Century Principal

Once again, our state legislative leaders in North Carolina demonstrate where their hearts really are: anything but public education. According to to WRAL, North Carolina State Representative “Skip” Stam from Wake County said he hopes to find “another $7 to 8 million” to pour into the state’s legally challenged voucher program that the North Carolina predominately anti-public education legislature passed last year.

Penzu Classroom

Technology Tidbits

Penzu Classroom is wonderful new web 2.0 site that allows educators/students to create online journals and more. This is done in a safe environment where educators create a journal/class and then students join via unique code (similar to ClassDojo).

EdTech at School

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

Differentiate Your Discussions with G+ Hangouts

Hansen's Link to Tech

Google+ Hangouts is an amazing method for you or your whole class to collaborate and communicate in any subject and for anything. It''s all about content, creativity, engagement, and of course, being a Google for Education school (and having G+ available).

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Video Creation to Empower Students

My Paperless Classroom

Video and Google Apps for Education from Sam Patterson, MFA, Ed.D. There are times in my life where I feel like a curtain of a type has been lifted and an essential truth has been exposed. This week it happened as I was presenting about GAfE and creating video. I discovered that the reason I love teaching kids about video creating is because authorship changes lives. My life was changed forever when a teacher in high school looked at what I was writing and responded to the message.

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Scribe: An Inexpensive Outliner Note-Taking Software Alternative for Mac Users

The 21st Century Principal

Recently, I found myself in search of a simple program that would allow me to outline my readings for my doctoral program. Obviously, I could create those outlines within a word-processor like MS Word or Pages, but when I’m taking notes, simplicity in operation is important.

How Physical Spaces Change Learning- an Important Impact of BOLD

Saving Socrates

I''ve thought about this for some time. When I first began teaching at the Bergen County Academies, I was assigned to teach in a room with 22 computers all placed up against 3 walls of my classroom and chairs facing the computers. I also had the two 4 by 6 tables in the center and chairs (roughly 10) around them.

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.