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


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.

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.

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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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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Teachley: Mt. Multiplis

Technology Tidbits

Teachley: Mt. Multiplis is a fun new free iPad app that helps students w/ their basic multiplication skills.

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.

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?

BoomWriter Delivers a Free Common Core Aligned Personalized Literacy Tool

The 21st Century Principal

BoomWriter is an award-winning educational technology resource that is free for teachers and allows their students to create, share, and even publish stories and other original content. BoomWriter’s interactive collaborative writing platform lets teachers deliver a fun and engaging personalized learning experience, while elementary, middle, and high school age students work online to develop their reading, writing, and peer assessment skills.

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.

Pixel Press Floors

Technology Tidbits

Pixel Press Floors is one of the coolest new iOS apps (free) that I just found out about from the amazing blog, iLearn Technology. This app is perfect for educators looking to integrate Game Based Learning as it lets users create their video game simply by drawing it.

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.

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.

Value-Added Measures and 'Consulting Chicken Entrails' for High-Stakes Decision-Making

The 21st Century Principal

“Like the magician who consults a chicken''s entrails, many organizational decision makers insist that the facts and figures be examined before a policy decision is made, even though the statistics provide unreliable guides as to what is likely to happen in the future.” Gareth Morgan, Images of Organization: The Executive Edition Could it be that using Value-added data is the equivalent of consulting “chicken-entrails” before making certain high-stakes decisions?

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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.

Drive through learning

Learning with 'e's

This is number 16 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.

Reading Raven HD

Technology Tidbits

Reading Raven HD is a great iPad app for beginner readers. This beautiful interactive app has young students learning by completing lessons starting w/ letters and phonics to reading full sentences.

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?

Resources from ASCD for Creating a Positive Classroom Culture

The 21st Century Principal

Alexandria, VA (6/17/2014)— ASCD , a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, is pleased to present a variety of professional development resources that support educators in creating a positive classroom culture. The collection of ASCD books and online resources supports all educators in improving their school culture and furthering their school’s continuous growth and achievement.

EdTech at School

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

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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Mission to Marsville

Technology Tidbits

Mission to Marsville is a online summer program offered by the innovative Game Based Learning/LMS company, NEXED. They are the company that developed Answerables, and are combing their virtual environment into a summer learning program to help kids prevent summer learning loss. This is all done in their safe 3D virtual environment for grades 3rd-8th in the subjects of Math, Science, and Language.

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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.

NC State Senate Bill Proposes Paying Teachers Through Donations & License Plate Sales

The 21st Century Principal

NC Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest’s proposal to fund teacher pay raises by collecting donations and selling special license plates is now a bill proposed by the North Carolina Senate Education Committee. The proposed bill would collect money from individuals and businesses and place these funds in an endowment. Lieutenant Governor Forest stated in May that his idea was “a creative response to tough economic times.”

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.

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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Learning Revolution - Week's Free Events - Homeschool+ Conference - Mathbreakers - Creative Commons - Gender in Gaming

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update June 17th, 2014 Learning how to learn is life''s most important skill. Tony Buzan The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions.

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.