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A Tale of Two Libraries

A Principal's Reflections

The summer of 2013 was probably one of the most important hiring years during my seven-year tenure as a high school principal. Now don’t get me wrong, I hired so many amazing educators over the years and will forever be indebted to the incredible work they did for our students.

In K-12, iPads Are a Detour

The Journal

While sales to the general public of 10 inch-screened tablets (e.g., iPads) are dropping quickly, K-12 schools will continue to buy them. The challenge, then, is how to use these devices to support inquiry – 24/7, all-the-time, everywhere learning

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10 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen

Learning in Hand

Projecting your iPad on a large screen is great for demonstrations, simulations, explanations, and showing examples. There are several ways this can be done in the classroom.

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Can I use Coding to Teach Reading?

My Paperless Classroom

I believe that students will read when they are ready, but I also believe in immersing students in an environment rich in opportunity to build and practice literacy skills.

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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.

School Leadership in the Common Core Era

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld, Dr. Maria G. Dove, and Dr. Audrey Cohan. Check out their book titled Beyond Core Expectations: A Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner published by Corwin.

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Kick off Fall with 5 Game Changing New Features from ThingLink!

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Interactive Video is here! In case you haven''t heard the news, ThingLink''s Fall Kick-Off introduces 5 game changing new features! Here''s news from the ThingLink Blog. "We We are proud to announce the release of five new features, highlighted by ThingLink for Video.

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Evernote and IFTTT, a Powerful Combo for Teachers

My Paperless Classroom

If This Then That plus Evernote is a force multiplier for educators. This web-based service allows you to connect many accounts to others with automated scripts. For example, you can create a recipe that will post every status you post to twitter on your Facebook page.

Set up Anonymous Bully Reporting with

The Innovative Educator

While innovative educators know that empowering students to use their own devices for learning is necessary for student success, the conversation of bullying often comes up as well. Not only are student-owned devices great learning tools, they also are great tools for helping to address bullying.

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Data Security for Teachers - The Basics

The Electric Educator

As we put more and more data into "the cloud," keeping your data safe, secure, and away from prying eyes is more important than ever! For teachers, this is especially true.

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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.

A Free Day of Differentiated Learning on SK12

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Instructional Shifts Simple K 12 will be hosting a free day of learning on Saturday October 4, 2014. I am excited to kickoff the days'' events with a webinar and overview of my interactive model highlighting Flexible Learning Tools for Digital Differentiation. Please join us!

Drawing Polygons and Patterns with Programming

My Paperless Classroom

This was the post I made for Second grade this week as we used Hopscotch for a second time What does it take to create a regular polygon on Hopscotch? Last week we learned that programming a regular hexagon required at 60 degree rotation followed by a draw command, repeated 6 times.

Don't Follow the Lead of @cshirky in Banning Technology

The Innovative Educator

Clay Shirky author and professor of media studies at New York University, recently penned a guest article for the Washington Post sharing why he decided to ban technology in his class. He explains how it was challenging to be more interesting than the devices. The following quote captures some of his thinking: “The practical effects of my decision to allow technology use in class grew worse over time.

Google Forms for Paperless Assessment: Documenting Communication with Parents

Inquire and Inspire

When exploring teaching practice through a 21st century classroom lens, many questions about assessment practices arise. How can teachers use available technology to make assessment practices more efficient?

EdTech at School

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

The Power of Public Thinking: An Interview with Author Clive Thompson

Educator Innovator

This post originally appeared on dmlcentral. Clive Thompson is a longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired.

Which presentation tool should you be using?

My Paperless Classroom

With so many presentation tools out there, which should you be using? Which tool is most appropriate for your students? Are they the same tool? In this episode of the Techeducator podcast we look at some of the most popular choices available.

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To Chrome or Not to Chrome, that is the Question (Hint the Answer is YES!)

Saving Socrates

I must admit, after spending years in education and believing I really had my "head to the ground" on the latest trends, I was dead wrong. My first computer was an Apple 2E. My whole family shared it. I grew up playing math games on it and writing my first essays. When I went to Chapin, they had a "high end" computer lab back in the 80''s filled with IBM PCs where we learned computer programming with in BASIC and DOCS, and utilized Mavis Beacon to learn typing.

Making It Stick – #CE14

Kyle Pace

Today kicks off Connected Educator Month. The hashtag being used to centralize the posts, tweets, and chats about being a connected educator is #CE14.

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.

Saddle Up & Rope ‘Em In!

The Daring Librarian

Codes to Teach Like a Cowboy / Cowgirl I am SO very excited to announce that two educators whom I greatly respect and admire are going to guest speak on our #TLChat Virtual Cafe webinar series : Shelly Terrell & Jake Duncan "Teaching can feel like trying to conquer the Wild West.

Merit Pay's Continued Failure in Education and Some Darn Good Reasons Why!

The 21st Century Principal

“How reward power is exercised affects outcome. Compliance is most likely if the reward is something valued by the target person. Thus, it is essential to determine what rewards are valued, and a leader should not assume that it be the same for everyone.”

The hottest posts everyone's reading

The Innovative Educator

Here’s the roundup of what''s been popular on The Innovative Educator blog. Below you’ll see the top 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 use one of those icons below the post to share it with others and/or leave a comment. Entry Pageviews Using Cell Phones to Support Student Engagement & May 6, 2012, 7724 Does Twitter have a minimum age requirement?

In the Hands of the Students: The Classroom Computer

Inquire and Inspire

In further developing 21st Century classrooms and learners , it''s vital that we move beyond using technology to enhance teacher-led instruction, but rather as tools to assist student-led discovery.

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.


Technology Tidbits

Imagistory is a wonderful free iPad app that I just found out about from iPad Apps 4 Schools. This is a great "wordless" picture book where students can record their own narration of the story that they select. As they open the book, the story begins to record through the iPad''s microphone.

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October is Connected Educator Month!

Join in the world-wide celebration. edWeb is delighted to be part of the continuing celebration and recognition of educators who connect with colleagues for professional learning and collaboration. Educators who join in quickly enjoy the benefits and the fun of meeting in a virtual world to share ideas for improving teaching and learning. edWeb has been part of this movement since our founding in 2007, and we now have 100,000 members!

Connected Educator Month Starter Kit

Educator Innovator

October, also known as Connected Educator Month , has arrived.

Welcome to Social Studies: a "Sphere" of Language Development


As a companion to my column for the ASHA Leader App-Titude series, "Welcome to Science Class, " this series explores how technology can serve as a context for teaching "language underpinnings" related to the social studies curriculum.

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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.