Sat.Mar 29, 2014 - Fri.Apr 04, 2014

Students Yearn For Creativity, Not Tests

A Principal's Reflections

The other day as I was sitting in my office, sophomore Sarah Almeda popped into my office, as she usually does. After day three of PARCC field-testing I was catching up on some dreaded paperwork, one of the least favorite aspects of my job.

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It's World Backup Day - make sure your data is backed up

Educational Technology Guy

Today is World Backup Day! Everyone needs to have their files backed up. It is very easy to have your flash drive, hard drive, or computer crash, get damaged, or have your flash drive or laptop get lost or stolen. And it always happens at the worst possible time.

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Be Inspired! Free! Online! #RSCON5, Sun. Apr. 6

Teacher Reboot Camp

Join us this Sunday, April 6th! Professional Development in your PJs. Only 4 hours. You can even join our Technology Smackdown and present your favorite web tools or apps. Find all the web room links here. Just click on the green links on this page and a Blackboard Collaborate room will popup.

Equality and Equity in Education


Original Source Unknown. Please let me know if you know the original source! Earlier this month, I participated on a panel about BYOD Equit y at SXSWedu. In the weeks leading up to the panel, the graphic to the right came across my radar.

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.

Makerspaces Provide a World of Opportunities

A Principal's Reflections

As of late it seems that I have been blogging a great deal about our makerspace here at New Milford High School and with good reason.

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5th Grade Learns about Quality Videos

My Paperless Classroom

Our 5th grade has been making videos all year and they started off silly and now we are really looking to get kids critically engaged in making meaningful video lessons to illustrate their own understanding. This is the lesson I started off our conversation with.

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Remind101 Attach - Send Photos, Assignments and Presentations

The Mobile Native

Check out the new features for Remind101. Send Photos, Assignments and Presentations) Directions from Remind101. Apps Texting


Open Educational Resources and the OER Summit


By CUE Member Michael Simkins @edtech101 Where do you stand on the Open Educational Resourses (OER) continuum? Original Equipment Reproduction? Office of Extramural Research? Do you mean Open Educational Resources? Sounds familiar. Duh, you don’t know what OER means?

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Digital Differentiation on Simple K 12 Today

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Sharing resources from my Digital Differentiation Webinar today, sponsored by Simple K-12. Explore these flexible learning tools through this interactive graphic, created with ThingLink for teachers. This is part of a Digital Differentiation model, my way i of weaving a web of flexible tools together for teaching and learning. To keep the model relevant, frequent updates are required, as new tools and trends emerge.

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.

Next Door Innovator: An Interview with Eric Mazur, Developer of Peer Instruction

Turn to Your Neighbor

At Turn To Your Neighbor , we constantly search for new ways to showcase bright ideas and innovation in education. As part of this venture, we have started a new interview series called Next Door Innovator. Our inaugural interviewee is Professor Eric Mazur , developer of Peer Instruction. Julie Schell: Where was your last education-related speaking engagement and what were you speaking on? Eric Mazur: Sydney Australia, on Peer Instruction.


How to change your Facebook administrator from a personal to professional account

The Innovative Educator

Innovative educators know it''s not a great idea to use your personal account to administrate Facebook pages or groups that you are using for your school i.e. school page, library page, sports page.

Webquest Introduction

My Paperless Classroom

Webquest introduction Sam and Wokka introduce the 3rd grade US government Web quest. This video is a good example of the videos I make to intro a lesson, giving me a chance to handout iPads and other resources as the video plays. pedagogy

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Comments Welcomed (Not Really)


Recently I shared an article [via Facebook and Twitter]on the topic of play at school that was refused by a local school PTO Facebook page. The potential for controvery aside,given recent parental concerns regardingreduced recess time, the article did not meet the PTO''s standards for sharing only school-related information. Here''s the articlelink in case you missed it: "When one New Zealand school tossed its playground rules."] In all fairness to the PTO Facebook page moderators, I can

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.


Learning with 'e's

As this will be my last ever blog post, I thought I would explain why I have decided to quit blogging. In the 5 years since I first took up blogging, I have written just over 1160 posts, and have received over 4600 comments.

Don’t be fooled on Facebook

The Innovative Educator

This week a relative of mine, who is a senior citizen, friend-requested me on Facebook. Not only do I love to see more and more seniors connecting online, I also love that this provides further opportunity for generations to share their lives. Especially these days when families tend to have busy lives and be spread out. The relative was a cousin who I don’t see much beyond big family gatherings like weddings and funerals. The next day she messaged me. She was catching on quickly.

iPad Essentials: Window Shopping in the App Store


While recently conducting a few "iPad 101"-style workshops for educators and clinicians, including a webinar for ASHA available on-demand , I have been talking a lot about finding and getting ideas about helpful apps.

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#appsmash4 Challenge: Zoobe/Tellagmi in the Classroom

Comfortably 2.0

Day three of our #appsmash4 challenge brings us a very easy App Smash that can be done at any grade level in any subject. This App Smash was introduced to me by our two fabulous Spanish teachers Rebecca Huls and Kara McNeese.

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.


Learning with 'e's

Thank you to all those who read and commented on my blog post on April 1st. I''m not really going to stop blogging. Some may have found it funny, others less amused. It wasn''t merely a ''joke''. There was a serious side to this.

Fixing a Bothersome Evernote Sync Error

The 21st Century Principal

Have you been receiving the message “Sync failed due to error on client side” when your desktop Evernote application fails to sync? While it does not stop the other files from syncing, receiving message over time is annoying.

LOTR Map of Middle Earth

Technology Tidbits

Recently, I came across a interactive Lord of the Rings Map of Middle Earth. I know lots of schools and students are reading this so I thought I''d do a brief post on this.


Calling All App Smashers--Day #2 App Smash

Comfortably 2.0

Day two of our #appsmash4 challenge is here. Again, there are lots of great app smashes coming in via the #appsmash4 hashtag and personal blog posts. Thank you to all that are participating. You all are doing some amazing things with the technology that you have in your classrooms.

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

5 Tech Tools, Innumerable Possibilities -- from the Hawaii #GafeSummit

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Five tech tools -- innumerable possibilities. I think our teachers and students will absolutely love these tech tools! I learned about them at the Hawaii #gafesummit, which was a delightfully surprising experience. Have you had any experience with these tools?

Race to the Top Damage Assessment: A 21st Century Principal's Perspective

The 21st Century Principal

When the 2012 PISA scores were released, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan declared the American Education system “stagnant.” He said the results were “straightforward and stark: It is a picture of educational stagnation.” Whether or not that’s true is debatable. What is not debatable is how the Obama Administration, Secretary Arne Duncan, and the US Department of Education have repeatedly used data like this to manufacture an educational crisis that only their remedies can fix.

Top 40 Web 2.0 Sites w/ Educational Portal

Technology Tidbits

A while back I compiled a very important list of Web 2.0 sites that can be used in education. The reason for this was a lot of sites that are beneficial for education require that a student has an email account to login.

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Calling All App Smashers!

Comfortably 2.0

I have been feeling a bit guilty lately about my inability to consistently push out a blog post or two during the week. I won''t use the "time" excuse that I hear too often, I am simply just shutting down during some evenings of the week and leaving my computer alone. Not a bad thing, right? Okay, so here''s the deal. I want to create a blogging challenge (to force me to blog more) in which


Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.