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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Passion, Potential, & Heroes That Fail Us

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The number one benefit of educational technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive.

Equality and Equity in Education

EdTechSandyK

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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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.

Goodbye

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.

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

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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.

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Seriously.

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.

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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.

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?

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.

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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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.

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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What do adjuncts do? #adjunctchat April 1

Connecting 2 the World

A few weeks ago, I read something that made me think of this topic. I''m sorry I didn''t save the link, but someone stated, "If we were lawyers, we would get paid for billable hours." This got me to thinking, what if we as education professionals, started billing for the work we did as accountants, lawyers, or even "trainers" (who ARE educators, by the way, even though there are some who continue to make the division) do?

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StudentFirst Charter School Found to Be Putting Administrators First in Charlotte NC

The 21st Century Principal

In a recent Charlotte Observer article entitled "StudentFirst Charter School to Close Next Week" 300 students will find themselves without a school next week due to the foundering of this charter school on the rocks of mismanagement and downright incompetence.

iPracticeMath

Technology Tidbits

iPracticeMath is an excellent all-in-one resource for all things Math. This is a great place where educators/students can find: problem walk-throughs, games, worksheets, and more. Also, it doesn''t matter what topic of Math is being covered, iPracticeMath has it all (i.e.

EdTech at School

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

Comments Welcomed (Not Really)

Learning401

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

iPad Essentials: Window Shopping in the App Store

SpeechTechie

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.

Quick Key

Technology Tidbits

Quick Key is an excellent free iOS app that allows educators to scan a paper test/quiz and then has the app do the grading. The way this works is by snapping a pic of the quiz/test/survey (up to 30 questions long) and then app does the grading/assessment right on the mobile device.

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.

Learning Revolution - Week's Free Events - Reinventing the Classroom - Library 2.014 - The Real 1:1 - Reclaim Learning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 1st A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert. Andrew Carnegie The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning. The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own virtual and physical events and those of our more than 200 partners.

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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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.