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Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers

Teacher Reboot Camp

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” by Plato. Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Throughout my teaching years, I’ve struggled with getting my students or trainees to readily participate.

Fostering Creativity In The Learning Process

The Web20Classroom

Several months ago I was having a conversation with a colleague about creativity in learning. We debated back and forth about what creativity looked like and could you really teach creativity. All this stemmed from a comment I made about me not being creative.

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Guess What. @GoNoodle is Hoppin' - Must Have Fun for Back to School (l.o.v.e)!


Using GoNoodle Brain Breaks for Motivation and Classroom Engagement - click here to connect and start having fun - ** Get a GoNoodle T-Shirt. enter below. scroll down! ** GoNoodle is one of my favorite new sites I''ve ever shared on Kleinspiration. I love it for many reasons.

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Geddit - web based student response system

Educational Technology Guy

Geddit is a free, web based student response system, available on any device, that allows teachers to quickly gauge student understanding. Students use the app and indicate their level of understanding on a 1-5 scale. This formative assessment lets teachers know if they can move on or not.

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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.

The Conversation We Need To Have With Leadership

Teacher Reboot Camp

This post is part of Scott McLeod’s Leadership Day 2014. PD should give your Ts a GEM: it should “Grow You”, “Engage You”, and “Mean something to you” — GNichols (@Think_teach) August 6, 2014. Mission: Value Your Time.

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Instantly Message with Parents via the NEW @ClassDojo Messenger App!


ClassDojo Messenger I''m so excited to share with Kleinspiration friends that TODAY ClassDojo launches a brand new app, ClassDojo Messenger. This new app allows you to connect with your student''s parents with ease, throughout the day!

Our Work Defines Our Legacy

A Principal's Reflections

This post is my contribution to Leadership Day 2014. Legacy is such a deep and meaningful word in my opinion. The term can best be described as how someone is remembered and the specific contributions he or she made while they were alive.

Chromebox and Chromebase - definite contenders for desktop replacements

Educational Technology Guy

I''m currently testing out the LG Chromebase and Asus Chromebox for potential use in our district (and for me at home). So far, I''m very impressed. They setup and work like a Chromebook , have very fast performance but offer the experience of a desktop with large screens and full keyboards and mice.

Making Common Sense Media Common Practice in Our Classrooms


Written by CUE Member Dave Childers @davechilders “We can’t cover their eyes, but we can teach them to see.”

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.

Free Webinar: Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Are you looking for a user friendly and flexible tool to help you easily create engaging multimedia rich content to redefine teaching and learning? Are you interested in using technology to meet the personal learning needs of the students in your classroom?

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Amazing Students Do Amazing Things

A Principal's Reflections

Earlier this year I shared the amazing work of New Milford High School student Sarah Almeda in a post titled Students Yearn For Creativity, Not Tests. Wherever I now speak across the country and soon the world I share the incredible project Sarah created.

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Puzzles, Play and Programming

My Paperless Classroom

If you have not yet heard of Robot Turtles, it is a board game built around the fundamentals of computer programming by Dan Shapiro, formerly of Google and Microsoft, launched on Kickstarter last year.

#Flipclass Workflow

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

With the start of the new school year looming, a favorite topic of discussion among #flipclass teachers is workflow. Rookies want to know how to make flipping work with class procedures, and veterans are always tweaking what they do.

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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.

Leading in a time of…

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

Anyone who regularly reads my blog would know that in the last year there are two key elements of leadership that I have been struggling with.

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3 Principles for Creating a Culture of Creativity in Schools to Unleash Technological Innovation

The 21st Century Principal

"While in school, we are often educated into believing that we must succeed that mistakes should be avoided. But to be successful, we need to learn how to fail and how to respond to failure. What we call failure is really a learning process."

6 Ways To Connect With Families On Day One!


One of the most important parts of setting the tone for a new school year is reaching out to families and building a mutual relationship that can support student growth at home and at school. Thanks to technology, connecting with families can be less time-consuming and more convenient. Here’s 6 ways to reach out to families … Continue reading → Family Engagement edtech engagement family parent

Share Your Passion With Students (Instructions Included)

Comfortably 2.0

As educators we all know that one of the greatest benefits to teaching are the relationships that we build with our students. This year marks my 15th year in education and I truly cherish each and every chance I get to build relationships in my classroom.

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.

#Flipclass Workflow: Differentiated Instruction

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Chatting this morning with Stacy Dawes on Voxer in the #ELA Flip group, we were discussing ways in which we can differentiate and diversify our instruction for students, especially those who are ESL/ELL immersed in mainstream classes.

Teaching Is Impacting Lives Forever Not Raising Test Scores

The 21st Century Principal

What the testing and accountability crowd does not get is the impact teachers have on lives. No bubble sheet can capture that, and you won''t find it in standards. Each of us has a teacher or teachers that have impacted our lives. In my own, there was fifth grade with Ms.

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Advocacy of robo-readers hasn’t won the debate — it still misses the main point

Improving Education Environments

The Hechinger Report has a recent article out about the potential of software in the realm of robograders. The title, Robo-readers aren’t as good as human readers — they’re better , is sensationalistic and sacrifices the tenor of the article’s argument for a round of quick clicks.

Six suggestions for effective, large-scale technology deployment

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by Chris Casal (A more detailed version of this article was cross posted at The Casal Operating System ) If you haven’t heard, another story of technology gone wild was recently shared in this WNYC article “ Why Hoboken is Throwing Away All of its Student Laptops.” As is the case with other failed technology initiatives in places like Liverpool, and Los Angeles , the problem is not the tech, but rather the ineffective deployment and implementation strategy.

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.

Engagement is.

Comfortably 2.0

"Student engagement is the product of motivation and active learning. It is a product rather than a sum because it will not occur if either element is missing." ~Elizabeth F. Barkley I don''t know about you, but I get pretty giddy this time of the year. I can''t wait to get our teachers and students back into our buildings! At our high school faculty meeting yesterday, Mr. Kittle

A Plan to Destroy Public Education in NC with Five Easy Steps

The 21st Century Principal

If I wanted to design an education budget that gives the “appearance” of supporting teachers and educators, what would that budget look like? What if my long term goals are to get the state out of the education business and turn that entire enterprise over to the private sector? How can I continue to “starve” public education to achieve this goal? Here’s what I might do. First of all, since I would have to give some raises in pay during election years, I would, but do so strategically.

4 Reasons to Teach Students the Research Process with Google Drive!

4 Reasons to Teach Your Students the Research Process with Google Drive Show your students the power of Google Drive while conducting research!

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 Don''t blame social media if your students are dist. Jul 13, 2014, 2885 Does Twitter have a minimum age requirement?

EdTech at School

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