Sat.Dec 13, 2014 - Fri.Dec 19, 2014

Spice Up That Lecture! 20+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Undergraduate students taught by lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than those involved in active learning. – Bajak, A. 2014). In my new book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers , I talk about how even the best lectures aren’t fair for the majority of students in our classes.

Students Can Be Most Effective Teachers in the Art of Presentation

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Students can be merciless in their assessment of teacher lessons and presentations. Use those experiences to hone the art of the pitch for startup investors and advisers. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

Impact of a Makerspace

A Principal's Reflections

One of the best parts of my day is checking in on Media Specialist/Teacher Librarian Laura Fleming as she always shares the incredible work her students are doing in the makerspace she created at New Milford High School.

Google Updates and Improves its Learning Center for Teacher Training

Educational Technology Guy

Google has updated and improved its Learning Center for Teacher Training with new use cases and best practices, making it even more useful and easier to learn about Google apps.

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.

Using @RemindHQ For Leadership

The Web20Classroom

In the past, I''ve written about how much I love using Remind. So much so, I am an advisor to the company. But even if I wasn''t an advisor I think the simple way the service allows for educators to connect to students and parents via text messaging is elegant and so simple to use. What is Remind ?

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Transform Your Classroom into a Makerspace

Catlin Tucker

As finals approached this year, I had a desire to do something different. In the past I’ve had students write a timed five-paragraph argument essay about whether Montag, from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, is a conformist or nonconformist.

Some Great Chrome Apps for Chromebook Classrooms

Educational Technology Guy

Holly Clark has a great article with some great apps for Chromebook classrooms. It has an interactive image of the apps. As you hover over the app icon, it gives short description. Click on it and it takes you to the Google Play page so you can install it. There are some great apps here.

Spice Up That Lecture! 20+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Undergraduate students taught by lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than those involved in active learning. – Bajak, A. 2014). In my new book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers , I talk about how even the best lectures aren’t fair for the majority of students in our classes.

Turning Tech Rollout Obstacles into Student Learning Opportunities

Digital Promise

No matter how well a school prepares for a technology rollout, anyone who has been through that experience knows there are bound to be a few hiccups in the weeks after students get devices in their hands. “During first week post-rollout we quickly discovered that kids being kids were going to test the waters of what they could do with their iPads,” says David Ruiz, a digital technology coach at V.I.D.A. Middle School in Vista, Calif.

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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.

Best Education-Related Videos of 2014

User Generated Education

I love end of year “best of” lists. My own list is what I found to be the most powerful education related videos of 2014. They all, in some way, address the mind, heart, and spirit of education. Each touched me in some way to help illuminate the purpose and core of education.

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A great comparison of Chromebooks vs Windows

Educational Technology Guy

I''m a huge believer and user of Chromebooks in education. Even with the huge popularity of Chromebooks, there are still a lot of people who don''t understand them or think that they can''t do a lot of things.

Real Project Based Learning: A Big Delivery….Santa Believes in PBL… Do You?

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Did you know that Santa believes in Project Based Learning? It’s true… in fact I have worked quite hard at finding evidence that supports this conclusion. Recently I was reviewing an outstanding article written for Educational Leadership based on the 8 Essentials for Project Based Learning.

Celebrate Holiday Traditions with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

If you''re looking for engaging ways to include some holiday fun into your teaching before winter break, you might want to choose ThingLink as a platform for sharing resources.

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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.

Stick Around is Free December 15th & 16th!

Learning in Hand

My iPad app, Stick Around was free for only two days. The app is back at its regular price of $2.99 (or $1.49 through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program). Download Stick Around from the App Store.

Analog (ie paper) resources that work with digital

Educational Technology Guy

Not everyone likes to, feel comfortable, or can go completely paperless. Some like the feel of paper. Sometimes it''s easier to take notes on paper. Sometimes, digital equipment isn''t allowed in an area. Whatever the reason, there are some great paper-based resources that work with digital.

Facebook, Bogus Timeline Posts, & Authentically Helping Others

The 21st Century Principal

If your Facebook timeline is like mine, rarely does a day go when you don’t see a post that asks you to share it because your act of sharing will somehow benefit the subject of the post.

Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink & Google Apps - ICE 2015

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Every year I look forward to facilitating hands on workshops at the Illinois Computing Educators Conference in February. I truly enjoy working with educators who are eager to create, learn and embrace ways to leverage the power of technology for teaching and learning.

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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.

Great Apps to Complement Your iMovie App

Comfortably 2.0

The iMovie app could possibly be my favorite app on my iPad. It''s a versatile app that can lead to a whole lot of creation in your classroom Yes, I know that iMovie on my MacBook Pro has all the bells and whistles, but I believe that the app has all the ingredients to make some pretty powerful products in your classroom. I love the fact that the app allows our students (and us) to make

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Google Inbox - a replacement for your email with some new features

Educational Technology Guy

Google''s Inbox is there new email client that has a different layout and different ways to handle emails. I''ve been using it for a while now and love it.

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Make Learning. Stick Around. [Infographic]

Learning in Hand

Stick Around , the iPad app I co-authored with the creators of Explain Everything , has been in the App Store since December 2013. It''s being used in classrooms around the world by teachers and students who want to turn learning into a game.

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Innovation vs. Compliance in Education

My Island View

I watched a Ted-Talk recently where the speaker addressed innovation in education. The focus of the talk was on a proposed solution to the problems in education. It boiled down to a lack of innovation in education. The speaker correctly pointed out that classrooms in the US have not substantially changed in a century. In talks that I have done, I often make the same point. I show a slide of an operating room from the early 1950’s and then a slide of one in this Century.

EdTech at School

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

Use Twitter for Social Justice in the classroom.

Inquire and Inspire

Sometimes it feels like Twitter is just a fad in the classroom. We use it just to peak the students interest or try and relate to them. I don''t think that should be the point of using twitter in education.

K12 Blueprint - great resource for technology in education

Educational Technology Guy

K12Blueprint is a great resource for technology in education.

7 Facts about Hackathons for Teachers

My Paperless Classroom

This weekend I was working in Hacker Dojo , a shared workspace in Mountain view and I found that I was surrounded by a Hackathon. I had heard of Hackathons, but since I am not a hacker, I never went to one. The idea is that in a weekend teams create an app or a program.

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21st Century Book Reports with iMovie Trailers


Apple did an awesome thing when they added the trailer feature into iMovie. You can easily create a professional looking video in literally minutes. Whether you are using the Mac version (desktop/laptop) or the iPad App, there are so many ways students can use iMovie Trailers to show their learning.

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.

Digital habitus

Learning with 'e's

The writings of philosopher and anthropologist Pierre Bourdieu focus predominantly upon the power structures and dynamics of society, and highlight the importance of cultural capital.

Bioman Biology - The Fun Place to Learn Biology

Educational Technology Guy

Bioman Biology is a site I just found out about from my wife, who teaches Biology. The site was created by a Biology teacher and has games and virtual labs that teach students concepts in Biology. It is standards based, interactive, and free.

Roller Coasters in Second Grade #STEM

My Paperless Classroom

Looking for a simple roller coaster design program? My second graders loved Coaster Frenzy. This week in Tech we designed and rode our own Roller Coasters! Building on our STEM study of balance, energy and motion, we used the app Coaster Frenzy to design our own thrill rides.