Sat.Jun 07, 2014 - Fri.Jun 13, 2014

Change is a Mindset

A Principal's Reflections

For many years New Milford High School was just like virtually every other public school in this country defined solely by traditional indicators of success such as standardized test scores, graduation rates, and acceptances to four year colleges.

Google announces Google Educator Groups - great resource for educators

Educational Technology Guy

Yesterday Google announced the launch of Google Educators Groups. This is a program made up of communities of educators who can connect with each other to learn, share, and help each other. While it is mainly online, there are real-world meetups and events as well.

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Planning for #ISTE14 - Check out these tips from an OCD educator to stay organized!


Planning for ISTE 2014. can be a bit overwhelming! I am organized to a fault. I rely on my planner. yes, a paper planner. I use sticky notes. I color code agenda items, and most importantly, I L.O.V.E marking lines through completed items on my lists.

Quick Collection Of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Resources

The Web20Classroom

More and more districts are realizing the power that Bring Your Own Device can have on teaching and learning. Students get the opportunity to use the technology they are familiar with and be exposed to how technology is being used by their peers.

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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.

5 Key Takeaways from #edcampusa

Tom Murray

The energy at the end of the day was infectious. To hear Emily Davis from the US Department of Education speak with such passion about what had occurred at the DOE that day was both encouraging and inspiring. In lieu of the traditional edcamp smackdown to wrap up the day, 100 educators from around the nation discussed the day''s impact of the first ever EdCamp USA. In reflecting on my time at the Department on June 6th, and having co-facilitated four sessions throughout the day, I left with the

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To the Citizens of BC

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

To the Citizens of British Columbia, Canada, How important is a good, free, public education system to you and to our society? How much should a collective ‘WE’ spend on creating the best possible public education for ALL of our children?

Google for Education CT Summit - June 21-22, 2014, Greenwich, CT

Educational Technology Guy

I will be presenting at the Google for Education CT Summit on June 21st, 2014 on Chromebook and Google Apps deployments. The Summit is two days, with presentations and workshops by a variety of educators, Google Certified Teachers, Google staff and more. It''s a great event with some great learning and sharing planned. Here is the event website: [link] Here is the event Google+ Page:

ThingLink Education Features Reviewed

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

ThingLink Education has been working hard this year to support teachers by providing the community with a safe and efficient online classroom environment. ThingLink Teacher Accounts are packed full of powerful features to help teachers transform learning and help students develop 21st century skills.

16 Conference picks for innovative educators in the upcoming school year

The Innovative Educator

The Innovative Educator in the Social Media Booth at NYSCATE 13 As the 13/14 school year comes to a close, it's time to think about what events and conferences to attend for the next year.

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.

Digital Citizenship Chat Preview for June 11, 2014


Image Source Hello everyone! Tonight it''s my turn to moderate Digcit Chat, and since the questions require some reflection back on the current school year and looking ahead to the next one, I thought I''d give a preview of the questions.

Interview with @DavidBFox the Designer of @RubeWorks App

The Mobile Native

How long have you been involved with gaming and app developing? I’ve been involved in gaming since 1977 when my wife, Annie, and I opened the Marin Computer Center, a nonprofit public-access microcomputer center.

World's Worst Pet-Vocabulary


I am often asked about apps that build vocabulary and am at a loss for an easy answer. Are you looking for apps for basic or more advanced vocabulary? Do you mean semantics instead?

The birth and near-death of one piece of educational software

The Hechinger Report

Over the next week or so, The Hechinger Report will be publishing excerpts from Richard Whitmire’s book On the Rocketship: How Top Charter Schools are Pushing the Envelope. In this second installment, software engineer Ben Slivka finally ships his educational software but finds his real customer base isn’t what he expected. CHAPTER 20: Slivka’s Sci-Fi Software Gets Shipped. February 2009: Bellevue, Washington.

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 to Look Slowly with Project Zero’s Out of Eden Learn

Educator Innovator

Most people don’t complain of time moving too slowly. Busy schedules coupled with the constant barrage of information and new technologies buzzing around make weeks seem like just a few days and months seem to pass in a flash.

Endowments- Let's Start Thinking Big When Donating "Small"

Saving Socrates

I recently read about the Jewish Federation of NY sponsoring a matching endowment grant. This is long overdue. For generations, board schools and private schools across the country have had them. I remember the impact an endowment made on my time at the Peddie School, an independent boarding school in Hightstown, NJ. Walter Annenberg donated 100 million dollars to the endowment there.


ISTE "Unplugged" in Atlanta - Free Events Start Friday June 27th with HackEd14 Unconference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Each year hundreds of educators interested in social media, technology, teaching, and learning gather to build and participate in "unplugged"-style activities as a part of the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference.

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 Stop saying "balance is key" when discussing techn. Jun 1, 2014, 3049 Learn to teach web literacy with free classes from.

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.

Using Outlook Web App on Chromebook

Hansen's Link to Tech

School''s who have adopted Google for Education who choose to continue to use Outlook instead of GMail may have the annoying problem of viewing their Outlook web app using a Chromebook.

What Role Experts Should Play in Education And How Technology Can Help

Saving Socrates

In yeshivas, we are accustomed to the role of expertise in a rather distinct and profound way. We have the privilege of hiring Rebbeim that carry with them the mesorah (historic expertise) of thousands of years of learning. They degrees come with years of study. The best secular equivalent is a doctorate in a subject. We employ these men to teach everything from 1st to 12th grade.

Leadership and Letting the Difficulties of Life & Job Be Our Teachers

The 21st Century Principal

Aren’t our difficulties always our best teacher, taking us to the places we rarely willingly go on our own? Bayda, Ezra (2014-04-08). The Authentic Life: Zen Wisdom for Living Free from Complacency and Fear (p. Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition. There’s something noble in looking at even the daily difficulties of life as teachers.

Hooda Math

Technology Tidbits

Hooda Math is a great site for Game Based Learning for the subject of Math w/ over 50 educational games. HM has games for KDG through HS as well as on a wide variety of subjects such as: Fractions, Algebra, and more. They even have more logic based games such as puzzles, Geometry, and Physics.

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.

Find of the Day: Tweet Directly from Chrome's Omnibox with Chromnitweet

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

I''m a BIG FAN of Chrome''s Omnibox for doing searches, as this slideshare attests. Create a custom search engine (and shortcut) in Chrome''s omnibox from Linda Lindsay So I had to try Chromnitweet.

Learning Revolution Week's Events - Evernote in the Classroom - Yong Zhao - Google+ vs. Ning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update June 10th, 2014 Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted. - Dr. Seuss The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions.

Make Your Learning Connected

Educator Innovator

The second Making Learning Connected (aka #CLMOOC) starts Friday, June 13. Making Learning Connected (#CLMOOC) is a knowledge-building and sharing experience open to anyone interested in making, playing and learning together about the educational framework known as Connected Learning. CLMOOC provides educators of all types with an opportunity to experiment with new tools, make projects and friends, and share reflections with colleagues across the country and around the world.


Technology Tidbits

Brainbean is a nice little free iPad app designed for people of all ages that offers fun brain exercises/activities. These games range in wide variety of style such as: memory, creativity, drawing, patterns, and more.

EdTech at School

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