Sat.Dec 22, 2012 - Fri.Dec 28, 2012

Conferring Notes & Student Data (Paperless) with the Confer App - created by a National Board Certified Teacher!


Confer: The app that organizes your conferring notes and student data Though I''m considered to be a ''tech-savvy teacher,'' I still struggle with letting go of certain paper systems I''m use to.

Gooru - the Search Engine for Learning

Educational Technology Guy

Gooru is a site I wrote about a while back when it was in Alpha status. It is now in Beta status and open for everyone to use. Gooru describes itself as a "Search Engine for Learning". It is a study tool that allows students to explore resources and study guides that are aligned to standards.

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Observing the Common Core Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

Educators across the country are grappling with the Common Core Standards and the significant changes that have come with them.

Class Badges for 1-1 Goal Setting

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Class Badges is a free online tool designed to help teachers use digital badges as rewards for accomplishing learning goals. The badges can be a useful tool for teachers to keep track of individual student accomplishments as they help learners focus on making progress.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Happy Holidays & a Look Back on the Best of 2012 from @KleinErin at Kleinspiration


Thank you all for helping to make 2012 very merry! This year was filled with so many wonderful ideas shared among colleagues (virtual and face to face), connections made at conferences, and friendships formed through collaboration. Blogging has opened so many doors socially and professionally.

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The Ignite Show

A Principal's Reflections

Education needs more advocates. Students, teachers, and administrators need more advocates. The Bammy Awards is one such initiative that is attempting to shine a bright light on the many amazing people in the trenches that are doing great things in the field of education. Thankfully there are others who are beginning to step up as well. I recently met Anne Ostholthoff at the inaugural Bammy Awards and have seen first-hand the work she is doing to launch the web based The Ignite Show.

Teacher dropouts

The Innovative Educator

Editor''s note: This is a living post to which I will continue adding the stories of teacher dropouts as they are brought to my attention. More than 20 years ago John Taylor Gatto wrote a letter announcing his departure from the teaching profession, titled I Quit, I Think.

Web 2.0 Annotation and Bookmarking Tools: A Quick Guide


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Happy Holidays - Most Read Posts of 2012

Educational Technology Guy

image from homepage Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from Connecticut. I''m finishing up my day at work today with a quick post of the Most Read Posts of 2012. It''s been an interesting year for me, as I started a new job as the Chief Information Officer for our district. It''s a rewarding and challenging job that I love. Tonight we head to friends'' for Christmas Eve and then off to my cousins'' tomorrow with the whole family.

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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.

Review: Ask3, a Free iPad App by TechSmith

The Electric Educator

I''m a big TechSmith fan. They have produced some great software titles, are strong supporters of education and teachers, and are a Michigan company! I''m always eager to see what they will come up with next. A little over a year ago TechSmith developed ScreenChomp , a screencasting app for the iPad.

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Ed Tech Speak

The Innovative Educator



Holiday News and Link Roundup!


Hi Folks, just a few bits of news and links to some posts elsewhere to share with you! First of all, I wanted to offer a belated thanks for all who took the time to vote in this year''s Edublog Awards. I was thrilled to place 2nd (wow!) in two categories! Like Avis, we try harder.

I'm dreaming of a White laptop.

Learning with 'e's

Me with Keith in 2009. or any colour really. It doesn't matter that much, as long as it does the job. My old laptop Keith (named after a Rolling Stone - he's very old and has seen better days, falling to pieces, but is still just about functioning), is just about to pop his clogs I fear.

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.

Chrome Web Extensions: Bitly URL Shortener

The Electric Educator

Google Chrome is the world''s second most popular web browser. Chrome features fast and reliable access to the web. This series of posts highlights Chrome extension and web applications, which enhance and extend what can be done with the Chrome web browser.

School Today.What they don't tell you. (Written by a teacher)

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by Ed J. Komperda, III | Originally posted and shared with hundreds on Facebook "What did you do in school today?" " "Nothing." " Ah….the the generic response of children when confronted upon their parents arrival home from work. No need to press the issue. As a 15-year veteran public school teacher, I'll share the 411 from an insider's perspective -- with a well-deserved angle of candidness and transparency for parents and tax payers.

iTunes 11's New Code-scanning Feature


I am sure I am not the only one who received a few iTunes cards this holiday season. My peeps know my passion for apps. Additionally, I had taken advantage of a Best Buy deal that I''d encourage all to be on the lookout for periodically- on Black Friday iTunes cards were 20% off!

Beautiful Birchbox, Curated Goodies, & Bling!

The Daring Librarian

Sure, I usually blog about technology, geeky stuff, and libraries. but beneath it all the Daring Librarian is a girlie girl who likes bling & beauty products!

EdTech at School

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

Tell Diane Ravitch that bashing homeschooling & online learning is not a gift

The Innovative Educator

Diane Ravitch has a gift this holiday season that I hope innovative educators and parents will reject. Here it is: "This article is a Christmas gift from me to you. Leon Wieseltier of The New Republic has written one of the most eloquent explanations of why we need teachers, schools, and universities.

The hottest posts that everyone's reading

The Innovative Educator

Here’s the roundup of what''s been popular on The Innovative Educator blog this week. Below you’ll see the top weekly posts along with the number of pageviews. I hope there''s something that looks of interest to you. If it does, check it out. If you’re inspired, share it with others and/or leave a comment. Article Page Views A Real Alternative: Degree AND Credentials Without.

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Mr. Rogers' Wisdom


I apologize for that little bit of radio silence the last couple of weeks, but in the wake of the CT tragedy, I hadn''t felt much like writing. For so many of us, this event just hurt on so many levels. Worst of all is the children and their families, which I have difficulty even thinking about.