Sat.Apr 19, 2014 - Fri.Apr 25, 2014

Why #Edcamp Is So Awesome

The Web20Classroom

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending another Edcamp. This one makes 7 for me. EdcampElon was another event in a long like of teacher-driven professional development that can have a lasting impact on the learning of all who attend. Don''t know what an Edcamp is or looks like?

Interactive Language Arts Practice From @IXLLearning for Grades 2-6


Online Language Arts Support for Grades 2-6 - click here to try IXL - I''ve been using IXL Math for the past year with my own two children, Jacob (6) and Riley (9). As a parent, I love how organized the site is to use.

Simple Yet Effective

A Principal's Reflections

Social media provides educators with a wealth of tools that can be used to engage students and enhance learning.

Today is Earth Day - here are some resources for teachers

Educational Technology Guy

Earth Day, April 22nd, is a great time to talk to your students about the environment. Earth Day was started in 1962 as a way to bring attention to environmental issues.

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.

Happy Birthday YouTube! Tips and Tricks For Doing More With Our Favorite Video Service

The Web20Classroom

Today (April 23, 2014) is the 9th Anniversary of the first video ever being uploaded to YouTube. You can still see that first video here. Many districts are realizing the potential that YouTube learning can have in the classroom.

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Siphoning Off of Public Education

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

I try very hard to be positive about the future of education. I whole-heatedly believe that this is an exciting time to be an educator and that we are witnessing a Transformation in education.

Time Is Not Always On Our Side- 5 Minute Mobile Projects with Field Trips


Time is NOT on our side. Sometimes we want our students to complete quick mobile projects that take very little time, but produce awesome projects. Our 4th grade students recently visited Jefferson City, our Missouri capitol, to learn more about Missouri history.

'Fear and Learning in America': Stirring Up the Hornets' Nest in the War on Education

The 21st Century Principal

“Simply put, smart superintendents don’t poke hornets’ nest with sticks.”

Teacher leadership

Kairos EdTech

Teachers are leaders. There''s no doubt that when we stand in front of a group of kids, regardless of their age, we are on the verge of making an impact, influencing them and guiding them through, sometimes, unexplored trails.

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.

Who we are

Learning with 'e's

Who are you? How do you let other people know who you are? Are you the same person online as you are in real life? Can you separate your professional identity from your personal identity? These important questions have been raised several times in the last few weeks at events I have attended.

All Things Symbaloo


Have you started using Symbaloo yet? Symbaloo is a free visual bookmarking site that gives you access to anything you bookmark with a tile from any computer. It takes bookmarking to a whole new level. Check out this awesome thinglink that links you to fantastic symbaloo tutorials.

Creativity Inc: How to Sustain Creativity in Your School, District or Organization

The 21st Century Principal

"I would devote myself to learning how to build not just a successful company but a sustainable creative culture." Ed Catmull There is no doubt that Pixar is one of the most creative companies in the world today.

Verizon Mobile Learning Academy

The Mobile Native

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.

Creating Skills Assessment Rubrics Revised and Aligned with Blooms & CCSS

Saving Socrates

The past week I have been spending a lot of time revamping Magen David''s Skills assessment rubrics to align them to the Common Core. Because Magen David is a regents school, we need to align our curriculum to the common core and this is a fundamental part of the process.


Technology Tidbits

EDpuzzle is a fantastic free tool for educators or students to take a video and "make it their own". The way this they do this is by uploading a video (i.e. YouTube, Vimeo, TeachersTube, etc) and then edit it by: cropping, adding their own, narration, and even embed a quiz.

Arne Duncan Announces New-Old Policy Tying Teacher Prep to Test Scores

The 21st Century Principal

The Obama Administration announced its latest plan today that would tie federal funding of teacher preparation programs to test scores. Duncan and the Obama Administration are seeking to place the federal government in the middle of teacher preparation.

Caution banning cell phones may interrupt learning

The Innovative Educator

“The only difference between smartphones and laptops is that cell phones are smaller, cheaper, and more coveted by students” ( Richtel & Stone , 2009). Students, parents, teachers, principals, and elected officials know it is time to lift restrictions and embrace these tools for learning.

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.

From atoms to bits

Learning with 'e's

One of the first books I ever read about digital media was Nicholas Negroponte''s Being Digital. I have a first edition, published in 1995, and I was honoured to have dinner with Nic last year, where he duly signed my copy.


Technology Tidbits

30hands is one of my favorite free iOS apps for easily creating a digital story. This is a great app because it can be used by any curriculum for any subject and is very easy to use w/ a drag-n-drop interface.

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Are Jim Henson's Doozers the Hipsters of the Maker Movement?

My Paperless Classroom

When I opened my email on Tuesday night I was sorting through the "promotions" section of gmail and I came across a Klout perk. For those of you who don''t know Klout, I would describe it as a mostly silly social media metric generator.

NC Judge Blocks Law Asking Teachers to Give Up Tenure for Bonus

The 21st Century Principal

Last summer, our North Carolina Legislature handed all our state school administrators a hand grenade with the pin pulled. Under a law that they passed, school districts were tasked with finding a way to identify the "top 25%" of all teachers. The law did not specify how this identification was to be done, but it mandated that districts offer bonuses to whoever was identified as the top 25% of teachers in the schools.

EdTech at School

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

It takes a village

Learning with 'e's

It''s a phrase that keeps echoing in my head: ''It takes a village''. It''s not a new phrase, but I was reminded of it again recently by Aaron Davis , a secondary school teacher in Melbourne, who has a prolific education Twitter account. I feel ''it takes a village'' requires some unpacking.


Technology Tidbits

EverySlide is a fantastic new presentation tool that I just found out about from Free Technology 4 Teachers. This is a great place for educators to create or upload a presentation (i.e. Keynote, PPT) then share it w/ others via a unique access code.

Classroom tool for easy Mind Maps: Google Docs Add-On MindMeister

Inquire and Inspire

Google Add-ons has been a real nice feature recently added into Google Apps. There are already a ton of apps read to go with Add-ons. Since my class was in the middle of planning, constructing and writing narratives, I wanted to look for an add-on that might help their planning process.

Learning Revolution Free Events - The Conference - Next Up #Reinvent14 - Appreciative Inquiry and AERO

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 22nd The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn.and change. Carl Rogers The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about 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.

Changing the learning landscape

Learning with 'e's

Changing the learning landscape is a one day workshop on social media and learning in higher education that will be held at the University of Warwick on April 24.

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Technology Tidbits

Simply put, Buncee is one of the best Web 2.0 sites for education for making beautiful looking presentations, eCards, digital signs/posters, scrapbooks, and more.

Help your child get inventive with these resources

The Innovative Educator

Do you have students who love inventing, experimenting, and computing? Then check out my article on which features quality, free or inexpensive places you can turn to help your students discover, explore, and develop his or her inner inventor.