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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.

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?

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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.

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.

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.

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Groundbreaking Augmented Reality from @GoSphero - Amazing Robot Ball


Product Review: Sphero - click here to visit their site - What is Sphero? Sphero is a robot ball which can be controlled using mobile apps through Apple and Android devices. The main features of Sphero are: Rolling - Sphero can roll at a given speed and heading for a given amount of time.

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.

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.

CUE Leaders Integral in CA EdTech Blueprint Launch


by CUE Executive Director Mike Lawrence Several CUE leaders, including Executive Director Mike Lawrence and Board Member-at-Large Kyle Brumbaugh, were present at William Burnett Elementary School in Milpitas for the official release of Empowering Learning: California Education Technology Blueprint (2014-2017) today. Superintendent Tom Torlakson released the blueprint, featuring 19 recommendations for California to lead in […]. The post CUE Leaders Integral in CA EdTech Blueprint Launch appeared first on OnCUE. CUE News

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.

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.

Verizon Mobile Learning Academy

The Mobile Native

'New National Research Indicates Teacher Professional Development Program to Integrate Mobile Technology May Have Positive Impact on Students’ Standardized Math Test Scores Verizon, the Program’s Creator, and its partner, International Society for Technology in Education, to Launch Verizon Mobile Learning Academy to Train More Teachers Nationwide NEW CARROLLTON, Md. – New national research indicates that training teachers to integrate mobile technology into instruction may have a positive effect on students’ standardized test scores and academic achievement. The research comes from an evaluation study, conducted by the International Society for Technology in Education , of an innovative and comprehensive teacher professional development program, Verizon Innovative Learning Schools. A collaboration of the Verizon Foundation and the ISTE, VILS is one of the few training programs of its kind focused on supporting the effective integration of mobile technology in the classroom. Comprising students and teachers from 24 elementary, middle and high schools across the country, VILS provides individualized, on-site and virtual professional development tailored to address specific areas for improvement at each school as identified by a preliminary needs assessment. The key findings of the evaluation and research, conducted in January by the ISTE, indicate that, in general, students of VILS teachers showed stronger gains in mathematics than students from comparison schools. While many comparison schools used existing mobile technology, they did not participate in any systematic, schoolwide professional development program focused on using the technology effectively to teach students. Key findings include: · Standardized test scores in math of students participating in the program increased by 4.13 percent, while the test scores of students in a control group of schools that are using mobile technology but are not participating in the program (and did not receive teacher training on how to use mobile technology) declined by 4.62 percent. · Teachers in the VILS program reported that 35 percent of their students showed higher scores on classroom assessments; 32 percent showed increased engagement in the classroom; and 62 percent demonstrated increased proficiency with mobile devices. · Sixty percent of the teachers also reported that by using their mobile devices, they were providing more one-on-one help to individual students, and 47 percent said they are spending less time on lectures to the entire class. A New Online, Mobile Technology Training Course for Teachers Nationwide Due to these promising initial results, the Verizon Foundation and ISTE are launching an online teacher professional development program called the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy to enable teams of teachers across the country to participate in mobile technology training through free, moderated virtual courses that will earn participants Continuing Education Units. The program aims to train 1,000 teachers over the next year, beginning this fall. Rose Stuckey Kirk, Verizon''s vice president of global corporate citizenship and president of the Verizon Foundation, said: “Verizon’s corporate social responsibility efforts seek to use our resources to help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems in underserved communities. We are encouraged that our VILS schools are demonstrating meaningful benefits from these efforts. “Students at these schools are now more adept in using mobile technology to access useful learning resources, and significant portions of students have exhibited an increased ability to solve problems. Our new online initiative will extend the benefit of VILS professional development to educators across the country and help them turn mobile devices into educational tools.” The rigorous, multimethod, longitudinal VILS evaluation measured student performance and program impact through teacher and student surveys, classroom observations, and pre- and post- standardized math and science test scores for participating schools and comparison schools. Six of the 24 VILS schools were included in the evaluation study: Assabet Vocational High School (Marlborough, Mass.); Charles Carroll Middle School (New Carrollton, Md.); Hartford Middle School (Canton, Ohio); Lewisville High School (Dallas, Texas); Long Branch Middle School (Long Branch, N.J.); and Niemes Elementary School (Cerritos, Calif.). Six schools, each of them near a school in the VILS program, were in the control group. Soon, ISTE will conduct an analysis of 12 schools in the VILS program and comparison sites, strengthening its ability to make conclusions about the program. Dr. Wendy Drexler, ISTE director of innovation, said: “The VILS program demonstrates the important principle that mobile learning initiatives in schools require leadership to be effective. School administrators, tech coaches and teacher leaders have been engaged and supportive of the VILS program, and this has led to the success of the professional development implemented in these schools. The Verizon Mobile Learning Academy will provide support for school and district leaders as they prepare mobile learning initiatives to help ensure that their efforts will be successful.” More information and pre-registration for the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy can be found at http :// , and more information about the findings of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools evaluation study are available here [link]. ISTE Mobile Learning'

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.

CUE West Coast Summit Featuring Google for Education – Reaching New Heights in Learning


Written By CUE Member Alice Chen @WonderTechEdu How do you deal with that anticlimactic lull that you inevitably feel after spending three fantastic days at the Annual CUE Conference in Palm Springs? The answer is simple. You stay for the CUE West Coast Summit Featuring Google for Education (GIEWC), of course! The GIEWC Summit, which […]. The post CUE West Coast Summit Featuring Google for Education – Reaching New Heights in Learning appeared first on OnCUE. CUE Conference

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.

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.

You can Google Like a Boss

My Paperless Classroom

You can Google Like a Boss This is a screen cast to show my fifth grade students how I use Google to find the information I am looking for. I demonstrate how to use keywords, grade level, and reading level to refine the search. There are other tricks out there, but these seem most relevant to what my students need today. Digital media creation

'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.”

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.

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.

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.

Sphero 2.0 Unboxing

My Paperless Classroom

Sphero 2.0 Unboxing I am exploring tools we might use for STEM integration. It looks like this programmable robot ball might be a great tool for math and science instruction, but I will only know once I get it out of the box. Programming review

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.

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

Random’s place in PD

The Reflective Practitioner

I found the image on the left on Twitter tonight from @techgirljenny. I love that it 100% promotes the idea of getting professional development through social media, specifically Twitter.

The Peace of Making Art

Slate and Tablets

While it’s a little self centered to think we’re all this talented at what we do, in the traffic of everyday teaching it’s important to take a step back to appreciate the art of what one does.

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Are You Ready for a New Twitter? It's HERE!

The Daring Librarian

Irony of ironies! I recently worked a few nights madly and happily Photoshopping & designing a new Twitter look for our school''s Twitter page! (it''s it''s still not perfect!

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.

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.