Sat.Aug 24, 2013 - Fri.Aug 30, 2013

My First Post as a @Scholastic Top Teacher is Live ~ Check it Out (so Excited)! #ClassDesign


Joining the Scholastic Top Teaching Team! click here to see the post - Before this summer, I had never been to New York.

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The @ASCD Arias Series-Teaching With Grit

The Web20Classroom

Recently ASCD released 4 short books that are aimed at packing a big punch in a small package. Each are less that 100 pages but have loads of quality information. Over the next few posts we will look at each one to see what they are all about. Then we will give away 1 copy of each. Sound like fun? Whenever I hear the word Grit I think of the John Wayne movie True Grit. I see John Wayne''s character helping the young lady find the person who took her father.

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Edscape is Coming. Join Us and Innovate Now

A Principal's Reflections

The annual Edscape Conference will once again be held at New Milford High School in New Milford, NJ on Saturday October 19, 2013. Hundreds of educators from over ten different states and Canada descended upon my school last year to learn together and network in an effort to move their respective school cultures down an innovative path.

What’s a Personal Learning Network (PLN)? It’s a Superhero Team Chosen by YOU


Everyone knows there’s the J.L.A. Justice League of America) and lately you’ve probably heard of S.H.I.E.L.D. Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division), but the most important superhero organization that you can belong to is a P.L.N. or Personal Learning Network.

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.

Digital Learning Program From @snaplearning Can Boost Your Class Library!


Print PDFs, Read Digital Books, and Graph Progress Snap! has over 133 engaging books and lesson plans offering instruction and practice in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension covering K-6 content in history, science, and language arts.

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EdmodoCon 2013 Guest Post #7: L. Neumann from SWEDEN!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Guest post #7 is from Lotta Neumann, a teacher of Swedish and English language and language arts at Falkenbergs gymnasieskola in Falkenberg, Sweden , instructing 16-19 year old students.

iPad Basic Training for Teachers


The Background Photo Used Under a Creative Commons License In the Spring of 2013, my school district committed to issuing an iPad to every classroom teacher.

Star Planning: Engage the Senses, Make Memories, and Inspire Creativity!


The Inspired Apple: a Fun Teacher''s Blog - click here to connect to her fabulous site - I recently had the pleasure of meeting Abby, author of The Inspired Apple , in person this summer in Chicago. She and I were featured presenters at SDE''s Extraordinary Educators National Conference.

5 #BacktoSchool management tips for innovative educators

The Innovative Educator

A version of this post originally appeared in Partners in Learning 1:1 Hot Topics Chatting with friends, playing games, cheating, cruising YouTube.

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.

Core Leadership Summit 2013 on Blended and Personalized Learning: EdTech Reaches Out to EduLeaders


Teacher Creativity Skill: Brainstorm and Plan Digitally

The Playground Advocate

Part of being creative as a teacher is coming up with creative learning experiences for students. Over the years, I''ve learned that my best lessons and units came about as a result of a lot of collaborative pre-planning.

The "New and Improved" Digital Citizenship Survival Kit

Comfortably 2.0

I have been thinking about some "new" items I could add to my original Digital Citizenship Kit that I created last year. Like I said in that blog post, I love using props when teaching. After some great conversations with the good wife @jenbadura on what I should include, I have come up with some new items to include in the survival kit. Yes, you can use this with your students! After I

PlayScience II: iPad App for the Science Classroom

The 21st Century Principal

PlayScience II is an interesting iPad app that covers all essential topics in Grade 2 Science, such as Plants, Animals, Earth, Weather & Sky, Matter and Motion & Energy. It also has several activities such as a memory game, jigsaw puzzles, crosswords etc.

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EdTech at School

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



Is it just me, or have the clouds been more noticeably pretty and dramatic this summer? Warmth probably brings more remarkable clouds, or at least one tends to pause and look at the sky more when it''s not 2º out.

Announcing the Fourth Annual Global Education Conference and Call for Presentations!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Bienvenue! Welcome! ??! Willkommen! Benvenuto! ??! Seja bem-vindo(a)! Bienvenido! We are pleased to announce the fourth (wahoo!)

The Google Image Ripper -- Just Because You Can Doesn't Mean You Should

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Just read about a new, faster, easier way to search images, in this article: Google: Handy Systems Makes Google Image Search Easier to Use. The site described is Google Image Ripper , and it is not affiliated with Google in any way. I must take issue with this API!

Knowmia: Tool to “Flip Your Classroom” Is Getting Even Better!

The 21st Century Principal

Knowmia is a website and an iPad app that allows teachers to create, share, and view instructional videos for students. It might be just the perfect solution for the teacher looking for a tool to help them implement “Flipped Classroom” instruction.

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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.

Why Do Educators Love Their Profession? #loveedu


Why do we do it? Show up day after day to work with young people and other educators? It''s a job that takes a great deal of stamina and energy. We''re always "on". Because we are imperfect humans working with dozens of other imperfect humans, there are challenges. Why do we do it? Because we are wired for it. Because it fills us up like no other endeavor can. Because we love it! I asked educators on Twitter to share why they love their chosen profession. Their answers are below. Please enjoy!

EdmodoCon 2013 Guest Post #6: L. Butler

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Guest post #6 is submitted by Lisa Butler, a middle school Spanish and Social Studies teacher in Hershey, PA. Lisa has been using Edmodo for 2.5 years and hosted an EdmodoCon viewing party, and "enjoyed both learning from the passionate speakers and the parallel discussions we had because of the sessions." In addition to creating Animoto videos, Lisa is active on Twitter (@SrtaLisa), writes about educational technology topics on her blog , and enjoys attending educational conferences.

Back to School Special & PPT Download

The Daring Librarian

You''re Invited!

All just a click away?

Learning with 'e's

Everything is just one click away. All knowledge, all learning, anything you want to know - can be found online. Have you ever sat down and watched a movie or a TV programme and then Googled the actors or directors to find out more about them?

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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.

What to Do When Facing the Stress of a New School Year

The 21st Century Principal

“The Sacred Pause is the practice of creating a moment to respond more consciously such as by breathing, attending, waiting, and considering things objectively before reacting.” Lama Surya Das In the rush of beginning a new school year as an administrator or a teacher, it is so easy to get caught in the busyness and bustle of all the things that need to be done.

EdmodoCon 2013 Guest Post #5: J. Karabinas

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Guest post #5 is written by Jaclyn Karabinas, a 3rd and 4th grade looping teacher from Hampton Falls, NH. Jaclyn started using Edmodo 1.5 years ago and has been busy getting other staff members on board. According to Jaclyn, "The possibilities with Edmodo are endless. This was my first ever post about Edmodo, reflecting on what I started to notice about how it joined my students together and helped students to communicate." As you read, think about how Edmodo can fuel your classroom.

Conference 2.0 News - STEMxCon Deadline, Connected Educator Month, Reform Symposium, Library 2.013, and More

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

For many, this is the start of a new school year. We hope that, wherever you are, our peer and practitioner-driven professional development conferences make a difference for you. All of these events are free to attend. Conference 2.0"

What Parents Need To Know About the Common Core (technology tips included)

Saving Socrates

What Parents Need to Know About the Common Core and How They Can Help Their Children The Common Core is an attempt to nationalize the curriculum creating common core standards in grades K-12. What does this practically mean? Well, almost all states have signed up to support this and by doing so are requiring their curriculum to conform to these standards.

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.