Sat.Mar 16, 2013 - Fri.Mar 22, 2013

Google Keep note taking service launched

Educational Technology Guy

Google has just launched Keep , a note taking service, that is free. It is a cool note taking system, that allows you to quickly jot down notes, checklists, transcribe a voice memo, search your notes, and more. Your notes are saved in Google Drive and synced to all of your devices.

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Why Every Conference Should Be A Connected Conference-#ASCD13

The Web20Classroom

I''ve spent the last several days attending the 2013 ASCD Annual Conference in Chicago. Educators from across the country and across the globe gathered to discuss pressing educational issues and talk about how we can all make teaching and learning better for kids, no matter where they are.

Awesome Apps for EDU:


Search for Apps easily with Google I enjoy searching for new apps to play around with and use with my two children and my students. Of course, the iPad is far more beneficial than just simply playing with apps. However, just like with reading, sometimes it''s fun to just indulge.

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Unwrapping the Common Core Standards

A Principal's Reflections

Love them or hate them, the Common Core is a reality for the majority of educators and schools across the country. As a principal I am always on the look out for resources that can aid my teachers with the successful implementation of these standards.

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.

MOOCs: the big…err, massive…new thing

Mobile Musings

(cross-posted from K12 Open Ed ). ISTE’s Learning and Leading with Technology (L&L) just published an article I wrote about MOOCs. This article was a step in the progression of some thinking I’ve been doing about deeper professional learning. Stay tuned for more on that.).

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More Trending

Free Results Driven Gameplay from @MrNussbaum: Learning + Fun


"What apps do you recommend for the classroom?" I am often presented with this question and have difficulty replying with a simple answer. My view has always been that apps and games should be leveraged to enhance one''s learning, thus there isn''t a one size fits all answer.

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Initiating and Sustaining Change

A Principal's Reflections

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to present at the 2013 Annual ASCD Conference in Chicago. This conference is one of my must attend events of the year and I use it as an opportunity to develop new presentations based on my leadership experiences at New Milford High School.

9 Characteristics of 21st Century Mindful School Leadership

The 21st Century Principal

“Mindfulness is simply noticing the way things are. By being mindful you can transform your life, your organization, and even your community. The first step is to transform yourself.”

3 Engaging Note-Taking Apps

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

As a teacher and life-long learner, I take a lot of notes. One of the best changes for me has been taking notes on my iPad because now I often find myself having fun trying to create attractive and useful notes.

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.

10 Do’s and don’ts to using PowerPoint to deliver lectures that don’t suck

The Innovative Educator

Picture a half-full classroom with nearly-comatose students descending into the slow death that takes place while listening to a lecture that is as interesting as the buzzing of a mosquito that one cannot find in order to squash.

False frontiers

Learning with 'e's

Collaboration is where two or more people work together to achieve a common objective. In education, the common objective is usually to learn specific content, skills or competencies within defined areas.

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Tips for Google Reader Users Moving to Feedly

The 21st Century Principal

For those users who, like myself, who are migrating to using Feedly due to Google Reader''s demise, here''s an excellent blog post from Feedly to help you with that migration process.

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Top Podcasts for Educators

The Electric Educator

I grew on on radio. My family didn''t even have a TV until I was in high school and we never had cable. Radio was our TV. Podcasts have always been a favorite form of media for me, fitting nicely into the "on-demand radio" category. Here are the podcasts that I listen to regularly.

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.

5 ideas to inspire students to use social media for good

The Innovative Educator

"High School Musical" star Monique Coleman is a youth empowerment advocate who recently provided advice about using social media to do good. Below is the advice she shared on her site [link] followed by her video where you can hear her for yourself sharing these ideas.

Rewired, not fade away

Learning with 'e's

A lot of nonsense is still being talked about how technology is damaging our lives, and how the Internet is 'rewiring our brains'.

Feedly: An RSS Reader Replacement for Google Reader

The 21st Century Principal

With the impending demise of Google Reader, I have been in search for an RSS Reader replacement. As soon as the announcement was made, I was one of "500,000 Users Who Turned to Feedly as an Alternative."

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#macul13 miGoogle Give-Away!

The Electric Educator

On the 21-22 of March over 4,000 Michigan Educators will descend on Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan for the annual MACUL conference. This conference is the premier EdTech gathering in the state, and one of the largest in the midwest. This annual gathering isn''t the only event sponsored by MACUL. On November 4-5 the second annual miGoogle conference will be held at Brighton High School in Brighton, Michigan.

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.

Facebook, Edmodo, & Schoology. Oh my! Choosing a social network platform for learning

The Innovative Educator

When deciding on a social networking platform to use with your students and/or the school community, there are several considerations to keep in mind. What are the age restrictions of a particular platform? Which platform is most comfortable for students?

Today - Adam Bessie on the GERM Epidemic: The Global Education Reform Movement

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me today, Thursday, March 21st, for a live and interactive conversation with Adam Bessie on "G.E.R.M." - the "Global Education Reform Movement." Adam and graphic journalist Dan Archer explore G.E.R.M.

Finding Copyright-Friendly Animated Gifs for Student Presentations

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Google just announced today that they''ve added an animation filter to their image searches. Perfect for our students'' presentations, I thought.

Network technology, disruptive innovation and the future of higher education

Mark Smithers

Network technology, disruptive innovation and the future from Mark Smithers. This is the invited presentation that I gave at the launch of the SAFFIRE project at the University of Canberra on Monday 18 March, 2013. I was asked by @JonPowles to be provocative and I think I was suitably so.

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EdTech at School

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

Things to come.

Learning with 'e's

Yes, things to look forward to. We are now less than a month away from the start of the 8th Plymouth Enhanced Learning Conference.

Wednesday Live: Gina Bianchini on Lean In Circles, the Power of Groups, New Mightybell Features, and Q+A

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

mARch: Build Categorization Skills with Adorable AR Animal Flashcards


AR Flashcards-Animal Alphabet ($.99, 99, iPhone/iPad) is another marker-based fun AR visual. After downloading the app, navigate to the website provided to download the animal alphabet flashcards at no additional charge. When printed, they show a 3D animal when viewed within the app.

The inner net - tool of con (or discon) nection ?

The Innovative Educator

The problems of our world used to be too big and too distant to know of it widespread existence, but with the internet, our world is small and close for us now to make a difference. We can now get crowds around a cause.

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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.

Collaboration Coaching Chronicles


Today is our last Collaboration Coach Meeting of the school year, and we''re celebrating all they''ve accomplished at their sites. Collaboration Coaching is modeled after the research-based Microsoft Peer Coaching Program , developed by the Peer-Ed Team.

Tuesday Live: Jay Cross on Informal Learning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Tuesday, March 19th, for a live and interactive conversation with Jay Cross on his book Informal Learning : Rediscovering the Natural Pathways That Inspire Innovation and Performance.

mARch: Play with Plants in Cactus AR


Cactus AR is a simple, free app for iPhone and iPad (camera required) that provides you with a context to engage students in "taking care of" an augmented reality plant. After downloading the free app, you can email yourself and print a "marker," a piece of paper that functions like a QR Code.